Newsletter 19th June 2022

Message from our Minister:

This Sunday is designated as Father’s Day and for many it will be a day of mixed emotions. Some will want to convey their love and gratitude for their father by sending a card or a gift, sending a text message, or by making a visit or taking them out for a meal. Others may sadly not have a good relationship with their father and so inevitably they will find this day extremely difficult. For others, whose father has died, this day gives a special opportunity to remember them with grateful thanks.

As followers of Jesus, we can be assured that we have a heavenly Father, who loves us, cares for us, is always there and wants the very best for us. We know that we can have a close relationship with God our Father through Jesus Christ. He always takes the initiative and reaches out to us. 

We can call God our ‘Father’.  In Aramaic the word Father is ‘Abba’ and literally translated means something like ‘daddy’, as a child might refer to their father. How blessed we are then, that at all times, in all places and in every situation we can call on our Father in the Name of Jesus. 

God’s richest blessing to you all.                                                                 Rev John Izzard

Today our speaker is Bonnie Burns.

Bonnie will be speaking on how Peter learnt from his meeting with Cornelius that the Gentiles have a part in God’s plan. – Acts 10 and 11.

Next week 

Ellie will be speaking to us.  The topic is Peter’s escape from prison in Acts 12.

AMAZING PEOPLE IN ACTS

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Never give the devil a ride.  He will always want to drive.

Forbidden fruit creates many jams.

And from Simon:

Two goldfish are in a tank.  One says to the other, “Do you know how to drive this?”

WORSHIP

Of all the myriads of books about worship, my vote for the best goes to one of less than 100 pages, written in a very approachable style.  It’s Matt Redman’s “The Unquenchable Worshipper”.  Each of the ten chapters is entitled “The Un…… Worshipper”, and I would like from time to time to quote a short passage from one of the chapters.

This week’s chapter: The Unquenchable Worshipper.  

“The Bible is full of unquenchable worshippers.  I love the heart attitude of the prophet Habakkuk, who decided he would choose to respond to God’s worth, no matter how bleak a season he found himself in:

Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas also resolved to overcome less-than-­favourable conditions and worship God. You would have forgiven them if they weren’t in the mood for singing, sitting in their jail cell. They’d been unjustly arrested, beaten, ‘severely’ flogged, and thrown into the deepest part of the prison, with their feet in stocks. Yet, somehow, Paul and Silas found it in themselves to sing out praise to God. Refusing to let their souls be dampened, they worshipped with everything they had left.

Most of us don’t own fig trees and haven’t been in prison for being a Christian, but the principle is the same for us as it was for Habakkuk, Paul and Silas—we can always find a reason to praise. Situations change for better and for worse, but God’s worth never changes.”             Martin