Children's Talk: We continued telling the story of David the shepherd boy (from Bethlehem). He becomes a soldier and as leader of Israel's army has many victories but Saul, the king, is jealous. David has to flee for his life.
Morning Service: After decades of unfaithfulness to the LORD the Israelites return to Him. They confess their sin and turn away from false gods. When we turn to the LORD it is always on his terms. When their enemies are defeated they acknowledge, "Ebenezer; till now the LORD has helped us"
Evening service: Matthew 5:6, Christians see that their greatest need is to be righteous before God. The know that they cannot achieve this through their own efforts but only through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who trust Jesus Christ will long to live like he did i.e. a righteous life
Children's Talk: Against all human odd's David the shepherd boy bravely slays Goliath. The reason for this: he trusted the LORD.
Morning Service: (1 Samuel 5+6). The Philistines (Israel's enemies) think that their God (Dagon) is supreme. The LORD shows that Dagon is an idol. The Philistines think that they can manipulate the LORD. Not one of us can. He is sovereign, holy, the true and the living God.
Evening Service: Jesus said, Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. This meekness is submitting to the Lord's authority and word. In becoming a Christian a person submits to what the Bible says about each of us needing forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. Christian seek to live each day bowing to Christ's authority, sometimes forgoing their rights for the sake of the Gospel.
At the end of our Children's Talk, which was based on Rememberance Day; we bowed our heads in silence, remembered and gave thanks
Morning Service: (1 Samuel 4), how easy it is to turn religion into a "lucky" charm. The Israelites thought of and trusted more the symbols of their religion than the LORD. This led to terrible consequences for the nation but as the decades went by the LORD was merciful and gracious.
Evening Service: Matthew 5:4, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted". OH! how happy and contented are the people who mourn over their sin and find the ultimate consolation in the Gospel.
It was good again to meet up informally over a cuppa and put the world to right.
Our Thought For The Day was considering how good Jesus Christ is. He faced great enemies in our world: Satan and death but was victorious and conquered. He gives new life, forgiveness and hope to sinners.
Our speaker today was Mervyn Christopher. His theme was grace - how God grants his favour to those who are undeserving of this. Jesus Christ dying on the cross is a great display of God's grace to us.
Children's Talk: We started telling the story of David, the shepherd boy, who became king of Israel. Samuel the prophet anoints David, the youngest son, of a family in Bethlehem. He may not have been the favourite to be king but the LORD sees the heart
Morning Service: (1 Samuel 3). Samuel is called by God to be prophet in Israel. The period of time when the LORD's word was rare is at an end. Samuel will faithfully declare the LORD's word for his life-time. To hear the LORD's word regularly is a great blessing.
Evening Service: Jesus' Sermon on the Mount starts with these words: Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. It is those, who see their spiritual poverty and they cannot give God anything, and then trust Jesus, who are blessed by God.
The homemade sponge, once again, went down a treat. A very enjoyable morning chatting and drinking tea and coffee.
Thought For The Day: How Good Is Jesus Christ? When it comes to winning forgiveness for all who are willing to trust him we can confidently say, "the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin"
Exploring The Bible:
What is Church? Why belong to one (Part 1)
We looked the Bible pictures of the church being a group of people meeting to worship God,
the bride of Christ,
a family, God's Temple,
a body and
a living harvest.
We were reminded that Christ is head of the church and, as a family, members of a congregation will support and encourage each other as they reach out to others.
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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