Notices for Sunday 6th November 2016

Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the burning bush, saying, ‘God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob!’ God isn’t the God of dead men, but of the living. To him all are alive.”
Luke 20:37b-38 (Message)

Help us Father God through the power of your Holy Spirit to take the message of the Gospel into all the places where the world finds only death.
Amen

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Rev John Wiggall
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan

Our thanks for the flowers given this morning by Joan McGowan in memory of her father-in-law Terrance (Mac) McGowan
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 13th November
10.45am       At Hope Parish Church (Remembrance) Rev John Wiggall

Diary Dates

November
Mon 7th        Alpha Course at Gresford 6.30pm
Tue 8th        Every Day with Jesus Study Group 10.30am
Wed 9th       Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 9th       Wisdom Through the Bible 2.00pm at home of Elizabeth Coulton
Fri 11th         NO Friday Lunch Club today
Sat 12th       Autumn Fair at Rhosddu
Sat 26th       Christmas festival at Llangollen 1.00pm
Sat 26th       Christmas Fair at Overton 2.00pm
Sun 27th       Messy Church here at Caergwrle 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Mon 28th      “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm at the home of Barry and Angela Smith
Tue 29th      Christmas Gift Stall at Rhosymedre 2.00pm
Tue 29th      Extraordinary Church Council Meeting 7.30pm
Wed 30th     Circuit Meeting Caergwrle 7.30pm

December
Sat 3rd         Christmas Fair at Gresford 12.30pm

Please pray for the following:
Isobel Holroyd
Dorreen Holroyd
Michael Shipley
Keith and Myra Baugh
Evelyn Taylor
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz
Rev Phil Poole
Deacon Lisa Rathbone

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.

THIS OR THAT?
Luke 20:27-38

DIAGNOSIS: This Age

Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) : Dead

When you’re dead, you’re dead. So say the Sadducees. (“They didn’t believe in the resurrection, and that’s why they were sad, you see” — Old Sunday-School humour.) We say the same thing. You hear it all the time. “You only go around once.” “Live your life to the fullest, because you never know when it might be your last day.” To be sure, we declare our belief in the “resurrection of the body” every week in church, but our daily lives, our daily actions and attitudes, suggest we really believe otherwise.

Step 2: Advanced Diagnosis (Internal Problem) : Childless

For those who are dying with no hope for our own future, we turn our attention to leaving a legacy. We want our lives to make a difference, to mean something. We want at least to be remembered. “We will never forget you,” we solemnly promise too-soon deceased friends in eulogies and still-active Facebook pages, never pausing to ponder how long, realistically, our own memories will last. We erect monuments, name buildings, and endow chairs. Those of us who have children take some comfort that at least our family story will be continued, while those who are denied even that comfort through infertility or the loss of a child are understandably devastated.

Step 3: Final Diagnosis (Eternal Problem) : Unworthy

But living vicariously through our children or the memory of others is really an attempt to make them an extension of ourselves. All our relationships become perverted by our inward preoccupation. Wives and husbands become possessions, means for our own ends. And such exploitation ultimately also has implications for our relationship with God: Our utilitarian social arrangements with their selfish hidden agendas make us unworthy of the Kingdom of God, and our scorn of the resurrection threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

PROGNOSIS: That Age

Step 4: Initial Prognosis (Eternal Solution) : Worthy

There will apparently be some, at least, who are considered worthy of God’s kingdom in “that age.” But their worth will not be on account of their deeds, or on account of their legacies or those who remember them after they are gone. They will be considered worthy because of the worth of the one who gives his life for them. Only because of Jesus’ death and resurrection do the unworthy become worthy.

Step 5: Advanced Prognosis (Internal Solution) : Children

Baptized into his death and resurrection and trusting, by the grace of God, in our new-found worthiness, we find that the important relationships in our lives are not the ones that further our personal agendas. Our baptism has made us children of God, and it is in that relationship that we find our primary identity. We are thus freed from the need to possess one another, to use others toward our own ends. We become instead a living legacy of our Lord, his living body in and for the world.

Step 6: Final Prognosis (External Solution) : Living

Resurrection ceases to be a matter for idle debating. It becomes instead a living reality in our lives, even on this side of the grave, where even now we are like angels, messengers of God’s good news, the life-giving message. And we take that message into all the places where the world finds only death, because all those for whom Christ died are alive to God. And because they are alive to God, they are alive also to us, worthy also of our love and compassion. That’s the kind of life that really matters, the kind of life that cannot die.

Chris Repp, http://www.crossings.org

 

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