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Our Weekly Message

February 21, 2018
21 Feb 2018

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

During the period of Lent we are likely to face temptation in some way. If we have given something up, then the temptation is there to have that chocolate bar or that beer; and if we have decided to do something extra such as helping someone or reading a chapter of the Bible every day, then the temptation is always there not to bother and do something else instead.

The journey towards knowing God better – which is why we would do any of these things at Lent – will always involve at least a small degree of sacrifice and the devil will always put temptation in our way to try and distract us from that path and so prevent us from getting closer to God. The devil can be devious in the way he tempts us but if we are true to God we will not be tempted beyond what we can resist as He will reduce the power of that temptation over us.

Here is a short video about the Temptation of Christ that we showed in the service and the school assembly…

Our Weekly Message

February 14, 2018
14 Feb 2018

Mark 9:2-9
The Transfiguration
2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The disciples knew Jesus well as a man but here they had a glimpse of his true nature – that of the Son of God which is how he will return. The most important message here is in verse 7 where the Father, Yahweh tells the disciples not only who Jesus is but also that they must listen to Him. Listening to Jesus through his Word in the Gospels is still central to true Christianity today and it is important we are not distracted from that by anyone.

Our Weekly Message

January 30, 2018
30 Jan 2018

James 5:13-18
The Prayer of Faith
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Our Weekly Message

January 24, 2018
24 Jan 2018

Colossians 3:12-17
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Continuing from last week’s message on going out into our weekly lives with the message we learn in church, this letter from Paul to the Colossians gives a good grounding in how we should live our lives and conduct ourselves. If we follow the instructions here we should not go far wrong.

Our Weekly Message

January 17, 2018
17 Jan 2018

Ephesians 1:15-23
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

The purpose of prayer and worship is so we can come to know God and understand his purpose for us. If we come to church and sit through a service we don’t understand then go home and forget all about it, then we may as well not be here, for it is in understanding the message that we come to know God better. Only when we understand what is being asked of us can we become better people and closer to God. We should try and live what we learn through the whole week and not just while we are in church.

So – if you go to church and don’t understand what is being said then ask someone to explain it afterwards! The services will become more enjoyable and our lives will start to improve too as we become more in tune with what God wants for us.

Our Weekly Message

January 10, 2018
10 Jan 2018

Romans 12:1-2
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

God has a purpose for all of us that will ultimately be the best path we can follow, but our minds must first of all be open to listening out for that message. If our minds are closed to change or we stubbornly follow what we always have – for no reason other than that we always have – then we will fail to hear God’s message. Bad habits can be broken if we allow God to renew our minds and lead us forward.

Our Christmas Message…

December 25, 2017
25 Dec 2017

Isaiah 9:6-7
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Today we celebrate the birth in Bethlehem of our Lord Jesus Christ who came to earth to save us. He left us with the message of how we should live our lives and how we should treat others. It’s a message that will end the problems of the world if we all follow it, so let us keep reading until we get it right. Today is for spending with family too, but we should also remember those who have no family to go to, those children who had no presents this morning and those who are without a home because of the wars or the greed of the wicked.

So remember why we celebrate and have a Happy Christmas. May the Peace of the Lord be with you now and for always.

Our Weekly Message…

December 20, 2017
20 Dec 2017

John 1:6-8
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

John 1:19-28
John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah
19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

26 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Our Weekly Message

December 12, 2017
12 Dec 2017

Mark 1:1-18
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus Announces the Good News
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,”
Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

Our Weekly Message

December 1, 2017
01 Dec 2017

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

On Sunday we held the commissioning service for the Reception Class of St James’ School which was to welcome them into the school and ask God to watch over them now and as they grow up. Our children are born innocent and are closer to God than most of us, not being corrupted by the bad things of the world. While we cannot keep them completely isolated from those things, with the help of God we can help them to make the right choices so that they are able to reject what is bad when they do see it. The Lord will protect those who let him into their lives.

Also as it is the beginning of Advent, we have given out Advent calendars that come with a story explaining the real meaning of Advent and Christmas instead of the meaningless commercial propaganda that we are bombarded with from the TV and that adorns many so called Advent calendars. If you want one for your child they are free from church.

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