Sunday School and Sunday Worship
This Week’s Readings
16 October 2017
BIBLE: GALATIANS 3.26 – 4.7
For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
JOHN 17. 20- 24
I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them, and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Loving God, we rejoice in your reconciling presence.
You are creating community.
Forgive us for not living in real fellowship within our own community.
Forgive us for our past enmity between us as different branches of the church.
Forgive us for preaching reconciliation,
but failing to live as a reconciled people.
Forgive us for failing you and your world.
Despite our failures, Lord, you forgive and encourage us to try again.
When we remember how you have accepted us,
we are determined to love all people everywhere.
This drives us on; this comforts us; this strengthens us.
You will never fail us.
Thank you, God.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
There is no salvation outside the Church.
Cyprian, (d.258) Letter 73: The Baptismal Controversy V. p.169.
Where is that for which we have prayed and do pray to God? Not riches for ourselves, or bodily pleasures, or popular honours and applause, but that a way may be opened to us as we seek God and the soul. Will he abandon us or we him?
Augustine, (354-430) The Soliloquies VI p.56.