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Will opened the service and handed over to Nancy who spoke to the children about things that are broken and how sometimes they cannot be put back together.
Nancy left with all the little folk and Will then continued. He asked Mary to do the reading.
Will then continued with the service.
Are we turning our backs on the church ?
Walking in the light
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The service was opened by Emily where she made the weekly announcements.
The service was then taken by Will who started off asking Nancy to chat to the children.
Her message was about having to have things told to them repeatedly because they may not have heard or have been paying attention.
Click the link below to hear Nancy chatting to the children or read the text.
The children left the hall and Will took over the service following on from Nancy's statement about being told or being questioned multiple times.
Will preached briefly and then handed over to Gary McDowell to continue the service.
He spoke about how Jesus had approached the fishermen along the shore and asked them if they had, had success in their mornings fishing.
They told him they had not and he told them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat.
Although they were skeptical, they listened and soon they discovered that their nets were filled with fish.
They were amazed and shocked at how this could occur. Jesus who they had not recognised then invited them to join him for a meal on the shore.
While they were sitting together Jesus questioned Peter as to whether he Loved Jesus ?
He asked the question three times, each time receiving an affirmative answer from Peter.
Jesus was showing that on a previous occasion Peter had denied knowing or being a part of His group three times.
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Emily opened the service with the announcements and handed over to Will Ackles to present the service.
Will called on Nancy to chat to the kids.
Will began with a review of the first Sunday—John was writing to a people who were, for a variety of common reasons, discouraged and doubting two things: could/would Christ deliver what he promised and were they worthy of receiving it. His response was to remind the people of two things: the identity of Christ and the relationship with that identity and their lives. 1 John then is a letter about two things: doctrine and ethics. It is about what it means to be a Christian, one of God’s peculiar/distinct/set-apart people. What it means to be a light to the culture rather than a mirror of the culture.
Will then took the service forward after reverting to his previous discussion from John 1 1:4
In it John identifies three components in the identity of Jesus that should give his readers confidence and encouragement, three things shared by no one else. 1–Christ, ‘was from the beginning’ means he was/is creator. As such he and he alone knows the purpose for creation and for each person. Without him we create meanings but they are not real or lasting. 2–Christ is life. Apart from him people exist, but do not have life to the fullest. 3–Christ declares that we can have a relationship with God as our loving father. Nature hints at a god of power, but says nothing of his moral character. Religions try to reach god or placate him. Jesus says he loves us.
Our relief Minister, Pastor Will Ackles of Florida, USA was introduced by Emily Kearon to our congregation.
He asked anyone who is in need of spiritual guidance or just wanting some friendship to feel free to
contact him, and his wife Nancy, who will be happy to visit them at their home.
Will said that he would be concentrating on the Letter “1 John” from the Holy Scriptures for his duration
in Ireland and that he had in fact produced a 51 page booklet for all to study, should they so wish.
Will introduced “1 John” by mentioning the rope bridge “Carrick-a-Rede”, situated in Northern Ireland,
and asked the congregation, who had crossed this rope bridge, what had been their feelings when they
first approached the bridge. Did they believe that the bridge might not be strong enough to carry their
weight? Is this not perhaps the same question we ask God when we are faced with a difficult situation in
life “Is God really able to help me overcome my fear, or is this too difficult for Him?” Of course we all
know the answer to this dilemma – if you trust God anything is possible for him. We should endeavour to
become unique or “peculiar people” and be wholly dedicated to the worship and service of the True and
Living God, and show others, by the way we live, that we are God’s children and under His care.
Will ended the service by celebrating the ancient Passover, now Holy Communion, and explaining that
this was God’s commandment to the ancient Hebrews to protect them from “The Angel of Death” and
has been handed down by Jesus Christ to us to remember what He did for us on the cross at Calvary.
picture credit : christianmessenger.in
Emily opened the service with the announcements and stated that the deadline for applications for the new minister was the
9th September 2019.
She then handed over to Gary who presented the days message from Luke 8 beginning at verse 22
Gary mentioned how there were several parallels between the old testament and the new testament where the message is carried forward to allow us to be reminded.
He went on to tell of how Jesus had asked the disciples to take him across the sea in a small boat. During the crossing Jesus had fallen asleep as he was exhausted from all of his preaching and healing work.
A storm of cyclone proportions had come up over the sea and had caused the disciples to become worried about their safety.
For fear of what might happen to all of them, they had woken Jesus and asked him what they should do.
Jesus had told them that they should TRUST , as everything was in the hands of God and he would look after all that followed and believed in Him.
Jesus had then stood and commanded the storm to subside and the waters reverted to a complete state of calm.
Luke 8:22-31 New International Version (NIV)Jesus Calms the Storm22
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
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Sounding the call !
The service was opened by Emily with announcements regarding the BBQ held the day prior to the service where, due to the amazing support received a total of E 2000.00 was raised for the chosen causes.
Emily then handed over to Terry who unfailing arrived with...
His famous bag !
This week he called the children to the front to see what was in the bag.
He produced three musical instruments and handed each of the children an instrument to see if they could play it.
The first he produced was a penny whistle
The second was a hand roll drum
The final one for the children was a mouth organ or harmonica
Terry then show an instrument that was currently recognised as an instruments of summonsing people for events like church services, emergency evacuations or to come to schools,
Terry that asked that the children play along to the next sound making a glorious noise and that the congregation joining by clapping hands and singing along.
