A message from Linda 30 July 2017

Welcome to Burnside City Uniting Church! To those of you who call this your church home, to those of you visiting for the first time and to those of you who are here for the Transforming Worship Conference:

Welcome, in the name of Christ!

A major part of the conference is helping people transform their times of worship so that through worship, God will transform people, the church and the world..

So, I’ve been thinking about transformation…

Transformation is about change – in fact, life is about change – whether we like it or not! Some of us love change, some of us find it unsettling, some hate it! But, change is inevitable!

As Christians, we understand ourselves as undergoing change, as we grow in our relationship with Jesus, as we come to know him and his Word more, we become more and more like Jesus. Adrian Rogers says that “the same Jesus who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future.”

In Scripture, we read: “.. we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor 3:18 NIV) and “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.. (Rom 12:2 NIV)

I read that worship is about the transformation of our way of seeing into God’s way of seeing, our perspective to God’s perspective. The Church of England says that “it is through encountering God within worship that we are formed (and transformed) as his people.”

So as we gather together to worship our God this morning and as we worship God in how we live out our everyday lives, let’s be open to God doing something
amazing in us and through us.

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