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

What’s happening this week August 18th

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 August 18th

  • 10.00am  All age service

Tuesday 20th

  • 5.00pm & 7.00pm Slimming World in the church

Wednesday 21st

  • 6.30pm Midweek Communion

Sunday 25th

  • 10.00am All Age Worship

 

At St James’ Over Darwen…

Sunday August 18th

  • 11.15am All Age Service

Monday 19th

  • 9.30am Prayer meeting

Wednesday 21st

  • 11.30am Midweek Communion

Sunday 18th

  • 11.15am Holy Communion
  • 12.30pm Baptism of Jessica White

 

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…

Sunday August 18th

  • 10.00am All Age Worship at the Reach

Monday 19th

  • 7.00pm Evening Worship at The Reach

Saturday 24th

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

Sunday 25th

  • 10.00am Holy Communion at The Reach

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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