THIS SUNDAY – Basis of Union Article XI – Of Justification and Sonship
This Sunday I am continuing with reflections on the articles of faith in the Basis of Union. We are up to Article XI – Of Justification and Sonship. I have been doing some reading on the theological concept of justification, which has to do with the way in which our sins or sinfulness are overcome by Christ. And I have discovered that no two parts of the Christian church have actually agreed on how this works. So, on Sunday I am going to try to describe where the United Church fits into the discussion, without getting too theologically technical. Now, some view justification as part of some sort of divine court case involving sin, punishment and forgiveness. Others view it as the mending of a broken family relationship. And of course some see it as a mix. This leads me to the second part of Article XI, Sonship. Now Microsoft does not recognize “sonship” as a real word. Every time I type it, I get the red squiggly line. But in Article XI, written in 1925, Sonship is used to describe our relationship with God as a result of justification. I am finding the study of this article fascinating, and I hope you can be here on Sunday as I share more of what I have discovered>
The Scripture readings for Sunday are 1 John 3: 1-3, and John 1: 6-13. The story in the Time for All Ages is called “Part of the Family” and the title of my sermon is “Justification and Sonship.”
Ecumenical Prayer Celebration; Jan 20
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between 18 January and 25 January. It is an octave, that is, an observance lasting eight days. It has been observed since 1908. This Sunday, January 20, is the Sunday within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Edmonton and District Council of Churches will be holding an Ecumenical Prayer Celebration at St, John Bosco (RC) Church, 13503 40 Street, Edmonton, at 7:00 pm. Materials for this year’s Week of Prayer are produced by and will have a specific focus on the ecumenical situation in Indonesia.
SPIRIT WEST MEN’S BREAKFAST
The first Spirit West Men’s Breakfast of 2019 will be this Saturday morning (Jan 19)? Join us in the lower hall at 8 AM for a great breakfast of This month is pancakes, sausages, bacon, coffee and tea, along with some friendly conversation. All that for $10.00. Hope to see you Saturday morning.
SPIRIT WEST WOMEN’S LUNCH AND ANNUAL MEETING – Feb 9, 2019
Women of Spirit West are invited to a time for visiting and companionship at the Spirit West Women’s Lunch and Annual Meeting. This will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 11:30am at The Lewis Estates Golf Course. The address is 259 Lewis Estates Boulevard. Access is easy and there is plenty of parking. Cost is $21.00 payable to Carol Callas.
We need to confirm our attendance numbers to them on, or before, February 1st, so please sign up on the sheet by the office.
Your Favourite Hymn
Do you have a favourite hymn that you’d like to hear included in one of our worship services? Please let Bonnie C. know your choice and she will make sure it is sung within the month.
A WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY
You don’t have offering envelopes, you are not on PAR, and you don’t get to church as often as you would like, but you want to make a financial contribution to work of Spirit West, and receive a tax receipt. Now you can! Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
RIDE TO CHURCH?
From time to time we encounter people who would like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because they do not have means of transportation. Can you give a ride? If you would be willing to make yourself available to provide a ride to church please call the church office. Do you need a ride? Would you like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because you have no ride, please call the church office. (780-481-1406)
Spirit West Prayer Chain
The Spirit West Prayer Chain is a group of people who have committed to continue our prayers of concern from Sunday through the week. To be part of this ministry, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also email a request for prayer to the same email address. If you would prefer to talk to someone, you can call the church or call Edina T. at 780-481-3508
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Our Website is at www.spiritwest.org .
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(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church