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All Souls Anglican, Cherry Hill, NJ

July 2017 Prayer Letter

We greet you in Jesus’ name. Every month or so we will send this prayer email to you, letting you know the most effective way you might pray for us. We do hope you will consider All Souls Anglican for your personal prayers that this new mission for the gospel may continue faithful to the gospel.

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Bible study

This coming Sunday: The Sixth Sunday After Trinity

Join us this Sunday for the Lord’s Supper at 4:00 PM as we continue in our serial exposition of Luke’s Gospel. This Lord’s Day we will study Luke 6.37-42.

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For Your Prayers

Prayer 7

We do so need and thank you for your prayers

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Join us this month as we raise our voices in THANKSGIVING an in PRAYER to our heavenly Father for:

•    THANKSGIVING that two of the four families in significant transition that have finished stage one of their transitions.
•    THANKSGIVING that one has enrolled their child in residential special care that went very smoothly.
•    THANKSGIVING that the other has moved from house to apartment as their search for a suitable home continues. The move went without incident.
•    PRAY that this may be a time of healing and progress for the family and their child now enrolled.
•    PRAY that a suitable home may be found for the family.
•    PRAY for our other two families that still continue in transition. Pray for physical protection as the last stage of a move begins for one.
•    PRAY for the other as a spouse travels for a total of three weeks in training for a new position. Pray that he may resist temptation and for safety in his travel. Pray for his family left behind that they will remain safe.
•    CONTINUE TO PRAY for the planning and preparation for Henry’s visit in September to Wisconsin for a weekend conference and to Nigeria for the provincial synod and guest lecturing at Crowther Seminary will remain focused. He must prepare four lectures and sermons for both during. Pray also that the content will be compelling for the hearers and that Christ our Savior may be glorified in it.

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The Glory of God

Henry Jansma

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation draws closer (October 31, 1517), I have spent time in study on the five key doctrinal “alone(s)” of the period. That is: our final authority is scripture alone; we are saved by the merit of Christ alone; we are declared righteous by God through His grace alone and receive His gift of righteousness by faith alone, for all the glory belongs to God alone. If I had to pick one of the four it would be the last of which I am the least familiar, but its study has been rich.

In popular thinking the Reformation motto “for the glory of God alone” is sometimes reduced to a call for action. We believing Christians should pursue all activities for the glory of God as our supreme end. There is nothing untrue about this way thinking and a couple of biblical texts even make this point. But there seems to something imbalanced about focusing the motto exclusively upon Christians acting for God’s glory. The obvious result is that “for the glory of God alone” becomes centered on us! How we are to act and what end we are to pursue.

More often Scripture appeals to God’s glory as a way of describing God, especially as he manifests himself through the history of redemption in the Scriptures, especially in the Lord Jesus Christ, his Holy Spirit, and the new creation where Christ is now enthroned. This is an excellent reason to turn to an unexpected area of study: the glory of God in the theology of the Anglican divines in the mid-to later sixteenth century and lasting until the mid-eighteenth century and the evangelical revival (the Great Awakening to us colonials!). Although I will not attempt anything resembling a thorough study of this topic, this is a prayer email after all, but even a series of “pause for thought” should confirm that our Anglican heritage involves a rich and nuanced conception of God’s glory. These divines recognized the biblical point I made above: the glory of God is first and foremost about God himself and how he reveals his glory in the world. Yet they also recognized as a consequence of the first that God glorifies his people and enables them to reflect his glory through their worship and pursuit of holiness in the obedience of faith.

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Henry Jansma

The Rev. Canon Dr. Henry Jansma

Latest Sermon Podcast

Our sermon this week is the sermon for the Third Sunday after Trinity. Entitled The Renewed Israel. The text is Luke 6.12-16.

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A Parish of the Diocese of CANA East

Worshiping Sundays at 4:00 PM at: 520 Kings Hwy South | Cherry Hill NJ 08034

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Telephone: 856.671.1183 | E-Mail: church@allsoulsnj.org

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