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Sunday 23rd April 2023 – Third Sunday after Easter

REFLECTION:1 Peter 1:13-25 “Be Holy as I am Holy”

Are you Holy?

What would need to change in your life for you to be holy?

What does it even mean to be holy? In our reading today from 1 Peter, we

look at our calling from God to “be holy as I am holy.”

What does the call to holiness call us to leave behind?

What does this call to holy living ask us to take on?

Here is an outline of this morning’s message for you to follow.

Introduction: You have been rescued for a purpose - it’s time to live out

your calling!

1. You have a Holy calling, so be holy (14-21)

a. As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct

(13-16)

b. Do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance

(14)

c. Live in reverent fear during the time of your exile – you belong to another

Kingdom (17)

2. You were set free with a high price (18-21)

a. From the futile ways inherited from your ancestors

b. With the precious blood of Christ (18-21)

3. So that you might love one another deeply (22-25)

a. Love one another deeply from the heart - this is holy living (22)

b. You have been born anew through the living and enduring word of God –

live the new life (23)

c. Trust in the Word of the Lord that endures forever (24-25)


To Think About:

What pressures does “the world” put on you to conform to it?

How can you be holy when this happens?




HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY

TIS 609 May the mind of Christ my Saviour

O how good it is

TIS 547 Be thou my vision

TIS 132 Holy, Holy, Holy



YOUTH GROUP

The next youth group activity will be Sunday April 30 after church around

midday with a Mario Kart theme. Speak to Martin, Tats or Daniel for more

details.



VOICE TO PARLIAMENT SEMINAR

There will be a seminar at St James’ discussing the Voice to Parliament. Bishop Paul Barker will lead a conversation with Canon Glenn Loughrey. This will be held on Tuesday

2nd of May at 2pm.



GROWTH GROUPS

Two study groups have been operating in our Parish over the last 3

years. Jane Peters (0468696254) is leading one which meets via Zoom on

Wednesday nights at 7:15. Jonathan is leading the other group which meets

in the fellowship room on Wednesday nights at 7:30. Both groups are about

to start new study programs and both would welcome warmly new

members. Jane’s group will be looking at the Psalms and Jonathan’s group

will be starting the course “Life Explored”






ST JAMES’ MOTHER’S DAY HIGH TEA

Bring you mum your aunt, your grandmother, or

just yourself along for a scrumptious high tea and entertainment on Saturday May 13th at

2pm. See Margo for more info.





READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY

30th April–Fourth Sunday after Easter

Acts 2.42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2.1-10; John 10.1-10



THIS WEEK WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR

Mike; Mark; Clovis; Rose; Eva; Cecil; Stanley; Nigel; Russell; Josie, Kevin; Joanne, Eve, Margaret, Lynette, Danny, Esme, Michael, Charles, Edward, Babu, Tyrone & Renee.






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