Philippians 1:1-30 “Proclaim the Gospel”
Our Parish Mission Statement is “to know Christ, to Serve Christ, to Proclaim
Christ”. This is our calling and our purpose as a church. Yet it is easy for us to
get distracted from this and to let a series of other worthwhile activities lead us
to deviate from our core purpose.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a wonderful encouragement for us to stand
firm in the gospel we have received, to grow in our knowledge of Christ, to
rejoice in our glorious Lord, and to proclaim this gospel to others. Here is a
summary of today’s message.
1. Paul’s Confidence in the gospel (1-11)
a. I thank my God every time I remember you (1-5)
b. God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished
c. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more (9-11)
2. Paul’s passion to proclaim the gospel (12-26)
a. What has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel (12)
b. That Christ is proclaimed in every way and in that I rejoice (18)
3. Paul’s call to stand firm in the Gospel... (27-
a. Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (27)
b. Stand firm in the faith of the gospel and do not be intimidated (28-30)
To Think About:
If I were to weigh up and summarise my words and my actions, would the
Gospel of Christ come through clearly?
TIS 578 How Firm a Foundation
He who began a good work in you
TIS 215 You servants of God, your Master
MP 428 Lord for the years
FROM THE VICAR
We are so grateful to God and to the Parish for this wonderful gift we have
received of a 14 week long service leave travelling around Australia. We had
a marvellous time and have returned well and refreshed and we look forward
to all that God has in store for us at St James.
WELCOME HOME JANE AND GRAEME
We will be celebrating Graeme and Jane returning home to us on Sunday with a special morning tea. Parishioners are asked to bring a plate to make this a special occasion.
Started on Wednesday 6th September and will last for the next seven weeks?
"WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK DOREEN LILLEY AND ALL
MEMBERS OF THE FLORISTRY TEAM over the years for their amazing
floral arrangements, decorations and commitment to their work. Doreen Lilley
who has recently "retired" has been, in particular, dedicated and passionate
about flower arranging since she took over as secretary of the past Sanctuary
Guild over 40 years ago.
Thank you, Doreen, your God given talent has given us so much joy and we
appreciate, immensely, your continuing support and advice."
PRE-FAIR FOOD SALES
$4000 Willis family
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READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1st October – 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 7.1-7; Psalm 78. 1-4, 11-16; Philippians 2; Matthew 21.23-32
LAWN MOWING ROSTER
22nd Sept Samoan Congregation
29th Sept Rusty
This week we continue to pray for
Mike; Mark; Clovis; Rose; Eva; Cecil; Stanley; Nigel; Russell, Kevin; Joanne, Eve, Danny, Esme, Michael, Charles, Edward, Tyrone, Gwen, Sylvia, Dr Nathan, Joan & Beryl.