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Notices for Sunday 3 November

Communion This Sunday
I look forward to sharing communion with you this Sunday as we continue to reflect on the Apostle’s Creed.  This Sunday we will look at these lines:
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
An interesting difference between the creed used by Catholic churches and that by Protestant churches is the line: “He descended to the dead…”  In the Catholic creed it reads:  “He descended into hell.”  These differences might cause some confusion and are based on Ephesians 4:9-10:
(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) (NIV)
And 1 Peter 4:6:
For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. (NIV)
Stewards and Leaders
As we come to the end of the year we need to think about our plans for 2020 and our leadership for 2020.
Now that we have two Sunday Services we can try to ensure that we have 5 Stewards for each service.  The election and appointment of stewards is by nomination from the members of the congregation.
Society Stewards facilitate the running of the church; but they do not do this alone.  We also need to make sure we have leaders for our various mission groups and aspects of the life of our church.
Please pray for our Society Stewards and Leaders; we need all the help we can get and we need to be all the help we can be.
Also - pray with an open heart - how is God calling you to help the church next year:
Leadership                         Finances
Bible Study                        Sunday School
Youth Ministry                 Hospitality
Property                        Music
Pastoral Care                         Administration…
(And the list goes on.


Read Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

"Whoever goes to the LORD for safety..." - Psalm 91:1
In John's gospel Jesus says: "I am the way... no one comes to the father but through me..."  This doesn't mean that Christians have some sort of access control - it is a reminder that Jesus himself is the gate keeper.  Not people.  Not institutions... the Psalmist reminds us that God doesn't turn anyone away.


Lord, I turn to you for safety.  Thank you for welcoming me into your loving arms.


Read Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

Jeremiah is imprisoned for prophesying against the king.  His prophesy will come true.  Within the reality of a very negative situation...  The Kingdom about to fall - Jeremiah still buys property.  Anticipating God's rescue of his people.


Lord help me to have Jeremiah's insight.  To see the reality of present difficulties.  And to know your plans for the future.


Read 1 Timothy 6:6-19

...religion makes a person very rich, if they are satisfied with what they have.' - 1 Timothy 6:6
Are you satisfied with what you have?
Paul reminds us to be greedy for 'righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness...'. Do you work on these things as much as you work to get rich?


Lord help me to make righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness my first priority.


Read Luke 16:19-31

Jesus doesn't talk much about heaven and hell.  But when he does it has to do with justice.  A rich man who never shares with the poor man at his door ends up in 'hell' and the poor man ends up in 'heaven'.


Help me to have a right relationship with material things so that I can have a right relationship with human beings.  So that I can have a right relationship with you.


Read Luke 17:5-10

I feel bad for the servant who after ploughing outside all day has to get his master's meal ready.  Jesus invites us to have the attitude of humble servants - we should serve God because we are God's servants; not because we want some sort of a reward.


I just want to serve you Lord.  Help me not to have mixed motives.