Let us give thanks…

There is a catchy tune called “Don’t worry, be happy” which has been recorded by quite a few musicians.

It sounds all well and good, but how realistic is it to expect us to simply not worry and be happy? Things go wrong, we have health issues, people lose their jobs, and all sorts of other things can trouble us and make us unhappy.

When Jesus said “don’t worry” He was far more realistic. He said we could trust our heavenly Father to watch over us at all times. You and I are important to Him, so He will not turn away and leave us.

True happiness is found in the Lord through His love and blessing.

What good is it?

Have you ever tried to explain something which the other person just doesn’t understand? It can be frustrating. Jesus began to teach His disciples that He would soon suffer and die at the hands of the religious leaders, and Mark tells us that He spoke plainly about these things, but they still didn’t get it. Peter even took Jesus aside and rebuked Him for saying such things.

Actually Peter was only voicing what the devil was hoping for. If Jesus had not gone to the cross our sins would still count against us and we would be doomed. But Jesus knew our eternal future depended on Him, so He willingly went to the cross for us, paid the price for our sin, and gave us the gift of eternal life. What an amazing Lord! Is there someone you need to share this good news with?


Scripture Readings

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 
God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah

Romans 4:18-25 
Accept God’s promises in faith

Mark 8:31-38
The cost of following Jesus


In Jesus we are free

Romans 8: 31-39

St Paul makes it very clear in this passage that when we live in faith in Jesus we can be sure that God is always near us.

We can be certain that through the Spirit God assures us that when we are God’s children no one can condemn us. Hard as they may try, no-one can make us doubt that God’s love can really be so gracious. Only we can walk away from it.

As we will hear in worship, who on earth can possibly dare to accuse us when God makes it totally clear that nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of God.

So come to worship knowing that in Jesus, we have all we need to share Jesus’ overwhelming victory.

Scripture readings

1 Kings 3:5-12
Solomon’s prayer for wisdom

Romans 8:26-39
Nothing can separate us from God’s love

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
More parables of the kingdom

We were Eye Witnesses

1 Peter 1: 16-21

One day Jesus took Peter, James, and John up onto a high mountain where something extraordinary happened. The Lord’s clothes became dazzling white and His face shone like the sun, and there stood Moses and Elijah talking with Him!

The Bible calls this the “transfiguration” of Jesus because He was being shown as the true Son of God, in all His glory, the promised Messiah. In a sense Jesus was being validated by the Father. This was important because He was about to take the sin of the world to the cross and that would have been an almost intolerable burden to carry. So with the heavenly host we can shout: Worthy is the Lamb, the Son of God who gave Himself for us!

Scripture Readings

Exodus 24:12-18
Moses on the mountain with God

1 Peter 1:16-21
We saw Christ’s glory

Matthew 17:1-9
The transfiguration of Jesus

Come for a Chat & Cuppa

In the hall after each worship.

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