Service for Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

The annual church service for The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem was celebrated this Sunday. The service was conducted by Bishop Greg Anderson whose pew sheet reflection is as follows; "The apostle Paul in his letters to the Christians in Rome and Galatia makes it clear that God accepts us not because of our good works but because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. On our own, we simply cannot earn our way into God's 'good books'. But Paul also writes about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as a consequence of Christ's rescue.
The Spirit empowers us to want to do good, as well as to be able to do good. In Romans, Paul writes about doing good to all people, and about living in peace with others. In Galatians, Paul writes about the fruit of the Spirit in our lives - love, joy, kindness, goodness, gentleness and more. The medieval hospitaller Orders, which are the ancestors of the Order of St John (and similar Orders), understood the importance of demonstrating Christian love. In the context of the tensions around the Crusader period in the Levant, when the name of Christ was stained with the bloody action of European militia, the Orders provided care for Muslims and Christians alike. The ongoing work of St John in the Northern Territory in the same way points to the Spirit-empowered life that embodies and expresses God's love for the whole world."

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