This iis the first Sunday of the year, and this is the day that I try to, weekly, put up something that is simply scripture. So, this morning, to begin with, an explanation. Though I do not worship with the Anglicans, I am not that foolish a Calvinist to not see the stream of evangelical theology in the book of common prayer, written initially with the ashes of martyrs still circling. The first writers of this book, under Henry and Edward, refused to recant and rejoin the Romans and were killed: it was a bloody time.
Almighty God,Book of Common Prayer Collect One 3 Jan 21
who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word;
Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts,
may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What the BCP reminds is is that it is not th enew year that matters, but having a new heart, of being of Christ. For he will bring back to him those who are of his true nation, the people of God, drawn from every tribee and nation and language.
And all will praise God.
7 For thus says the Lord:Jeremiah 31:7-14
“Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
‘O Lord, save your people,
the remnant of Israel.’
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country
and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
the pregnant woman and she who is in labour, together;
a great company, they shall return here.
9 With weeping they shall come,
and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,
I will make them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,
for I am a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’
11 For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall be like a watered garden,
and they shall languish no more.
13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy;
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14 I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance,
and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness,
declares the Lord.”
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us[a] for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known[b] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[c] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[d] to the praise of his glory.Ephesians 1:3-14
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
What then are we to do? If the world rejected Christ, even the people of thr tribes of Israel, who had the law of Moses and the Prophets, will not the neo pagan post Christians reject us? Yes, though the waters literally rage around them.
The current situation in OZ is that the public health Chekists have decreed that one shall wear masts at all times, even when swimming. That we must fear a virus that is fairly safe unless you have a ruined immune system. And that this shall destroy church attendance.
Places of public worship may have a maximum of 100 people (subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule).Where a place of public worship has more than one separate area, each area may have a maximum of 100 people (subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule). A religious service in an indoor area other than a place of public worship may also have a maximum of 100 people (subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule). An outdoor religious service is subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule.NSW Government
It is worth noting that the liberal churches do not need to fear: they don't have a hundred congregants per church. Nor do the Muslims, they will invade the streets and the woke won't stop them. this is aimed at the faithful. We should trust God more than this elite. So no not panic. Do not be afraid.
- Bad weather and flooding is normal in the South of New Zealand at Christmas/New Year, and there are low lying roads and settlements that frequently go under water. It is expected news.
- Viruses and Bacteria exist and infect us. You can minimize this with good plumbing and hand washing: simple hygiene all children over four should know. All else is Kabuki.
- When the lies become too obvious, the law becomes draconian to enforce the narrative. Victoria and New South Wales are not examples of what to do: they are warnings.
- It is possible to woeship and praise God. with safety. Put the vulnerable in a room, away from the little ones. Have the choir sing . Praise had have joy.
- Above all, don't be a Karen.
Let us speak truth and not lies. Let us indeed praise God, for he is truth, and from him the good, the noble, the beautiful and the good overflows. And let is turn from the elite and their narrative from the hellmouth.
For we were never called by Christ to be enslaved by our fears.