God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Eph 3:20-21 (Message)
Father God, strengthen our faith so that we might be filled with your Holy Spirit and thereby have an inner strengthen in our life’s journey.
We welcome our preacher this morning who is Mrs Sheila Rudden
After service tea hosts Warren and Vera
Our thanks for the flowers which are given by Betti Hughes in memory of her sister Phyllis
Organist: Barbara Hinsley
Sunday 2nd August
11.00am Mr Nigel Burns
Vestry Stewards – Elizabeth and Avril
Door Steward – Bob
Tea Hosts – Bob and Evelyn
Mon 27th Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Tue 28th Coffee Morning at Llangollen 10.00am – noon
Wed 29th Ephesians Bible Study IV at Ruabon 7.00pm
Wed 29th Prayer Fellowship with Presbyterian Church 7.15pm
Tue 4th Ruabon Coffee Morning at Llangollen 10.00am – noon
Sat 8th Garden Day at Rhosnesni 10.00am – 2.00pm
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.
When in Rome
In spite of having lived in San Francisco for many years, Nicolas Scotti had remained close to his roots in Rome, which may partly have explained his limited command of English. In 1977 he decided to visit his relatives back home before old age put a stop to air travel, but what he didn’t realise was that his plane had to refuel at Kennedy airport on its way to the Eternal City. So when it touched down, Signor Scotti assumed his journey was over, left the aircraft and spent the next two days in New York, convinced he was in Rome, but having difficulty finding his bearings, especially as so many of the city’s ancient monuments had been replaced by skyscrapers.
His plight wasn’t helped by the predominance of Americans he encountered, only a few of whom spoke Italian. Indeed it was an altercation with a policeman that revealed the cause of his confusion. After Signor Scotti had forcefully expressed his amazement that a policeman in Rome could not even speak his native language, an interpreter gently explained to him that he was actually in New York. This Signor Scotti flatly refused to believe. Even in the police car that raced him back to the airport, the elderly Italian stuck to his conviction. ‘I know I’m in Italy,’ he told the interpreter. `This is the way they drive.
Knowing God’s love
In the early 1700’s, John Wesley, an Anglican clergyman, met a Moravian believer from Europe. The Moravians were fired-up children of the Reformation. They were noted for their simple faith and their simple communal life-style. The English church had slipped into Low-church formalism. Wesley was someone searching for substance in his faith, but following the tendency of his day he saw his Christian life in the terms of a “continued endeavour to keep the whole law, inward and outward, to the utmost of my power”. Only by this means was Wesley persuaded that he “should be accepted of” God. Bohler, the Moravian, understood the Christian life “as reliance on the finished work of Christ”. Faith for him was still in the terms of the Anglican Homily from the time of the Reformation – “a sure trust and confidence which a man hath in God, through the merits of Christ his sins are forgiven and he reconciled to the favour of God.” Bohler, writing to Count Zinzendorf, said “our way of believing is so easy to an Englishmen, that they cannot reconcile themselves to it. If it were a little more artful, they would sooner find their way into it.”
Wesley’s meeting with Bohler opened him to the gospel. On attending a prayer meeting in 1738 and hearing read Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans, he came to understand the grace of God. “I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for my salvation.” From Wesley’s discovery of the depth of God’s grace, a great revival swept England, a revival focused on the impossible possibility of a personal relationship with the living God in Christ, apart from our own personal worthiness, or unworthiness. It was a revival focused on the truth presented in our passage for study – that Christ takes residence in our beings and overwhelms us with his love, by grace through faith.
In our passage for study, Paul prays that we might be strengthened in our inner being throughout the journey of life and that we might come to know the extent of God’s love, of his grace realized in us through Christ. He prays that we might be complete in Christ. The means, of course, is through faith.
The apostle’s prayer for spiritual maturity, in the sense of being filled with God’s fullness, identifies for us an important goal in the Christian life. This goal involves our knowing, in the sense of understanding and experiencing, God’s amazing grace, a love that transcends all knowledge. The means by which we build this spiritual maturity is faith, faith in the renewing work of Christ. Let us not fail to pray for spiritual maturity.
Rev Bryan Findlayson, Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Australia