The Inside Column 10/9

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Today is a very important day in the life of the church as we are going to be baptising Amelia and Lydia Hussy. Why do we baptise people? Baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of faith in Jesus.

Christian baptism illustrates, in dramatic style, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it also illustrates our death to sin and new life in Christ. As the sinner confesses the Lord Jesus, they die to sin (Romans 6:11) and are raised to a brand-new life (Colossians 2:12). Being submerged in the water represents death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the cleansed, holy life that follows salvation. Romans 6:4 puts it this way: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Very simply, baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life.

Last week we were at Synod. Synod is the annual meeting for the Diocese of Nelson, like their AGM.  There were several things debated, with the two big issues discussed – How Church Quota is calculated (Quota is the money each church pays the Diocese), and a recommendation that the Living Wage be considered for all employees of the Church. On the Saturday there was a foucus on Mission. If you would like more info you can speak to one of or synod reps, David Featherstone, Angela Galbraith or Matt McDonald.

Saturday 23 September election day and it is also the night we are holding our Quiz Night.  This is a fun night were you can get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, and have a great night out. Tickets from the office.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer sign up sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil

 

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