Freedom

Sunday 2nd June 2019

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We are saved from slavery to sin; Jesus has dealt with sin and calls us into a way of freedom. We are freed from the power of oppression, given the power to fight against it and enabled to stand in the time of temptation. We stand knowing we are forgiven and, in turning to Jesus, we are made pure. Each step we take towards God perfects us so that we become holy as he is holy.

Jesus teaches us to pray that his kingdom come and that his will is done on Earth as it is in heaven, and that the way he leads us does not lead us into temptation. He knows that we fall but he has set forgiveness at our hearts so that as we forgive we can know the depths of his forgiveness. His love casts out the fear of punishment and the oppression of guilt, so that we can ask in confidence that we might be saved from ourselves.

All the readings today hammer this home. If we reflect on the story from Acts we are confronted with Paul’s strengths and weaknesses. The events are a challenge to our Christian, scientific and secular assumptions. And church history has changed the simplicity of accepting Jesus as Lord.

We are truly blessed in our times. In the UK we are privileged to live in a time of peace and yet there is much suffering and marginalisation. However, there is the understanding of a better way and hope. Amongst our leaders, there are voices of love. We can make this part of our prayer: imagine the good that is for all and ask God to release blessing. Our prayer is, Come, Lord Jesus. Come! In the habit of praying continually that God’s will is done now as it is in heaven, we are made secure in the revelation that we are one in Christ, as Christ is One in the Father.

Acts 16:16-34

One day, as we were going to the place of prayer… he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

Psalm 97

The LORD is king! …

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;

and all the peoples behold his glory.

… you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;

you are exalted far above all gods.

The LORD loves those who hate evil;

he guards the lives of his faithful;

he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Revelation 22:12-21

“See, I am coming soon… “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

John 17:20-26

“… The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one … I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”.

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

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