A PRAYER ABOUT TEACHABILITY

kathylarkman,
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everyday prayers scotty smith“Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” Proverbs 15:31-32

“Lord, Jesus, scanning through the book of Proverbs recently, I noticed how many verses are about staying teachable, receiving correction, and loving discipline I’ve underlined over the course of the years. I wish the sheer number of highlighted verses was an indication of how humble and nondefensive a man I am. But that’s simply not the case. I still shift blame, make excuses, and sew fig leaves with the best of of them.

So here’s my prayer: I want to own, grieve, and repent of my defensiveness, Jesus. I’m not sure why, but I’ve become a little more touchy of late, a little more likely to bristle when confronted. I’m sure it’s my pride, insecurities, and self-righteousness, but I’m equally sure you’ve got grace for that.

Jesus, help me to anticipate and welcome feedback from my spouse about my attitude, choices, and excesses. Help me to hear your voice in things my children may want to or need to share with me about the past and the present. Help me to cultivate friendships in which growing in grace is just as important as the fun stuff we choose to do. Don’t let me ignore concerns and corrections from mentors, ‘underlings,’ neighbours, even angels you send.

Help me not just to read the Bible but to have the Bible constantly reading me – exposing my sin and brokenness and revealing more and more and more the riches of the gospel. There’s no way I’ll make ‘my home among the wise’ without having my heart at home in your mercy, grace, and peace.

Jesus, it’s because you made yourself of no reputation, becoming sin for me on the cross, that I don’t have to live for my own reputation. Because I’m not long guilty or condemned for my sin. I can live in the freedom of convictability, teachability, and humility. Help me Jesus, help me. I pray in your gracious name. Amen.”

Notice sheet for 15th July 2018

Louise,
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The Gathering Weekend

Rob Durant and Adrian Pillinger would like to say an ENORMOUS THANK YOU! to everyone involved in making last weekend at The Gathering so blessed.  Sermons from the weekend can be found on the following link: https://www.thegatheringweekend.org.uk/

July Church Meeting

The next church meeting will take place tomorrow evening, Monday 16th July 2018 at 8pm at Priory Street.  Minutes from the last meeting in April as well as the agenda are available on the table at the back of church.  Please take a copy in advance of the meeting.  They are also available to view on the church website.

MK Staff Training Course

From 22nd July to 2nd August CBC will be hosting an international group of people training to work with missionaries’ children. On Wednesday 25th July at 7.45 pm at Priory Street, there is an opportunity to meet them all, hear their stories and learn about where they are going. All welcome – contact Steve and Gill for more details.

We would love to have some tray bakes, home made biscuits etc. to offer our group for the coffee and tea breaks. If you are able to provide something, please bring it to the church from Sunday 22nd onwards. Many thanks!
On Sunday evening 22nd July we need some help to set up the church. If you are there for the evening service, please stay on for a few minutes if you can help with moving tables and chairs. The same assistance will also be needed on Sunday 29th.
Pray for safe journeys for Catharina (from Brazil), Hohwan (from Korea) and Esther (from South Africa) who are travelling to the UK this week. Thank you.

Access to the Church Building

In the near future Martin Sheringham will be changing the locks to the Priory Street church building.  If you have keys and need access please let Martin know so he can allocate a new key for you.

Prayer for Sanga Sanga

For all who are interested, if you sign up to become a Friend of Sanga Sanga you will receive their updates and requests for prayer via Whatsapp as and when they happen.  To sign up let Ruth Lancaster know by giving her your mobile phone number.  Her email address is ruthlancs@gmail.com

Church on the Green in August

Rob and Sharon Durant (Church on the Green congregation) will be away for a few weeks in August so:

Paul Garcia will lead a communion service on the 5th August
Adrian Pillinger will preach on the 12th August

Thank you for the Ark

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the Ark this year and to the numerous people who helped in large and small ways to make it so successful.  Thank you all for supporting us and for your prayers.  (And huge thanks to God too for his amazing provision). The Ark will take a rest over the summer and will be back on 29th September.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; Church Meeting, 8pm

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

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

… Looking ahead …

22nd July: WEC arrivals

25th July: Midweek service, 2pm; WEC evening meeting

4th August: Craft Club, 10am

8th August: Midweek service, 2pm

13th August: Men’s fight night, 8pm

22nd August: Midweek service, 2pm

25th August: Zoe Little / Seth Lavington wedding 1:30pm

26th August: Infant dedications at both 9:15am and 11:15am Priory St. services

28th-31st August: Holiday Bible Club

 

UPDATE: the WEC evening is Wednesday but Wednesday is the 25th not 24th.

