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May 16, 2021
We continue to hold our morning worship in our church as well as live-streaming on our YouTube channel from 10:45am. Attendance will be limited in numbers, done under strict Covid Safety Guidelines, and seats will be allocated to those who have pre-registered.
The evening service, which is also live-streamed on YouTube, now starts at 6pm. As usual the audio for both sermons will be available on our website from the Monday.
Today our services are led by our Pastor, Gareth James.
Reading: John 16:5-16 and looking at v12-14
The Holy Spirit’s work in the Church (part 1)
Jesus was aware how the disciples were feeling – facing a future without Him was a fearful prospect, but He tells them of the Holy Spirit’s work in the world and also in the Church. He would guide the apostles into all truth as they were used – including penning more of God’s inspired word. Yet we too are guided by this divine Guide provided as we read God’s word, for He is still working in us as believers – not with revelation of anything new, but illumination of what has been written by the apostles in the New Testament and the prophets in the Old Testament.
Reading: Jonah 1 and looking at v4 & 5
The Finger of God!
Jonah is on the run and no doubt feels he has succeeded in doing so. He takes it easy as the ship is on its way to Tarshish and he goes to bed and is sleeping soundly. Yet God has His finger on him and Jonah cannot outrun God and His plans. God’s finger is on Jonah in the storm that He hurls at the ship and also in the fear the pagan sailors experience – that drives them to pray to their gods, even if the prophet of the Lord is sleeping soundly. Jonah would be rudely woken up and challenged as to why he is not praying…