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Sunday 9th June 2024 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

REFLECTION: 1 Samuel 8:4-20 “The Call for a King”

What do you think about having a King?

Would you be prepared to submit to him and respect his authority over you?

God is the king over all creation, and his Son Jesus Christ, bears the title “King of

Kings and Lord of Lords.” He has a claim on us as his people. He calls us to leave

aside our own ambitions and serve him with all our heart, soul, mind and spirit. He

wants us to live out our lives under his kingship as faithful subjects and as

members of the Kingdom of God. In our human pride and rebellion, we reject

those who seek to rule over us. Today we see how the people of Israel rejected

God’s sovereign rule over them and chose instead to be like the other nations. Here

is a summary.

1. Israel wants a King “like other nations”

a. Appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations. (4-5)

b. So that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and

go out before us and fight our battles (19-20)

2. They do not want The LORD as their King.

a. The Lord said: “they have rejected me from being king over them” (7)

b. From the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, they have been

forsaking me and serving other gods (8)

3. The cost of Kingship.

a. The social cost

b. The material cost

c. The loss of freedom.

4. Our true King.

To think About:

How can we show in our lives each day that God is Lord & king in our lives

and that Jesus Christ, the King of kings & Lord of lord’s, reigns in our hearts?


TIS 216 Rejoice the Lord is king

TIS 260 Behold the Lamb of God

TIS 133 O worship the king

TIS 134 Praise my soul the king of heaven.


As a memento of this celebration, a very smart red is for sale at $2.00 each

during morning tea. Please purchase one, two or more with money going towards

the Building Fund.


As we begin works on the new building, we put out the call for all of us to

prayerfully consider how we can help with this project which will be of great

benefit to our church and to future generations. We are still needing to raise a

considerable amount. The building fund account is listed at the end of the Pew



Soup and rolls are being served today. A choice of three delicious soups Pumpkin,

Leek & Potato and French Lentil soup with a buttery roll only $5."


Confirmation classes have begun and will continue from 12miday until

1pm. Archbishop Philp Freier will be confirming people and receiving new

members at our special 160th Anniversary Patronal Festival at 10am on the 28th of

July. Candidates wishing to be confirmed into the membership of the church will

need to attend services in this period and complete the Youth Alpha course. Please

register your interest with the Vicar.

CAN YOU HELP? If you would like to help in serving breakfast at Dandenong

Primary School on a Tuesday or Thursday morning from 8.15 - 9.00 a.m., please

contact Kaye on 0490 090 507. To participate a Level 2 Certificate in Child Safety

is required.


We are still waiting on the demolition permit for the Parish Centre but we expect it

to come through any day and the demolition company is ready to go. During

demolition some activities may need to be cancelled because of the risk of

exposure to asbestos. I will post updates on the Friends of St James’ Facebook

page as soon as I know details. If in doubt, please feel free to call or text the vicar

on 0468696253 to confirm if activities are proceeding.

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY 16th June: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 15.3, 16-13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5.6-13, 14-17; Mark 4:26-34

LAWN MOWING ROSTER: 16th June – Heinz & Vic


Anthony, Nisha, Mike, Cecil, Ruth, Eva, Charles, Nigel, Jen, Ted, Sylvia, Lila,

Arthur, Fay, Natasha, Betty, Rosalind, Patty, Melenny, Shereen, Lorraine,

Rebecca, Ken, Jim & Margaret.

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