The Character of God
(The following is taken from Essential Truths For Christians, a commentary on the Thirty-Nine Articles by Bishop John Rodgers. This book was published by the REC in 2011 and may be purchased through the website: www.recus.org.)
If there is anything we Christians need to do, it is to recover a sense of awe before the reality, the greatness, and the goodness of God. We need to have our minds and hearts opened to the majesty of the living God. It is not for nothing that J.B. Phillips entitled his popular book, Your God is Too Small . Our tendency as sinners is to limit His powers and so to domesticate God; we tend to focus on ourselves and to view God primarily as our helper. We are often more concerned about how our faith in God benefits us than about desiring to honor God in all His glory and majesty and giving Him the glory He rightly deserves.
In a secular society that has little or no place for the living God in its view of reality, the Great Commandment to love God first and foremost is easily subordinated to the Second Commandment, which is to love our neighbor. It can even lead to neglecting the love of God altogether. In so doing, we invert reality and reverse the priority of Scripture. We are weak as Christians because of it.
How, then, are we to recover a vital sense of the reality and character of God? Surely the place to start is prayer. In conversation with God, as we meditate upon His attributes revealed in Holy Scripture, we will be moved to praise and adoration. Karl Barth reportedly once said that he was more certain of the existence of God than of his own existence. Such a comment reflects a profound, prayerful awareness of the greatness of God. It can be so for each of us.
Each attribute of God provides a profound resting place for the human heart and life. Our brief span of life on this earth rests in His eternity; our partial knowledge and ignorance draws upon His infinite knowledge and wisdom; our weakness relies on His power; our sin and failure are dealt with by His grace. It would be a helpful devotional practice to reflect on each attribute of God with our reliance on Him in mind. We are created to rest in God, “to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever,” as the Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it. We would be wise to take the time to do so, intentionally and often.
In one of his television broadcasts, Bishop J. Fulton Sheen reportedly made the statement that we become in character like that which we worship. If we worship gold, we become hard and cold. That being the case, nothing is more important for us than the worship of the true and living God, so that in surrendering ourselves in worship to Him, both privately and corporately, we might be increasingly conformed to His image as He is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. The importance of worship underscores the blessing we Anglicans have in the godly liturgy given us by the work of the great Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. (A few of Bishop Rogers comments on Article I of the 39 Articles)
Dorothy M. Grote, mother of Bishop Royal U. Grote, went to be with the Lord May 24, 2014 at the age of 92. Our sympathies and prayers are with the Grote family.
FATHER/SON BREAKFAST was Saturday, May 3, 2014. Rev. Derrick Hassert spoke at the breakfast referring to Psalm 19. The theme was “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Everyone enjoyed the fellowship and food. The lovely decorations were by President Tutu Balogun and other helpers.
Work Day was Saturday, May 31, 2014. Thank you to George Yapp and all who came to help on the church grounds.
The St. Andrew's Preschool after 17 1/2 years of ministry to families in our church and community will be closing after this school year. God has richly blessed this outreach by touching the lives of so many children and families. Thank you goes to Christ Church Trust, St. Andrew's Church, the Preschool Board and Staff, and all the families that came to St. Andrew's.
Final Preschool Graduation was Saturday, May 31, 2014. Thank you to those who came and helped. God bless your families!
Hand Chime Practice
June 5th & 19th, 6:00-7:00 pm
Directed by Sunny Stiklius
Annual Rummage Sale/Bake Sale
Saturdays, June 7th & 14th, 2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Items may be brought into the Parish Hall.
The Women's Guild has collected favorite recipes in order to make a Church Cookbook. It is scheduled to be for sale at the Rummage/Bake Sale.
Sundays, June 8th & 22nd
BAKELESS BAKE SALE
Taste of Love INC Churches will be Saturday, July 12, at Faith Christian Reformed Church. Instead of us having our own booth this year, we are requesting a suggested donation of $20.00 from those of us who wish to contribute to the ministry of Love INC. Please give contributions for any amount to Cheryl Yapp.
June 11-13, 2014 in Blue Bell, PA
ST. ANDREW'S PRESCHOOL BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT
Preschool Sale of Equipment in August 2014
MISSIONARIES OF THE MONTH
Please be in prayer for Canon Bill and Diane Jerdan as they work for the good of our missionaries throughout the world.
William F. Garrison
Rev. Robert Novak
Frank Levi, Jr.