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Email issued Friday 18th June

 

“But my servant Caleb - this is a different story. 
He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately.
I’ll bring him into the land that he scouted and his children will inherit it.   
(Numbers 14:24 The Message)

 

You may have noticed that there is something called ‘The Euros’ happening at the moment! Driving around this past week, we’ve seen houses and cars adorned with flags of the cross of St George, as football fans boldly demonstrate their allegiance to the national team. A former manager of Liverpool football team, Bill Shankley’s apocryphal saying, ‘Football is not a matter of life and death.  It’s more important than that’, really does seem to be the case for fans in both this and many other countries. Scenes at major football grounds, as well as rugby, cricket and tennis venues, all testify to the importance attached to sport and the passion with which following your ‘team’ is embraced by many fans.
  
Are we fans of Jesus and his Church? Do we exhibit the same passionate devotion to demonstrating our faith and sharing about it with others?
 
The quote from Numbers above comes from a story when Moses is pleading with God for the people of Israel, but God is recalling the many times they have tested Him, turned a deaf ear to Him and failed to follow Him, despite all He had done for them. God contrasts this behaviour with that of Caleb, who has followed God’s way passionately.
 
One of the characteristics that marked out the early Christian saints is that they understood faith to be passion. Faith, in terms of discipleship, is often not reasoned coolness. It is passion that spills over – the love that is stronger than death. It might be thought through. It may even be willed reason. But it has to be willed with every fibre of our being.
 
Extreme faith is not the same as passionate faith. Extremism is unyielding, unforgiving and self-righteous. Passionate faith is the work of the Holy Spirit. It abounds in energy and love because it springs from the liberality of God. It is released as a kind of raw energy, precisely because it breaks the chains of inhibition, and springs forth from spiritual encounters. But this is not extremism. It is merely passion resulting from encounter, conversion, conviction, resurrection and transformation. The work of the Spirit is one of refinement and discernment. It is often willed acts of moderation or self-control that emerge out of passionate convictions, grace and love.

I remember the zeal of my early days of following Jesus. Have I fizzled out a bit? Have I been worn down over the years, through cultural influences and small compromises? It is so easy to relax into our comfort zones and fail to maintain our passionate engagement with what the Holy Spirit is up to at this precise moment.
 
Let’s take up Alex’s challenge in last Sunday’s sermon, to become bold and passionate advocates for Jesus and His radical way of life, as we gather and grow together in Him.
 
Sylvie and Jeff
P.S.  And hope you enjoy the Euros!!

 

Please tell us your views....by this Monday
 

As we begin to start gathering back in person for church, and we look beyond to a new season as a church, we would love to know what you are thinking and feeling about returning to church and the priorities you think we should be investing our prayer, time and talents into.  We would be so grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete our church survey to help us discern our next steps in the months ahead.  Please respond by the end of Monday 21st June.

Thanks so much,  Alex

Click here for our short survey
 
Click here to sign up for BBQ
 

Sunday Zoom Coffee  

Thank you to everyone who has made Sunday Zoom Coffee such a success.  Today will be the last day to log on.  We hope you are enjoying the in-person chat in small socially distanced outside gatherings now we are able to meet back in church.

 
This week at St Paul's
Sunday

9am Holy Communion Online and in church, (booking not required)

10.30am Morning Worship Online
And booking in advance for live 10.30am service on 27th June (and sign up for BBQ above as well!)


Join Our SixThirty service by Clicking here 
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Zoom Coffee Time (last one this Sunday)
Everyone invited - all ages
between services
(9.50ish-10.25am)

www.stpaulsdorking.org.uk/
SundayCoffee

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If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
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Midweek

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Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us - we have 3 prayer groups
Click here to join Tuesday morning 9am
Click here to join us on Tuesday evening at 8pm
and click here for our prophetic prayer group, also Tues, 8pm
Click here for more info
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TeaTalk every Thursday 4.15 on Zoom
Click here to join others for a weekly catch-up

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St Paul's Home-groups
Ever wondered what these are?  Read more here
We'd love you to join one, or try one for a while -
simply contact sylvia@stpaulsdorking.org.uk 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
 
Click here to book in-person attendance at a 10.30am service
Dates for your diary

26/6 - Sat 5.30pm Heather Goddard's LLM Licensing.  Live link TBC
27/6 - Midday - Church Family BBQ - sign up by midday next Weds (23rd) - All invited

July - Nursery 30 Challenge Fundraising event throughout month. Click here for info
3/7 - Sat 10.30am Becky Taylor's Licensing at Guildford Cathedral. Live link TBC
4/7 - 5-7pm Churches Together Outside Picnic & Celebration Service - TBC/more info to follow
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