None But Christ Can Satisfy

One of my favourite quotations from Malcolm Muggeridge:

I may, I suppose, regard myself, or pass for being, a relatively successful man. People occasionally stare at me in the streets – that’s fame. I can fairly easily earn enough to qualify for admission to the higher slopes of the Inland Revenue – that’s success. Furnished with money and a little fame, even the elderly like myself, if they care to, may partake of trendy diversions – that’s pleasure. It might happen once in a while that something I said or wrote was sufficiently heeded for me to persuade myself that it represented a serious impact on our time – that’s fulfilment. Yet I say to you, and I beg you to believe me, multiply these tiny triumphs by a million; add them all together, and they are nothing – less than nothing, a positive impediment – measured against one draught of that living water Christ offers to the spiritually thirsty, irrespective of who or what they are. What, I ask myself, does life hold; what is there in the works of time, in the past, present or future, which could possibly be put in the balance against the refreshment of drinking that water?

Notice sheet for 6th December 2015

Prayer Evening

This evening the service will be a prayer meeting and we will have an extended time of prayer for the persecuted church followed by a time of prayer for mission and Gospel expansion.

Nativity Services

Our Christmas nativity services will be held next Sunday at both the 9.15am and 11.15am services. Please invite friends and relatives to these special events in the life of the Church. Everyone welcome!

Rudloe Carol Service

The Rudloe congregation is having their carol service on the 19th December at the Rudloe Community Centre at 6.45pm. It would be wonderful if some of our Priory Street worshippers attended this event to swell numbers and make a joyful noise! Also, does anyone have any outdoor lanterns/lights that can be borrowed for this event? Please contact Louise in the office or Rob.

Ladies’ Christmas Event, 14th December

Time 7.30pm; soup and pudding £4; talk by Sharon; we will also be showing a short dvd. Ladies, this is our time of oasis and reflection on the birth of our Saviour before we get caught up in the business of all the preparation we have to do.  Please sign up at the back!!

Nativity services’ rehearsals on the 13th December

We are having two Nativity services this year, one at 9.15am and one at 11.15am.  Children will only be participating in one Nativity and this will be the usual service that you attend as a family on a Sunday morning.  Dress rehearsals will be as follows: for families who regularly attend the 9.15 Sunday service, rehearsal will be Saturday 12th December 9 – 10.15 am.  For families who regularly attend the 11.15 Sunday service, rehearsal will be Saturday December 12th 10.15 – 11.30am. If you have any questions please speak to Rhiannon.

Connected

The next Connected get-together will be on Saturday 19th December from 8-10pm at Priory Street. Please speak to Beth Mills for more info.

Card for Lancasters

There is a Christmas card for Steve and Ruth Lancaster for people to sign. It is at the back of the church.

Prayer for missions and the persecuted church

We will meet at CBC at 7.30pm on Wednesday 9th December.  All welcome – contact Steve or Gill Bryant for more details.

Christmas Cards for Persecuted Believers

These are available in the porch. Please send with a verse of encouragement and prayer. See “Connect & Encourage” www.csw.org.uk. “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Heb 13:3

Grace Place

Be sure you get on the blog and read Anne and Hannah’s contributions to choices they have made with a Gospel mindset. It will inspire and encourage you!

Bath Women’s Conference, 23rd April, 2016

There will be a Bath Women’s Conference (under The South West Gospel Partnership) on Saturday 23rd April from 10am – 4.15pm at Kingswood School, Bath. Tickets are £15 each. Anne Holmes would like to make a booking for the ladies of CBC by the end of December as tickets will sell fast for this event. Please sign up at the back if you would like to attend! Speak to Anne for more details.

Mobile Phone

Does anyone have an old, simple smart phone that they no longer want?  If so, please speak to Helen Christie as the old prayer chain mobile is not working very well and we would like to replace it.  Many thanks.

Christmas 2015

As we have done in many previous years, please use the boards at the back to pin on your Christmas card to CBC folk. Please also take a few CBC Christmas fliers, as well as the Churches of Corsham leaflet, to give to friends, family, neighbours and invite them to services over this festive period.

Church Directory 2016

Please complete the enclosed information sheet for the church directory. Even if you were listed in the 2015 directory, please complete a new form and indicate on the form the service you normally attend (ie. Rudloe, 9.15am, 11.15am, 6pm, midweek service). Please note, one sheet per family, only provide contact information you are happy to share and please write very clearly so there are no mistakes in the final production! Leave form in the box at the back. Thank you!

Walking on Sundays

Natalie Ovens is organising a very informal ad hoc Sunday afternoon walking group for walks in and around Corsham, the idea being to meet after lunch, at around 3pm. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Natalie who will draw up a list of potential walkers!

Giving to CBC: blue envelope scheme

Blue Offering envelopes for 2016 are now available from our treasurer, Michael Prior. If you like to give weekly to CBC by cash or cheque, one way of doing so is by putting a blue envelope into the offering bag, with your offering in it . These envelopes are dated weekly and have a reference number on them. The reference number is particularly useful if you are a Gift-Aid giver, as the number enables the treasurer to identify you when claiming the gift-aid.

