Yearly Archives: 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

How do we respond to church members who hold very strong views which cause conflict within the church?  How do we respond to neighbours, or colleagues at work, who challenge our way of thinking and make implicit criticisms of the views we hold?  I suspect that most of us would shy away from these people, […]

Advent Sunday

The week beginning Sunday, 2nd December marks the first Sunday in Advent and the start of a new lectionary year as we transition to the Bible readings of ‘Year C’.  The word advent comes from two Latin words ‘Ad’ meaning to, and ‘Vent’ which means coming.  Advent is a coming towards.  The message of advent […]

26th Sunday after Pentecost (33rd in Ordinary) and 25th Sunday in Trinity

In the Gospel reading this week, Jesus foretells the horrors that would befall Jerusalem in AD 70, about 40 years after his own death.  The Roman Emperor Titus surrounded the city and starved its inhabitants into submission.  The events within the city were unimaginably terrible.  Although none of us, hopefully, will ever endure anything so […]

24th Sunday after Pentecost (23rd Sunday in Trinity)

A well-known educationalist once said, we often end up valuing what we can measure rather than attempting to measure what is of real value.  This practice spills over into church life as we strive to quantify spiritual standards by how pious we have been.  This religiosity or legalism was no less prevalent in Jesus’ day.  […]

23rd Sunday after Pentecost (22nd Sunday in Trinity)

All the blessings of this life and the wonders of this world pale into insignificance when compared with the all surpassing gift of our eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.  The cry of humanity should therefore be: “What must we do to be saved?”  In the Gospel passage appointed for this week we find the answer […]

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (21st in Trinity)

How important are hierarchies to us?  Do we continually look up to people who hold positions of great status and / or power?  Or, if we are one of these people, do we have a smug sense of superiority when we are asked what job we do?  However, the most important question is what did […]

21st Sunday after Pentecost (20th in Trinity)

Within the life of the church we often pray for the poorest members of our community but, reading the Gospel passage assigned to this week, I wonder whether we should pray for the richest members of our society instead.  Seen within the context of eternity, it is the rich who are most vulnerable to not […]

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (27th in Ordinary)

The Gospel reading assigned to this week is Jesus’ teaching on divorce.  As always, it is helpful to understand the context in which Jesus was speaking.  In Jesus’ time, the Jewish law of divorce was based on Moses teaching in Deuteronomy.  This could be interpreted as a man was able to divorce his wife (not […]

Discipleship Training

at Emmanuel Church

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Training planned for 2018/19 to dovetail with Church Vision of “Growing in Discipleship”

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”
Matthew 28:19

See below for resources on Discipleship, Evangelism and Discerning your Gifts

 

Sharing your Faith

  • Tips on Sharing your Faith
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Booklet on Sharing Faith

Discerning your Gifts

  • Discovering your Gifts for God’s Kingdom
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What are my gifts and how can I best serve

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