9th of July 2017

Welcome to St Clement’s. I know it is the mid week of the school holidays and the snow is falling or Europe is calling but it is great, right and true to get together to worship the Lord in word and song today. We start a new series. We have new missionaries to interview and we have the wonderful news of the gospel of the Lord Jesus about which to be reminded.

New series: Today we begin a new series entitled ‘Love, Marriage, and Sex’ from the Old Testament book of the Song of Songs or the Song of Solomon. I called the series Love, Marriage, and Sex because that is the order the Bible takes. [It is not love, sex and marriage but love, marriage, and sex.] Hence the title. You may well be wondering what right King Solomon has to say anything on this subject. After all he had at least 700 wives and 300 concubines. I hope you will see that indeed he has much to teach us and much that is relevant to contemporary life. Today we look at love and see its nature, purpose and passion.

New missionaries: Today we also introduce at all the services new missionaries. Well not so new really but new as missionaries in a formal sense. As you know we have been looking over the last few months for missionaries to take over in our commitment to give 10% to mission. Last month Parish Council agreed to adopt James and Britt Daymond as new link missionaries with St Clement’s. This is great news and we will hear how it is going in Bathurst Diocese and in the parish of Narromine today. While Britt and James are missionaries with the Bush Church Aid Society, our support in this regard is assisting the church in the payment of their rent. We look forward to hearing from them today.

Finally I will be away this week on a conference on Prayer. Graham Cole a lecturer during my time at Moore College and now the Dean at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois is doing a week at Sydney Missionary Bible College on Prayer. (James will be there also.) I am looking forward to seeing what he has to say, growing the prayer life of St Clement’s and growing in my own prayers. The pre reading has already been stimulating. I have allocated 3 weeks of sermons on prayer in the next holidays so you can see if the conference is of any value.

We introduced a new song at 10am and 5:30pm last week. It’s title is Good, Good Father. The central part of the song goes: You’re a good good father. It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are. And I’m loved by you. It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am.

It’s a great truth to guide our worship today.                           Stuart Smith