Today we stand to remember so many lives that were lost in conflicts past and present. The statistics on war are frightening and today on Remembrance Sunday we could choose to get lost in these and we must remember. Yet as both Henri Nouwen and Pete Grieg help us to see, we have choices to make over what we see around us and how we choose to live our lives. As we commend so many to God today, we ask God to help our choices and our viewpoint and to shine in this place with His love.
Romans 8:15 tells us that we have the privilege and wonder of being adopted into God’s family. We explore how that impacts on us by giving us a new identity and means we call God our Father in prayer. This comes with the responsibility of carrying God’s name, honouring that and allowing God to change us to be more like Him. We unpack how adoption also impacts on the way we relate to others , our church family, those with whom we work and play and the weak and vulnerable in our society.
In today's talk we think about Romans 12, the passage that Sarah chose for her licensing and how that may apply to us individually and collectively. The passage calls us to be renewed, be genuine and live our lives for God's glory and in service of others. We think about this passage and the letter written to the angel of the church in Yaxley when the church was going in to vacancy. How can we focus on this and those areas for ourselves and for our church and community.
Today we launch the fundraising appeal for the servery, toilet and upstairs work. In the talk we think about how our buildings can be used for mission and ministry and how we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us as well as laying the foundations for those who will use St. Peter's in future generations. How do we glorify God in our buildings, in our communities and through who we are and what we do and what do we use as our building materials.
Click here if you'd like to listen to the song played during the service - Lou Fellingham's Build This House
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