Church Meeting on 16th July 2018

Tim Stephenson,

Our July Church Meeting will be held on the coming Monday evening at 8pm in Priory Street. Alan Christie will be in the chair.

This is the agenda, with a short introduction to each point:

  1. Open in worship (AP)
  2. Welcome and apologies (AC)
  3. Previous minutes (NF): An opportunity for those who were there to correct and affirm the minutes as a true and accurate record.
  4. Matters arising (AC): An opportunity to raise items in the life of the church for future consideration or in unusual cases consideration on the night.
  5. Leadership restructure (TS): As you are hopefully aware we are midway through a 6 month consultation on the structure that can best serve the church now that we are four distinct congregations. We will recap the thinking so far and steps towards a complete proposal with the current expectation that the Leadership Team will approve and recommend it to the October Church Meeting.
  6. The Gathering Weekend feedback (AP): Just over a week on I expect this will be preliminary feedback but if you’ve not yet filled your feedback form or written to Rob or Adrian please consider this a reminder.
  7. Mission updates (WR): Recent news from our mission partners
  8. Finance (RH): The inimitable update from Roger, possibly with assistance from Ebenezer McDuck
  9. Membership: Several people have asked to join the church and will be recommended by their sponsors
  10. Update from congregate: time permitting
  11. Close in prayer (AP)

Read draft minutes from the last meeting in April

A PRAYER ABOUT THE OBEDIENCE OF LOVE

kathylarkman,
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everyday prayers scotty smith“As the Father has loved me, so have I (Jesus) loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” John 15:9-10

“Jesus, there are times when just the right Scripture comes into view at just the right time. Today is such a day. These words, your words, cut through my confusion and cut to the chase. Because you love me, I’m to obey you.

In my zeal to guard the gospel of grace – the good news that all our efforts, works and obedience could never gain or maintain a relationship with you – I’ve been less clear about the place of obedience in the life of your children. But it’s really not complicated at all.

The hardest part is to actually believe you love us as much as the Father loves you. How can you possibly love us with the same passion and delight you’ve enjoyed from the Father throughout eternity? Every time I ask you that question, you direct my gaze to the cross. Because you were obedient to death upon the cross, I can be certain of God’s love for me.

Here’s where my obedience comes in. I’m to remain in your love through my obedience in the same way you remained in the Father’s love by your obedience. Obviously this doesn’t mean you earned His love, any more than I can earn your love. I can see how your obedience to the Father’s commands was a primary way of communing with Him – of enjoying your relationship with Him and bringing Him great glory. You spoke of His will being your bread, and bread is a life-sustaining gift.

May the same be true in my life, Jesus. Deepen my awareness of your love for me, even as you draw forth a more consuming and consistent obedience to your commands. Because the gospel is true, your commands are not burdensome to me. They are beautiful. They are bread. They are life. I have been saved by your obedience; be glorified by mine. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

The Gathering – Neston outreach- Part 2

Stuart Little,

The Gathering Sunday afternoon activity at Neston Memorial hall was a huge succes considering the heat.  The team managed to paint the playgroup hut and about a third of the fence as well as cleaning the gutters and some weed clearing.

It would be a blessing to the hall if we could complete the fence painting and lay a few patio slabs by the access gate to the recreation ground.  To this end we will be at the hall between 7am and miday Saturday 14th July to carry on with the work.

You will be more than welcome to join us.

Any questions contact Stuart on 07597 573314

The Gathering Weekend website is now in the past tense!

Tim Stephenson,
Graham speaks in Springfield gym

Wow, what a weekend! Hopefully as you go back to the office, shop, school or where ever you are today you have a little extra spring in your step from spending a little more time in fellowship together not only within your own congregation but also catching up will old friends or making new ones?

