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

What’s on this week September 29

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 September 29th

  • 10.00am  Harvest Service
  • 6.00pm Youth Church in Upper Room

Monday 30th

  • 9.00am School Assembly in church
  • 1.00pm Stay and Play at church
  • 5.30pm & 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school

Tuesday October 1st

  • 9.30am Stanley Grange group in church lounge
  • 2.30pm Time Aside Bible Study in the Training
  • 5.00pm & 7.00pm Slimming World in the church

Wednesday Oct. 2nd

  • 1.00pm Stanley Grange group in church lounge
  • 3.30pm After School Drop in
  • 6.30pm Midweek Communion
  • 7.00pm M:Power in Training Unit

Thursday Oct. 3rd

  • 9.00am Nurtured by Hand in Upper Room

Friday Oct. 4th

  • 9.00am-8.00pm Prep weekend at Over Darwen
  • 6.00pm Friday Night Special in church

Saturday Oct. 5th

  • 10.00am-3.00pm Prep weekend at Over Darwen

Sunday Oct. 6th

  • 10.00am Holy Communion
  • 11.30am Pop Up Church at Roman Road Library
  • 12.00noon Baptism of Teddy Braithwaite
  • 6.00pm Youth Church in Upper Room

 

At St James’ Over Darwen…

Sunday September 29th

  • 11.15am harvest Service

Monday 30th

  • 9.30am Prayer meeting in church

Tuesday October 1st

  • 4.00pm After School Drop in at The Shops

Wednesday Oct. 2nd

  • 11.30am Midweek Communion

Thursday Oct. 3rd

  • 6.00pm Youth Drop in at The Shops

Friday Oct. 4th

  • 9.00am Prep weekend at Over Darwen shops
  • 9.30am Toddle Tots in church

Saturday Oct. 5th

  • 10.00am-3.00pm Prep weekend at Over Darwen shops

Sunday Oct. 6th

  • 11.15am All Age Worship
  • 1.00pm-4.00pm Prep weekend at Over Darwen shops

 

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…

Sunday September 29th

  • 10.00am Harvest Service in school

Monday 30th

  • 6.30pm Evening Worship at The Reach

Tuesday October 1st

  • 10.30am Knit & Natter at the Reach
  • 7.30pm Mother’s Union meeting at the Reach

Thursday Oct. 3rd

  • 2.00pm Bible Study at the Reach

Friday Oct. 4th

  • 9.00-8.00pm am Prep weekend at Over Darwen shops

Saturday Oct. 5th

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

Sunday Oct. 6th

  • 10.00am The Big Picture Service in School

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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