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17 July 2024

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We follow the revised common lectionary (RCL) which has a three year cycle. This week in Year B includes the first of a seven-week series from the letter to the Ephesians. The first reading is found in this newsletter where we usually have our multi-language passages. It’s quite a dense piece of writing, and much of it forms one sentence (see verses 7-14). I’ve added Paul’s prayer separately which comes after the reading to give it some balance. It’s a great prayer. There is much in Ephesians chapter one about our rescue by Jesus (salvation, redemption through his blood, and forgiveness of sins are the words used), and much about grace which is a reminder that we are not brought into this new family of God because of our own merits. We are adopted and given an inher- itance by grace only (through faith) and because of God’s purpose for our lives. This all happens because we hear and believe the Gospel of our salvation, and we are marked with a seal - the Holy Spirit - as a downpayment (or guarantee) of things to come. Have a look at the passage (Eph 4:3-14). Read it a few times. Look for words that are repeated. Ask God to help you understand these prom- ises. And give thanks, just as Paul does - it’s all to the praise of God’s glory. Then read the prayer which is on a separate page (Eph 4:15-23) and make it a prayer for yourself and all of us here. Paul prays that they (the churches in Asia Minor) may know Jesus better (this was probably a circular letter). We also have the privilege of learning to know Jesus and his grace better as well. Praise God!

I’ve left out the gospel passage from Mark this week which is the rather grim story of the death of John the Baptist. You can read it if you like (Mark 6:14-29). Matt Skinner a Presbyterian New Testament scholar writes this: “This is a depic- tion of noxious people with very little impulse control who hold positions of power.” Herod Antipas and Herodias are in Skinner’s words unprincipled, self- absorbed, and depraved, and the whole thing reminds me really of the ruthless despots we and especially those in conflict zones have to live with in this gener- ation. The courageous ones in this story are John’s disciples who ask for his body to give the prophet and cousin of Jesus an honourable burial. I trust that you are having a blessed school holiday break (for those who do) and that you are keeping warm during these cold winter weeks. At our Wednesday prayer meeting each week we pray for those of you facing daunting challenges through sickness and other tough things that come our way.

Grace and peace to you,


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‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,
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