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We have a busy summer ahead of us at St John’s! As well as hosting the lunchtime concerts and tower tours, the church is a busy venue for many of the Leytonstone Festival events that are taking place in the first three weeks of July including the Arts Trail, concerts, the Hitchcock pop up cinema and Festival launch party.
These are all great ways for the community to come together and use this wonderful gift space that we have at St John’s. It is also a great way for us as a church to strengthen our relationship with people in Leytonstone and a chance to share our faith – do pop along to any of the events if you can.
As well as the festival events, we are continuing the Vision process. During July the display will be up asking some key questions for us a church to engage in. Please do take some time to look at the display and add your ideas and thoughts. In the autumn we will then be drawing all these ideas together to produce a ‘mission action plan’ – in effect a plan of action for the next few years of what we feel God is calling us to do as a church.
While all this is going on, we continue our sermon series looking at the Fruit of the Spirit. This is based on the wonderful verse in Galatians:
For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (5:22-23)
Each week we are exploring one of these qualities. These qualities are of course not just the possession of Christians, but there is something distinct about the work of the Spirit in the lives of Christians. And so throughout this series one of the questions we are looking at: what is distinct about what the Spirit brings as oppose to what we might be able to muster up in our own strength?
St John the Baptist
Serving God and the Community of Leytonstone for 180 years
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A couple of verses later in verse 25, Paul encourages us to ‘live by the Spirit.’ Living by the Spirit means demonstrating the Spirit’s fruit in our lives. But it is important to remember that we do not do it on our own strength but by the power of the Spirit. We walk in step with the Spirit when we are empowered by the Spirit – our job is to continually rely on God through regular prayer, through studying the scriptures, through taking small steps of faith in our everyday lives and open ourselves up to being transformed by his Spirit.
May God bless you richly this summer,
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