This week at St. C’s the PCC met and as well as covering all the usual practical business, there was an interesting discussion on the role of the Life Groups within the development of the church. It was felt that we should do more promote these groups and encourage more people to join them. It was suggested that we might create a Facebook page especially for those who could not attend the current groups – follow this link to join in:
It was also suggested that we enquire to see if people would like a daytime group. If you would be interested why not speak to Colin about it.
This Sunday we continued the story of Nehemiah moving in to Chapter 4. The writer has been laying a trail of breadcrumbs since Chapter 2 alerting us to the fact that some of those who lived in Jerusalem were against the work of rebuilding the wall. Now this opposition comes to head and forces Nehemiah to deal with it. His response is to combine practicality with spirituality. He turns first to prayer and then to equipping his workers to be ready for an attack. This combination proves to be effective in thwarting the plans of his enemies. I am attaching David Slaney’s message from the 10.30am service for you to consider.
Our morning service was also marked by the baptism of Kamiar Ahmadi one of our Iranian friends. It was a truly joyful occasion and to hear him speak in praise of God was very inspiring.
On Sunday afternoon we held our annual service of thanksgiving for those who had lost loved ones during the past year. It proved to be a very moving occasion and was appreciated by those who attended.
Our prayer for us to share in this week asks God to help us with some of our less comfortable experiences. He promises to be with us in everything and to provide us with all that we need no matter what the circumstance. Take time to be quiet when you say this prayer – give God time to speak to you through these words and may the Lord hear our prayers.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
May the Lord give us
calmness for every confusion,
Relief for every stress,
Comfort for every sickness,
Strength for every weakness,
And love, joy and hope,
for every waking moment.