In Paul's letter to the Colossians after he has spoken about the new life that God's people are to live, he turns his attention to what our life should look like together: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:15–17).
In these verses are three marks of God's new society. First, the peace of Christ is to rule among us. Our enmity with God has come to an end because Jesus "has made peace through his blood" (Col 1:20), this peace is then to flood into our relationships with one another. Life together in God's church is not always straightforward. The saying goes: "To live above with those you love: Undiluted glory. To live below with those you know: that's another story." This is why we must clothe ourselves with Christ, then our relationships will be marked by forgiveness, and we are to make choices based on whether or not our actions will bring about the peace of Christ or create unnecessary conflict.
Second, Paul exhorts us to be thankful. As we reflect on the good news of the gospel how could we not be filled with thanks! At other points in Colossians Paul strikes this same note of thanksgiving (1:3, 1:12, 2:7). Clearly thankfulness should be a mark of our life together.
Third, the message of Christ is to dwell among us richly. The gospel and all the teachings about Jesus should lavishly fill our communal life. Through teaching and admonishing, we gain fresh insights, are reminded of precious truths, and wrong ideas or behaviours are corrected. Perhaps it is comes as a surprise that one of the means listed by which this teaching and admonishing take place is through 'psalms and hymns and spiritual songs'. Of those three categories, 'Psalms' is the easiest to define - referring to the Psalms of the Old Testament. Hymns and Songs are less easy to categorize but would include other songs in Scripture as well as new songs being composed among Christians.
As we begin to re-gather on Sundays one of the great losses of this season will be the restriction on congregational singing. We will still have music and a song will be played so that we can to reflect upon the words. Also, we will have a section each week where we will read together either a Psalm, or prayer, or creed, or confession. While our corporate gatherings continue to take a different shape may we be a people marked by the peace of Christ, gratitude for the gospel, and abiding love for the God we meet in the message of Christ.
Plans for Sunday gatherings
I wrote last week about the tentative plan for regathering. Church@5 has restarted, this Sunday (August 2) 9am will restart, and the Sunday after (August 9) ten30church will commence.
With 9am beginning face to face we will no longer have our Zoom morning tea at 10am. But we will have a Zoom link-up at 9am and Church@5 if you want to join the service that way. The Online Service will also continue to be provided.
This Sunday - Hebrews 9:1-28
We continue in our series in Hebrews looking at the superior work of Jesus our great high priest. Jesus has made the perfect sacrifice of himself, this washes us clean of sin, brings us to God, and saves us for eternity. How wonderful to have this hope of eternal inheritance that is sure and secure.
Next week, Hebrews 10:1-25.
Kids Church News
One week to go and we will be able to see each other! Are you feeling excited? Last week we started our term by looking at what Jesus commanded his disciples to do when he left. It's our memory verse. He commanded them to go and make disciples of all nations and that he would be with them forever. We know that this is something we should do as well. This week we read in Acts that Jesus told His disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came down on them. And the exciting thing for us is that when we trust in Jesus we receive the Holy Spirit as well. He helps us tell people about Jesus! Isn't that wonderful. 1 - We have great news to share with our friends and 2. we don't have to do it by ourselves, the Holy Spirit will help us.
What will happen next week? We will be meeting at Tulloch Lodge. Enter through the front doors and turn right. Each parent/guardian will need to sign their children in and out of Kids church. There will be hand sanitiser for the children to use. We look forward to seeing you all soon
Next week: Gospel Project Gospel Presentation.
Download the St Aidan's Prayer Diary for August here.
Men's event - Saturday August 8
We're livestreaming the Katoomba Men's Convention. This is a great opportunity for the men of St Aidan's to gather and be encouraged by God's word. Register online, and let Rowland Alcorn (0458 704 118) or Chris Scott (0437 693 317) know that you're coming.
PWA Lego Fundraiser
Due to the Covid 19, the PWA has been unable to conduct its usual activities for charities and organisations of the church. As an alternative the large Lego Collection of James Jessiman is for sale to raise funds. If you are interested in purchasing some of the many Lego sets available contact Robyn Jessiman to make an appointment. Robyn lives next door to St Aidan's, her number is 69 251 060.
Here's an update about SRE in Wagga. SRE classes are able to resume from week three of this school term.
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