Mar 17 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 19 March 2017

We all need this living water, and we all long for Jesus’ promise. And, for those of us who have found the faith to trust it, and have opened to the Spirit, we know the value of the gift that God gives us in Christ. But, this is not just a once-off thing. We need this living water daily, as much as we need the water that sustains our bodies. And so, each day, whether we experience joy or sorrow, we can open our lives anew to God’s Spirit. But, around us are others who also need the living water, and we have a responsibility to share it with them. This means that we can simply accept and love them, as Jesus did with this woman and through our welcome bring healing and refreshment to their hearts. How can you drink deep of God’s living water today? Who needs you to share this gift with them? (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – March 19 – Lent A3.pdf

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Mar 10 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 12 March 2017

REFLECTION FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

The faith that leads to new birth, which Jesus offered to Nicodemus, is a transforming encounter with a God who leads us into a whole new world – the world of God’s Reign, where children are the leaders, the meek inherit the earth, and the poor, the mourners and the peace makers are the recipients of God’s presence and grace. Once we have embraced this faith, we cannot help but begin to live this new life in such a way that it makes a difference in our families, our places of work and leisure, our communities and our churches. Once we have been born anew, we find ourselves recognizing Christ in those we would normally shun, and we begin to care about issues that we would normally ignore. It is not our obedience that leads us to life, but our faith. However, faith that does not change who we are and how we live, is not faith at all. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – March 12.pdf

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Mar 03 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 5 March 2017

The first week of Lent always leads us to contemplate the temptations of Jesus. We do this, firstly, to learn more about who Jesus was, and the kind of Messiah he chose to be. Then, secondly, we allow Jesus’ victory over temptation to inspire and strengthen us to face our own temptations. It’s important to realize that these were genuine temptations for Jesus. We may think that, since Jesus was God, there was never any chance that he would fail, but this denies his true humanity. Jesus could well have fallen and chosen to be a self-serving, power-hungry leader, like others in his (and our) world. But, he chose a different way – the way of service, sacrifice and simplicity. He chose to offer his life for the sake of others. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – March 5.pdf

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Mar 03 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 5 February 2017

The first week of Lent always leads us to contemplate the temptations of Jesus. We do this, firstly, to learn more about who Jesus was, and the kind of Messiah he chose to be. Then, secondly, we allow Jesus’ victory over temptation to inspire and strengthen us to face our own temptations. It’s important to realize that these were genuine temptations for Jesus. We may think that, since Jesus was God, there was never any chance that he would fail, but this denies his true humanity. Jesus could well have fallen and chosen to be a self-serving, power-hungry leader, like others in his (and our) world. But, he chose a different way – the way of service, sacrifice and simplicity. He chose to offer his life for the sake of others. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – March 5.pdf

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Feb 24 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 26 February 2017

As we reflect on the Transfiguration, our task is to recognize the way God’s glory is revealed in Jesus – not just in his miracles and resurrection, but also in his sacrificial death. We can take comfort in God’s affirmation of Jesus because it reveals something of God’s heart. We all face times of struggle, suffering and sacrifice, and it is tempting in those times to feel that God has either abandoned us or is punishing us. But, God’s promise to us is the same as God’s promise to Jesus – in our suffering God’s glory can be revealed, and we can experience a deeper sense of God’s presence and affirmation. We only need to recognize that God is with us, and that in, our suffering, God still seeks to reveal God’s glory through us. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Feb 26.pdf

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Feb 17 2017

Pew Leaflet 19 February 2017

If we really want to “be perfect as God is perfect” we must learn to love our enemies. This means that it’s not enough to just refuse to retaliate. We must also seek the best for those who hurt us. And, if doing this makes us like God, we can’t even find refuge in the idea that God will “get them” for us. We are asked to love our enemies because that’s how God loves! It’s not often that you hear holiness (or perfection or maturity) defined as loving your enemies, but that’s exactly what Jesus does. So, if we want to be holy, we’d better start

learning to love in this radical, transforming way. What enemies need you to learn to love them today? (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Feb 19.pdf

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Feb 10 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 12 February 2017

If you look at all the “laws” Jesus offers in today’s reading you will see that he moves from outward observance to heart attitude in every case. Instead of focussing on murder, Jesus confronts anger. Instead of adultery, he confronts lust and the abuse of women in divorce. In place of vow-making, Jesus calls for a commitment of heart that requires no dramatic promises. The law can control the worst that human beings can do, but it cannot motivate people to live up to their best. Only a heart that is transformed by love can do that, and that is the essence of Jesus teaching. How can you allow love to transform you a little more into your best self today? (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Feb 12.pdf

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Feb 03 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 5 Feb 2017

The metaphor of salt and light is a powerful one. Neither salt nor light are valuable because of what they are in themselves. Salt is valuable because it brings out the flavour in food, and light is valuable because it brings out the colour and beauty of the world. In these verses Jesus is calling us to be those whose hearts are so devoted to God and others that the world is a more flavourful and colourful place for everyone we encounter. And when we become people like this, the people whose lives we touch will inevitably praise the God who has formed us into such caring, creative people. How can you live as salt and light today? (Sacredise)

pew leaflet 5 feb 2017.pdf

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Jan 27 2017

Pewleaflet Sunday 29th January 2017

God of all blessing, in Christ you open for us a new way of living: purge us of our easy acceptance of the ways of the world, and forge in us the radical vision of your reign, that your will may be done on earth as in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Pew Leaflet – Jan 29.pdf

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Jan 20 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 22 January 2017

O God of new beginnings: give us courage to turn and joyfully follow you into new adventures of faithful service; through Jesus Christ our light and our salvation, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Liturgy – Parish Family Day.pdf

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