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Sunday 30th April 2023 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

REFLECTION: 1 Peter 2:1-10 God’s Own People

Peter compares the experience of turning to Christ like that of changing

your nationality. We have become Citizens of the kingdom of God. We

have had a re-birth and have been born again as members of God’s family.

What we were before is all changed. Once we were in darkness, now we

walk in the light of God. Once we were distant from God. Now we are his

people. Peter urges his readers to show this in their lives by getting rid of

every remnant of their old sinful ways. In our new country, the kingdom of

Heaven, we must embrace a new culture characterized by holiness. We have

been chosen by God to be his children, heirs of his kingdom, a holy nation

belonging to God, so that we might serve him and proclaim his

wondrous deeds. Here is an outline of this morning’s message.

1. Grow up and leave behind your old ways (1-2):

a. Rid yourselves, therefore, of all evil (1)

b. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk (2)

2. Come and take your place as living stones in God’s temple (4-8):

a. Come to him, a living stone, chosen and precious in God’s sight (4)

b. Let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer

spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God (5)

3. You have been chosen by God for a purpose (9-10):

a. You are a chosen people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts

of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light (9)

b. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people (10)


To Think about:

Will you embrace your new identity as a child of God, an heir of his

kingdom, as a priest in his temple, as a holy nation belong to God?




HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY

TIS 583 Take up your cross

MP 1072 In Christ Alone

TIS 422ii All praise to our redeeming Lord

TIS 457 The Churches One Foundation



YOUTH GROUP

The next youth group activity will be this Sunday 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.






6PM SERVICE

Next Sunday May 7th.



RATS AND MASKS

We have been given a quantity of COVIDS RAT tests and N95

masks. They are available at the back of the church for you to take.



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

7th May–Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 2.55-60; Psalm 31.1-5, 17-18; 1 Peter 2.11-25; John 14.1-14



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.



WE ALSO PRAY FOR

St Thomas’ Moonee Ponds; Mission Agencies of the

Anglican Church of Australia; Camberwell Girls' Grammar School; The

Episcopal Church; St Andrew’s Somerville – pastoral visit; St Augustine’s

Moreland – pastoral service; Parish of Banyule – pastoral visit; Archbishop

Philip and all our Bishops in their ministry this week.

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