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.
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