7 ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER BIBLE STUDY READY!

kathylarkman,

Hi girls!

Our next Bible study is available on this blog and hard copies are at our churches. Please take one and schedule your time with your study buddy. This is a study which carries on well from last month’s study of bear with each other. So find out what was happening in Rome and what the church was learning about accepting one another! May you be richly blessed! 

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Let there be science: An evening with David Hutchings

Tim Stephenson,
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Science and faith are so often seen as enemies in our culture. Perhaps you’ve encountered them as opposites that must be reconciled for a person to call themselves a Christian and a scientist? Or is that just an impossibility in your mind? But David Hutchings argues that there is an innate, God-given curiosity in us that is the very essence of science and they are highly compatible.

Join us to hear David for yourself and quiz him afterwards:

Saturday 13th May at 7:30pm

Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street

Update: Many thanks to David, the recording of the evening is now available below.

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HIS LOVE

kathylarkman,
Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman

“And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love,” Ephesians 3:17-18

I returned from Tanzania yesterday (Tues) after many hours of travel and traffic. Although my body was weary and tired, my soul was refreshed and renewed! I had the privilege of spending time with 22 lovely women who love Christ more than anything.  Although I was sent to remind them of Christ’s love for THEM, they taught ME the depth, the height, the length, the width, of Christ’s love just by virtue of their sincere presence and authenticity.

I read something that really resonated with me while I was there. I just want to share with you. Maybe it is something you need to be reminded of today. This is part of one anothering!

Remember the Perfect One

Remember, His burden is light.

He is the Lord of Rest, the Bridegroom, longing for His Bride.

He is not a taskmaster, demanding more widgets.

He is a loving Husband, pursuing his favourite girl.

He is a tender Father, splashing in the ocean with His children.

He is a Warrior, protecting His people.

He is a Comforter who really sees.

He knows you are human, and He’s glad about it.

He knows you can’t do it all, and He’s okay with it.

He is jealous for you, longing for your whole heart.

He wants your gaze fixed on Him, not the mirage.

I am praying for you sisters! May you know today how deep the Father’s love for us.

Only ever, all for Him,

Kathy xo

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Matthew Bible readings week commencing 8th May

Eddie,

As you read each passage, pray for God’s help. Ask yourself:

  • What does God reveal about Himself?
  • How is your own heart revealed?
  • How does this passage underline the wonder of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, and your own need of Christ as Saviour and Lord?

Turn these truths into prayer and praise.

8 May Mt 25:1-13

The three parables in this chapter support the teaching of ch.24 that we must wait patiently for our Lord’s return, serving faithfully meanwhile. The first parable teaches us to be ready to wait longer than we may have anticipated (v.5). Neither the wise nor the foolish virgins are blamed for needing some sleep (v.5), but the wise have made provision for the groom’s coming whenever that might be, whereas the foolish have not. Are you ready for the long haul, if that is what Christ demands?

9 May Mt 25:14-30

This parable shows us that our “waiting” for the Lord’s return is not passive, but active. He gives us different gifts to use in His service, and will assess our efforts accordingly. Not all are given the same ability or opportunity, but faithfulness is expected of all, and is lavishly rewarded by our Master who is generous (vv.21,23 – not at all the “hard man” suggested by the wicked servant, v.24). Whether God has given us great gifts or small ones, He will graciously reward our faithful service.

10 May Mt 25:31-46

Although the Bible elsewhere teaches us to love all people, here the focus is narrower. Jesus’ “brothers and sisters” are not all people, but His disciples (Mt 12:50). Neither the sheep nor the goats seem to have realized that by their treatment of Christians, they were actually showing their love – or contempt – for the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet here is the irrefutable proof of their loyalty to the King – or their treason. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ, but faith is shown by deeds.

11 May Mt 26:1-16

Those who conspire to kill Jesus (vv.1-5) value Him at 30 pieces of silver (v.15) – the compensation price for a dead slave (Ex 21:32). Contrast this with the value placed on Jesus by the woman who anoints Him with expensive perfume (vv.6-7). She acts in love, and Jesus affirms her in the face of all her critics (vv.8-11). Indeed, He immortalizes her example (vv.12-13). We can never give too much in our devotion to the Lord of glory. Our best remains “an offering far too small.”

