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Be Prepared!

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Matthew 25:1-13
SMAS - 3rd Sunday before Advent
(06.11.2011)

A mad-keen DIY enthusiast from Italy decided to install a toilet with a difference in his house. As well as enjoying DIY, 35-year-old Marcelos Cuban from Genoa was an avid collector of Roman antiquities, and his new loo was to be a combination of his two great hobbies. He designed the toilet himself, and converted a Roman sarcophagus (stone coffin) to use as a cistern. It had a Latin inscription on the side and, as it was made of stone, was very heavy.
Mr Cuban attached the cistern to the wall above his toilet before sitting down to tryout his new loo. When he had finished, he reached up to pull the chain, only for the sarcophagus to rip from its mountings and fall onto his head, killing him instantly. His shocked and mournful wife told reporters that she'd had the Latin inscription translated. It read: 'Good things always come from above.'

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Giving Our Hearts

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Philippians 2:5-8 and Matthew 22:34-40
SMAS Family Holy Communion
(30.10.2011)

This is last of the series on giving. We’ve looked at giving Him our worship, our talents, our money. Last week we dipped out of the series for the Baptisms and Confirmation and we learnt through Ephesians chapter 2 that our salvation is not about what we do but is totally dependent upon the grace of God. We cannot save ourselves. Today as we think about giving our love to God it should reflect our gratitude for what He has done for us.

A Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) once had so many injured people they had to colour code them. Yellow tag meant your injury wasn’t serious; pain-relief was given, while you waited for treatment. Blue meant your injuries were serious, but if they operated quickly they could save you. Red tags meant there nothing could be done other than put you to sleep with morphine. It was tough business.

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Grace and Gadaffi

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Ephesians 2:1-10
9am SMAS Service
(23.10.2011)

Today’s epistle one I’ve chosen for the next service of Baptism and Confirmation rather than being the regular lectionary reading. It was rather difficult knowing what readings to have this morning because the set readings for today, at least the Gospel anyway, is the very one I want for next week’s concluding talk in the series about what we give to God. If you’ve been here each week you would have heard me talk on giving Him our worship; giving Him our gifts/talents and giving Him our money; next week it is giving Him our hearts, minds, strength – that is, everything. Giving ourselves, our life.

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Costly Gifts

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2 Corinthians 9:6-12 and Luke 21:1-4
9am & 10.30am SMAS Service
(16.10.2011)

A £50, a £20, and a £1 coin met up down the back of an old settee on the rubbish tip. The £50 says, "I've seen the whole world during my lifetime: Caribbean cruises, African safaris, casinos galore and I’ve paid for gallons of champagne" The £20 says, "Well, I've not done quite as well, but I’ve been to Disneyland, Starbucks and paid for gallons of beer. " "How about you?" they ask £1. Not wanting to be outdone, he says, "I've seen the whole country as well. I've been from church to church to church..." The £50 asked, "What's a church?"

I don’t like talking about money, anymore probably than you like hearing about it! But nearly 30 years ago I listened to a sermon about giving money to the church which made a dramatic change in my life.

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Giving our Gifts

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Romans 12:1-8 and John 21:4-14
10.30am SMAS All-Age Service
(9.10.2011)

Last week we looked giving God our worship (talk on website). This week we’re looking at giving our gifts and mostly looking at three main reasons why we should give our gifts in His service. Here’s the first of today’s readings to help us. Romans 12:1-8.

St Paul begins by saying that we should be offering up our lives as our worship to God. We are to be "living sacrifices" – this means 24/7. It doesn’t start or stop in a service or building. He says this has lifestyle implications. Do not be shaped by the world: a world that says it’s all about us because we’re worth it. We are but that doesn’t mean holding on to our lives but instead allowing God to change our minds so that we can know His will. Discipleship is not a second job or a hobby. Total dedication is required, not halfhearted commitment. This might sound like too big an ask but we’re going to see that God actually equips us with what we need to use and give in His service.

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