The service that followed kept in theme with the musical instruments and was to tell of the sounding of trumpets by the angles calling ALL to hear about what God had to offer and follow the messenger to achieve eternal life ....
The reading was from Thessalonians 4 - 13-18
THE REVEREND TREVOR MORROW OPENED THE SERVICE BY CALLING ALL THE CHILDREN FORWARD AND ASKING THEM WHAT WERE THEIR NAMES.
HE THEN TOLD THEM THAT THEIR NAMES ARE IMPORTANT SINCE THIS IS HOW SOME PEOPLE RECOGNISE YOU, NOT ALWAYS BY YOUR LOOKS BUT BY YOUR NAME.
TREVOR THEN READ FROM 2 CHAPTERS IN THE BIBLE “ISAIAH CHAPTER 43 VS 1-4” & “JOHN CHAPTER 10 VS 1-8”. IN THE READING FROM ISAIAH GOD ASSURES THE ISRAELITES THAT THEY WILL ALWAYS BE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE AND HE WILL PROTECT THEM EVEN TO THE END OF THE EARTH. IN JOHN’S READING JESUS EMPHASIS, TO HIS FOLLOWERS AND, HE ALSO TELLS THE PHARISEES THAT HE IS THE GATEKEEPER, AND ANYONE WHO DOES NOT ENTER BY THE GATE, BUT CLIMBS OVER THE FENCE IS A THIEF OR A ROBBER. THE ONE WHO ENTERS THE GATE IS THE TRUE GATEKEEPER AND WHEN HE CALLS HIS SHEEP THEY WILL FOLLOW HIM. THEY WILL NOT FOLLOW ANYONE WHO THEY DO NOT RECOGNISE HIS VOICE.
TREVOR SHOWED US A FILM CLIP ABOUT A FARMER (SHEPHERD) WHO GOES INTO THE HILLS AND CALLS HIS SHEEP. BECAUSE THERE WAS A THICK MIST OVER THE VALLEY, THE SHEEP COULD NOT BE SEEN, SO OF COURSE THEY COULDN’T SEE THE FARMER. SO HE CUPS HIS HANDS, INTO A FUNNEL, AND CALLS THE SHEEP BY THEIR INDIVIDUAL NAMES, UNTIL THEY ALL COME TO HIM. HE THEN FEEDS THEM AND TAKES THEM BACK TO THE FARM SO THAT THEY WILL BE PROTECTED FROM WILD ANIMALS. HE EVEN LIES IN FRONT OF THE WOODEN GATE SO THAT IF THE SHEEP WANT TO GO OUTSIDE OR COME BACK INSIDE, HE WILL OPEN THE GATE FOR THEM AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY RETURN TO THE SAFETY OF THE ENCLOSED BARN. SOMETIMES WHEN SHEEP FROM DIFFERENT FLOCK ALL GATHER TOGETHER AT A WATERING TROUGH, AND THE SHEPHERD DECIDES IT IS TIME TO GO, HE WILL EITHER CALL HIS SHEEP BY NAME OR A WHISTLE, WHICH THEY RECOGNISE, AND ONLY HIS SHEEP WILL FOLLOW HIM.
YOU MIGHT NEVER SEE JESUS BUT YOU KNOW HIM BY HIS NAME, BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY IS THAT JESUS KNOWS EACH OF US AND CALLS US BY OUR NAME, TO BE HIS DISCIPLES. HE WILL KEEP CALLING UNTIL HE GET ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO FOLLOW HIM AND THEN, HE WILL LOVE AND PROTECT THEM FROM ALL DANGERS. IN FACT JESUS TELLS HIS AUDIENCE THAT THE SHEPHERD IS EVEN WILLING TO DIE TO PROTECT HIS SHEEP WHEREAS A “PAID HAND” WOULD RUN AWAY IF HE FELT HIS LIFE WAS IN DANGER.
The Service was by Rev Terry Price
The service was opened by Emily with announcements and she then handed over to Terry.
Terry said how glad he was to be "Home"after his holiday to Wales. He received a round of applause for that as he is much loved by the congregation.
He then mentioned that he had brought along his "doggie bag"and started off by asking what he had chatted about previously... to which the answer was "The RNLI and their efforts to help those in the sea needing saving".
Terry also said he had forgotten to give out some pencils with a lifeboat on then and proceeded to hand them to all the children gathered in the front rows of the church.
Terry also produced a flag....from Wales which he showed to the congregation.
Terry also asked if anyone could remember the question he had at his previous sermon about the message on a picture.
He reminded us that it was asking "Who does Jesus love ? "and he had then turned over the picture to reveal a mirror so that everyone could see themselves in the mirror and be reminded that it was each and every one that Jesus loved.
Terry then gave the sermon which was from Ephesians 4: 1 - 8
Terry also showed a picture of a three leaf clover and said that St Patrick had showed that as being the trinity with the top leaf being God and the lower two being Jesus and The Holy Spirit but all together in one.
Terry reminded us that it was Pentecost and that that was the time when the holy spirit had descended to the disciples and other followers of Jesus on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
Thanks to Lesley for the music and to Jamie for doing the sound and picture presentation and to Trevor and Elaine and also everyone who contributes in the background to make our church so special.