Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about some of God’s wonderful promises.
A little word
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2.9-11 (NIV)
God is all about building community. In the Old Testament he called Abram, an old childless man and from him formed a nation. In the New Testament Jesus calls a group to gather, Paul forms communities of believers in different cities, and Peter gives us this lovely description of the Church. We are chosen, holy and special. He uses that ‘once…but now’ formula. And before any of us gets puffed up, a reminder that this ais all God’s doing.
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for the special community we belong to as followers of Jesus.
- For the bereaved and our ministry to them.
- For prisoners of conscience around the world.
Sunday Gathering at 9.15am.
Holy Communion at 10.30am. God’s promised people
Readings: Genesis 12.1-9
CoG’s children’s group.
Refreshments to follow.
Sunday evening at 7pm
10am on Thursday
Holy Communion, followed by Coffee and Lunch Club.
Thank you for everyone who gave at our Harvest service last Sunday.
It’s not too late to add a cash gift (pop it in an envelope marked ‘Harvest’) which we will split 50/50 between Christian Aid’s Libya Flood Appeal and our Thursday evening food ministry.
Events this week
Wednesday – After 8 taking place in the Holroyd Room at 7.30pm each week.
Friday – Craft and Chat in the Welcome Centre at 1.30pm each week
Two requests to pray
Bill and Sara would be glad of your prayers as Sara has an op to remove a cancerous tumour in the next few weeks. The good news, it hasn’t spread, for which they are very grateful! Thank you!
Our friend and colleague, and Associate Archdeacon, the Revd Ian Parkinson is still in the Hallamshire hospital receiving excellent care. Please do pray for Ian and the family. There have been encouraging signs. He has been walking and eating. When I saw him this week, he gave me a lovely smile and we chatted a bit but he is still very tired and sleepy.
Reminders of contact details:
Maureen (for admin queries). firstname.lastname@example.org, 07765 232789.
Pip (for everything else!). email@example.com, 07799944436.
Will firstname.lastname@example.org, 07354887660
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