Reviews: Devotional guides to 1 Samuel and 2 Timothy
Posted 10 Jul 2020
Nikki Tomkins and Ben Thompson review two volumes in 10Publishing's devotional series.
Carolyn Lacey’s addition to the Undated Devotions series is encouraging, challenging and good for the soul. Working very carefully through 2 Timothy a few verses at a time leaves plenty of space to ponder and reflect on the great Biblical truths found in this epistle.
Each page includes a reference to the day’s reading, a short and helpful thought on the passage and a “reflection” which is sometimes a prayer suggestion or often a direct, cut-through-the-nonsense question to help us really grapple with how the day’s verses apply to our heart attitudes, thinking, emotions or behaviour. In the thought for each day, Lacey gives a wonderful mixture of useful context for the original hearers, contemporary illustrations and examples, and a humble inclusion of “we sometimes…” or “we may…” providing clear evidence that the author has pressed the truths home in her own heart before laying them down for the reader.
Loving the Liturgy
Posted by Andrew Cinnamond, 9 Jul 2020
In the light of current restrictions on singing in public worship, Andrew Cinnamond encourages churches to make more use of spoken liturgy.
Churches returning to physical services after the pandemic lock-down are having to be creative and adaptable under the present restrictions. With singing not allowed, many are re-discovering the benefits of using liturgy in our corporate worship. Is this something to be regretted, a backward step, or something to be grateful for? Here are some reasons to applaud the turning to liturgy again:
1. It teaches our heart
The Psalms are full of encouragements to store the knowledge and love of God in our hearts- ‘his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.’ (Ps 1: 2); ‘I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.’ (Ps 40: 8); ‘O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.’ (Ps 119: 97).
One way of storing the love of God in our hearts is through liturgy firmly grounded on the Word of God. The constant repetition, week in, week out, begins to seep into us, it is in our heart and mind as we live each day for Christ. Like scurvy sailors missing their Vitamin C, we risk our spiritual health by thinking we have moved beyond, for example, the Creeds, confessions and Lord’s Prayer. We can never take it for granted that even regular worshippers know and understand these fundamentals of worship.
In many parishes where there is little or no faithful preaching of the Word of God, biblical liturgy has been a great comfort and blessing to many. This is clearly not an ideal situation, but it is a simple reality that we should thank God that we have a deeply Scriptural and edifying Anglican liturgy.
The Church Society Annual General Meeting 2020
Posted by Sophie Barker, 8 Jul 2020
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Church Society will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 11th August 2020, commencing at 1pm.
As permitted by the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, introduced to cater for difficulties caused by the need to socially distance, the Church Society AGM will be held via Zoom this year on Tuesday 11th August 2020 at 1pm. This year’s arrangement will be a one off due to the current situation in relation to Covid-19.
At this meeting we elect our honorary officers and Council, hear various reports, and have a chance to discuss issues of importance to us as a Society. If you are a member of Church Society, please join the Zoom call to exercise your vote and make a contribution.