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 24th June

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 24th June
10.00am All Age Worship                                                                                                                                                                                1.00pm England VS Panama – BBQ Jacob’s Join                                                                                                                                      6.00pm Evening Prayer
7.00pm Youth Church

Monday 25th
9.00am School Assembly in church.
1.30pm Stay and Play toddler group in church
5.30pm & 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school.
6.30pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 26th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 27th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside bible study at Mary Horobin’s house
3.30pm After School Drop In
5.30pm Youth group in the upper room – run by Local Conversations Higher Croft
6.30pm Midweek Communion

Friday 29th
6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 1st July
10.00am Holy Communion
6.00pm Evening Prayer

At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 24th June
11.15am All Age Worship

Tuesday 26th
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in church

Wednesday 27th
11.30am Midweek Communion

Sunday 1st July
11.15am Holy Communion

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 24th June
10.00am Holy Communion

Monday 25th                                                                                                                                                                                        7.00pm Bible Study at, 466 Blackburn Road.

Saturday 30th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 1st July
10.00am All Age Worship.

Our Weekly Message

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law
20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.  27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

The pharisees accused Jesus of being possessed, but the miracles He performed were all for good – he cured the sick and lame – and could not have been the work of Satan. They said this partly because they had not seen anything like this before and partly because if Jesus was of God, their own positions of importance in the eyes of the people would be in jeopardy and what people thought was important to them. In their reasoning they judged by their own standard – that of the World. The actions of Jesus though were selfless and not for personal gain; they were of God and not of this world, which was why they failed to understand…

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