It was very good to have Bishop Nick Baines with us on the 6th December, here is Bishop Nick Baines’ sermon from 6th December 2015.
We’d love to invite you to join us as we celebrate Christmas together at the following gatherings:
Sat 19th December—Simply Christmas, 3 – 5pm
Drop in for festive food, fun and a chance to explore the Christmas Story. There will be activities that all ages can enjoy.
Thursday 24th December—Christingle Cafe, 5 – 6pm
Enjoy a mince pie and carols as we make Christingles together. We will take an offering for the Children’s Society.
Friday 25th December—Christmas Day Gathering, 10—11am
Celebrate Christmas Day with carols, fun and communion.
All ages welcome at each of these gatherings. We’d love you to join us!
Over the Summer we will continue to meet at 9am avery Sunday for Communion.
We will also have all age gatherings at 10:30am in the Kairos RRoom on the 2nd, 9th and 16th August.
We’d love to see you at any of these events!
The Sunglasses image is by Nic Adler on Flickr.
Gatherings in Autumn
Our first central gathering of the new term will be on Sunday 7th September. We will continue with our pattern of morning gatherings on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month. These will all be in the main hall. On the 4th Sunday of the month we meet in the evening for The Up – a gathering for worship and prayer. If you are currently not in a missional community we would especially like to encourage you to come to all these gatherings.
We are wanting to tighten up the way we do do setup, welcome and hospitality at our morning gatherings and are looking for people to help us with these things! If you and/or your MSC could help we’d love you to come along early (9:45am) to the gatherings in September. Do leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
As well as our usual 9am Communion we have another Summer Gathering on Sunday in the main hall at 10:30am. There won’t be separate kids or youth groups but it will have an all age feel. We’d love to see you at either of these.
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.’
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
‘They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.’
those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
This is my place of comfort in the bible; I am sure you have a favourite verse or chapter that offers you space to rebuild yourselves. In times of lack of confidence, fear and doubt it is where I end up.
Typically of me I read the end of books first; I don’t like surprises and like to know where I am going! The bible for me is a bit the same. I am secure in the promise Jesus made for all of us by his death on the cross. The accessibility of the New Testament, means that sometimes it is easy to take it for granted, just like a know it all teenager! Yeah, Yeah Yeah, signing and rolling eyes!!!
But the promises shown in the Old Testament really make me marvel in awe, by having an active relationship with God, following his counsel, taking refuge in him, I will have everything I need. I am assured of a delightful inheritance.
However before we get too excited, this is not pink fluffy bunnies, unicorns and Disney princesses. There is a stark warning, no turning towards other God’s or paying homage to icons in our lives in fact don’t even let their name pass your lips in the same way. Because without the comfort and refuge promised you can only expect sorrow heaped after sorrow. I don’t even want to imagine the desolation of not having a relationship with God.
So this summer, secure in the knowledge that God will never abandon you, because he has a vested interest in your life, keep your eyes on him, bask in his unshakeable love for you, allow your heart to be filled with gladness, let your tongue rejoice and enjoy a chance to rest. Rachel Wilkinson
Prayer for the Middle East
As I’ve been reading this Psalm and reflecting on Rachel’s words this week I’ve found my thoughts turning to the situations in the Middle East. I want to encourage you to engage with and pray for what is going on in Iraq and also for Israel and Palestine. If you are planning an informal get-together with Kairos people you might like to make some space to pray then too.
Here are a few links that might help you explore how to pray and respond further:
A message on Gaza from Bishop Nick Baines. This is a week old, but still contains some useful links to ways you can respond.
Prayers for the Middle East – From Christian Aid.
How to pray for the situation in Iraq – from 24-7 Prayer.
On Saturday we’ll be hosting a brunch with some missionary friends of ours who are based in Peru. You are very welcome to come along and find out more about what they are doing. We’ll meet at our our house, 10:30am. If you don’t know where we live then leave a comment over on the FB event and I’ll let you know.
This Sunday we have a usual 9am Communion and also our first 10;30am Summer Gathering. We’d love to see you at one or more of these. Ben.
During August we tend to dial back some of our usual activity and so there are fewer regular gatherings.
We will still be getting together at the following times – you are very welcome to join us!
9am Communion – Every Sunday in the Kairos room. These simple gatherings for prayer, worship, teaching and communion are a good place to spend some time with God.
Simple Summer Gatherings – We will host two summer gatherings, each at 10:30am, in the Kairos Room on 17th and 31st August. These will be all age; Kairos Kids and Blaze will stay in with us. There will be worship, teaching and prayer.