12 May Mt 26:17-30

Despite the evil plotting of His enemies, everything in the text points to Jesus as the One in control of His destiny. God’s love, not man’s hatred, will triumph. The Passover had marked God’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt. Jesus now redirects the meal so that it speaks of His people’s deliverance from the guilt and penalty of sin through His sacrifice of Himself (vv.26-28). What Judas and others meant for evil, God intended for the greatest good: our salvation.

13 May Mt 26:31-35

There is something touching, if tragic, about Peter’s declaration of loyalty (v.33). He meant well, as did the other disciples who echoed him (v.35). Jesus knew better. He is neither surprised nor dismayed by our weakness (vv.31,34); nor is His love for us destroyed by our failures. God had foretold it all (v.31), and Jesus knows that the story will ultimately end in triumph, not defeat (v.32). Our Lord’s hold on us is much more reliable than our hold on Him. Rest on that today, and walk humbly with God.

14 May Mt 26:36-46

Rejecting our Lord’s warning of their weakness (vv.34-35), the disciples failed to pray (vv.40-41,43). So when the test arrived, they were not able to meet it (v.56). Jesus, in His agony of anticipation, threw Himself wholly on God (v.39,42) and was enabled to do God’s will. If we want strength, we must pray. The first Adam failed the testing in the garden and so paradise was lost and a world fell. Praise God, the second Adam (Jesus) succeeded for us, and won our redemption! He gave us life, and a future.

Notice sheet for 7th May 2017

Louise,

**TANZANIA GIFT DAY**

If you would like to contribute towards the Gift Day offering to support the building work at the Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre in Tanzania, please do make use of the special yellow envelopes which are available on the table at the back of the building.  Please mark the envelope MISSION/SANGA SANGA, and if you are able to gift aid your donation, complete the declaration on the envelope.  If you are not able to do this, please just score out the declaration.

When the offering is taken, only the contents of the yellow envelopes will be included in the Gift Day total.  Yellow envelopes handed in after today, 7th May 2017, will be added to the Gift Day total later, but blue envelopes and loose cash/cheques will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church.  Please speak to Lynne Little (Rudloe), Michael Prior (Priory Street 9.15) or Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15) should you wish to clarify these arrangements.

Let there be Science – David Hutchings

David Hutchings is a physics teacher who has recently co-authored a book on science and religion.  He will be coming to give a presentation on Christianity and science working hand in hand. This will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments.  Date: Saturday 13th May @ 7:30pm at Priory Street.  Please invite non-Christian friends!

Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman and Debbie Jackson are in Tanzania and return on Tuesday.  Kathy is speaking at an AIM women’s retreat.  Please pray for her as she delivers her talks and also as they travel back to England.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will take place on Wednesday, 10th May, commencing at 2pm. The text is Ruth 2 and Eric will be leading and preaching.  The service is followed by home-made tea/coffee and cake.  All welcome to attend!

Steve and Gill Bryant

Please pray for Steve and Gill who are in Germany until the 15th May. They are speaking at two conferences – the first one is a WEC gathering for staff involved in training new missionaries and the second is a multi-missions’ conference focused on meeting the needs of families serving overseas.

Lancaster Newsletter

Please take the time to read the latest newsletter from Steve and Ruth Lancaster who are our missionaries in Tanzania.  It makes for a most interesting read!  There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can go to http://lancsintanz.aimsites.org

Uganda team fundraiser

Do you like breakfast? Do you want to support the team going to Uganda? Then join us on Saturday June 17th at 10am for our fundraising brunch. There will be lots of breakfast choices as well as cakes. So why not drop in for something to eat and a chat and help raise some funds for the team.

