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Jul 8, 2018

What's your map like?

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Mark 6:1-13

Do you like maps? One of the joys of reading fantasy is that fantasy worlds need maps, so that the reader can track the physical journey of the characters, as well as travel beside them in whatever quest they are completing.

I did a quick Internet search, and did you know that people have actually sat down and ranked the best fantasy maps of all time? (And some of them I actually agree with!) So, if you are the kind of person who geeks out over little line drawings of imaginary nation states, then this is the sermon for you!

2 Corinthians 5:16–21 & Ephesians 2:1–10

‘Renew’ and ‘renewal’ are words we commonly use when we’re talking about our legal and contractual obligations. “I mustn’t forget to renew my car registration next week,” we might say; or “Now I’m over 70 my annual driver’s licence renewal depends on a successful medical examination by my GP.”

Our Scripture readings this morning were also about renewal, but not of car insurance or drivers’ licences. The reading from 2 Corinthians 5 was about spiritual renewal, the renewal of the soul that happens when a person chooses to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ. The person who enters an active relationship with Jesus is renewed — starts again as a different kind of person.

John 17:1-11

A young couple had had a few years when they were a bit on the edge of their church congregation while their children went through the difficult baby and toddler stages. But now they were ready to get really involved again. So when the minister gave encouragement during the sermon one week for people to strengthen the fellowship within the congregation by offering hospitality to one another, the couple responded enthusiastically and invited half a dozen people to their home some days later.

When the day came for the dinner, after the predictable busy preparations, people gathered around the table for the meal. The father said to the oldest child, ‘Would you like to say grace for us?’ The little fellow looked embarrassed, leaned over and muttered, ‘I don’t know what to say.’ Dad smiled encouragingly and said, ‘Yes you do. Just say what mummy says.’ Everyone bowed their heads and the child prayed devoutly, ‘Dear God in heaven, why on earth did we invite all these people here!’

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...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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