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Weekly Message

February 15, 2016
15 Feb 2016

For the first Sunday in Lent our reading was about Jesus being tempted in the Wilderness. He was tempted with the promise of food when he was hungry, with the offer of great wealth and power, and finally asked to put God to the test.  If the devil had succeeded then Jesus could not have died in our place, sinless for our sins and the Christian Faith would have come crashing down like a building built on weak foundations. Instead Jesus remained strong and the devil failed in his plan.

During Lent we reflect on the cross and the strong foundation it is to our faith – an unshakable cornerstone. This week there’scouple of videos to watch too.

Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

 

Our Weekly Message

February 7, 2016
07 Feb 2016

This week our message was about prayer and the power of prayer with a reading from Nehemiah who cofessed the sins of the people and prayed for God to forgive them and help them restore the City and repair what was broken. Our children also made “prayer boxes” containing prayers for the World (for an end to war and poverty), our leaders (to work together towards this aim) and our family and church family (that they be free of illness and unhappiness).

Nehemiah 1 1-11
Nehemiah’s Prayer

1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” 4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:

“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. 8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ 10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.

Our Weekly Message

January 31, 2016
31 Jan 2016

This week our service was centred around Vision 2026 which has the aims of making disciples of, being witnesses to and growing leaders for Jesus Christ under the mission statement of Healthy Churches Transforming Communities. That is something we feel we are doing already here at St James’ with our many events and activities to bring in more people and take the Good News of Jesus out to pastures new. Friday Night Special and the House Groups are just two examples of our work here. At the end of the service cards were given out with the Diocese Prayer printed on them which is a prayer asking God to guide and help us to fulfil these aims. You can download the Vision Prayer Card here.

Heavenly Father we embrace
Your call for us to make
disciples, to be witnesses and
to grow leaders. Give us the
eyes to see your vision, ears to
hear the prompting of Your
Spirit and courage to follow in
the footsteps of your Son, our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

Our Weekly Message

September 20, 2015
20 Sep 2015

This week’s reading was about when Jesus took up his Ministery and proclaimed to all in the Synagogue that they were seeing the fulfillment of this scripture – with which they would have been familiar – that very day. The words meant that Jesus brought hope to the poor and repressed but also to the poor of spirit to bring them closer to God.

Luke 4:14-21

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

 

 

Weekly Message… Sun 17th Jan

October 23, 2012
23 Oct 2012

Each week we have a theme or message that runs from Friday Night Special through our Sunday Morning service to Midweek Communion on Wednesday evening. This week, the reading was the well known story in which Jesus turned water into wine. For a wedding party at that time to run out of wine was a disaster that would bring shame on the family so it was a big deal when this happened. Jesus saved the day by averting this as he still does today for those who trust in him.

John 2:1-11
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

Weekly Message for Sun 10th Jan

October 23, 2012
23 Oct 2012

This week’s message is where the relationship between God the Father and Jesus was revealed; the voice of God states clearly that Jesus is his Son.

Luke 3:21-22
The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus

21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

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