Great News today !
Today's service was by Rev Jim Carson
The service was opened by Emily who then handed over to Jim
He then asked Leslie Anne to join him and the lesson was to teach the children the ease at which lies could escalate and become part of our daily lives.
They acted out a scenario where the teacher Mrs Knowitall gave the student , Dontwantto, a task to write out a one page lesson.
She then left the classroom and Dontwantto decided that instead of doing the task he was given he would try and play the piano.
On her return the teacher asked him if he had been playing the piano to which he answered "No"
She then asked if he had done his work to which he answered "Yes".
She looked in his book to discover that he had in fact done nothing.
"Why do we tell lies ?" was the question that was posed to congregation.
The answer given was "to get out of trouble"
But is that the right thing to do ? Because then we begin telling more and more lies as part of our dail;y lives and eventually people will not trust us or be prepared to leave us alone to do things on our own. Also they will always question whether the things we say are true.
But is this what God want of us ?
Jim then proceeded with his sermon which was from Philippians 1: 1-8
The key things we should always keep foremost in our minds are That what we do is
Service was opened by Emily with announcements about the upcoming Session Meeting and also that the next meeting with Presbytery in Belfast.
She also asked for everyone to pray for Kim, Dessy and anyone else that needed prayers.
She then handed over to Aleida who opened in prayer and went on to produce a box of liquorise all sorts.
She asked what the sweets were and also what they all had in common and how that was like us ?
The answer was that they were all different and they all had one thing in common, that they all contained black.
The black was then compared to the sin within each of us and we were told to be careful not to allow it to become too nice that we let it rule over our lives.
Aleida then asked Rob to do the reading which was about the first sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
After Robs reading Aleida continued with her sermon from Genesis 3
She mentioned that the word SIN had a letter either side and I was in the middle. This meant that everything revolved around your decisions on what to and not to do.
She also mentioned how easily we could be overtaken by bad things,
like the weeds in our now blooming garden beds that could easily take over the beds
and control the garden.
We need to constantly be removing all the "weeds" from our thinking and actions to grow strong in God's garden.
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.