He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over..
Eph 2:14-15 (Message)
Help us Father God through your teaching and the example of Jesus to tear down the barriers that separate us from each other.
We welcome our preacher this morning who is Rev Richard Sharples
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan
Our thanks for the flowers which are given by Christina Wright in memory of her husband Percy
Organist: Lydia Edwards
Sunday 26th July
11.00am Mrs Sheila Rudden
Vestry Stewards – Ian and Elizabeth
Door Steward – Warren
Tea Hosts – Warren and Vera
Mon 20th Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Mon 20th Lunch at Gresford noon – 2.30pm £5. Booking required
Tue 21st Cream Tea at Rhosnesni 3.00pm
Tues 21st LA Resource Evening at Ruabon 7.30pm
Wed 22nd Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 22nd Ephesians Bible Study at Ruabon 7.00pm
Sat 25th Rhosddu Coffee Morning at Regent Street 10.00am – noon
Friday Lunch Club has finished until September
Please pray for the following:
All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.
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For the future
‘In the year 2000 I would be 35 years old. But it is quite possible that I do not live so long. If I am alive, I shall be in Bangladesh, because I am Bengalese in every cell of my body. I have a close relationship to this country, its thought and its people, its water and land, and it is for this reason that I want to live in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will expect much of me. It is our duty to develop our country. If I am alive in 2000, my wish is that there should be only one nation, the nation of mankind, only one race, the race of mankind, and only one religion, the religion of humanity. I wish that there should be only one country, and that is the world, and finally that the whole of mankind can live together in peaceful co-operation and tolerance:
Anawara Khan, 16 years
Free Access to the Father
The author of the Letter to the Ephesians wants to describe the brand-new relationship we have with one another since the death and resurrection of Jesus. He does this by using many terms taken from the political life of Greek society—strangers, residents, fellow citizens, free access, foundation. These technical terms, which seem to come from a ministerial decree regulating the granting of visas, take on a particularly original colouring when they are used to describe the link between believers and Christ and the link between different believers. The use of a political vocabulary is certainly not an accident. The author wants to speak about a new way of being in the world, a new belonging, a “citizenship” which is even more fundamental than that of our passport.
This radical change of identity was born at the foot of the cross, where “he put hostility to death.” What kept us far from God, our transgressions, is put behind the cross. God stands between us and our own violence. Accepting to die out of love and entering into the life of eternity, Jesus eliminates the final barrier, the one between us and God.
The vulnerability of the Son is likewise able to “put hostility to death” by eliminating the distance between peoples, in particular between the chosen people and all the others. By the gift of Jesus’ life, we all become members of one another. The cross plays the role played by a constitution in a state: it provides the glue necessary for a common identity.
The new body can then be built. We are “fellow citizens with God’s people.” From now on, what defines us is that we receive something of God’s splendour, of God’s power, of God’s absoluteness, because we have free access to him. In political life, only the powerful have access to those who hold power. Power attracts power. In this new citizenship, we have access to “power” by the event which expresses in the most extreme fashion God’s poverty and simplicity: the cross.
It is then evident that there is no more geographical distance: “peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.” In this new state, with no borders, everything “is jointed together and rises” to bring about reconciliation.
● Given the identities based on conflict in our societies, what can we do to show that another kind of “citizenship” is possible?
● “Putting hostility to death”: how do I understand that expression? What does it inspire in me concerning my relationship with others?
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