In Paul’s discussion concerning sin, which began not just in the passage we
looked at last week but much even as early as chapter 2, he uses a very
strong and emotive term. He uses the word “slave”.
The people of his day understood the meaning of the word.
In fact many of the new coverts came from the subjugated peoples whom
Romans citizens used in their homes and also to drive their business
What Paul is saying here is that you can be a “slave to sin” or a “slave to
righteousness” but you can’t be neither of those two things.
To which of these will you be slave?
HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY
TIS 111 Praise to the Lord
MP 367 Jesus is Lord
MP 37 As the deer
TIS 595 O Jesus I have promised
INTERACTIVE SESSIONS ON FORGIVENESS
In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis writes: "Everyone says forgiveness is a
lovely idea, until they have someone to forgive." He's right! The question of
forgiveness is actually very complex. Not only is forgiveness difficult to
define but it's also hard to put into practice, especially when the person who
has wronged us doesn't acknowledge their faults or is no longer there to do
so. And are we always called to forgive unconditionally anyway? In Mark
11:25, Jesus says that we should but in Luke 17:3, he seems to say the
opposite: "and if there is repentance, you must forgive." What are we
supposed to think (and do)?
In our Growth Group this term, we're about to start a series of interactive
sessions on forgiveness including a roadmap to forgiveness to help us
understand what forgiveness is all about and put it into practice in a biblical
way. Feel free to join us! We'll meet on Wednesday (7:30-9pm) in the
fellowship room from the 28th of June.
VICAR’S LONG SERVICE LEAVE
Please be advised that our Vicar, Graeme, is on Long Service Leave from June 13th until September 18th. Rev. Ian Oates will be the part time Locum in his absence working
with our Curate Jonathan and associate priests George and Oyem.
PATRONAL FESTIVAL. SUNDAY 23rd JULY
We will be having our usual International Lunch after the 10am service on
July 23rd. Some parishioners will be asked to organise food to represent
their country and we also hope that tables will be decorated. Please keep this
date free as we want everyone to participate in what is always a special day.
ON SALE THIS SUNDAY
Jam and watermelon preserve sale after 10am service. $4 each
AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES
2X2 Seater Couches in good condition.
1 Dining Table.
1 Large Coffee Table.
2 Kitchen Tables
Available to anyone who have need for these items.
Contact Des on 0400 378 1389
PRAY FOR SUDAN
Please pray for peace in Sudan and for the safety of its people as this terrible
conflict extends. Many of our South Sudanese brothers and sisters have
family in the conflict zone and sadly some have already lost family
members to violence. Please pray also for their consolation in the sad time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
9th July – 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 24.34-38,42-49,58-67; Psalm 45, 10-17; Romans 7.14-25; Matthew
LAWN MOWING ROSTER
30th June – Heinz & Vic
7th July – Oyem & Rob
This week we continue to pray for
Mike; Mark; Clovis; Rose; Eva; Cecil; Stanley; Nigel; Russell; Josie, Kevin; Joanne, Eve, Lynette, Danny, Esme, Michael, Charles, Edward, Tyrone, Gwen, Sylvia & Dr Nathan