If I asked you to create a picture of freedom, then what would you draw?
Maybe you might paint a prison door opening, or the shackles of a slave being released?
Or perhaps you might draw a picture of a person running down an endless beach, or someone standing at the edge of a giant canyon with arms raised high?
Some businesses try to use the idea of freedom to convince us to book a holiday, or apply for a loan, or purchase a car, or gamble in a lottery… even though these things often end up enslaving us.
The Bible tells us how we can become truly free… and the method is surprising.
It’s summed up beautifully in the words of our Anglican Prayer Book, which say to God that his “service is perfect freedom.”
It’s really quite odd to say that we can gain freedom from becoming servants, and yet, the New Testament writers kept telling us that they were servants (or more literally ‘slaves’) of Christ.
In fact, we read this phrase from the hand of Paul, James, Peter and Jude, who regarded this concept as being at the very core of the Christian identity.
But this should come as no surprise to us: Jesus said of himself in Mark 10:45 that “even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
So as we serve each other, let us enjoy the freedom that comes from being a slave of Christ.
After all, when Jesus is our slave master, we experience a love that came at the very expense of his life.
And so, as we gather to serve each other, let us do so as people who joyfully consider God’s service as perfect freedom.
This weekend we continue our series on 2 Samuel. In the next talk, Jodie will be speaking on the topic, “Real hope in the real king”, from chapter 22 verse 1 to chapter 23 verse 7.
At both our services, we will have a special update about Church Missionary Society (CMS) which is our Mission of the Month.
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion Second Order AAPB service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.
This weekend, we continue our series looking at 2 Samuel as Simon Chaplin preaches from chapter 19 verse 1 to chapter 20 verse 36, with the title, “The return of the King”.
Church Missionary Society (CMS) is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.
The Ladies Guild are meeting together this Wednesday 22nd November for lunch at Emma’s (‘Crust and Crumb’ at 22 Allowrie St), 12pm for a start at 12.30pm. Contact Helen Curll for further details.
It’s great to be holding the combined SRE assembly in our church building this year. To make it an even better experience for the children could we have some volunteers to decorate the church before Thursday 30th November. The decorations can then stay for the whole Christmas period. See Lesley Errington if you are able to help.
Are you free Saturday 2nd December from 8am to midday for a working bee? We’d love to spring-clean the church before our Christmas celebrations.
Put the date in your diary and start inviting friends! Two Saturdays before Christmas, the 16th December at 5pm.
Each week we need to receive $1,000 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $992, leaving a gap of $8.
Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $46,656. Compared to that total we received $42,168, leaving a gap of $4,488.
Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .
This week we learnt that over 60% of adults who returned the postal survey indicated that they were in favour of changing the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Our Archbishop Glenn Davies says he accepts the outcome of the marriage postal plebiscite, but warns that there must be freedom of speech, conscience and belief for Christians and others who disagree:
“Now that the outcome is that the ‘yes’ vote is the majority vote on behalf of the Australian people – as I said to the Prime Minister 18 months ago on behalf of other religious leaders that if that’s what the Australian people want then we live in a democracy and I recognise and acknowledge that outcome.”
“That doesn’t mean I will change my views. I will still continue to teach that marriage is, in God’s plan, between a man and a woman. But I acknowledge that once the parliament passes those laws, that will no longer be the law of the land.
“The consequences then are – what happens to people who want to hold to that truth? It is one thing to say, for example, we don’t have laws against adultery in this country, but I still want to say adultery is wrong – it is immoral. I want to be able to uphold that teaching without the law saying to me – no, it is not illegal, so you can’t say that.
“At the moment that’s not the case, but the way in which we have seen in other Western Democracies, the coercive effect of changing the definition of marriage has been to restrict people’s ability to hold a different point of view. And one of the outstanding points of democracy and human dignity – is the freedom of speech, the freedom of faith and the freedom of conscience.
Therefore what the Parliament needs to do now, in legislating for same-sex marriage, is to do so in a way which protects people’s liberties.”
This weekend we continue our series on 2 Samuel. In the next talk, Simon Chaplin will be speaking on the topic, “The return of the King”, from chapter 19 verse 1 to chapter 20 verse 36.
At our 5pm Saturday service we will be celebrating the baptism of Ethan & Gracie Gray, and we would love you to join us for this special event.
Also during our 5pm Saturday service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Simon will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, and our new youth group Alive! meets straight after dinner. Or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.
See you at 5pm this Saturday or 8am this Sunday, God willing!