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A Loving Church – Fellowship

fellowshipWelcome to church today! Whether you are a visitor or a regular, we hope you experience the joy that comes from a loving church which values fellowship and sharing of ourselves in ways that build each other up.

Today we commence a teaching series on Paul’s Letter to the Philippian church. The imprisoned Paul wrote to the community he had established some 10 years before and nurtured (see Acts 16:11-12). The letter is deeply personal as Paul writes of his affection and love for the people at Philippi, with whom he had a close relationship based on a sense of shared mission.

Paul called the community “co-partners” in spreading the Gospel [1:5] both in God’s grace and in suffering [1:7]. Whenever Paul remembered the community (especially in prayer), it was a memory filled with joy. As mentor to that community, he yearned to rejoin them at the earliest moment. We all have mentors – people to whom we look for inspiration and guidance.

When we look back on those who have inspired us in our faith, or continue to do so, how have we acknowledged their valuable influence? How do we act as mentors to others? Are we worthy of such an important role? How do we become worthy? Reflect on those who have been your mentors. Who have you helped? And who has helped you? Give thanks for those who have served you and those you serve. And at all times strive to live a life that inspires others in their relationship with God.

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert Sunday 8th July 2012 9.30am Lismore A Loving Church – Fellowship

Philippians 1:1-11 [NRSV] 1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians 3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.