For Kirwan Uniting Church Keep in Touch pew sheet 13 October 2019
By way of an advance notice, I’m preaching for six weeks solid from October 27 to December 1. I mention this, so that you might suddenly decide to visit distant relatives during November 😊
December 1 is Advent Sunday, the beginning of the church season when we look to Christ’s Second Coming in Glory and wait to celebrate his incarnation as a baby in Bethlehem. Now which book in the Bible is most associated with the end of time, and Christ’s reign in glory? Yes, Revelations. So that’s what we’ll look at during those six weeks, which include a baptism on November 10.
I wasn’t going to mention this for a week or two, so that you didn’t book trips to interstate families, but looking for reading to help me with the series came up with Richard Bewes’ “The Lamb Wins”. Richard was Rector of the London church where Leisa and I met, and where I worshipped and worked for almost twenty years, All Souls Langham Place. He died just a few months ago, and his book (which we won’t get round to unpacking for a little while after we return from NZ) put me in mind of what the writer to Hebrews said of Abel: “(he) still speaks, even though he is dead.” (Heb 11:4) Richard Bewes is with our Lord now, but just think what it would be like to know that whatever you did for Christ in this life would still resonate to build up believers and glorify God after you had entered eternal life. I know several saints who fit this bill, I bet you do too. So let’s thank God for them and their indelible influence for good on our lives, and consider what our legacy will be for those who survive us.
Oh, and greetings from New Zealand. We’re missing you.