Meals on Wheels

Please be advised that Lesley Didsbury will now be co-ordinating meals for new families and those recently discharged from hospital.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ study, 9.30am in the Hut

Tuesday: TLC, 12 o’clock

Wednesday: Morning prayer meeting 7.15am; prayer for missions and the persecuted church, 7.30pm

Thursday: Toddler Group 10.00am; Debt Advice Centre 7pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Morning prayer, 8.30am; dress rehearsals for nativities @ Priory Street 9-11.30am

…Coming up…

13th December: 2 x Nativity services, 9.15am and 11.15am

14th December: Ladies’ bible study, 7.30pm

16th December: Midweek service, 2pm

19th December: Connected, 8-10pm

20th December: Carols by candlelight, 6pm

22nd December: Corsham town carol service in the High Street, 6.45pm

24th December: Christmas eve service, 6pm

25th December: Christmas day, 10am family service

27th December: One service at Priory Street at 10am and no evening service

The Power of a Changed Life

Imagine if heaven got into people and changed them into radically unselfish, non-defensive, unthreatened, sacrificially loving followers of Jesus as they followed Him on the narrow road to the new world, the new heaven and the new earth. Think of the explosive power of people whose way of living, whose style of relating, and whose love for God and others made secular folks feel either exposed and hostile or curious and drawn.

 Larry Crabb, “Real Church”

A Prayer About Grace For Grumpiness

This morning I needed to pray these words by Scotty Smith.

Heavenly Father, I’m waking up humbled and repentant. I need some of your manifold sufficient grace today – just like every day. Not only do I need your grace for owning and boasting in my weaknesses, but I need your grace so that I will stop despising weaknesses in others. I’ve had the attitude of a grumpy toddler, indulged my impatience, and been a serial killer in my heart. I need the gospel today.

Though I’d love to justify myself, there is no such justification. I’m a selfish man who would love for everything and everyone to make my life tolerable, predictable, and manageable. I assume the right to green lights at every intersection. I assume there will be an open cash register when I’m ready to check out …

Abba, Father, I’m so thankful that your love for me is steadfast and that I can count on new mercies every morning, including this morning, and all day long. I not only grieve my attitude, I do repent and abandon myself to the resources of the gospel.

Lord Jesus, I want and I need your power to rest on me and to settle my restless heart. I’ll not pray about next week or even tomorrow. Just give me the manna of gospel kindness for this one day. Help me to respond gently and not react rigidly to the weaknesses of others … Help me to love as you love me, for that is the bottom line and the top priority. I pray in your powerful name. Amen.

The Choice We Must Make

It takes a fantastic will to unbelief to suppose that Jesus never really ‘happened’, and more to suppose that he did not say the things recorded of him  – so incapable of being ‘invented’ by anyone in the world at that time … We must therefore either believe in him and in what he said and take the consequences; or reject him and take the consequences.

J.R.R.Tolkien, “Letters” no.250.

God’s pleasure in our prayers

From my reading this evening:

“Thou didst well in that it was in thine heart,” said the Lord to David, even when He did not accept what David proposed to do; and I believe there may be glory brought to God, not only by those prayers which are manifestly answered, but by those which for wise reasons the good Lord is pleased to lay on one side. We are nothing better than children even in prayer, and therefore it is not every request that is wise; but yet we are children, and therefore the cries which come from our hearts touch the heart of our great Father in Heaven.

C H Spurgeon, “Only A Prayer Meeting!” pp.39-40.

The secret of humility

Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, “I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.” Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is here, at the foot of the cross that we shrink to our true size.

John Stott

A Prayer About My Plank-Filled Eye

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3).

Heavenly Father, when I rubbed my irritated eyes this morning, I soon realized it was not a speck of dust but a rough-hewn board stuck there. I didn’t realize it till now, but I went to bed last night having made myself the chief prosecuting attorney in the supreme court – the judge and jury and executioner. Just because I don’t throw things or scream and yell doesn’t mean I’m not a critical person. Condescending smugness is just a synonym for “clanging symbols” (1Corinthians 13:1).

Have mercy on me, Lord Jesus. You are so forbearing, kind and gracious. Have mercy on me, the self-righteous sinner.

(Scotty Smith)

The way to joy

Back from holiday, and back to Paul Miller’s book, “A Praying Life.” Here’s something I read a few minutes ago on p.215:

If we stop fighting and embrace the gospel story God is weaving in our lives, we discover joy. Paul bubbles over with joy as he writes the book of Philippians, chained between two Roman soldiers. He even prays with joy: “Always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy” (Philippians 1:4). If we pursue joy directly, it slips from our grasp. But if we begin with Jesus and learn to love, we end up with joy.

Stop fighting, and embrace the gospel story God is weaving in your life.

Notice sheet for 22nd November 2015

Men’s Traditional Christmas Chilli Night!

The men of CBC will meet for their Christmas meal (chilli !) on Tuesday 24th November at 7.00pm at Priory Street. Please let Ian Holmes know if you would like to attend.

