Jul 19 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 21 July 2019

Reflection For The Week

Placing yourself in the presence of God.

The first thing we have to do is to be still physically. Next we have to halt the mind, something which is far more difficult to do. We have to empty it of our cares, anxieties and plans. Then we make a surprising discovery— the world turns without us. This means that neither we nor our schemes, which may appear to us to be of the utmost importance, and which are devouring all our energies, are as important as we imagine.

Then our projects lose their power over us. A healing process begins. Far from the strain and turmoil of life, our fragmented self is reassembled. We slowly become whole again. We rest quietly in the presence of God, like a little boat which has been tossed by the sea, and buffeted by the wind, rests secure in a sheltered harbour.

In His presence we experience our true worth, which consists, not in doing, but in being. We surrender ourselves into His hands. We are at peace. Even our dreams have been put to sleep.

6th Sunday after Pentecost C – 21 July 2019.pdf

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Jul 12 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 14 July 2019

Reflection For The Week

Often we never know exactly who it is we are meeting in the person of our neighbour. In the year 1880 in Paris a rather poorly dressed priest showed up at a presbytery, looking for a night’s lodgings. He had come from Turin, and was trying to raise funds to build a church. The visitor’s name was John Bosco. The resident priest put him in the attic. Many years later when John Bosco was canonised the priest said: ‘Had I know who it was; I would not have put him in the attic. I would have given him the best room in the house’.

Often we know even less of the true identity of those we come across who are in need of help. But it shouldn’t matter. All that is, is that we see in each of them a wounded being, and that we do our best to bind up their wounds. Let us stop for a moment and call to mind the number of times we have passed by someone who needed help.

5th Sunday after Pentecost C – 14 July 2019.pdf

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Jul 05 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 7 July 2019

Reflection For The Week

The seventy two were successful in their mission to bring healing and wholeness to people. They fought Satan, casting out demons. They were sent out like wolves among sheep, no mean feat. Despite this they came back with great joy. For Jesus it remains important that the work he started continues with us in our generation. We are called to be bold in our faith and to stand firm in the fight against the evils of the world, the flesh and devil. We must make sure that the church does not fail in its mission; in fact the church dare not fail. Christians today must carry the baton of spreading the faith and good news. We must guard against becoming complacent or going into maintenance mode. We must work hard in all areas of ministry, bringing good news, hope, and restoring dignity.

4th Sunday after Pentecost C – 7 July 2019.pdf

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Jun 28 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 30 June 2019

Reflection For The Week

We’ve all felt it. The rise in our gut when someone rejects our most cherished beliefs. We recognize the need to justify our views, prove we are right, defend our faith. But we don’t stop there. We also have the impulse to attack — to show how that person is wrong, misguided, even unfaithful. If we have structural or institutional power, we may move to shut them down and “command fire to come down from heaven and consume them” figuratively if not literally. It’s no surprise, then, that James and John seem eager to punish the Samaritans for their refusal to receive Jesus. They appear pretty confident, offering to command fire to come down and consume these knuckleheaded villagers. The impulse to attack tells us that, according to Jesus, we must do a full 180-degree pivot, turning our gaze from “the other” to examining ourselves instead. We must ask: To what am I attached today that keeps me from following Jesus fully and freely.

Pew Leaflet – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost.pdf

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Jun 14 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 16 June 2019

Reflection on Trinity Sunday
As we have a combination of celebrations this weekend, we are reminded of the Holy Trinity, the role of Fathers and the dynamics of our youth in society. For me what binds these is the challenge of identity. We reflect attributes of our parents for reasons of both nature and nurture. Many of our characteristics are genetic and hereditary (nature). We also become more like our parents in time, as we are impacted by their example (nurture). In the same way, you reflect your Father’s attributes because of nature and nurture. When you became a Christian, the Bible says you were born again (John 3:3). God gave you a new nature, His nature. While you still struggle with sin because you live in an earthly body, you have been changed into a new person internally. And you no longer continually live in sin. The DNA test is clear. We belong to God. The evidence is that you do not continually live a life of sin. As God’s child, God nurtures you and develops your character. God continually molds you and forms you. God transforms your mind (Rom. 12:2) and works in your life (Phil. 2:13) so you will live out your identity as God’s child. God is pleased and proud when you reflect God’s attributes to the world around you. While you will never be perfect on this earth, you are instructed to imitate Christ and reflect God’s character.

Pew Leaflet – tRINITY sUNDAY16 June 2019.pdf

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