The Inside Column 26/8

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Today we will be looking at the second part of 1 Corinthians 15 with the question being asked; “What kind of bodies do we have when we are raised to life?” This is a part of a much bigger
Question; “What happens when we die?” There is no short answer to these questions.

Some thoughts from Tom Wright…
In Ephesians Chapter 1 verse 10 Paul says ‘God’s plan for the fullness of time was to gather up all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth’.
We have lived in a culture that has long separated heaven and earth, which thinks of heaven as ‘somewhere up there a long way away’. In this view, heaven is a place that
maybe we’ll go one day but has not got much to do with who we are down here, we had to muddle along on earth as best we can in hope of arriving at heaven eventually.

Jesus taught us to pray, ‘Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven’. Jesus launched the heaven-and-earth project, and it’s not going away until that day when God’s work is fully done. We are to be people, as this first chapter of Ephesians tell us, through whom the same power which raised Jesus from the dead will be at work. When this happens, signs and elements of that heaven-on-earth reality will come to birth in our midst.

Something New

This year there will be no church fair, but instead there will be a Garage sale. The date for the garage sale is Saturday 27 October, and money raised will go towards our mission giving. In the past this was known as the white Elephant that ran as part of the fair. So if you have any thing (please no rubbish) that you are wanting to clean out of the house then you can start bring things to the church hall. The Garage sale will run from 8.00am until 11.00am and there will be a sausage sizzle at the same time. This will be a great way for us to support our mission partners. If you would like to help on the day, or beforehand let the office know.

Just in case you were thinking “what about that home baking I always do for the fair?” Well we have been ask to run the catering at the Diocese Clergy Conference up at the lake this year from Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 October and we will be asking for all sorts of food donations for this. We get paid by the Diocese to cater for this event. What we don’t spend we can keep, so it can be a good fund raiser for the church. More info on this to come.

Yours in Christ

Phil

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