PRAYING COLOSSIANS 2:6-7

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Pray the Word photo“6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Dear Lord,

We thank you for the summary of Paul’s teaching of his letter to the church in these verses. Thank you that there is nothing more to add to You. Help us to continue to follow You because You are everything! You are always what we need! Being IN YOU is always enough. Thank you Lord. Help us not to be spiritually lazy or passive, but to be actively walking and maturing in Christ. Help us to grow up in You; that our roots will grow deep and our lives will built up in Your truth alone. Cause us to grow stronger every day- IN YOU ALONE.  Please fill our hearts with thankfulness for the gift of our salvation and life in You.

In Jesus’ holy name,

Amen

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Daily message – 08 July 2020

Eddie,
Profile photo of Sinclair Ferguson

Can you take in what you have overheard in the High Priestly Prayer of John 17? It is like a light momentarily switched on in a darkened room and then extinguished. Did you really see such treasures? Has Jesus actually prayed that my faith will not fail and that I will be kept by God’s power for such glory? Is even my name engraved on His shoulders and inscribed on His heart?

— Sinclair Ferguson, “In Christ Alone”

Notices for 12th July 2020

Tim Stephenson,

Church on the Green @ 10am

Rob starts a new series on Jonah this week. He will be leading an interactive Bible Study and prayer and you’ll be able to join online or via a standard phone call as follows:

Priory Street – joint service @ 10am

A pause on 1 Peter this week with a return to John’s gospel. Chapter 15:1-17.

The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.

Junior Church

Activities for various age groups will be live on the CBC Junior Church channel on Sunday morning.

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

Encouragements from lockdown

Our youth minister Dan Ovens wrote recently of some of the encouragements he has had during the last couple of months. You can read it on the Webnet site: https://www.webnetwork.org.uk/encouragements-in-lockdown-young-people/

A word from our Treasurer

Thank you very much to all who continue to give financially to the work of the church. A couple of updates for anyone who would typically give through the bag on a Sunday morning:

  • The government has announced that Gift Aid will be recoverable on donations saved up over the substantial number of weeks that services are taking place online. To do so you simply need to say so on the envelope as and when we are able to meet in person again.
  • Or perhaps simpler, you may like to contact Roger about using a standing order.

Church opening…

Silhouetted figure in prayer
Individual prayer Mon: 6pm-8pm; Weds: 2pm-4pm; Fri 11am-1pm
Youth Bible Study: Weds 7.15 – 8.45pm

As trailed last week, we will be re-opening the Sanctuary at Priory Street to all within the fellowship and indeed the wider community from this week. There has been a lot of careful consideration put into this and we believe we have done all that we can to reduce the risks of virus transmission. This included removing Bibles from use, so please bring your own. Dan will also start his Wednesday group in person.

We ask that no one with symptoms comes and we will need to record your names and contact details in case someone subsequently displays symptoms and we need to let you know. You can read our full set of precautions including the privacy statement about how to we will keep your personal information safe here.

Coming up…

Many activities happen even while we cannot meet together in person. If you or someone you know is feeling left out, please get in touch via the contact form or call the office.

  • Tuesday evenings at 7pm: Zoom Meetings for junior church children (school years 6,7,8). Please contact either Wendy R or John P (in the directory).
  • Each Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm, Lunn Green will be hosting a live prayer event. This is a great way to feel connected to the wider family at a time when many of us are isolated and under pressure.  Please use this link to connect to the event.
  • Wednesday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Rooted – An opportunity for young people (year 8+) to catch up virtually and dig into the Bible together.
  • Friday 6.30-7.45pm. Connect – An opportunity for year 7’s to connect virtually, play games and dig into the Bible together. 
  • Sunday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Impact – A virtual youth club (year 8+), where the young people can hang out, have fun, & deepen friendships through a range of interactive activities

Daily message – 07 July 2020

Eddie,

— Again and again the temptation to wish for what is not given will spring upon us … Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”

Daily message – 06 July 2020

Eddie,

The works of service we do are not a way to impress Christ – they are His present to us.

— John Hindley, “Serving without Sinking”

Dwelling in the Word: July 6th

Alex Drew,

This post by Alex Drew was originally published at Seventy Two

Luke 21:1-19

The Widow’s Offering

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

 

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Daily message – 05 July 2020

Eddie,

By faith we can be confident that we’ll be declared not guilty on the Day of Judgment. Indeed, that future declaration has already taken place in the resurrection of Jesus (Ro 4:25 – 5:2).

— Tim Chester, “Galatians: Rediscovering Joy”

Notices for 5th July 2020

Tim Stephenson,

Church on the Green @ 10am

Rob will be leading interactive Bible Study and prayer as last week. You’ll be able to join online or via a standard phone call as follows:

Priory Street – joint service @ 10am

This week we will celebrate communion either together on Zoom at 10:45 or via a recording after the sermon so please choose the video accordingly.

The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.

Junior Church

Activities for various age groups will be live on the CBC Junior Church channel on Sunday morning.

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

Church opening…

Silhouetted figure in prayer
Individual prayer Mon: 6pm-8pm; Weds: 2pm-4pm; Fri 11am-1pm
Youth Bible Study: Weds 7.15 – 8.45pm

As trailed last week, we will be re-opening the Sanctuary at Priory Street to all within the fellowship and indeed the wider community from this week. There has been a lot of careful consideration put into this and we believe we have done all that we can to reduce the risks of virus transmission. This included removing Bibles from use, so please bring your own. Dan will also start his Wednesday group in person.

We ask that no one with symptoms comes and we will need to record your names and contact details in case someone subsequently displays symptoms and we need to let you know. You can read our full set of precautions including the privacy statement about how to we will keep your personal information safe here.

Love Nations – a WEC event

Steve and Gill were in a WEC prayer meeting this week and heard about an online event to pray for unreached parts of the world. There will be several speakers and a short devotional from the WEC UK director, Malcolm Gray. It is on Friday 10th July from 7.30 to 8.30 pm.

More details can be found here. You need to email the address provided to get the log-in details.

A ‘Better Story’ – supporting prayer and mental health

Our very own Dan (Doherty not Ovens!) has been busy, read more about creating a Better Story through lockdown here.

Coming up…

Many activities happen even while we cannot meet together in person. If you or someone you know is feeling left out, please get in touch via the contact form or call the office.

  • Tuesday evenings at 7pm: Zoom Meetings for junior church children (school years 6,7,8). Please contact either Wendy R or John P (in the directory).
  • Each Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm, Lunn Green will be hosting a live prayer event. This is a great way to feel connected to the wider family at a time when many of us are isolated and under pressure.  Please use this link to connect to the event.
  • Wednesday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Rooted – An opportunity for young people (year 8+) to catch up virtually and dig into the Bible together.
  • Friday 6.30-7.45pm. Connect – An opportunity for year 7’s to connect virtually, play games and dig into the Bible together. 
  • Sunday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Impact – A virtual youth club (year 8+), where the young people can hang out, have fun, & deepen friendships through a range of interactive activities

Reasons for hope – part 1

Tim Stephenson,

A new series of five(-ish) minute videos. After twelve weeks of lockdown, people are still looking for hope and our times are still uncertain for hope.

Nigel starts with the fact that we are God’s mouthpiece. If His hope is to be conveyed to those around us it will be through us. Wow! Through 1 Peter 3:15 he goes on to say it’s as simple (and as hard) as getting our heart – the very core of our being – to revere God.

First published on The Fuelcast 26 June.