Sunday 22nd March 2020
It’s often said that we don’t fully appreciate what we have until it’s taken away.
We often take for granted the blessing we have, to meet to sing, pray, open the Bible, share communion, celebrate baptisms and just chat together over a cup of coffee. At this time, we don’t know the day when we will be able to gather again together as God’s people, but we are all looking forward to it with anticipation.
In Hebrews 11 v 8-10 we read:
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Like Abraham it feels a bit like we are living in a foreign land, but we have faith and look forward to the day when we can meet together as a church to worship God. But we also have faith and look beyond that, we also look forward to a new city, a new home, a new heaven’s and earth, a new Eden, a New Jerusalem.
Jesus loves us and has saved us, he has faithfully brought us into his kingdom, where one day we will be together forever, in glory, with no pain, no death, no sin, no sickness, no times of worry or anxiousness.
Praise be to God.
Please pray for each other during this difficult time. Pray we would continue to look to care for each other practically where we can.
Please pray for wisdom for the Elders as we seek to continue to serve the church spiritually as well as practically. Thank God for technology, which allows us to still share together.
Please pray for our community. Those who are vulnerable, lonely or rely on others. Pray for the people who would normally come to our groups who will miss the community.
Please pray that we would each use this time to seek God in prayer and through his word, deepening our faith in Jesus.
Matthew Chapter 8 verses 23 to 27
Jesus calms the storm
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ 26 He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’
this week's sermon
What stories did you love as a child or still do?
What Bible stories/passages do you love? How have both shaped you?
How does knowing Jesus was fully human and fully God
help us when storms hit us in our lives?
Having seen what they had already seen, why do you think
the disciples didn’t have faith in Jesus?
How does/should the death and resurrection of Jesus shape our lives?
Spend some time thanking Jesus for his love,
his care and all that He has done for us.