Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Ezekiel 43:27 - 44:4 1 Corinthians 13 S. Luke 2: 22-40
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E. Prayer
This Week: Tues (Presentation of Christ in theTemple)
O Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do: Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Get yourself a good education is advice that we often hear. It’s impossible not to have an education; but it’s the quality of the education that really counts. I was educated at the university of life, some people say. And they’re not far from the truth because education is a womb to tomb experience, not something that just takes place in our earlier years.
Education actually means being led out of something: being led from ignorance to knowledge, from darkness into light, from inability to skill. Educators are people who lead others to greener pastures, to knowledge, to adventure and opportunity.
We are lucky to have such a range of academic facilities available to us. As Christians too we have the luxury of our faith schools. In these schools there is a distinct ethos: Christ is at the centre of our teaching and learning. Faith schools don’t simply teach or train; they form people. To form people in the image and likeness of Christ means to make them whole people, people who are rounded in faith as well as in academic excellence.
We’re fortunate to have such dedicated staff in our faith schools who recognise their vocation of leading people out of darkness into light We acknowledge and celebrate the benefits our Christian education systems bring us, and we pledge to continue supporting them all in the future.
WORD OF GOD
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13: 7)
WORD FOR TODAY
God does not create audience members. Everyone is an actor in God’s plan for the world. Before we even come to birth God knows what we are capable of, and he is waiting patiently for us to play our part in the drama of making him known and loved in our world. Do we know our lines?
IN THESE TIMES OF DEVELOPMENT everybody is in a hurry and everybody is in a rush, and on the way there are people falling down, who are not able to compete. These are the ones we want to love and serve and take care of.
(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
THERE IS SO MUCH MISERY, LORD, and how do I respond? I drown out your cry with the music of my Walkman. When they judge you unjustly, I become absorbed in my favourite sports or sitcoms. When you are imprisoned, I go on vacation or a shopping spree. Sometimes I give a small donation or old clothes to be rid of you and to feel pious without following your path.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Genesis 18: 1-15, Matt 27: 11-26, Hebrews 4: 11-end
Tues (PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE): Malachi 3: 1-5, Hebrews 2: 14-end, S. Luke 2: 22-40
Wed: Genesis 19: 1-3, 12-29, Matthew 27: 45-56, 1 Cor 14: 1-19
Thur: Gen 21: 1-21, Matthew 27: 57-end, 1 Cor 14: 20-end
Fri: Gen 22: 1-19, Matt 28: 1-15, 1 Corinthians 16: 1-9
Sat: Gen 23, Matthew 28: 16-end, 1 Corinthians 16: 10-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Exodus 34: 29-end, 2 Corinthians 3:12 - 4:2, S. Luke 9: 28-43a