Hopefully you didn’t forgot your ‘gospel glasses’ in the rush to get out of the house this morning?

If that last comment makes no sense to you or you just need to bask a little longer in the teaching head over to The Gathering website where you will find recordings from throughout the weekend. If you have any difficulties get in touch with us here.

Listen to recordings

And if you fancy a more cryptic challenge, see if you have find somewhere on the website that talks of TGW as not having happened yet and let Rob know. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you!

Update: LIFE group notes from Eddie: Download

A PRAYER FOR FREEDOM FROM RESENTMENT

kathylarkman,
Silhouetted women holding hands

everyday prayers scotty smith“The godless in heart harbour resentment.” Job 36:13 NIV

“Dear heavenly Father, whether it’s the annoying fly interrupting my needed nap, the thoughtless words spoken by a trusted friend, the new ding in my twelve-year old car, or the old hurt that generates fresh pain, resentment never helps; it only hurts.

To harbour resentment is nothing short of harbouring a criminal, for resentment is bent on criminal activity; stealing peace, vandalizing sleep, robbing relationship, killing kindness, murdering hope, infecting the innocent with deadly toxins, to name a few of resentments crimes. Indeed, as much energy is being wasted as oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico. There’s no greater waste of energy than resentment.

But worst of all Father, resentment is a contradiction, a blatant misrepresentation of who you are and how you relate to us in Jesus. For if  anyone has a right to hold a grudge, to keep a record of wrongs done, to rehearse and remember our sins against us, it is you.

Yet you do not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is your love for those who fear you; as far as the east is from the west, that’s how far you’ve removed our transgressions from us. You’re the Father who has compassion on us as your children (Ps. 103:10-13). You show us neither vexation of spirit nor exasperation of heart, so great is your love for us in Jesus.

So Father, by the love that sent Jesus to the cross and by the power that raised him from the dead, continue to heal and change me. I don’t want to be godless in heart but want to be grace-full in heart. I want to be free even from resenting other people’s resentment. I pray in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name. Amen.”

SUMMER FOCUS

kathylarkman,
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Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman

 

We are already enjoying summer activities since the English weather has been cooperating so far; BBQ’s, picnics in the park…. Yay! Also, we will soon be finished with school associated activities. Before we know it, school will be out for the summer! Even if you don’t have school aged children in your home, the atmosphere and rhythm changes a bit, doesn’t it?

It is the same with Grace Place. So as we have completed our Living Out God’s Grace series, we will focus our thoughts to prayer during the summer. As we have heard it said, “we are too busy not to pray.”

I will be using EVERYDAY PRAYERS, written by Scotty Smith and published by Baker Books, 2011. (You can buy this online on any of the major websites.)

From it I will share scripture and prayers from this book to assist us in this channel of grace in our ordinary, every day living this summer.

everyday prayers scotty smithToday’s Prayer: A Prayer for Fresh Endurance and Encouragement

‘May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God.’ Romans 15:5-7

“Heavenly Father, I’m like a hungry little bird with my mouth wide open this morning. I’m glad you’re the God who gives endurance and encouragement, for I’m starving for both. Bring an abundance of both, Father- ‘good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over!’ Luke 6:38.
I praise you for these twin sisters of grace. One without the other would simply not be enough. Endurance without encouragement can atrophy into heartless stoicism. Encouragement without endurance can wither into short-lived enthusiasm. Give us both, bunches of both.
Father, I’m not just praying for me but for the whole family of believers with whom I’m so privileged to walk. Along with endurance and encouragement, I ask you to give us a fresh supersized order of unity. How else will we be able to glorify you with one heart and one mouth? How else will we even want your glory above our own preferences and priorities?
Our church family is so much like the churches Paul was addressing in Rome. We come from many different backgrounds. We’ve been rescued from nonreligion and gospelless religion. We have different perspectives and varying passions. We are at different stages in knowing how to follow Jesus and knowing what following Jesus actually means. All in all, we are prime candidates for a fresh visitation of the Holy Spirit, for he is the true Spirit of Unity.
Father whether or not we actually get to experience a full-bore revival, help us to accept one another just as Jesus has already accepted each of us. This brings you great praise. The gospel we already have is all the gospel we actually need. Our city and the nations of the world are desperate to see Christ-followers who know how to love one another when it’s easy and when it’s not. Le us be just such a people. We pray expectantly, in Jesus’ mighty and merciful name.
Amen.”