Praise and Worship Evening

On Sunday 21st May at 6pm, we will have the first of our regular praise and worship evenings (planned for the third Sunday evening in the month).  The evening will be set aside for a time of extended sung worship, praise and prayer, including some testimonies to the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The evening will be led by Nancy and Jo Pillinger.  This is a great opportunity to meet friends from across our congregations, so let us fill our church with voices eager to praise Him.

Wedding

Lucie Whiting, daughter of Colin and Heather, and Louie Blystad-Collins are getting married on the 18th May at 12:30. Everyone is welcome to attend the church ceremony at Priory Street!

Traidcraft

Julie King will be stepping down from Traidcraft at the end of May.  If you would like to take this on, please speak to Julie.

Bible Society at New Wine 22-28 July 2017

Bible Society invite you to come along to New Wine week 1 as a volunteer in the cafe venue. Contact volunteers@biblesociety.org.uk or 01793 418222 for more information. Thank you – Susan Wingrave at Church on the Green.

 

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Tuesday: Rudloe Tots, 10:00am

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10:00am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion 8.30am; Rudloe Cafe, 2:30pm; Debt Advice training, 10-4pm; “Let there be Science” 7:30pm

 

…At a quick glance…

14th May: Bailey infant dedication, 9:15am

15th May: Prayer for missions and the persecuted church, 7:45pm

18th May: Lucie Whiting/Louie Blystad-Collins’ wedding, 12:30pm

20th May: Debt Advice training, 10am-4pm

21st May: Infant dedication 9:15am service; first praise and worship evening, 6pm

22nd May: Ladies’ bible study, 7:30pm

24th May: Midweek service, 2pm

27th May: The Ark, 10am

3rd June: Craft Club, 10am

4th June: Pentecost service, 6pm

7th June: Midweek service, 2pm

11th June: Infant dedication: 11:15am service

13th June: Men’s night, bbq social

17th June: Uganda fund-raiser – brunch!

19th June: Missions and Prayer for the persecuted church, 7:45pm

21st June: Midweek service, 2pm

24th June: The Ark, 10am

26th June: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

2nd July: Infant dedication 9:15am service

8th July: Steph Grylls’/Beren Miles’ wedding

PATIENCE: A TESTIMONY by one of our own young mums, Vicky Kelly

kathylarkman,

I’m pretty good at practising patience *first thing* in the morning. So as my 2-year-old daughter was having her first major meltdown of the day as we were driving along, I was prepared and was able to keep true to the verse of James 1:19; ‘Be slow to anger, slow to speak, but quick to listen.’

All the while the decibels were increasing from the back of the car: ‘No, I’m NOT talking to Mummy!’ (among other shouts and throwing of toys).

Calmly I reiterate, ‘I am here for you when you want to talk to Mummy and tell me what the matter is.’ I carried on driving; listening to the same thing repeated and then the squealing, piercing sound finally woke up my sleeping baby next to her. *Breathe*. Patience. I had this under control. After 5 long minutes the crying stopped, and she calmly told me what the matter was (I clearly don’t have good taste in music and a simple change of song would have solved the issue quickly).

I’m not writing this to show how good my patience was, because I am so often not patient and don’t do things right. However as the temper tantrum was prevailing in the back and before my pride was able to swoop in and I put on my badge of ‘excellent parenting’, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit.

BE PATIENTHe gently reminded me that this scenario is usually me, and how I respond to God.  Putting myself in my daughter’s shoes, I was able to relate that I so often shout and scream at God, blaming him for this and that- I sin against God. I don’t listen to God’s calming voice and I don’t hear His ‘I love you’ through the loud stamping and stropping of my own feet. However, when I am willing to stop my strop, I realise all along He is always there, ready and waiting to listen and talk to me. He is patient. He is kind. He is caring and loving and perseveres for me, patiently waiting for me, his daughter, to turn back to him. He is therefore my example as to how I should be with others: Show patience.

Can you identify? Will you help me to remember to be patient with others as the Lord is patient with me? And I will do the same for you. Iron sharpens iron. So let’s encourage to be patient with each other, bearing with each other in love. Then the world will know we are His disciples!

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