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Trinity – Love, Joy, Peace

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The Reading: Galatians 5:16-25 

“… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace …” (v.22) RSV

Now, of course we know there are nine fruit of the Spirit as listed by Paul in his letter to the Galatians, however the first three – love, joy and peace (v.22) are usually linked together; maybe because they are the first three and our memory is challenged to remember the remaining six!

The fruit of the Spirit really all hang together. They are not divisible. If we lose one, we lose all. Unlike the ‘gifts’ of the Spirit they are not apportioned out, one to one and another to another (1 Cor. 12:11). All nine aspects of the fruit lie accessible to every believer.

Love, joy and peace are the marks of a follower of Christ; they are also a blessing to that follower. These three energise us. Their opposites, hatred, misery and stress, drain us of life. So in every way we want to pursue love, joy and peace.

Love forgets about self and seeks the blessing and welfare of others. This is supremely demonstrated for us in the love of God who “sent his only begotten son” to save us (John 3:16).

Joy enables us to ‘re-joice’ in all circumstances. Joy is a steady state dependent not on circumstances, but on the blessed presence of God, a sense that all things work together for good, and above all, the wonderful prospects set before us. Remember Jesus “who for the joy set before him endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2)

Peace is not produced by absence of conflict; that is the peace which the world can give. The peace of God passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7), and gives us calm in the midst of the storm.

Forgive me Lord when I am not filled with your Spirit. Fill me afresh with your love, joy and peace. Amen. 

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1 Which two ‘fruit’ does Paul link in Romans?

Romans 14:17, 15:13

2 How are we filled with the Spirit?

Ephesians 5:18-20

 

Welcome Prince George

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We are all thrilled that Prince George, our future king, has arrived safely. Congratulations to his parents William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 

Trinity – Full Life

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The Reading: Colossians 1:9-14

 “… knowledge … a life worthy … power …” (vv. 9,10,11) RSV

If we had to pray for three things for someone’s welfare, what would we choose? Would it be health, happiness and prosperity? When Paul prayed for the Colossians he prayed for their mind, their life and their power.

It must have been a great blessing to have Paul praying for them, but it was not up to them to tell him what to pray for. He chose to pray for the most vital aspects of their life.

First, he prayed “that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (v.9). Paul wanted them to understand who God was and what he had done for them. And he wanted them to know how God wanted them to live. Listening and learning is the beginning of wisdom. We too need to grow up in our faith. As Paul wrote elsewhere, we need to be renewed in the spirit of our mind” (Ephesians 4:23).

Secondly, Paul prayed for them “to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him …” (v.10). They were not to seek happiness or prosperity, though those things are by no means wrong. They were to seek to please their God. Their lives were to be fruitful expressions of his Spirit in them. Their lives were to be an eloquent testimony that would so shine before people that they would glorify God.

Thirdly, Paul prayed for “power” (v.11). In the case of the Colossians this was not the power to heal or speak for Christ, but to endure. They needed power to be patient and joyous (v.11) in spite of adverse conditions. One way that they could do this was to “give thanks” (v.12).

Paul would probably pray the same things for us: to know our God and his way, to live to please him, and to rejoice in all circumstances.

Lord, what a great salvation you have given. Help me to live it by faith with fear and trembling. Amen. 

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1 How can our life be transformed?

Romans 12:2

2 What is to be our attitude to hardship?

James 1:2-4

Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton

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On Sunday 21st July, we welcome the Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton, who will preach and celebrate at the 10.00am service.

We are looking forward to his message to us which you will be able to hear on our Sermons page.

Bishop Peter will be delighted to speak with you after the service.

Farewell Nik

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It is with regret that the PCC have had to accept the resignation of our hard working and able caretaker, Nik. He will be leaving us on Saturday, 10th August. Nik to take up full time employment.

We wish him well and are planning a farewell for him at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 10th August to thank him for all he has done for us. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to come.

Nik and his family will remain members of our congregation, and he will continue on the PCC and be our Health and Safety Officer.

There will be a collection for Nik and if you would like to contribute, please either give it to one of the wardens or take it into the Parish Office.

Digital Organ Secured

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You will be pleased to hear that we have secured a temporary digital organ for use as back up and during the renovation of the Father Willis.

We have a problem with where to place it and the only solution seems to be on the right hand side, as you face the altar, between the choir stalls and the high altar.

Hopefully the access to St. Andrew’s chapel will not be affected.

New Sound System

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The PCC have also approved a new sound system for the church. The current one is failing fast.

Soon, new speakers will appear on the pillars and these are designed to blend into the stone work.

Hopefully this work will be completed in September.

Race for Life 2013

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Thank you!

“Diana Fletcher and I would like to thank all of you who supported us last Sunday, both with prayer and sponsorship.

Together with 2,400 women of all ages we completed the 5k course and Diana and I have raised in excess of £400 for Cancer research in memory of Paula.

A truly wonderful result.

Thank you.”

Jean Lee

DCYC Needs Your Help

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Are you free on Friday 26th July, if so, we would love your help to prepare the campsite ready for over 400 children and leaders to use for DCYC (Devon Christian Youth Camps) this year!

Lots of help is required from putting up tents to stocking up the kitchen to washing the toilets so any help is gratefully received!

Please arrive at the campsite anytime from 10am onwards, and bring a packed lunch, a cooked evening meal is provided!

For directions please contact mel_dcyc@yahoo.co.uk, if you could also let us know if you are hoping to attend it would help us with numbers for food.

Bookshop Volunteers Needed

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Bookshop volunteers are urgently needed to cover the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month (9.30am – 12.30 pm) from beginning of August; generally to replace several volunteers who have passed away or are no longer able to help.

The church cannot remain open during weekday afternoons if there are insufficient volunteers.

Please help if you possibly can – contact Di or Mick Polley.