Sunday, 22nd October
- 8.00am Holy Communion – Little London
- 9.00am Sunday@nine – Cross House
- 10.30am Holy Communion – St James’s
This Sunday we shall be continuing our series in St Paul’s letter to the Colossians, reflecting on his call to us to live as followers of Jesus Christ – and what that means for the way we behave at home and at work.
We hope that you will come and join us at one of our services this Sunday; you’d be most welcome.
The first two chapters of Paul’s letter to the Colossians reminded them of the glory and supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ and encouraged them to “continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith…, overflowing with thankfulness.”
And now, in chapter 3, Paul spells out for them some of the implications of how they are to do that: they are to “set their minds on things above, not on earthly things” – and specifically, that means “putting to death” some of the ways in which they used to live, before they came to faith in Christ. He gives them two areas of life – sexual conduct and social contact – where things can most readily go wrong, and challenges them instead to commit themselves to a life filled with love, displaying the qualities of “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”, quick to forgive, living in peace with one another.
Can we imagine what our world would be like if we all lived in that way? On the one hand, no more pornography or prostitution; on the other, no more angry disputes, family quarrels, broken marriages or acts of revenge.
Our readings this week reflect on what a life lived by God’s people in God’s way might be like.
|| Psalm 51:1-12
|| Matthew 5:1-12
|| Matthew 5:43-48
|| Matthew 18:15-20
|| Luke 12:22-31
|| John 13:33-35
Our parish of Bramley and Little London is part of a group of parishes known as a Benefice. We work together, sharing resources and helping one another out when needed, while also retaining our individual styles and preferences to worship the living God.
This coming Sunday, 15th October, there is just one service at the other churches in our Benefice:
- 10.00am – St Leonard’s, Sherfield-on-Loddon: Together in Worship, a service for all ages.