Sunday 4th November 2018

Psalm 146…

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,

who made heaven and earth,
the sea,
and all that is in them;

who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.

The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,

but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the LORD!

Hebrews 9:11-14    

But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, … he entered once for all into the Holy Place…with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

Mark 12:28-34

… When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him,

“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

 

We have been pleased in the last couple of weeks to welcome visitors to our meeting. What a wealth of wisdom we have shared!

The psalm is a deep pool of blessing for our prayer life. It offers a framework for approaching God; it points to the beyondness, yet nearness of the God we trust.

Zion, through the blood of Christ has become all humanity. This is the good news; as he is the Light all are called to not only bear the light but become the light. We are the light as he is the light.

One spoke of how we are like a planting of God in a garden; we are given space to grow and our purpose is being in that place. We are the presence of God where we are placed.

It is not us, but it is the Lord, creator of all that there is, seen and unseen who transforms and redeems. It is towards the earth and individuals that his care is turned and the “way” of the wicked is brought to ruin. In our understanding we are not far from the kingdom of God, but it is in becoming the message, followers of Jesus found in Christ, who by his life blood are saved, we enter it. As the new Zion, the place of God’s dwelling not made with human hands, we stand with our consciences purified and bring the presence of the rule and judgement of God to the whole Earth.

The earth and the sea are the Lords, all that has life. The oppressed, the hungry, the prisoners and those bowed down by injustice, the stranger and the dispossessed are his. This our hope; in Christ all are redeemed.

We meet at the chapel on a Wednesday evening at 8pm until 8-40pm for a period of prayer including 20 minutes silent prayer.

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