Blessed is the man that endureth temptation for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life.

What’s On for the Week Ahead… Sun 1st December

Here’s what’s on for the first week of Advent at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. View or download our Christmas 2019  programme of events by following the link… #threechurches 

 

At St James’ Lower Darwen…

Sunday December 1st

  • 10.00am  Holy Communion Service
  • 11.30am Pop Up Church at Roman Road
  • 6.00pm Youth Church in church
  • 6.00pm Prayer night in training unit

Monday 2nd

  • 9.00am School Assembly in church
  • 1.30pm Stay and Play at church
  • 5.30pm & 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school
  • 6.30pm Exercise class in church
  • 7.00pm PCC meeting in church lounge

Tuesday 3rd

  • 8.30am Board of Education training in church
  • 2.30pm Time Aside Bible study in the training unit
  • 5.00pm & 7.00pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 4th

  • 9.30am Stanley Grange group in church lounge
  • 3.30pm After School Drop in
  • 6.30pm Midweek Communion
  • 7.00pm M:Power in church

Friday 6th

  • 6.30pm Friday Night Special in church

Saturday 7th

  • 10.00am Big clean up at church

Sunday 8th

  • 10.00am All Age Worship and baptism of Helen Kershaw

At St James’ Over Darwen…

Sunday 1st December

  • 11.15am All Age Worship

Tuesday 3rd

  • 4.00pm After School Drop in at The Shops

Wednesday 4th

  • 11.30pm Midweek Communion

Thursday 5th

  • 6.00pm Youth Drop in at The Shops

Friday 6th

  • 9.30am Toddle Tots in church

Sunday 8th

  • 11.15am holy Communion
  • 12.30pm Baptism of Jayden Knowles

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…

Sunday 1st December

  • 10.00am Family Worship
  • 12.00 noon Baptism of Dot Townsend
  • 6.00pm Holy Communion at The Reach

Monday 2nd

  • 6.30pm Evening Worship at The Reach

Tuesday 3rd

  • 10.30am Knit and Natter at The Reach

Saturday 7th

  • 10.00am Friends of St. Paul’s coffee morning in Carus Centre

Sunday 8th

  • 10.00am School Nativity Service
  • 11.00am St Paul’s School Christmas Fair

Our Weekly Message

Isaiah 55:1-9
Invitation to the Thirsty

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

In this passage the prophet Isaiah describes a gift that is both “the richest of fare” and free of charge; a gift that satisfies when nothing else does. He is describing the Holy Spirit which is given freely by God and which refreshes our souls in the same way that water refreshes our bodies. We know when we need water because we feel thirsty, but how do we know when our soul is in need of refreshment?

Feelings of hopelessness, low self worth or depression may well be a sign of this thirst and are common symptoms of our reliance on worldly things and lack of knowledge of God. Be assured though… He does want to help us. Why not come along to one of our services or a Friday Special meal to find out more.

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