We’re coming toward the end of our first selection of Psalms (just three more to go) and this week we have Psalm 32 (“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered”). The discussion will be introduced by David Filby.
After the Bible study there will be a short Church Meeting to confirm the appointment of new trustees.
This morning David Filby will be leading our Family Time at 11:30am,then for the evening service we look forward once again to welcoming Will and Sue Marsden of the SportsReach ministry.
We need to remember in our prayers several who will not be with us today due to poor health. Also the Brewer family who will be away leading a service at Goosnargh in Lancashire.
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Tomorrow morning at 11:30am (Sunday, 7th June) we are looking forward to another Family Time in the current series, “Encounters with Jesus”. David Filby will be leading the service and we’ll be thinking about the day that Jesus met with officers sent to arrest him – but the time for that had not yet come, and instead of arresting him they went away enormously impressed with the power of his words.
In the evening at 6:30pm we re expecting Ronnie McCracken from Northern Ireland as our preacher. He’s over here once again with a team evangelising among the gypsies at the Appleby Fair. Probably one or two members of the team will be telling how they came to trust and follow the Saviour.
Psalms on Thursdays
Starting on Thursday June 18th we hope to commence another series of Bible studies, this time focusing on the book of Psalms. No, we’re not going to attempt to study them all; there are a hundred and fifty. The Psalms are made up of five books (see Introductory Note on the Psalms – written here more than three years ago, and useful in the present context). To start with we’ve selected thirteen from Book 1. See the calendar.
When the Introduction was written, back in October 2011, it had been intended to add many more short articles based on the psalms. A few were written. Now we’ll try to build up the collection as we proceed with the Thursday studies.
For several years we have run a weekend sports activity for young people with the help of the SportsReach team. This year we’re not having a weekend event but we do have a visit from some of the team at one of our Friday Supper Evenings – on Friday, 20th March.
Last month we had an excellent evening with Jack and Isa Douglas, and were enthralled by their presentation of the many years they spent as missionaries, literacy workers and Bible translators with a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Then on Thursday, 5th March, we were greatly privileged to learn more about the lives of evangelical churches in the Chin region of Myanmar (Burma) direct from Dr Timothy Wang, of the Dai tribe, leader of a theological education programme, and translator of the Bible into one of the local tribal languages.
We’re equally looking forward to learning more on Friday about how the SportsReach team have been serving God both in this country and abroad since they last spoke to us, bringing the Gospel to young people through the medium of sport.
6:30 pm – Pie, peas and trifle – plus an interesting talk on serving God through sport.