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This week we’re thrilled to welcome Adrian and Anita Lovell to our church, our link missionaries with CMS (the Church Missionary Society) in Bolivia, South America. This Sunday, Adrian will be speaking on the topic ‘Hearts Aligned’ from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.
During the services, Adrian and Anita will share with us about what they do as missionaries, and will give us plenty of things to pray for as they represent us in teaching the next generation of Christian leaders in Bolivia.
At lunchtime this Sunday 3rd March, we’re going to have a Bolivian Lunch at the church, and we would love for you to join us!
If you’re considering popping in and checking out our church, then this is an ideal Sunday to join us at either 10am or 5pm. And if you can’t make it in person, join us at www.oakflats.tv for a live stream of our services.
How long is it since the 10 Commandments were read, or even mentioned, in our worship services? At least eight years ago was suggested and it could be longer taking us back to when the Communion Services were closely aligned with the Liturgy of the Prayer Book (PB). The richness of the PB has been lost to a great degree as we have rushed to express ourselves in more contemporary language, in a quest for relevance in a changing world, and partly in seeking to shorten the actual service/worship times and fill them with other matters.
Have we reached the stage where we would do well to look again at the PB for some aspects of our liturgy?
Why did Thomas Cranmer and colleagues think it important to include the 10 Commandments in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) in the first place? Copious words have been written on this aspect, but suffice it to say they wished to insert them as a reminder of the Law given by God to Moses and the terms under which the people were to conduct themselves. The coming of Jesus as Lord and Saviour did not cancel out the Law but pointed to the perfect sacrifice He was to offer on our behalf. In Matthew 22:36-37 Jesus was asked by the Pharisees (the Jewish elite) about the Commandments and he answered: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (NASB)
If it was good enough for Jesus to refer to the Commandments then where does that leave us? Many have forgotten that our Justice System to this very day is based on the principles contained in the Commandments. Some in our society would like other religious laws adopted while others think a combination would work. We have the perfect law from our Great God and when Enough is Enough?
– GEOFF KYNGDON