Sunday 5th December 2021

This is a time of protests and travail. There were many events yesterday: I saw a series of protests about the loss of freedom we have went through shopping precincts and malls yesterday.

We stuck to the law of Uncle Remus. Stay away from crowds. Quiet noncompliance works. I am taking notes of those places that will not let one in. A quiet boycott works here as well, and as a friend noted we have long memories.

There is nothing stopping us from meeting in twos, in fours, in tens. We can flow around the barricades our faux revolutionary elite are erecting as water flows around stones.

In this, we will find ourselves repenting. Of the building programme. Of the virtue signalling. This world hates us. And we are called, above all, to not he like them.

Collect One

O Lord,
Raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness,
we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us,
thy bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord,
to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, world without end.

Almighty God,
Give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness,
and put upon us the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which thy Son Jesus Christ
came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty
to judge both the quick and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

Malachi 3:1-4

1 Now I am sending my messenger—
he will prepare the way before me;
And the lord whom you seek will come suddenly to his temple;
The messenger of the covenant whom you desire—
see, he is coming! says the Lord of hosts.
2 But who can endure the day of his coming?
Who can stand firm when he appears?
For he will be like a refiner’s fire,
like fullers’ lye.
3 He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the Levites,
Refining them like gold or silver,
that they may bring offerings to the Lord in righteousness.
4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the Lord,
as in ancient days, as in years gone by.

Philippians 1:3-11

3 I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, 4 praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, 5 because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, 10 to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

I have had the second passage used as a proof text for prosperity until it stuck in my craw and made me nauseous. That is bad exegesis. The good work started in us is our salvation and the salvation of many: it will be completed by Christ, for he is faithful. His word is true, and his actions completed our salvation. It does not mean we will be comfortable in this life. If we rely on God for our daily bread and have food, shelter and clothing, we should be grateful.

We were never promised a Mercedes Benz or Tesla.

What needs to increase? Our love for each other. Our discernment of the times. Our personal holiness and purity.

The consequences of our presence should be that people turn to good, and not evil. So God will be glorified.

For no one who follows the agenda of this world will be able to stand on the last day. Which we have all done.

Praise God, who saved us from hells of our own making.