Bulletin 2.21.21

Ephesians 1:22-23 "And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

     

    - Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564)

     

     

    The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about origi­nality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom.

     

    Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Sub­mit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end… Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for your-self, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

     

    - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; concluding words)

     

The Call To Worship

  • Ephesians 1.20ff

     

    (God) raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

     

    And He put all things in subjection under His feet,

    and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body,

    the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

     

    - Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564)

     

     

    The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about origi­nality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom.

     

    Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Sub­mit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end… Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for your-self, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

     

    - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; concluding words)

     

  • Ephesians 1.20ff

     

    (God) raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

     

    And He put all things in subjection under His feet,

    and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body,

    the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

     

    (Prayer)

     

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