Children's Talk: The rainbow is the sign of God's promise that he will never flood the world again. Noah and his family were kept safe through their faith in God.
Morning Service: (1 John 28-29). The return of Jesus to our world is an awesome prospect. Christians, because of their faith in Jesus can be confident, when Jesus returns knowing that their sins have been dealt with through Jesus Christ (he is our advocate and propitiation)
Evening Service: (Judges 1). The Israelites make a good start when they reached the Promised Land. They experienced God's blessing as they lived keeping him at the centre of their lives. This good start, however, faded away and they spiritually declined as they compromised God's standards. This meant that they lost out ion God's great blessings. A good start is only the start we must persevere.
It was a pleasant morning even if the weather outside was blustery and showery. It's just great to meet together for a cuppa and a chat,
Our "Thought For The Day" considered Jesus great invitation to all; "I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance).
Children's Talk: Namaan was the leader of Assyria's army. He was famous and wealthy but he had leprosy. He was persuaded to listen to God's word & help. At first he refused to listen but when he gave in to listening to God's word he was healed completely.
Morning Service (1 John 2; 15-25). Christians live in a world where they continually hear ideas and thoughts that oppose the Good News about Jesus. They stand firm by taking God's word into their hearts and in the Holy Spirit, who has been given to them.
Evening Service (Judges, an overview): By God's grace the Israelites are rescued from slavery and death in Egypt and reach the Promised Land. As God's covenant people they should live as God decrees. Obedience to God will bring great blessing. The Israelites however are tempted into following other gods. "Judges" describes a gradual wandering from God and the Israelites lose out on the blessings of obedience.
Children's Talk: It's a treat to have gifts at Christmas especially if the gift is useful e.g. a good pair of gloves. Jesus Christ, God's gift, is too wonderful for words. There is no gift like him. He is unique and precious to all who trust him.
Morning Service: John 2:12-17, Christians cannot have divided loyalties. They cannot love God and also love the things that have their source in a world that rejects the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a challenge but a great motivation to lie life as God desires
Evening Service: Psalm 51: 16-19. Sincere and wholehearted religion is a delight to God. God despises superficial religion. However we must be sure to be sincerely right as we can be sincerely wrong. David (the king) outlines in Psalm 51 that sincere religion is acknowledging our sin and throwing ourselves on the Lord's abundant mercy. We cannot deal with our own sins we must trust God's Messiah - Jesus Christ
Children's Talk: We looked back to Christmas and gave thanks for the enjoyable time we had. We gave thanks to God for the indescribable gift of Jesus Christ.
Morning Service (Deuteronomy 5:1): Moses calls on the Israelites to hear, learn & do the LORD's word as he speaks to them. True religion is not a burden or a bind but delighting to obey the LORD's word with deep love for him in our hearts. We love him because he first loved us.
Nice to see a new face this morning and a few people who could make it as it was school holidays. Warm tea and coffee was very welcome on a cold January morning.
As it was the first Coffee Morning of the new year we concentrated on Christians being not just religious people but people who have an indestructible relationship with Christ. Because of this they are a new creation and all things become new.
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Next Sunday (19th May 2019)
at 10.30 & 6.00pm
Sunday 26th May 2019
@ 10.30, Dr David Powell
@ 6.00, Lloyd Thomas
12th June @ 2.30pm
Details to follow
10 - 11.30am
Tea, Coffee, Chat (Thought For The Day)
@ 1.45 pm
Short Informal Service
(normally twice / month,
first and third Monday).
Explore the Bible,
@ 7.30 pm
Explore the Bible, Luke 12