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Our Next Special Service 

Whit Monday
Monday May 20th
11:30am
Morning Prayer &
Holy Communion

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9:15 AM
Morning Prayer


10:30 AM
Holy Communion
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Morning Prayer

( Coffee follows service)


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Rt. Rev. David Hustwick
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Rev. Paul Henderson
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On Saturday

May 25th

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Adult

BIBLE STUDY

on the Last Saturday

of each Month

10:30 to 11:30 AM

for info call Nick

269-953-7468

Fallen World

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Concepts and Patterns:
 The Call of God and Man (Part 2) 

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This Week's Collect & Sermon Text

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The Text for This Week

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The Collect

O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending* to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen

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The Gospel. St. John xiv. 15

JESUS said unto his disciples, If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world can not receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us. and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you be fore it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.

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The Sermon

  It has been said that all too often a mathematics lecture is a process for transferring the notes of the teacher to the notes of the student without passing through the minds of either.

 

   Indeed sometimes students really don't understand what their teachers have been telling them, whether in math or other subjects, and very often our Lord's apostles were in this situation.

 

  Even though they had been with Jesus for some time and had been hearing him preach and seen many of his miracles they still, that evening on the night before he was crucified, would need help before they could go out and do God's work.

  They needed the power of the Holy Spirit that they received on Pentecost to understand, and to do what they needed to do.

 

John XIV 15:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

   The Holy Ghost, (or Holy Spirit), is one of the persons of the Godhead. The Holy Ghost is distinct from the Father and the Son, yet equal with them in power and majesty. The Holy Spirit is eternal, all knowing, and calls us to saving faith through the Gospel. He also preserves Christians in the faith by continuing to enlighten and strengthen them.

 

   The Comforter was sent by Jesus to do two things spiritually for them.

 

   First, he was to increase their knowledge of the things of God. They would then be able to, by the power of the Holy Spirit, call to mind the many things that our Lord had shared with them during his time with them. It caused them as well to understand now the things they had seen and heard, which had before not been clear to them.

 

   The second reason Jesus gives for sending the Holy Ghost to his disciples is that of imparting peace to their hearts. This of course is the knowledge of peace between God and man. The knowledge that, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.” That by Christ's sacrifice for us on the cross we are at peace with God. That, “there is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

 

   What a wonderful experience that first Pentecost was for those disciples, but Christ's promise of the Comforter was also for us today as well.

 

Through the Holy Spirit inspired Bible we can grow in the knowledge of God's plan for us and then with the peace of God in our hearts, we can go forward in the work of teaching the world about God's great love for mankind through our Savior Jesus Christ.

 

   With the Holy Spirit's help, we too each as Christians, then can do our part to assist the Church, in bringing others to the saving love of Christ.

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We pray for our Armed Forces at each of our Morning and Evening Prayer services.

  O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the Armed Forces of our country and those of our allies; Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Memorial Days

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

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