07 Aug 2016 10:00am – Living Counterpoint – Rev. Sally McShane

Do not conform to the pattern of this world." As Paul writes this letter to the Roman community is he urging revolution?
The New Life in Christ
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Marks of the True Christian
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27 You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

Sally brings the experience of 24 years of ministry in churches across Canada as well as the educational experience of Chaplaincy in a prison, a Woman’s Shelter and a Jewish Palliative Care ward to her work. Her BA work was grounded in the wisdom of the Canadian theologian Bernard Lonergan, followed by an M. Divinity at Atlantic School of Theology and a Masters in Pastoral Care and Spirituality at Emmanuel College, Toronto. She has studied Aboriginal culture and faith practices at SFU. Sally’s experiences have revealed to her the transformative love of God. Next to time with her family, her favourite moments are talking about that love. “God is profoundly Awesome”, she says.

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