In the great game of life... weve broken the rules got off-side with the ref and are in the ‘sin bin’. Jesus paid our penalty offers us a conversion invites us into his ultimate winning team! (And it’s not about the tries we score) The All Blacks Prayer Our players who art All Black, Rugby is thy game. When full-time comes, thy will be done, on Eden Park as it was in ’87. Give us each game our daily joy and forgive us our doubts as we forgive the French who beat thee in ‘07. And lead us not into over-confidence but deliver us from an early exit. For thine is the World Cup, and the mana and the glory now and forever AMEN! The Early Church of Jesus – Revelation chapter 1 Seven Churches of Revelation Ephesus - threat of removal Sardis ) Laodicea ) - strongest complaints Pergamum) Thyatira ) - commendation & complaint Smyrna ) Philadelphia ) – only commendation Commendations: Hardworking Patient endurance & faithfulness under persecution Spiritually rich; Love, faith, service Obedient to my word Intolerant of evil people Tested teaching of itinerant teachers & prophets Complaints Tolerated false teaching Sexual immorality & eating food offered to idols Neglected their first love & first belief Indifferent/lukewarm/self sufficient What might the Jesus have to say to St Albans? Can we hear what the Spirit is saying to our church?