Hello there, In this week`s service we will be looking at some of those truly inspirational passages that can be found in Romans 8. There are probably 1000 sermons in that one chapter. Some of the verses here challenge, some really make you think, but they all point to God. They point to a God with whom we can journey all our lives. We can do that in his Kingdom and we can do that with Joy happiness and fun!
I have always maintained God calls us to obedience but he wants us to have fun along the way. We are called to serve, love and laugh in his name! So this week we are looking at some of the many good things about being in God`s kingdom.
For me it is the assurance of God`s promises, eternal life, forgiveness for sins, his presence always with us, peace on tap, a sense of happiness and most of all the `all engulfing` love of God.
I am sure like me you can think of times and experiences where you have felt God close at hand, where you have heard his voice, where you have known the peace and happiness of being a part of his Kingdom. Wouldn`t it be great if we could share some of those stories on our website for others to hear of the blessings and the positives of being a Christian. If you have something to share do let me know.
Now what have we been up to this week, well we have today tidied Josh`s bedroom, you have never seen so much dust!! The Micra has gone to the good people of Elburton garage for an MOT and service. My timber delivery has been delayed which means a delay on the new bath panel project. I know the excitement is endless! I hope you`ve had a more exciting week but a happy one! Have a great week.
With our love in his name, always!
Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
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For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 715 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.
Hi all, Janet has asked me to make you aware of a recent Zoom scam, details in the document below....
JAM & IMPACT
Please do remember these both take place via Zoom each Sunday at 10:30. Please contact me for joining details.
Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.
We are planning over the summer to host an on-line quiz via Zoom. It would be a short event 30-40 minutes. If you'd like to take part would you let Helen know please? If there is enough interest we will plan a date for it.
Last week we talked about some local railway history. The story below is very loosely connected, in that it has a vague railway reference. It is a story told by Mr Hart. You can find the full account on the BBC `A people`s war` archive here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/00/a8411500.shtml
`With the fall of France and the evacuation of the troops some soldiers were billeted in the then wooden hut used by sports people as a changing room, in the King Geore V playing fields, Elburton. When the invasion threat by the Germans to Britain was at its height, the soldiers dug a slit tranch at the bottom of our garden. The object was to guard a bridge over the railway line to Yealmpton. The bridge was situated in Haye Road near the King George V playing fields. The playing fields were also utilised for the storage of older type military vehicles. Presumably most of the modern vehicles were left behind in France when it was over run by the Germany army.`
It is amazing to think how little evidence remains of these activities in King George V fields. The only real relic is the swath of land on the west side of Haye road where the bridge used to stand.
The Frog Story
Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition.
The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. And so a big crowd gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on all the contestants.
The race began
But quite honestly no one in the crowd really believed that such tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. They were saying `It`s way too difficult!! They will never make it to the top` and `Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!`
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one except for those who were a bit stronger and kept climbing higher and higher..
The crowd continued to yell, `It is too difficult!! No one will make it!` More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.
But one continued higher and higher and higher long after all of the others had given up and dropped back down to the bottom and he, after a big effort, actually made it to the top!
All of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it.
One contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach his goal! But he didn`t hear him, and he shouted the question again but he still didn`t hear, so he shouted at the top of his voice, which was really loud for such a tiny frog, but he still couldn`t hear him - the frog was deaf!
How much more could we do if we, like the frog turned a deaf ear to all those who say we can't.
Something funny from `GodUpdates.com` bloopers from Church magazines.
The Rector will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing `Break Forth into Joy`
Next Thursday, there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
The sermon this morning: `Jesus Walks on the Water`. The sermon tonight: `Searching for Jesus`