Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Come Lord Jesus Come

Notes of meeting on 4 December 2018

Creator God we thank you that your Spirit hovered over the abyss at the beginning of time to bring for the your wonderful Creation.
Creator God we thank you that the same Spirit hovered over Mary as she conceived and brought into the World your Son Jesus to be our Saviour through His birth, death and resurrection.
Creator God we pray that the Spirit would once again hover over the World and prepare it for the second coming of Jesus in His Glory.

2 Peter 1 v 3 - 11
 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is short-sighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Let us entrust ourselves to God

Notes from meeting on 27 November 2018

1 Peter 4 v 12-19
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker. 16 Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
    what will become of the ungodly and the sinners?”
19 Therefore, let those suffering in accordance with God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator, while continuing to do good.
We are strengthened by the many gifts that God has given us, the gift of the Spirit himself, the gift of Jesus  in the Eucharist and His Word and the gift of Mary our Mother.