We had about 40 present last week at our Christmas Day service and a similar number this last Lord's Day and about half that came Sunday evening. I preached briefly on the Wednesday morning on He is great and then on the Lord's Day on Romans 13:12 which will be our motto text this year – The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. So set aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Our elder Robert Strivens preached helpfully in the evening from Paul's prayer in Philippians 1. There was a kind invitation back to home of one of our deacons which was nice. No visitors this time but it is nice to have the students around still. One of our members, our oldest, died last Saturday. She has not been able to attend for some time. I'm sure I will say more about that here.
Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.