Steve Bryant’s Thailand trip

Thank you to those who prayed for Steve during his recent trip to Thailand and participation in WEC’s regional conference for Asia.  On Sunday evening 29th he will be sharing about his time there, including information about how God is at work in different Asian countries, and an update on Grace International School, where the Spruijts served for one year.

Calling all musicians!!

Since we multiplied the morning services back in September, we obviously have less folks available to help lead worship in each service. So if you are part of the 11.15am congregation, if you love to worship God and if you have some musical ability, David Morrell would love to hear from you! In particular, we’re a bit short of guitarists, bass players and drummers; and we’re looking for younger people to join the team! You may have noticed that some of our younger musicians and worship leaders are now in the 9.15 service, so we’re keen to reduce the average age of our 11.15 team so we get a balance of old and new worship leaders and worship songs!!

The other plea relates to the evening carol service on December 20th. We’re aiming to put together an ensemble of acoustic musicians to accompany the Christmas carols (most of them are horrible to play on guitar!). So if you play fiddle, cello, flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone or almost anything else …. please let us know, and we’ll start making plans.

If you want to respond to either of these invitations, please get back to David Morrell, either in person or by email. Alternatively you can contact Nancy.  Many thanks.

Hawks, Falcons, Kestrels and Owls junior church teachers at 11.15 service

There will be a meeting for the teachers of these groups on Sunday 29th November at 4.30 in the main hall at church.  If you are unable to attend please let Rhiannon know. Thank you.

Tree decorating invitation

We are decorating the church Christmas tree on Saturday Dec 5th, 3-5pm.  Come along for some Christmas activities, carols, stories and snacks.  Invitations are at the back of church so take some for friends and neighbours, all ages welcome.  If you are able to help out at this event please let Rhiannon know.  In the past, this has been a great opportunity to invite non church children to hear what Christmas is really about.  If your children are planning on coming please could you let Rhiannon know so that we have an idea of numbers to cater for. Thank you.

Rudloe Carol Service

The Rudloe congregation is having their carol service on the 19th December. Does anyone have any outdoor lanterns/lights that can be borrowed for this event? Please contact Louise in the office or Rob.

Free Christmas Stickers from the Bible Society

This year the Bible Society’s free Christmas stickers have been designed by Emma Skerratt who used to attend Corsham Baptist Church.  The stickers show the names of Jesus and are designed to be used to spread the real meaning of Christmas eg. on your Christmas card envelopes.  You can find details about them at biblesociety.org.uk/stickers2015. If you don’t have access to the internet or prefer talking to a person, please ask Heather or Steve Chilcott!

The Ark

Another Ark event will take place this coming Saturday, 28th November, at 10am. Please contact Alexa Simm or Heather Chilcott if you would like to know more about this event for families with young children.

Connected

The next Connected get-together will be on Saturday 19th December from 8-10pm at Priory Street. Please speak to Beth Mills for more information.

Corsham Churches Foodbank

If you would like to donate to support the Foodbank Christmas Hamper project, the following items would be particularly welcome:

  • Boxes of Chocolate Fingers;
  • Selection Boxes to bless children;
  • Boxes of Mince Pies;
  • Treats (jam, honey and savoury spreads)

Please ensure that the festive treats have a post-Christmas best-before date, and are left in or alongside the collection bin in the porch, ideally before 30 November.

The Foodbank Nectar card scheme continues to work well and in previous years has funded many of the other seasonal treats that are included in our Christmas hampers.  We have plenty of these cards available if anyone else would like to join the scheme.

In addition, we are actively looking for new volunteers to serve, particularly to help with making issues to our clients on a Saturday morning, and also for one or perhaps two individuals to take on the co-ordination of the Hamper Projects at Christmas, Easter and just prior to the summer holiday period.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Foodbank or are thinking about volunteering or would like to consider joining the Foodbank Nectar card scheme, please speak to Roger or Hazel Hammett (01249 715816).

Walking on Sundays

Natalie Ovens is organising a very informal ad hoc Sunday afternoon walking group for walks in and around Corsham, the idea being to meet after lunch, at around 3pm. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Natalie who will draw up a list of potential walkers!

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9.30am in the Hut;

Tuesday: Men’s chilli night, 7.00pm

Wednesday: Morning prayer meeting 7.15am

Thursday: Toddler Group 10.00am; Debt Advice Centre 7pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Morning prayer, 8.30am; the Ark, 10.00am

…Coming up…

29th November: Meeting for 11.15am Junior Church teachers, 4.30pm

30th November: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

2nd December: Midweek service, 2pm

5th December: Craft Group, 10am; decorating Christmas tree 3pm

8th December: TLC, 12 o’clock

13th December: 2 x Nativity services, 9.15am and 11.15am

14th December: Ladies’ bible study, 7.30pm

16th December: Midweek service, 2pm

20th December: Carols by candlelight, 6pm

22nd December: Corsham town carol service in the High Street, 6.45pm

24th December: Christmas eve service, 6pm

25th December: Christmas day, 10am family service

 PLEASE NOTE

**27th December: One service at Priory Street at 10am and no evening service on that day!**