Jonathan Wilson spoke on “Three Groanings” based on Romans 8:18-39. The groanings of creation range from earthquakes (Psalm 104:24-35) to the labour pains of a mother giving birth. The groanings of humankind are either cries of futility or reflect our longing for the fulfillment of our adoption as children of God, awaiting the redemption of our fragile bodies. The groanings of the Holy Spirit are wordless intercessory prayers on our behalf. The Christian church in Japan came together to respond to the triple disaster in Miyagi/Fukishima in 2011 (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear contamination) by integrating their missions, drawing on the complementary good news of the social gospel and “soul winning” personal transformation. In faith, we look forward to the redemption of all creation through Jesus Christ. Echoing the prayers of the Japanese churches, may God give our bodies the stamina to take care of the Lord’s earth and each other, and may the Holy Spirit help us to not fall back into old denomination divisions. [KH]

Service Details

Passage: Psalm 104:24-35; Romans 8:18-39

Communion: Yes

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Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: Jonathan Wilson

Worship Leader: Rosie Perera

Song Leader: Andre Pekovich

Pianist: Andre Pekovich

Usher: Peter Neudorf

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