Children's Talks: Using blankety-blank we started learning our new memory verse, Christ died for our sins.
We also told the story of Thomas the disciple. He doubted that Jesus was alive when the other disciples told him that the Lord had appeared to them. He said, "Unless I see I won't believe". Jesus met him and said "Blessed are those who don't see yet believe"
Morning Service 1 Samuel 17 (part 2). David (the king to-be) confronts formidable Goliath in the name of the living God. David's boldness is a result of him realising that the LORD's faithfulness is faultless and unfailing. He defeats Goliath in the name of the LORD. David is eager to see the LORD glorified.
Evening Service: (Matthew 5:38-42). The Lord Jesus tells his people that far from taking personal revenge they must be willing to suffer loss and insult for being Christians. They must be willing to give and help those who need help regardless of who they are.
There were some new faces present today, which is always lovely to see. Homemade "cholcolate chip Welsh cakes" were on offer today with plenty of tea, coffee and chat.
Thought for the Day: Sam Warburton being selected as Lions' captain was a big surprise to many. Jesus Christ was a big surprise to his disciples when he announced that as God's Messiah he must suffer at the hands of his enemies, die and be raise to life. A suffering Messiah may have been unthinkable to the disciples but ithis was essential to reconcile God and us.
Children's talk: we had a short quiz recapping the Easter story. The children beat the adults and it was a good reminder of the momentous events of that first Easter
Morning Service: (1 Samuel 17). Goliath, the formidable giant, scares Israel's army into standstill. David (the shepherd from Bethlehem) is the unlikely deliverer. He sees the giant against the greatness and faithfulness of the LORD. David is not scared into a standstill.
Evening Service (Matthew 5:33-37). The Lord Jesus tells his people to speak in a straight forward and honest way. There is no need to use flowery religious speech in trying to make a point but "Let your yes be yes and your no be no". This honest way of speaking comes from a heart that is changing, becoming more pure and is enthusiastic to see God glorified.
Homemade "maids of honour" and "Lemon and Raspberry cake" were the selections today. They went down well.
Thought For The Day: a snap election is always a surprise. The Lord Jesus once surprised a cheating tax collector (names Zaccheus) by inviting himself to Zaccheus' house. This encounter changed Zaccheus life because "Jesus came to seek and to save the lost"
Children's Talk: We told the Easter story - Jesus was crucified on the first Good Friday for our sins and raised again on the first Easter Sunday to give us certain hope.Those at the cross said of the dying Jesus, Truly this was the Son of God.
Morning Service: We concentrated on the angels' words to the ladies who had come to anoint Jesus' body: He is not here, he is risen. Why look for the living among the dead. The ladies coming to the tomb did not expect the resurrection of Jesus and until the angels told them then they were perplexed and couldn't make it out. The angels reminded them that Jesus had predicted his death and resurrection. Then the ladies remembered Jesus's words.
Plenty of tea, coffee and chat, this morning. Our thought for the day concentrated on Jesus' words at the Last Supper: "This is my body broken for you, this is my blood shed for you".
Children's Talk: On the cross Jesus cried out, "It is finished" and the Roam soldier called out, "Truly, this was the Son of God"
Morning Service: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, making the obvious claim that he is the long promised Messiah. He is God's saviour-king, who dies for sinners and whose kingdom will never end. He can be trusted
Evening Service: (Matthew 26:36-460. Just before being betrayed and arrested Jesus prays with intense emotion asking that he be spared his imminent crucifixion but that God's will be done. Jesus' crucifixion as a sacrifice is however the only way to deal with sin.
Lovely to see a new face this morning and 2 expats (living in London). Tea, coffee and chat went well with the jam sponge. Thought for the day was: we can do all the Easter things (hot cross buns, Easter eggs) but miss out on Easter if we reject God's way of forgiveness the crucified Jesus.
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Next Sunday 22nd Sept @ 10.30 am
Proverbs: The Name of the LORD is a strong tower
10 - 11.30am
Tea, Coffee, Chat (Thought For The Day)
Explore the Bible,
Explore the Bible, Luke 14
@ 1.45 pm
Short Informal Service
(normally twice / month,
first and third Monday).
9th October @ 2.30pm
Details to follow