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.
Who does God love ?
Todays service was presented by Rev Terry Price.
Aleida opened the service and extended all of the blessings and wishes for a safe recovery to Emily who has not been well recently.
Terry produced his infamous doggie bag. The little folk in church went forward to see what he had in the bag.
Terry pulled out a picture frame with a message attached to the back of it and read out the wording on the back.
"Look at the other side to see who God loves "
Terry then turned over the picture frame to reveal....
Terry then proceeded to walk arounf the church and show everyone in the church who God loved as they saw themselves in the mirror.
Terry then led the congregation in a hymn
- 1-11 Corrinthians 15Terry then prayed for the Sunday Class for the small folk and they left the hall.
Terry gave the service which was from Corinthians 15: 1-11
Terry told us of how Peter denied knowing Jesus, Thomas would not believe that Jesus was who he was claiming to be until he saw with his own eyes or touched the wounds that Jesus had and also how Mary Magdalene Was told of Jesus having risen from the dead and left his tomb to reappear to his disciples to let them know that he was risen and that they should continue the good work they had started.
Terry reminded us that if Jesus had not died to save us and risen three days later then we had nothing to believe in, and that his death would then have been in vain.
Thanks to Terry for the service, Jamie for the sound and visuals, Lesley for the music , Pauline for the flowers and Tea, Coffee and snacks and Aleida for the background administration.
Please all pray for Emily and Brian as they prepare to go on their international trip to the USA and that they are both well in time to travel safely.
Easter Sunday - "He is Risen"
Todays service was in celebration of the rising from the dead of Jesus
The service started with Terry presenting his famous bag and inviting the little people to come forward and guess what was in the bag.... with a bunch of flowers popping out of the bag, everyone expected the first guess to be "flowers" but instead they chose chocolates as their choice....maybe Easter Eggs could have had something to do with it !
Terry put his hand into the bag and pulled out a large Easter egg in a box.
Expecting to have some description of what Easter Eggs were all about, there was a surprise announcement....It was the birthday of a long standing member of the church....
It was Dessie's birthday that day.... The entire congregation stood and sang "Happy Birthday" to him as he was presented with the chocolate egg.
Terry then asked what else was in the bag, and the children followed with "flowers".
Terry pulled a bunch of flowers out of the bag and said that he wanted them to go to someone that works extremely hard for the church and who has not been well recently and unfortunately had again fallen foul of a virus and was not in church. That was Emily Kearon , our Clerk and senior elder. Terry presented the flowers to Brian and asked him to wish her well and send all of our love and prayers.
Next guess on "What else is in the bag ?" got answers of "Easter eggs" to which Terry produced a bag of Easter Eggs and shared them among the young attendees ( with the permission of the parents - naturally ) .
The message here was that it was a time to share a great message that "Jesus has risen and that He lives again to save us "
Final question was "A Rock" as they peered into the bag.
The significance of the Rock was that it had been a large rock that was rolled away from the front of the tomb where Jesus was buried in to reveal that Jesus had risen and had gone to His father.
We sang a hymn called "He is Lord" .
The children then left to go to Sunday class and Terry proceeded to the service which was from Matthew 28: 1-24
Rev Gary McDowell opened the service with all the young folk at the front of the church.
He asked them if they knew what today was ?
It was mothers day !
Gary asked them what they did for their moms for Mothers day ?
They answered that they had made cards, bought them some sweets....
Then Gary asked them what their mothers did for them ?
The answer was a unanimous "Everything" " taker them to school, for haircuts, to sports games, fixed their meals, repaired their clothes, helped them with homework"
He then asked them who else looked after everything that we need, every day, and everywhere ?
How much did God love us, how wide was his love,
How deep was his love how limited was his love for us ?
Un-ending, immeasurable and everywhere, forever.
The hymn for today with all singing along
Aleida opened the service with a prayer and asked Tara to do the reading
Aleida had asked a question prior to the service:
"What do we have in common with sheep and what can we learn from them ?"
Her answers were thought provoking.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He knows His sheep ( God's people). He leads his sheep through the words of the bible, through things we read and hear, through the words of trusted friends and family and through His still small voice in our hearts. He also died for His sheep to take the punishment for their sins.
The sheep know the shepherds voice, the recognise it, respond to it and obey it. The sheep follow where the shepherd leads and so find good pasture.
How do we respond to the Good Shepherd Jesus? Do we know His voice and obey it? Do we follow where He leads us? Do we acknowledge His death on the cross and accept the forgiveness for our sins that He won? Have we entered into the new life that He offers us, an abundant life, with trials no doubt, but with the assurance of His presence, care, provision, protection, guidance and love?
Jesus is the Good shepherd. Are you one of His sheep?
The sermon was by Rev Alistair Bill
The opening message was directed to the little folk and the question that was asked was:
"What is the Church ?
Alistair asked the children what the church was made up of ?
Answers were "Walls" , "Roof","Windows" , "Floor", "Doors"
Alistair then went on to say that although these provided the physical aspects of the church building, the more important part of a church is the people of the church.
Alistair also said that the church did not belong to any person, be he the minister or any other member of the church. The church belonged only to God.
Alistair led the prayers and then after the children left to go to Sunday school he went on to provide a sermon, based on Ephesians 3 - 14:21
There were also some fond memories of Alistair's time spent at Arklow Presbyterian Church up to 1988.
Here is the then and now picture !
Sunday 17th February 2019 service was
by Rev Terry Price