The Service today was by Rev Terry Price
It was great to see Emily back at the front of the church opening today's service. Glad to see her and Brian back from their trip and also looking much better after both being so ill recently.
Emily made the announcements and sent sympathies to Kim Lloyd with the passing of her mom in South Africa.
We also were asked to pray for a speedy recovery for Dessie who is in hospital.
Terry then took over the service and as usual presented his ..... now famous Doggie bag.
Terry stated that today's bag was in fact a bag in a bag. He pulled out a bag which had the logo of the RNLI on it.
He asked the children if they knew what the letters RNLI stood for ?
He then told tham that it stood for the Royal Naval Lifeboat Institute and that they were the people who risked their lives to save anyone who needed help whilst in the sea and who ran into trouble.
Terry went on to explain that yesterday there had a large launch service for the new rescue boat that had been purchased for the RNLI in Wicklow.
He mentioned a figure of over two million Euros that cost to replace the new rescue boat.
Terry showed them a minature model of what the new jet powered rescue boat looked like.
He then gave each of the children a card with a picture of the lifeboats on it.
Terry then told us all that he had a link between the lifeboats, the Walking from Darkness into Light and God.
He then mentioned a walk that had taken place yesterday morning early called Walking
from Darkness into Light where people from Wicklow walked in the early morning using torches and ended up looking at the rising morning sun as it rose in the East.
Terry then read from Colossians 1 - 14
He read how Jesus had given his life to bring us out of the darkness and into the eternal light. His life was valued far greater than lifeboats as was described in the reading that a man with everything he could ever want or own could not come close to the value that we have received from God when his son gave his life to allow us eternal light and to share in his Inheritance.
Terry also told a story about a man in hospital who had a visit from a minister in the local church.
He told us that the man was not a believer and when the minister entered, his daughter left the room to allow him to chat to the man in privacy.
The minister spoke to the man and assured him that was qualified to go to heaven.
The man burst into tears.
Not knowing why the man was crying the minister summonsed his daughter into the room.
She ask him what he had spoken to the man about and when he told her that he had said that he was qualified to go into Gods Kingdom the daughter also burst into tears as she explained that all of his life, the man had said that the most important thing to do in life was to make sure you were always suitably qualified before you began anything.
The message was so appropriate and allowed the man to accept his Saviour and be given his qualification to got into the Light.