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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 5 June 1977

Minister: Steven Moore, 374 High Street, Motueka. Phone 634

FOUNDATION OF CHRISTIAN UNION

Read John 17:20-23

If this is true, -- and true it is, if Jesus be the Messiah, -- in what moral desolation is the Kingdom of Jesus Christ !  Was there at any time, or is there now, in all the earth, a kingdom more convulsed by internal broils and dissensions, then what is commonly called the Church of Jesus Christ? ... My soul sickens at the details.

Shall we turn face from the picture, lay down our pen, and languish in despair?  No:  for Jesus has said, "Happy are the peacemakers for they shall be called Sons of God."  But who can make peace when all the elements are at war?

We are so confident as to imagine that a nucleus has been formed, or may be formed, around which may one day congregate all the children of God ... We shall esteem it to be the most honourable, acceptable, and praiseworthy enterprise that can be dared or undertaken by mortal man.  And, as God has ever effected the most splendid revolutions by the most humble agents, we think it not amiss to make an effort, and put our hands to the work of peace and love.

(... continuing)
There is a plan.  And, like all the schemes of heaven, it is simple to admiration.  No mortal need fancy that he shall have the honour of devising either the plan of uniting Christians in one holy band of zealous co-operation.  The plan is divine.  It is ordained by God; and better still, it is already revealed.  Is any one impatient to hear it?  Let him read again the above quoted scripture.  Let him then examine the two following propositions, and say whether these do not express heaven's own scheme of augmenting and conservating the Body of Christ.

First:  The testimony of the Apostles is the only all sufficient means of uniting all Christians.

Second:  The union of Christians with the Apostles' testimony is all-sufficient and alone sufficient to the conversion of the world.

Neither truth alone nor union alone is sufficient to subdue the unbelieving nations; but truth and union combined are omnipotent.  They are omnipotent, for God is in them and with them, and has consecrated them and blessed them for this very purpose.

The second proposition:  That the union of Christians is essential to the conversion of the world, is as universally conceded as it has been proposed.  The first proposition:  That the word or testimony of the Apostles is itself all-sufficient and alone sufficient to the union of all Christians, can not be rationally doubted by any person acquainted with that testimony, or who admits the competency of their inspiration to make them infallible teachers of the Christian institution.  All the defenses of creeds, ancient or modern, while they assert that the Bible alone is the only perfect and infallible rule of faith and morals, not only concede that these symbols called creeds are imperfect and fallible, but also that these creeds never can achieve what the Bible without them can accomplish.  But how to do without them seems to be an insuperable difficulty to many well-disposed Christians.

Human opinions, inferential reasonings, and deductions from the Bible, exhibited in the form of creeds, can never unite Christians; as all their fruits are alienation, repulsion, bickering, and schism.  No creed in Protestant Christendom can be found that has not made a division for every generation of its existence.

      -- Alexander Campbell,  1853 (abridged) --

AMONG OUR PEOPLE . . . . .

A WARM WELCOME

to all visitors with us this morning.  We hope that you were were inspired by the teaching from God's Word and felt the presence of God in the gathering together of His people.

REMEMBER THE KESWICK CONVENTION -
Tomorrow, 6th June -
To be held in the Stoke Methodist Hall.
Speakers: John Fulford, and Arch Davie.
Special Music: Laurel Moore.
Children's sessions and creche provided.
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
"All One in Christ"

DR. PAUL CROW -
President of the Council of Christian Unity (Disciples of Christ), a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, and a former professor of Church History at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
Dr. Crow has a good knowledge of the Church in the various parts of the world, and of the historic calling and present-day opportunities of the Churches of Christ.  He will be speaking at the Rutherford Street Church, Nelson, on Wednesday, 8 June, at 7:30p.m.  - Supper to follow.

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY
to Erich and Carol Repp on the loss of their son, Jochen, last Tuesday.  We pray God's comfort for them.

LADIES' LUNCHEON -
All ladies are invited to a "Pot-Luck Luncheon" to be held next Thursday, 9 June, at the home of Mrs. Trewavas.  Special guest will be Miss Verna Miller, Dominion President of C.W.F.  As Miss Miller will be arriving from Takaka on an early bus, the programme will begin at 10:30a.m. with a cup of tea, followed by a time of fellowship, and concluding with the luncheon.  Please bring something for lunch.
(This will replace the normal C.W.F. evening meeting for June.)

NEW CHORUS BOOKS -
The new copies of "Songs of Praise, No. 5", are still available if you would like a copy for home use, at a cost of 20 cents each.  You will find them in the front porch.

A THOUGHT ....
Though the human tongue weighs practically nothing, it is surprising how few persons are able to hold it !
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH ....
Tonight at 7p.m.  Come and support the preaching of the Gospel. - "Jesus' opinion of the Church - Laodicea"

Monday, 6 June Keswick Convention - Stoke Methodist Hall.

Tuesday, 7 June Ladies' Bible Study, at the home of Mrs. Horton, 9:45a.m.

Wednesday, 8 June Prayer Meeting and Bible Study, 7:30p.m. at M. Jeffries' home, Brooklyn.
Dr. Paul Crow will address a meeting in Nelson at 7:30p.m.  (Details elsewhere.)

Thursday, 9 June Ladies' Luncheon at Mrs. Dorothy Trewavas' home, commencing 10:30a.m.
Boys' Brigade: Team Section meets in hall at 6:30p.m.

Sunday, 12 June 9:50a.m. - Sunday School.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion.
Sermon: "Being God's Friend."
7:00p.m. Gospel Service. Sermon: "The Nature of Prayer".
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THOSE SERVING:
This Sunday
President: T. Barrow
Readers: O.T.- B. Fenemor; N.T.- P. Stevens
Helpers: P. Trewavas, P. Fenemor
Doorkeeper: F. King
Organist a.m. G. Didcott; p.m. J. Fenemor
Flowers etc.: N. Jackett, M. Clark
Grounds: -

12/6/77
President: R. Absalom
Readers: O.T. - P. Jeffries; N.T. - M. Stevens
Helpers: Royce Absalom, G. Jackett
Doorkeeper: G. Christie
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers etc.: E. Light, D. Trewavas
Grounds: B. Clark, A. Holyoake
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LAST WEEK'S STATISTICS:
Number of Communicants - 71
Offering Received - $176.91
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