Notices for Sunday 17th July 2016

The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.
Col 1:26 (Message)

Thank you Father God that we can be reconciled to you if we let Jesus be supreme in our lives.

Welcome to our preacher this morning who is Rev Richard Sharples
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan

Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Christina Wright in memory of her husband Percy
Organist: Lydia Edwards

Sunday 24th July
11.00am        Rev Dan and Mrs Grace Parry
Vestry Steward – Elizabeth
Door Steward – Bob
Tea Hosts – Bob and Evelyn

Diary Dates

Tue 19th       Every Day with Jesus Study Group 10.30am
Tue 26th      Coffee Morning Llangollen 10.00am – noon
Wed 27th     Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 27th     “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship at Hope Parish Church  7.30pm (4th Wed in the month)

Please pray for the following:
Isobel Holroyd
Dorreen Holroyd
Vanessa Woolrich
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz
Michael Shipley

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.

Col 1:15-28

The passage before us is part of a larger section dealing with the person and work of Christ, 1:3-23. In hymn-like prose Paul establishes the credentials of Jesus: his preeminence over the created order, his authority over the church, and his prime function of reconciling all creation to himself. By means of these substantial truths Paul confirms the security of our standing in the presence of the living God.

The work of reconciliation is cosmic in application, cf. Eph.1:10. It is not just the reconciliation of a broken humanity, a making peace between God and mankind, but also a reconciliation of “things in heaven.” The great theologian Origen suggested that these “things” may be fallen angels. Certainly, it does seem that Christ’s work of reconciliation, as well as reconciling a humanity subjected to futility, also extends to the reconciliation of hostile spiritual powers in heavenly places.

Set your eyes on Jesus

The power of this present shadow-land rests with its immediacy. Our moment is filled with sensual experiences which subsume the delicacy of spiritual mysteries. The strength of our feelings, our confidence in self, the pressure of our pier group and the directing force of circumstance, all shape our lives, all channel us. The power of the moment is often the master.

The events of our time fill us with insecurity. Yet, we must not look at the shadows as if they are substantial. We should focus on the substance, focus on Christ. When we look at Christ, what do we see?

First, we see the Lord who is both the agent of creation and the sustainer of the heavens and the earth. Everything about us seems to be mindless, beyond our control. The mindless rush of life’s events channel us, confine us. Yet, when we view life this way we am not seeing it the way it really is. Jesus actually made it and sustains it. Even the powers of darkness, ranting and raging, have no being in themselves, no substance in themselves.

Second, we see the Lord of the church. To the naked eye, the church is but a little flock, powerless and infantile, ignored by the headlong rush of secular society. Yet, when we view it this way we am not seeing it the way it is. This little gathering of God’s people is the very substance of the person of Christ. He has, in a sense, infused this people. Jesus is Lord, so in everything, even in the church, he has supremacy.

Third, we see the Lord who is the reconciler of humanity. In our person we sense a distance from God; we feel unworthy. Yet, when we view our life this way, we am not seeing it the way it is. Christ has reconciled us to God. We are now at peace with God.

When we look full in the face of Jesus, the strength of the shadows about us fade in the glory of his radiance.

Rev Bryan Findlayson, New South Wales, Australia

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