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Posted 24 Apr 2019

The lectionary readings for this week remind us that the powerful resurrection plan of God is far greater than anything that mortals can dream up — and one day everyone will see that.

This week’s lectionary readings are Exodus 14:10-31 and 15:20-21, Acts 5:27-32, and Revelation 1:4-8.

You can follow along with these video expositions on the Lee on the Lectionary Facebook page. We also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am for those who like a morning exposition of the word to begin the week. Follow us @churchsociety.

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Posted by Claire Alldritt, 23 Apr 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Church Society will be held at Christ Church, Mayfair on Saturday 18 May 2019, commencing at 12.30pm.

At this meeting, held every year as part of our annual conference, we elect our honorary officers and Council, hear reports from the Chairman of Council, and Chairman of Finance, and have a chance to discuss issues of importance to us as a Society. If you are a member of Church Society, please come along to exercise your vote and make a contribution.

Please download the official notice of the AGM and the nomination form for those who might wish to stand for election to Council.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 18 Apr 2019

As we conclude our Lent series on fighting valiantly as Christians, Lee Gatiss looks at the joy of faithful service. The last of our Lent video podcasts is now available on our YouTube channel.

Matthew Hole (d. 1730) was a presbyter in the Church of England during the turbulent times of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In his commentary on the lectionary readings in the Book of Common Prayer, he urges every faithful Christian to be involved in contending for the faith. He writes:

“Let us all engage in this happy contention to preserve the unity and purity of the christian faith, against all sin and error. There are some that would undermine the faith by schisms and divisions, and others that would corrupt it by errors and heresies; both which are great opposers of Christ’s doctrine, and great obstructers of our salvation.”

He then urges us to contend against dividers and sectaries (those who split the church into smaller and smaller sects), by “standing fast in one spirit” (Philippians 1:27); against those who would “blend or corrupt” the gospel, perverting the faith of many; against those who would subvert and undermine the faith or “make it a tool to serve their other secular ends and designs.” But his parting word is a daily challenge for us all: we must contend for the faith, he says, by “living answerable to it, against all loose and profane professors of it, who are its greatest enemies, and do it the most mischief.”

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