Hot tea and coffee were particularly enjoyed on this cold morning. Home made chocolate and jam/cream sponges were the homemade contributions that were thoroughly enjoyed.
IN our Thought For The Day we thought about Isaiah the prophet declaring that the Messiah would be "Wonderful Counsellor"; the one who gives direction and points us in the right direction spiritually.
Children's Talk: Jesus Christ is called Emmanuel. Jesus means Saviour and Emmanuel means God with us. The names and titles given to him give us a detailed description of his person and work in our world.
Morning Service: 50 years ago on this weekend, Evan George, officially began his work as minister here in Maescanner. So it was a great blessing for him to preach this morning. he preached from John chapter: Jesus declares that he has come to give us life in all its abundance.
Evening Service: Psalm 51: 4-7. David the king sees that as a believer he is hounded by sin. God is uncompromising in his holiness and justice. Our only way forward our of our sins is to confess them and throw ourselves on God's mercy. When we do this we appear whiter than snow before God.
There was plenty of discussion with tea, coffee, home-made eclairs and scones: very enjoyable. In our Thought For The Day we considered Isaiah's great prophecy that the Messiah would be "wonderful". It's a great blessing to trust a wonderful Messiah, who gave himself for our sins.
Children's Talk: We began exploring the theme that Jesus is called Emmanuel. Emmanuel means God with us. To rescues us from our sins God didn't send an angel or give the responsibility to any human being. Only Jesus Christ (Emmanuel) could do this.
Morning Service: 1 John 2:1-2. Jesus Christ is the righteous one . He lived as a real human being the perfect life that we cannot live. He gives his perfect life as a sacrifice for our sins. Trusting him means that God through faith in Jesus gives us Jesus' righteousness.
Evening Service (Psalm 51:1-4): David becomes aware of his great sin. His confidence that God will forgive him (blot out his transgressions) comes from God, who is steadfast in love and abundant in mercy. David knows that God is always just and righteous so his sin is his responsibility. he prays that God will wash and cleanse him from his sin so that his sin is no longer part of him
There was, once again, a fine selection of home cooked and very tasty fare. Thank you to all for your contributions. In our Thought For The Day we considered how disappointing life can be, even when we have the best and most enthusiastic intentions. Jesus Christ offers and promises us life "in all its abundance" in him. A life overflowing with forgiveness of sin, relationship with God and indescribable joy in our hearts.
We stood in silence, remembered and gave thanks
We thought about the significance of the poppy. Giving thanks for the sacrifice of others.
Morning Service: (John 1:1-2, part 1). John the Apostle writes reminding Christians that through faith in Jesus Christ they have fellowship with God, who is light. Christians then aim to live lives that are consistent with God's character and nature. Yet when Christians sin we rejoice that we have Jesus Christ, the righteous as our advocate and propitiation (who has reconciled God to us and turned his wrath away from us.
Evening Service: (Psalm 51, overview). David the king sins dreadfully, tried to cover up his sins but the LORD knew. he convicts David of his sin. David can only throw himself on the abounding mercy of the LORD. The LORD forgives and David is enabled to rejoice in the LORD's forgiveness.
Homemade cheesecake, cake, scone and sausage rolls were great accompaniments to tea, coffee and chat. In Thought For The Day we concentrated on Jesus Christ, the King who will reign for ever. Our politicians fall! They come and go, causing instability. Jesus Christ will reign for ever and those who trust him are part of his eternal kingdom
Fake News (Clyde Briggs): There is so much fake news in our world. Sometimes it's impossible to recognise false news and so we are left in some doubt when we hear/read an article on social media etc. Jesus' claims and his Gospel are unchanging truth that we can believe and experience God's blessings of forgiveness and new life.
Despite God's people rebelling against him, he delivered them from powerful enemies. Deborah spoke God's word to them and directed them to turn from their wickedness and back to the LORD. When the final battles came Israel's enemies lined up in a valley. The LORD sent exceptionally wet weather: the chariots of the enemy were made useless and Israel was victorious. Then the people knew "that the LORD, he is God"
Morning Service (Romans 4;5)
"Faith Alone" is one of the Bible's great teachings.
Each of us needs to be righteous before. We can never be righteous through doing our best and achieving good things. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ can sinners be counted righteous before God.
Evening Service: Psalm 103:20-22, Glory to God Alone. Psalm 103 calls on all created beings wherever God reigns to worship him. Then we are challenged to as individuals to give glory to God alone. God alone is worthy to be glorified by each of us. God's salvation of sinners through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone gives glory to God alone.
As always it was great to meet up and chat, drinking plenty of tea and coffee with a fine selection of homemade cakes and sausage rolls. In out Though For The Day we considered God's impeccable timing in bringing Jesus Christ into our world and his crucifixion, which happened at the correct time in God's eternal plan
Maescanner Chapel Blog
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