Weekly News July 26, 2018

The world is in desperate need of more love, more joy, more peace, more patience, more kindness, more faithfulness, more gentleness, and more self-control. But where are these going to come from?

This summer at St. Paul’s we are exploring what Galatians 5:22 calls “The Fruit of the Spirit,” and looking in detail at the kind of spiritual growth that makes more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control possible. Our hope is that we’ll not only grow in our understanding of how genuine spiritual growth works but that, in the process, we’ll get to experience that growth for ourselves.

I hope you’re able to join us this summer as we learn what it takes to:

* Experience more Goodness (July 29)

* Practice greater Faithfulness (Aug. 5)

* Show more Gentleness (Aug. 22)

* And Get a handle on Self-Control (Aug. 19).

Rev. David Turner+

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Weekly News July 19, 2018

The world is in desperate need of more love, more joy, more peace, more patience, more kindness, more faithfulness, more gentleness, and more self-control. But where are these going to come from?

This summer at St. Paul’s we are exploring what Galatians 5:22 calls “The Fruit of the Spirit,” and looking in detail at the kind of spiritual growth that makes more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control possible. Our hope is that we’ll not only grow in our understanding of how genuine spiritual growth works but that, in the process, we’ll get to experience that growth for ourselves.

I hope you’re able to join us this summer as we learn what it takes to:

  • Follow the way of Kindness (July 22)
  • Experience more Goodness (July 29)
  • Practice greater Faithfulness (Aug. 5)
  • Show more Gentleness (Aug. 22)
  • And Get a handle on Self-Control (Aug. 19).

Rev. David Turner+

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Weekly News July 12, 2018

The world is in desperate need of more love, more joy, more peace, more patience, more kindness, more faithfulness, more gentleness, and more self-control. But where are these going to come from?

This summer at St. Paul’s we are exploring what Galatians 5:22 calls “The Fruit of the Spirit,” and looking in detail at the kind of spiritual growth that makes more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control possible. Our hope is that we’ll not only grow in our understanding of how genuine spiritual growth works but that, in the process, we’ll get to experience that growth for ourselves.

I hope you’re able to join us this summer as we learn what it takes to:

* Become more Patient (July 15)

* Follow the way of Kindness (July 22)

* Experience more Goodness (July 29)

* Practice greater Faithfulness (Aug. 5)

* Show more Gentleness (Aug. 22)

* And Get a handle on Self-Control (Aug. 19).

Rev. David Turner+

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Weekly News June 28, 2018

It’s only very recently that I’ve started to wonder what it is that we mean when we sing, “God keep our land glorious and free”. As the only explicitly religious verse in our national anthem, it’s worth thinking about carefully, especially as people of faith.

By “glorious” do we just mean that we want Canada to be impressive or imposing, and by ‘free’ do we just mean that we want to be able to do whatever we want? And what exactly do we imagine God might do for us in answer to this petition?

One way of responding to these questions is by looking at what the Apostle Paul calls “the fruit of the Spirit”. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). For Paul, these things are the visible evidence and the natural outcome of a life that is led by the Holy Spirit, who comes to those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. The fruit of the Spirit is the substance of a life led by the Spirit of God, and through which our lives bring glory to God.

Jesus’ says in John 15:8 “My Father,” that is, God, “is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit…” He’s talking about the fruit of the Spirit, and he’s showing us what it truly means to be glorious. It isn’t about being impressive or imposing. It’s about living the kind of life that points to the goodness of God.

But Paul also talks about the fruit of the Spirit being the evidence of a life that has been set free by God, set free from the forces (both internal and external) that keep us from living lives that point to the goodness of God.

In short, the fruit of the Spirit is what it truly looks like for God to make us glorious and free. It’s what he does through the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of everyone who believes in Jesus. Imagine what it would look like for a whole nation to be made glorious and free like that.

Rev. David Turner+

Spiritual growth is not optional for those who believe in Jesus Christ, not because it’s a requirement for those who believe, but because it’s supposed to be inevitable. Like any organic growth, Spiritual growth is gradual (sometimes painfully so), it goes up and down with the seasons of our lives, and it’s mysterious…but it is inevitable.

The Spirit of God is given to everyone who places his or her hope in Jesus Christ to produce the things in our lives that will make us more like Jesus (i.e., the “the Fruit of the Spirit – Gal 5:22-23). If Jesus is the priority of our lives, then spiritual growth must be a priority in our lives too.  And, like fruit, it’s good for us.

The world is in desperate need of true spiritual growth. The world needs more love, more joy, more peace, more patience, more kindness, more goodness, more faithfulness and more self-control, and it’s the calling of Christian people to produce more of these good things for the world.

For these reasons and more we are going to take 8 weeks this summer to focus in on the Fruit of the Spirit and examine what it takes to see more of it in our lives.

It’s gonna be even better than strawberry season!

Sun. July 1

Glorious and Free  =  Love and Joy

Sun. July 8th

Growing in Peace

Sun. July 15th

More Patience Right Now!

Sun. July 22nd 

The Way of Kindness

Sun.  July 29th 

Oh My Goodness!

Sun. Aug 5th 

It Ain’t Easy Being Faithfull

Sun. Aug 12th

Gentleness Galore

Sun. Aug 19th 

Getting a Handle on Self-Control

 

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Weekly News June 21, 2018

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

– Romans 8:28 –

Employing Your Experience

This Sunday will mark the sixth and final installment of our sermon series exploring the ways that we have been shaped for God’s purposes. Guided by the acronym ‘SHAPE’, developed by Rich Warren, we have examined our Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, and Personality. This Sunday, we are going to look at how our Experiences shape, not only who we are, but how we can live out God’s good and life-giving purposes in the world.

When it comes to the area of experience, it’s important to recognize that God can use all of our experiences for his good purposes. This includes those experiences which may not seem particularly spiritual or godly, and which may have even been negative and/or painful. God never wastes a good or bad experience to draw us closer to himself and to make his loving reign known in the world.

The Rev. Dan McMullen, Diocesan Missioner of the Upper Kennebecasis, will be with us this Sunday morning at St. Paul’s.

In addition to speaking to us about the ways that God makes use of our experiences, Dan will also be sharing with us from his own recent experience of leading a group of young people from across the Diocese on a discipleship trip to Toronto. I hope you can join us a we learn from both Dan’s and our own experiences together.

Rev. David Turner+

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