Sunday 18th October
Alpha and Omega,
Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith.
We invite you to start today with us,
we cannot do anything except your presence comes.
Come, oh Lord, with your spirit and fill this place with your glory.
Accept our worship and praises.
Let everything we do today be divinely orchestrated from heaven.
Let the manifestations of Your power be released upon us.
Open the windows of heaven and bless us abundantly
and let your joy overflow us all through the day of our lives.
Thank you for all your support of Wrington Chapel and its work in the past.
We realise that many people are hard-pressed at the moment, and church may be the last thing on your mind. However, we are looking to the future when we can reopen and support each other in our usual way. Unfortunately, being closed does not mean our expenses are substantially less. If you already have a standing order set up, then thank you. But if you haven't, please consider getting in touch with Steve Osman and setting one up. If that is impossible, please continue to save up your collection money, and we will collect it all together when we reopen. Please note that the rules do not allow us to claim any Gift Aid on collections that are not taken up in church. So do NOT drop collection money off at Steve's house. Simply take out a standing order, or save it up for that great and glorious reopening day.
Our prayer focus this week is Bible Society.
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Knowledge Isn't Wisdom
We look at the difference between Knowledge and Wisdom.
Is it good just to know more, or is God looking for something different?
Is efficiency good, or does God work differently?
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Colossians 2 verses 16 to 23
Freedom From Human Rules
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.
19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:
21 "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?
22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.
23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
I end with this reflection I originally wrote to the tune of 'Jerusalem':
And did those feet, in ancient times,
ache just as much as yours and mine?
And did the holy lamb of God
Have a runny nose, and spots, and grime?
And did that countenance divine
Have headaches, and sometimes feel ill?
And was Jerusalem builded here
by one who shares our likeness still?
Bring me a God who knows my pain.
Bring me a Lord who understands.
Bring me a king who felt the rain -
with sweat and blood and calloused hands.
I will not praise a deity
who rules on high and stands apart.
There is just one, I know, who walked my way:
'tis only Jesus claims my heart.