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Corporation of the Anglican Parish of St. James

101 Fairview Drive, • Moncton, NB E1E 3C9 • Canada • 506-382-7725 Rectory-382-9805 • Anglican

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GOD'S PEOPLE AT WORSHIP AND MINISTRY

IS YOUR ABILITY TO SEE GOD BLINDED FEBRUARY10 Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things . . . --Isaiah 40:26 The people of God in Isaiah's time had blinded their minds' ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades, if we will only begin to use our blinded thinking to visualize it. The real test of spiritual focus is being able to bring your mind and thoughts under control. Is your mind focused on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Is it your work? Is it your idea of what a servant should be, or maybe your experience of salvation and sanctification? If so, then your ability to see God is blinded. You will be powerless when faced with difficulties and will be forced to endure in darkness. If your power to see has been blinded, don't look back on your own experiences, but look to God. It is God you need. Go beyond yourself and away from the faces of your idols and away from everything else that has been blinding your thinking. Wake up and accept the ridicule that Isaiah gave to his people, and deliberately turn your thoughts and your eyes to God.One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize. We can no longer even imagine putting ourselves deliberately before God. It is actually more important to be broken bread and poured-out wine in the area of intercession than in our personal contact with others. The power of visualization is what God gives a saint so that he can go beyond himself and be firmly placed into relationships he never before experienced. My Utmost for His Highest Daily Devotional is provided by RBC Ministries 2001 RBC Ministries--Grand Rapids, MI 49555-0001

A SERMON

The centre of our Christian faith is a living being that has existed as long as eternity- maybe even longer. Our God has created every person who has ever lived, and He has always been a God of LOVE, not a God of hate. And, His concern is for all nations. Our Christian faith has always existed in the heart and mind of God. However, it took the birth of Jesus to finally show how our God deals with good and evil. It is from the heart of our Christian God that we Christians have hope. The Canon of Scripture, which we call the Holy Bible, was already in the mind of God before it was committed to the written page. This is why we call it the Word of God - and it is correct and accurate!! We cannot add to the Canon, especially the Anglican Canon that we have listed in out Book of Common Prayer page 698. There are other books written, but they are not Scripture. With the Holy Spirit's help our Canon is the pure Word of God. What is important to remember is the fact that what we hold as Scripture was in God's mind before He spoke it out for our hearing. When we are ruptured we will finally grasp the whole of the revelation!! Until that day comes, we will have to remember that the Canon of Scriptures is set and we cannot call something else Scripture. Today I am opening the Scriptures and bringing you PETER!! Why!! Peter was a person so close to all of us. He was low in humility and high on himself. Remember that Peter had a lucrative fishing business before he met Jesus. Peter had money, position, integrity, power, friends and a family. Peter was a very important man in his society. Remember that people in Peter's time wanted recognition like we do. Peter was a mover and a shaker. And, Peter was a loyal Jew who practiced his faith with His family and neighbours. We are responsible for our spiritual life. We also must nurture our emotional life, our intellectual, our physical life our relational needs with other human beings. Even God Himself is a family. If we are married then we have our intimate relationships as well. If one of these ingredients is missing, then we are weakened in some area of life. However, Christ is our life. The Scriptures tell we are to walk with God in His balance, not walk beside of ourselves and be out of balance with Him. We Christians are in Christ, and this means that we live in Christ and for Christ.

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Holy Eucharist

8:30am Sunday

Holy Eucharist

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10:30am Sunday

Holy Eucharist

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Band Practise

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