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Songs we sang on Sunday
always-loved

All of my days Hear the call of the kingdom God so loved the world Lord I come, I confess Jesus, God’s righteousness revealed Oh, Church arise  

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The life changing power of ‘always loved’: John writes about the theme of Jonathan’s sermon on Sunday
John at Scone2

I think for me the most encouraging part of Jonathan’s sermon on Sunday was the sentence at the end, where he spoke of ‘rejoicing that I am always loved.’ That is a wonderful truth – ‘I am always loved,’ and it is this which sustains me. God loves me;  God has loved me from before the beginning of time; nothing can separate me from that love, as St Paul says so eloquently in Romans 8:38-39. I’ve been doing some research this week on

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Always loved: what it means to ‘work out’ salvation. A report of Jonathan’s sermon on Philippians 2:1-13
always-loved

‘This is an amazing passage about the person and work of Jesus, which contains awe-inspiring truth.’ Jonathan was beginning his sermon yesterday on Philippians 2:1-13. ‘Human language,’ he continued, ‘is stretched to the limit to express the glory of our salvation.’ Living together as God’s people Jonathan told us he would be focussing on verses 12 and 13, but he touched briefly on the earlier part of the chapter, verses 1-11. The description

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Bible passages for Sunday
Tree known by fruit

Philippians 2:1-13 Imitating Christ’s Humility 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking

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You are the Beloved! Church weekend away – Link to Henri Nouwen talks
Henri Nouwen

Here's  a link to the talks by Henri Nouwen we listened to at the Church Weekend Away.  And below are the questions we reflected on after the first and second talks. Being the Beloved Can you think of any other unhelpful definitions of our identity which we can have, beside the three Henri mentions? (‘I am what I do’, ‘I am what I have’,  ‘I am what other people say about me.’) Which of the three unhelpful factors on which to base

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Songs we sang this morning
Finding Joy

To God be the glory My heart is filled with thankfulness Father, we love you Thankyou for the cross There is a redeemer Give thanks with a grateful heart Rejoice the Lord is king    

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The one about …..Victoria’s Secret
The one about

Here's the story Shona read this morning. It's from The one about…..  8 stories about God in our everyday, by Mark Greene.  London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, 2018.  9780992819040 Victoria is an apprentice hairdresser. She is 19 and she’s been in the job for just over a month. It’s a busy salon so there’s always something to do and its almost always to be done quickly. She’s enjoying it – the people are upbeat, friendly

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Thanksgiving, Optimism, Partnership: Report of Duncan’s sermon on Philippians 1:1-18
He will finish1

Today we began exploring the letter St Paul wrote to the Christians at Philippi. It is, Duncan said, one of the apostle’s warmest letters. Philippi was a colony in what is now Greece. Acts 16:11-40 describes the background to the church there:   Paul and his companions arrive there; a businesswoman called Lydia comes to faith; Paul and Silas are imprisoned and then miraculously liberated; the jailer and his household become believers. Letters

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
He will finish1

Philippians 1:1-18 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving and Prayer 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident

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House Group Questions on Acts 17:16-34
Athens

St Paul was ‘distressed’ to see that Athens was ‘a city full of idols.’ (v16)  What was the reason for Paul’s distress?  What are the 21st century equivalent of these idols?  Is it possible, do you think, for things connected with Christianity to become ‘idols’? Jamie spoke about Paul’s desire to shape his thinking according to God’s view of the world rather than the dominant cultural voices.  How easy do you find it to tell

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