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Faith Daily | 11 July 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p558

O Lord, we beseech you

mercifully to receive the prayers of your people

who call upon you,

and grant that they may both perceive and know

what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power

faithfully to fulfil them’

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen




GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 10: 34-11:1


34 ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.


40 ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’


11:1 Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities.


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev’d Jan


The ABS statistics published last week reveal the truth of the decline of institutional Christian churches in Australia. We cannot deny truth; it has been happening for over forty years now. Every week we are reminded; we enter a church building with a capacity for 300 people… we are not confident that Sunday worship will ever be in those numbers again.


We are not despairing about this. It is God’s church, and we need to listen to God about the church God calls. Another truth is – Jesus never spoke about numbers, they are not the measure of faith and faithfulness.

The other truth is, as articulated in today’s Gospel – it has never, ever been easy to be Christian community, no matter what era. Integrity to Christ’s Word, being a true follower, means a radical way of living quite contrary to the world and the expectations of family, friends and culture.


We will continue in faithfulness; it is going to take great courage for Christians everywhere, and particularly in the mainstream churches, to realise we are called to do life differently, and to absolute stick to Jesus’ “gameplan”. That is, to find strength in him, and help others find the Word of God in their encounter with Christ’s followers. As you know, my passion is for people ‘to meet God, not the church’. By that you know I mean the institution; the truth is we are the church, the people of God.


I give great thanks every day for the faithfulness of the people of this faith community.

FINAL PRAYER


Gracious God,

give us courage to be your people.

Loving Christ,

give us your Word as our daily staple.

Holy Spirit of Life,

give us hope to live always in the only Truth.

Amen.

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