The Rectory Bulletin

Feelings

Mon 31st Aug 2020

By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. (1 John 3:19-20) - The joy of the faith is that it is founded upon the rock of Christ, and not the shifting sands of emotion.

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Sundays

Get Thee Behind Me Satan!

Sun 30th Aug 2020

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matthew 16:21) - Rather than trying to create a Jesus who reflects earthly concerns, you need to find a Jesus who is concerned with your soul.

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Acting out the Faith

Sat 29th Aug 2020

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. (1 John 3:11) - In all of this John is reminding us that our heart is most clearly demonstrated in our actions, and not in our words. To love in ‘word or talk” is not enough. To love in “deed and in truth” is to truly love.

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Hymn Stories

We Love the Place, O God

Fri 28th Aug 2020

We love the place, O God, wherein thine honour dwells; the joy of thine abode all earthly joy excels. - With the help of some of the congregation, William Bullock built a small church. In 1827, as he was preparing for the consecration service, he dwelt on Psalm 26:8 “O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells”. Inspired, he then wrote the hymn “We Love the Place, O God”.

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Practicing…

Thu 27th Aug 2020

“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. (1 John 3:4) - Perfection is not possible this side of heaven, and we must acknowledge that we mess up from time to time. When it happens, our response should not be to think we are not Christian - or worthy of God’s love - but to pray for forgiveness, and be determined not to fall again.

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God’s Children

Wed 26th Aug 2020

“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." (1 John 2:28–3:1) - Because of this abiding, we can be confident in front of God and not fear God’s judgment. We can even be called children of God, and practice righteousness, as the Spirit of Christ dwells in us.

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Church History

Jenny Geddes

Tue 25th Aug 2020

As the minister began to intone the collects, one Jenny Geddes - a vegetable seller - picked up her folding stool and hurled it at him. According to tradition she shouted out “deil colic the wame o’ ye, false thief; daur ye say Mass in my lug?”. ( “devil cause you colic, false thief: dare you say the Mass in my ear?")

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Antichrist

Mon 24th Aug 2020

“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour." (1 John 2:18) - So ground yourself in the Bible- and beware antichrists.

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Sundays

Who is Jesus?

Sun 23rd Aug 2020

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” - Against all this pagan background, Peter gives a very Jewish answer. Here is the Christ - or the Messiah - who is the fulfilment of so much Old Testament prophecy and hope.

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Love One Another

Sat 22nd Aug 2020

Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:10) - In the end our attitude to other people is a means of taking our spiritual temperature.

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Hymn Stories

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Fri 21st Aug 2020

The King of love my Shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am His And He is mine for ever - Sixteen years after his arrival at Monkland, Baker died, and as he passed he faintly said: Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed, But yet in love He sought me, And on His Shoulder gently laid, And home, rejoicing, brought me.

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Perfect?

Thu 20th Aug 2020

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. (1 John 2:4) - We might stumble, we might be imperfect but we are still seeking to live in the light.

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Light and Dark

Wed 19th Aug 2020

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5) - To confess (to God or to another person) is a sign that we recognise that we are not perfect, as God is perfect. It is a sign that we are striving to be more faithful.

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Church History

Susannah’s Story

Tue 18th Aug 2020

She brought up her children in the faith, and would hold family services where psalms were sung, and a sermon was read (either from her husband or her father) ... She was also a woman of prayer, and the story goes that in order to get some peace in the bustling household she would throw her apron up over her head to pray.

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Letter from Jesus’ Friend

Mon 17th Aug 2020

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest (1 John 1:1) - What a privilege John had in being able to spend years with Christ. What a privilege we have in being able to read John’s reflection on his time, and then to be able to relate to the selfsame God!

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Sundays

The Canaanite Woman

Sun 16th Aug 2020

But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. (Matthew 15:25–28) - Peter may have been called to walk on water, but it was this unnamed woman who had the great faith.

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Patience

Sat 15th Aug 2020

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2) - David’s hope is in something concrete, and a power greater than the other nations. David shall not be “greatly shaken” because he has a sure foundation.

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Hymn Stories

Be Thou My Vision

Fri 14th Aug 2020

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art; Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night, Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light. - If we place all our hope, trust and value in God we will never be disappointed.

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Remember my Chains

Thu 13th Aug 2020

I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. (Colossians 4:18) - Even when manacled, he can praise God for his goodness.

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Early Church

Archippus

Wed 12th Aug 2020

And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfil the ministry that you have received in the Lord”. (Colossians 4:17) - At its heart the Christian faith is a relating to God, and like all relationships that takes time and attention. If you ignore a friend for long enough, you lose a friend.

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Church History

The Story of Monica

Tue 11th Aug 2020

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up... (Luke 18:1) - My God has more abundantly satisfied my desire, inasmuch as I see you now, having spurned earthly felicity, become His servant.

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Early Church

Nympha’s House

Mon 10th Aug 2020

Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. (Colossians 4:15) - We might focus on vicars as the ones leading the church, but it is the faithfulness of the congregations which keep the show on the road.

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Sundays

Which Religion?

Sun 09th Aug 2020

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:5–15) - The vital question is: which understanding we hold? Who is the “who” who will save us?

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Early Church

Doctor Luke

Sat 08th Aug 2020

Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. (Colossians 4:14) - What a difference we see in the lives of the two men mentioned in one breath at the end of the Letter to the Colossians.

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Hymn Stories

Glory to Thee, my God this Night

Fri 07th Aug 2020

Glory to thee, my God, this night, for all the blessings of the light: keep me, O keep me, King of kings, beneath thine own almighty wings. (Glory to Thee, my God this Night) - He was a man who was aware of his mortality, and it may well be that the knowledge that he would have to answer to God for his conduct gave him this stubborn strength.

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Early Church

Struggling in Prayer

Thu 06th Aug 2020

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12) - In an age of church growth techniques, and flurries of initiatives the example of Epaphras reminds us of what is really needed to revive the fortunes of the church. Prayer.

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Early Church

Greetings!

Wed 05th Aug 2020

Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus. (Colossians 4:10-11) - From this brief greeting we get a real impression of the tight-knit community which formed the earliest church.

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Church History

Perpetua

Tue 04th Aug 2020

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Matthew 10:34–35) - Ah, most valiant and blessed martyrs! Truly you are called and chosen for the glory of Christ Jesus our Lord!

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Early Church

Tychicus and Onesimus

Mon 03rd Aug 2020

Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. (Colossians 4:7-8) - Sometimes we can be also be amazed by those who are doing both: who are thriving whilst being persecuted.

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Sundays

Beware a Trimmed Down Religion

Sun 02nd Aug 2020

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Romans 9:1–3) - All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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Early Church

A Snapshot of the Earliest Church

Sat 01st Aug 2020

Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.” I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” (Colossians 4:15–18) - These verses give us glimpses into our family history.

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