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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Weekly News June 13 , 2018

“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.”


– Romans 12:9 (The Message) 

You have Your Personality for a Purpose.

We are exploring the meaning and purpose of our lives by taking a closer look at how God has shaped us. To guide us on this journey we’ve borrowed the acronym SHAPE, developed by Pastor Rick Warren, and which stands for: Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience. We are continuing our series this week by exploring the Purpose of our Personality.

No two people have exactly the same personality, however, there are elements of our personalities which we have in common with lots of other people. For example, some of us are more expressive than others. We like to talk a lot, or sing out loud, or speak to large groups of people, which others of us do not enjoy doing. Some of us tend to be more introverted and prefer to spend time deep in thought and/or reflecting on how we feel about something before we take the step of expressing what we think or how we feel. Still others are much more task oriented than the rest of us. Their focus is on “getting stuff done” rather than talking, or thinking, or reflecting on how they feel.

Whatever our differences or similarities may be, it’s important that we recognize and appreciate the value of every personality, and it’s important to consider what the larger purpose of our own unique personality may be.

In Mark 12:28-32, Jesus says that each of us is called to love God with the whole of who we are, with all out heart, and with all our soul, with all our minds and with all our strength. And he says that we are also called to love each other as well as our selves. So, it’s worth asking, how do I love God and love others with my personality?

If I’m a talker, how should I go about loving God and loving others with my talking, or my singing, or my public speaking, or whatever it is that I like to do to express myself. If I’m the sort of person who feels things very deeply, how do I love God and others with my feelings, or my thinking? If I’m a thinker how do I love God and others with my thinking? Or, if I’m a person of action, how do I love God and others in the way that I get things done?

In other words, the question we all should be asking ourselves is, “How do I love God and others in the way that is true to who I am?” It’s as we learn to love God and our neighbours in the ways that our personalities lead us that we’ll see and know the purpose for which God gave us these personalities.

I hope you’re able to join us on Sunday as we discover the purpose of our personalities together.


Rev. David Turner+

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We will be changing to one service beginning on June 24, 2018 with a start time of 10 am complete with Children’s Ministry. 

Weekly News June 7, 2018

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.” – Psalm 138:8

Viktor Frankl, the highly respected neurologist and psychiatrist, wrote “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by a lack of meaning and purpose.” Frankl knew about living in difficult circumstances – he was a prisoner at both the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps during World War Two. There he saw, first hand, that a strong sense of purpose can get people through even some of the most difficult circumstances. He also saw in his research and observation how a lack of purpose can make even relatively comfortable circumstances unbearable. People need purpose. We were made for it.

At St. Paul’s, we are exploring God’s purpose for our lives by examining 5 aspects of how we have been shaped by God for his purposes. These aspects are outlined in the acronym SHAPE, developed by Pastor Rick Warren. SHAPE stands for Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience. This Sunday we’re continuing our journey by taking a closer look at our Abilities.

Our abilities come to us from many sources. Some things we are just born able to do. Other things come to us through our education and training, our professional and life experiences, as well as past-times and hobbies. And there are many different sources of encouragement that drive people to further develop their abilities. These may include financial gain, recognition from peers, and/or the sheer pleasure of doing something well.  But our abilities have been given to us to accomplish so much more than any of these things.

The reason we have the ability to do anything is ultimately thanks to God. As Psalm 100:3 says, in the old King James Version, “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” God is ultimately the source of our abilities and knows, better than anyone else, the ultimate purpose for which we have been given these abilities. It’s as we turn to him, and in a sense offer our abilities back to God, that we will find the purpose that we really crave.

I hope you can join us on Sunday as we learn more about how God wants to make the most of our abilities.

Rev. David Turner+

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We will be changing to one service beginning on June 24, 2018 with a start time of 10 am complete with Children’s Ministry. 

Weekly News Letter 31 May 2018

“the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
At St. Paul’s, we are on a journey of exploring how God has shaped us. To help us on this journey we have adopted the acronym SHAPE, which stands for:  Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, & Experience. This Sunday we are going to consider the second of these aspects of how we are shaped by examining the shape of our hearts.
When talking about our hearts we have to be clear about what we mean and what we don’t mean. For example, in this series we are not going to be examining the physical organ that pumps our blood. But we also don’t mean the heart in a purely romantic sense. We’re not just going to explore our emotions or our yearnings. We’re going to explore what the Bible says about the human heart, which goes much deeper than just our emotions.
When the Bible talks about the heart it’s talking about something that directly influences not only our feelings and desires but also our thinking and planning, our decision-making and even our wills. The preacher Timothy Keller describes what the Bible means when it talks about the heart in this way:
“The heart is used as a metaphor for the seat of our most basic orientation, our deepest commitments — what we trust the most (Proverbs 3:5; 23:26); it is what we most love and hope in, what we most treasure, what captures our imagination (Matthew 6:21). Every heart has an inclination (Genesis 6:5), something it is directed toward. The direction of the heart, then, controls everything — our thinking, feeling, and decisions and actions … No wonder Jesus is so concerned about our hearts.” (Tim Keller. The Revolutionary Christian Heart. timothykeller.com 2015)
Tim Keller is right. Jesus is really concerned about people’s hearts. In several places we read about his distress at people’s stubborn hearts (Mark 3:5), his concern for people whose hearts are far from God (Mark 7:6), and his warnings that what most often gets us into trouble is what comes ‘out of the heart’ (Mark 7:19, 21). But we also see him responding to the deepest needs of peoples’ hearts by bringing them fellowship, forgiveness, healing, and hope.
At St. Paul’s this Sunday we’re going to focus on Jesus’ ability to minister to, and even transform our hearts, because it’s when we allow Jesus to speak and minister to our hearts that we’re really on our way to finding and fulfilling God’s purposes for our lives.

Rev. David Turner+

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