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

What’s on next week June 16th

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 June 16th

  • 10.00am  Holy Communion
  • 11.30-1.30 Pop-up Church Roman Road Library
  • 7.00pm Youth Church

Monday 17th

  • 9.00am School assembly at church
  • 1.00pm St James Stay and Play in church
  • 5.30 & 6.30pm Rainbows & Brownies in school
  • 6.30pm Exercise class at church
  • 7.00pm Leaders’ meeting at Hoddlesden Vicarage

Tuesday 18th

  • 2.30pm time Aside in the Training Unit
  • 5.00pm & 7.00pm Slimming World in the church

Wednesday 19th

  • 3.30pm After School Drop In
  • 6.30pm Midweek Communion

Thursday 8th

  • 9.30am Nurtured by Hand Baby Massage in Upper Room

Friday 21st

  • 6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 23rd

  • 10.00am All Age Worship
  • 12.00pm Baptism of Thomas Hunter Plant
  • 7.00pm Youth church in Upper Room

 

At St James’ Over Darwen…

Sunday June 16th

  • 11.15am Family Service

Monday 17th

  • 9.30am Prayer meeting in church
  • 10.00am PCC Meeting in church

Tuesday 18th

  • 6.00pm Rainbows & Brownies in church

Wednesday 19th

  • 11.30am Midweek Communion

Friday 21st

  • 9.30pm Toddle Tots in Church

Sunday 23rd

  • 11.15am Family Service

 

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…

Sunday June 16th

  • 10.00am Father’s Day service in school

Saturday 22nd

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

Sunday 23rd

  • 10.00am Communion Service in school
  • 1.00pm Hoddlesden Millenium Green picnic & treasure hunt

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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