St Edyth’s Church, Sea Mills Worship – Making Jesus known – Discovering God’s purpose for our lives
Last week we looked at the person and the work of the Holy Spirit, how he gives us our identity as children of God (Romans 8:14), he gives us his presence as our physical bodies become living temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians chapter 3 & 6), and he gives us his power (Acts 2:1-4) to live the amazing lives that he has planned for all of us as his followers. Before Pentecost, Jesus said to his friends (paraphrased) ‘don’t go out into the world and try and change things on your own - you’re going to make a mess of things… instead, wait here in Jerusalem until I send my Holy Spirit to come upon you and fill you, and then you can go out and be my witnesses from here to the ends of the earth.’
the Greek word is in the ‘present continuous’, and it means we are to ‘go on being filled’, over and over and over again because we daily need all the Holy Spirit’s help, and the Father is longing for us to ask so he can bless us and empower us. Justin Welby says that ‘prayer begins by acknowledging that we don’t have what we need, we aren’t who we want to be, and we don’t see what we long to see’. If we don’t have what we need this season to be a holy dwelling place, to be the father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband, neighbour, work colleague that we long to be, let’s ask our heavenly father to send his Holy Spirit to fill us afresh today. Come Holy Spirit!
When Paul writes to the Ephesians church saying ‘be filled with the Holy Spirit’,
20 t h May 2018
Rev’d John Monaghan
The Gleam Team Needs You! Can you spare an hour or two on a Friday morning to help the Gleam Team clean and tidy the church? Numbers have recently dropped and they are in real need of some extra hands. If you can help, please speak to Gloria Wright.
Goodbye from Denise & Andrew Maud We are very sad to say that today is Denise and Andrew’s last Sunday here at St Edyth’s. They will be moving to Northampton on 1st June for Denise to serve her curacy at Kingsthorpe Parish. Both Denise and Andrew are very excited as to what God has in store for them as a family and are very thankful for the love and support the St Edyth’s family have given to them all over the past 2 years. Please continue to hold them in your prayers; for Denise as she prepares for ordination on 24th June at Peterborough Cathedral and for Andrew, Grace and Ethan as they settle in to their new home. They will miss all at St Edyth’s very much, but will always continue to hold you in their prayers. Please join us for coffee and a slice of cake after the service today.
Children & Youth Prayer & Vision Evening Please join us for an evening of praying for our children and youth. It will be an opportunity to hear all about what’s going on, as well as looking to the future of these ministries. We look forward to seeing you then! Sun 17th June, St Edyth’s Church Hall, 6:007.30pm. For more info see Eugenie or Matt.
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The Alpha Course Sunday 7:30pm St Edyth’s Vicarage Alpha is for those exploring or new to the Christian faith. It’s a free, 10 week informal course over coffee and cake involving an awesome short video on an aspect of the Christian faith, and a time to chat. If you would like to sign up or pop along tonight to try, please contact Revd John or Alice.
CHURCH DIARY Sunday 20th May 9am Holy Communion 10:30am Morning Worship Sunday 27th May 9am Holy Communion 10:30am All-age Morning Worship
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 9th June PCC/Leadership Away Day 10am-4pm at Grittleton, Wiltshire Sat 5th to Fri 11th August New Wine week away Sunday 1st July Church Summer BBQ from midday. £3.50 for adults, £2 for youth. Please sign up or let Ian Mundy know if you are coming.
Planned Christian Giving Generous giving is what Jesus has called his followers to do as a part of our discipleship. A good way to contribute regularly to the life and ministries of St Edyths is through a Planned Christian Giving scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer, we can also reclaim additional tax back. If you wish to start or vary your giving, please speak to Paul Cockram (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or pick up a form from the table in the foyer.
DAILY READING Monday Psalm 126; Josh 1 Luke 9.18-27 Tuesday Psalm132; Josh 2 Luke 9.28-36 Wednesday Psalms 119.153-end; Josh 3 Luke 9.37-50 Thursday Psalms 143; Josh 4.1-5.1 Luke 9.51-end Friday Psalms 144; Josh 5.2-end Luke 10.1-16 Saturday Psalms 147; Josh 6.1-20 Luke 10.17-24
Going deeper....small group or personal study Acts 2:1-21
Jot your notes on the sermon…
1) Read Acts 2:1-13. What stands out for you as you read it (and/or from Sunday’s sermon)? 2) Look up in a Bible commentary what the Jewish harvest festival, Pentecost signified. What are the parallels here? 3) Read Luke 3:16-17. What was the difference between John’s and Jesus’ baptism? 4) ‘All of them…began to speak in other tongues’ (v4). There are nearly 30 spiritual ‘gifts’ of the Holy Spirit listed in the New Testament. What is the point of the gifts and what is your experience of receiving and using them? 5) What spiritual gift would you like the Holy Spirit to give you today? Ask the Holy Spirit, write it down, pray with a friend and take a step of faith! Additional reading: Luke 24:44-49
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