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THE HOPE OF HEAVEN

By Charles Spurgeon
“The hope which is laid up for you in heaven.” Colossians 1:5

 

Our hope in Christ for the future is the mainspring and the mainstay of our joy here. It will animate our hearts to think often of heaven, for all that we can desire is promised there. Here we are weary and toilworn, but yonder is the land of rest where the sweat of labour shall no more bedew the worker's brow, and fatigue shall be for ever banished.

To those who are weary and spent, the word “rest” is full of heaven. We are always in the field of battle; we are so tempted within, and so molested by foes without, that we have little or no peace; but in heaven we shall enjoy the victory, when the banner shall be waved aloft in triumph, and the sword shall be sheathed, and we shall hear our Captain say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

We have suffered bereavement, but we are going to the land of the immortal where graves are unknown things. Here sin is a constant grief to us, but there we shall be perfectly holy, for there shall by no means enter into that kingdom anything which defileth. Hemlock springs not up in the furrows of celestial fields. Oh! is it not joy, that you are not to be in banishment for ever, that you are not to dwell eternally in this wilderness, but shall soon inherit Canaan?

Nevertheless let it never be said of us, that we are dreaming about the future and forgetting the present, let the future sanctify the present to highest uses. Through the Spirit of God the hope of heaven is the most potent force for the product of virtue; it is a fountain of joyous effort, it is the corner stone of cheerful holiness. The man who has this hope in him goes about his work with vigour, for the joy of the Lord is his strength. He fights against temptation with ardour, for the hope of the next world repels the fiery darts of the adversary. He can labour without present reward, for he looks for a reward in the world to come.

 

 

 

 

PARISH NEWS

 

The Church “Rally Day” Picnic was Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 . Due to the excessive heat, we met indoors with cooks, Will Garrison and Loretta Sellers, grilling outside. Rally Day is the launch of our Sunday School. We thank the Lord for our teachers and for all who fellowshipped and brought food for the picnic. The children enjoyed the bean bag toss game indoors!


The choir resumed singing in Holy Communion on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. We appreciate the choir's contribution to the spirit of worship in the services.


The Fall Work Day took place on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. We thank all who came out and helped with the clean-up.


HOG HAVEN FUND-RAISER

for St. Andrew's Anglican Church along with a “Country Gospel” Concert was Sat., Sept. 26, 2015. We thank Will Garrison's mom, Dawn Straley, and brothers, Dave and Robert, for bringing and grilling their delicious “huge” pork chops and chicken. We thank our featured singer, guitarist, soloist and songwriter, Will's dad, Will Ray Garrison, for providing the entertainment. Others helping sing or play instruments were, William Roy Garrison on drums, Roberto Ramirez on mandolin, and Patty Levi, backup singer. Mark Levi did the sound system. We thank our men for the setting up and taking down of tables, chairs, platforms, tent, and thank our ladies for providing the brownies, pop, tablecloths.

 

 

COMING EVENTS

 

YOUTH MEETINGS

Youth Meetings are on Sundays, Oct. 4th, Nov. 1st, Dec. 6th following church. Snacks will be provided.


EPISCOPAL VISIT

Bishop Royal U. Grote will be with us for the Annual Episcopal Visit on Sunday, October 18, 2015.


HOMCOMING SUNDAY

Sunday, October 18, when Bishop Grote is here. A Pot Luck luncheon will be in the Parish Hall following Holy Communion.


MISSIONARIES OF THE MONTH

Please pray for Bishop Jasmin Milic and the RE parishes in Croatia and Serbia.

 

 

 

 

 


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OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Sophia Levi
Janet Novak
Cheryl Yapp
Rev. Richard Nyboer
Carla Yehnert
Ireti Olajide
Bukky Adeofe
Annamarie Sellers
Mojisola Oluwole
Taiwo Omotade

 


 

 


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