The first service of the new year! Let’s get together and start 2021 on the right foot – worshipping God together. This service is led by Edda and Christoph Lindner, live from the Rectory.
Thank you to Caroline Ashcroft for sharing this! Evening prayer continues at 6pm tonight and then Mon 21 to Wed 23, on Zoom. Click here for the details…
Today is Bible Sunday and we will reflect on how the Bible can speak to us at this particular time. Find all the links below.
Find all the links mentioned in the service below this video.
For most of us, lockdown has meant facing substantial strains, stresses and fears. We may have revisited some of the big questions of life: Who am I? What is my purpose? Is there more to life than this? What will the future look like?
In a new series of talks, starting this Sunday, 21 June, we will consider these questions in the light of the amazing message of the Bible, that God is for us and in Jesus is with us and in us.
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Here are the dates and themes:
Sun 21 June –Introduction: The story of my life
Sun 28 June – A New Identity: Who am I?
Sun 5 July – A New Horizon: Where I am headed?
Sun 12 July – A New Purpose: What am I here for?
Sun 19 July – A New Hope: What can I hope for?
Online: Sundays 10.30am. Stream any time afterwards. Click here for our Youtube Channel…
Telephone: Available any time for a week, Sun to Sat: 01895 714013
Ravi Zacharias (26 March 1946 – 19 May 2020) was an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian speaker and writer. Zacharias was the author of more than 30 books revolving around “Apologetics” (helping believers think and thinkers believer), including Can Man Live Without God?, as well as Christian bestsellers Light in the Shadow of Jihad and The Grand Weaver. Zacharias was the founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and OCCA (Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics), which provided speakers for our Rethink week in 2018.
“Does God Exist?”
It is a question also asked behind the walls of Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States. Zacharias had prayed with prisoners of war all those years ago in Vietnam but walking through Death Row left an even deeper impression. Zacharias believed the gospel shined with grace and power, especially in the darkest places, and praying with those on Death Row “makes it impossible to block the tears.” It was his third visit to Angola and, such is his deep connection, the inmates have made Zacharias the coffin in which he will be buried. As he writes in Seeing Jesus from the East:
“These prisoners know that this world is not their home and that no coffin could ever be their final destination. Jesus assured us of that.”
A Blessing from Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A thought from Lectio365 Prayer App (highly recommended!):
To know God is to know hope. His will for us, according to the apostle Paul, is fullness of joy, fullness of peace and so much hope that it overflows from our lives into everyone we meet. They walk away from spending time with us feeling brighter, more confident, less worried. How on earth is this possible, especially right now when the world is so bleak and our own personal circumstances are so incredibly difficult? Well, it’s not about positive-thinking. The apostle Paul says that we receive peace and joy by trusting God, and we receive hope by being filled with the power of his Holy Spirit.
Of course I am not immune to all the despair, the heartbreak and the real problems of the world. I often feel hopeless, but God does not. And so I take a little time now asking him to fill me afresh, that I might ‘overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’
A Bible Memory Verse song to sing Scripture into our hearts and minds.
This talk is based on John 8.46-end.
The reading is included in the recording.
Reader: Ian Jennings
Preacher: Christoph Lindner
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