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

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 27th January

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurches At St James’ Lower Darwen…

Sunday 27th

  • 10.00am All Age Worship

Monday 28th

  • 9.00am School assembly in church.
  • 1.00pm St James Stay and Play in church.
  • 5.30pm & 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school.
  • 6.30pm Exercise class in church.

Tuesday 29th

  • 5.00pm & 7.00pm Slimming World in church.

Wednesday 30th

  • 10.00am Art Group in church lounge.
  • 2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study in the Training Unit.
  • 3.30pm After School Drop In.
  • 6.30pm Midweek Communion.
  • 7.00pm M:Power in Training unit.

Thursday 31st

  • 9.30am Nurtured by Hand Baby Massage in Upper Room.

Friday 1st February

  • 3.30pm Local Conversation Youth Group in Upper Room.
  • 6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 3rd

  • 10.00am Holy Communion
  • 11.30am Café Church at Roman Road Library (every fortnight)
  • 2.30pm Café Church Belthorn.

 

At St James’ Over Darwen…

Sunday 27th

  • 11.15am Holy Communion.

Monday 28th

  • 9.30am Prayer meeting in church.

Tuesday 29th

  • 6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in church.

Wednesday 30th

  • 11.30am Midweek Communion

Friday 1st February

  • 9.30am Toddle Tots in church
  • 3.30pm Friday Special in Church

Sunday 3rd

  • 11.15am All Age Worship

 

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…

Sunday 27th

  • 10.00am Holy Communion.

Monday 28th 

  • 7.00pm Evening Service t the Reach

Saturday 2nd February

  • 10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre.

Sunday 3rd

  • 10.00am All Age Worship.

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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