Notice sheet for 24th June 2018

Louise,
CBC news logo

Open Meeting

Next Sunday 1st July, at 4:30pm, there will be an open meeting for all members of CBC to come along and ask any questions they may have regarding the future leadership structure of the church. It is an opportunity to seek clarification on anything you may be unclear about.  The meeting will lead into the prayer service at 6pm.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will be held tomorrow, Monday 25th June at 7:30pm.  The study notes are at the back.

The last Ark of the school year!

The last Ark of the school year is on Saturday 30th June at Priory Street from 10am.  Do come along and join us as there are lots of exciting things being planned (including two puppet songs!!)  The morning is aimed at 0-7 year olds but all are welcome, with an adult.  God-willing we will be finishing with a BBQ (which will be free) so please pray for good weather!

Please note there is no ark over the summer holidays. The next one will be on September 29th.

Thanksgiving Service, Margaret Cole

A thanksgiving service for the life of Margaret Cole will be held on Monday 2nd July at 12 noon at CBC, followed by refreshments in the coffee hall.  Please speak to Eric Seager if you require further details.

Junior Church Materials for the Gathering

Clean jam jars with lids needed for the Gathering Weekend for craft; please remove labels.  Chat to Rhiannon if necessary.

Fancy attending New Wine for Free?

Bible Society are looking for volunteers to serve in their café in Week 2 of New Wine (5-11 Aug 2018). There’s no cooking involved and you get to serve with a great team of volunteers and staff.  If you are interested, please email Sue Wingrave at work for further info susan.wingrave@biblesociety.org.uk.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will take place this Wednesday 27th June at 2pm.  Eric will be leading and preaching and the text will be 1 Peter 3:8-22.  Refreshments follow the service.

The Gathering Weekend – 2 WEEKS’ TIME!!!

This event is taking place on 7th and 8th July 2018.  Meetings on the Saturday will be at Priory Street and on the Sunday at the Springfield Campus. Tickets at £5 per person are available through your congregational leader.  Jenny Gaisford at 9:15am; John Godwin at the 11:15am service; Norman Fuggle at the midweek service & Adrian Pillinger at Church on the Green.

MK Staff Training Course 22nd July to 2nd August

We are currently expecting 14 adults and 3 children from 8 countries to attend this event which is being hosted by CBC. There are some specific areas of need, so please get in touch with us if you are able to help. See Steve or Gill Bryant if you can:

  • be an emergency driver or ‘taxi driver’ (rota)
  • loan us a child’s car seat for age 4 to 5
  • look after three children aged 4, 5 and 11 for an hour or two

See Jo Sheringham or Liz Perks if you can provide cakes or tray bakes between Sunday evening 22nd and Tuesday 31st July. Many thanks!

Prayer for Sanga Sanga

For all who are interested, if you sign up to become a Friend of Sanga Sanga you will receive their updates and requests for prayer via Whatsapp as and when they happen.  To sign up let Ruth Lancaster know by giving her your mobile phone number.  Her email address is ruthlancs@gmail.com

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; women’s bible study, 7:30pm

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

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

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

Saturday: The Ark, 10:00am

…Coming up…

1st July: Open meeting 4:30pm Priory Street

7th-8th July: The Gathering Weekend

9th July: Men’s fight night, 8pm; prayer for missions / persecuted church, 7:45pm

14th July: Craft club, 10:00am

22nd July: WEC arrivals

25th July: Midweek service, 2pm

LAST BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT!

kathylarkman,
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1cc19207f9a7be506aef9a6dac205b3bHi Girls,

You won’t want to miss our last bible study for the school year series, Living Out God’s Grace: God’s Grace And Our Thorns.

WHEN: Tonight, 25 June, 2018 @ 7:30pm

WHERE: Corsham Baptist Church Hall 

We will have time together in His Word and time together in friendship!
See you there!