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Nov 18, 2018

Hope

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1 Samuel 1:4-20; Mark 13:1-8

In my younger days (which of course are quite recent!) I was never much given to things like the lectionary, church calendar, colours and the like. I was probably like others from the Reformed traditions who saw such things as High Church, and at one time even Papish.
But the calendar and lectionary remind us of the big themes of our faith, and the core narrative of God’s relationship with humanity, of Jesus’ life and death and resurrection and the early story of the new community of the Way of Christ.

Isaiah 2:1-4, John 20:19-23

Last week, those of us who have led services over recent months were invited to a thank-you dinner provided by Kathy and Jenny. It was a lovely thought, and an enjoyable evening. It also involved some interesting conversation, which included an encouragement to be aware of the relevant issues of our day, to tackle the difficult problems, to continue asking the challenging questions. So even though I had already done some work on the assigned gospel reading, I decided to ditch that, and on what will probably be my last service with you for some time, go out with a bang rather than a whimper. Not that I was planning to do any whimpering, I must say!

Mark 12:28-34

The scribe in this story approached Jesus and asked him what commandment is the most important. He knew the answer and Jesus affirmed him. He said, “You are right, and you are not far from the kingdom of God.” Meaning, he was close, but perhaps he had not yet arrived.

What did Jesus mean when he said we should “Love the Lord our God, with all our heart, with all our soul, with all your mind and with all your strength?” And what did Jesus mean when he said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God?” Perhaps the scribe didn’t have enough love for others yet?

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Quote for today

...But you know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you. John14:17

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Our faith community began in 1975 as a small ecumenical gathering of people who settled in the new Canberra township of Tuggeranong. We have grown with the Tuggeranong Community, and our parish centre is the hub for our work, as a place of worship, of gathering, fellowship and ministry.

We come together for authentic and Christ-centred worship. While we worship in a variety of styles, we share a common focus on faithfully listening for God’s Word and sharing His kindness and compassion with others. We express our love for God and others through a range of ministries, and connections with our community.

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