The Inside Column 5/10

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Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

This week Eric is going to be sharing with us about the love of God. In the scripture we are looking at today in Matthew 7:7-14, we are commended to ask, seek and approach God. As we do this, we are to be expectant to receive from God. God wants us to seek him and assures us he has ‘good gifts’ for us. These ‘good gifts’ include warning us to avoid destruction (which is definitely a good thing to avoid if you ask me!). I don’t think these scriptures are promoting fruitless wishing for fancy possessions, rather, it would seem that the passage points toward us knowing more of God’s character.

The character of God was mentioned last Sunday in the 10.00am service as a key aspect and foundation of faith. As we see the faithfulness of God we grow to know more of his character. When we act on this knowledge we grow in faith – through actions. Last Sunday I asked people at the second service to consider one action of faith they could do this coming week. For those who did this – What did you chose? How did it go? For those who didn’t try this, or from this first service, perhaps you could give it a try this coming week.

A big thank you once again to all who helped with baking biscuits, making meals, washing tea towels and praying for the local teenagers who come along to our community youth groups. We could not minister and bless them without this ongoing support. Thank you.

Please pray this coming week for those heading to Synod (9-11 October) which is a local Diocese churches annual meeting. Pray that we may be focused on what is important to God regarding the running and direction of the Anglican Church in the Nelson area.

A thank you to you all for supporting both Victoria Askin and myself, in learning and developing our skills to serve the church. On Thursday 9 October at 7.00pm I will be ordained a priest at the Nelson Cathedral and Victoria will be ordained a deacon. You are all welcome to attend the service and support us as we take this important step in our ministry.

We have been asked to provide supper (along with Richmond parish) for after the service. Please contact David in the office if you can help with providing finger food and/or help with serving on the night.

Blessings

Jonathan

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