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.
Service was by Gary Nesbitt
The service was opened by Gary McDowell who announced that the application for a new minister had been successful and that the process could now go to the submission of applications for which the information is on the website on the GET INFORMATION page.
Emily then followed with this weeks announcements.
The service then began with Gary Nesbitt chatting to the children about his experiences in Australia from which he showed some slides of himself in Sydney.
Pauline did the reading from Haggai
Gary then went on to discuss how we should do what was not done in the rebuilding of the temple of Jerusalem where we rather pursued our own personal goals in preference to the goals of God to rebuild his temple.
Gary then led the congregation in a hymn "Jesus loves Me" with actions to suit the words.
Thereafter made an appeal to place Gods work first and expanded on the work being done by the United appeal which is a PCI initiative supporting the training of new ministers, facilitating child, youth and student ministries, and supporting local and overseas missions.
It helps advance Gods Kingdom sharing God's love in action to hundreds of thousands of people.
Envelopes are available for donations and should be marked accordingly and placed in the collection plate during June.
We have the profile document for the new minister available here. Should you know of someone who may wish to have the information please forward the document to them.
Download the document
If more information is required, please get in touch with the
convener of the vacancy commission
Gary Mc Dowell