Archive for September 2013

All For The Good

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September
By Sue Goodall



Children in coats
Sizes too big
Their faces mirrored
In shiny shoes
Kicking the crinkly
Turning leaves...
Old season out,
In with the new.



Adults with worries
Shoulders weighed down
Ash-grey faces
Secrets unguessed.
Oh that they knew
That He is saying,
''Come those heavy laden
And I'll give you rest.''

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Nicene Creed

What we believe as Christians...

We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations - that reveals Church unity! Come! Let us pray and profess together!

We believe in one God,

the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth,

and of all that is,

seen and unseen.

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We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God,

Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

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Through Him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

He came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit,

He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

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For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

He suffered death and was buried.

On the third day He rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures:

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

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We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son,

He is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

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We believe in one, holy,

catholic (universal), and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

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Amen

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All For The Good

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Hi! Welcome to ‘All For The Good!’ I am Katy! Today I am answering the question: ‘what do you like about your church?’

 

I like basically everything about my church! I’m lucky that in that my church is family orientated so there are a lot of children/young people my age and I’m quite close with all the youth at my church! Our church family are all very welcoming and I always feel comfortable at church. The worship songs are also, good, which is great as I love singing!

Also, our church has different age groups for the youth to go on Sundays: there is a crèche, then a group for years 7-9, then a group that I am moving into called ‘The Hub’ which meets every second and fourth Sunday for years 10+. It is a discussion group, particularly focussing on topical issues and questions we may have. (It is only alternate Sundays so that we get used to sitting in church right the way through and interacting with the adult service). The pastors at our church are great speakers and will pray for you and are very supportive and kind! I also sometimes play my flute in the worship band which is great! I love my church!


Katy


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Thursday Ponderings

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Pauline_Ponderings

19th September 2013

Pauline's Ponderings!

Christians are particularly bad at gossiping – they do it in the name of prayer, which makes it worse.

They share some information about someone and then mention that they need prayer. Do not do it. Unless someone has asked you to share information about them, keep it to yourself. Even if someone asks you about the person, don’t say anything – it’s not your info to pass on, it IS GOSSIP.



Although it might seem very unjust, if someone has wronged you in any way, even verbally told lies about you and put you in a bad light you are not allowed to say anything that will put them in a bad light. You are not allowed to slander them, even if they have slandered you! I am using the word slander in the way the bible intends it, not how the oxford English dictionary defines it!



In the Old Testament when the word slander is used, it has often been translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘ to defame or to strip one of his positive reputation’ In the New Testament, the word for slander is made up from two words, one meaning ‘to speak’ and the other meaning ‘against’. So when you see the word slander in the bible it means the open and intentional sharing of damaging information about someone, whether the information is accurate or not!



Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesian 4:29-32)



If you say anything derogatory about them, even if it’s true, it is not in line with God’s word. You can tell one or two of your closest friends, if you need prayer support, but examine your motives for telling them before you do so. It is the motive behind the telling which is crucial. If you are passing the negative information about behaviour because you need support of some kind yourself, that’s fine.

But if you are passing on the info because you want people to know that they are horrible, don’t do it! You need to forgive them and leave God to administer justice. It’s hard and we need to ask God for his help on an hourly basis to make sure our speech is pleasing to Him.

Do you agree or disagree with Pauline? Let her know by making a comment below!

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WOW Word 34

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Colossians 3:1-4
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.


I wonder what your ability to remember is like! Perhaps you are like me, and your memory sometimes fails. Sometimes I will think I have remembered something, but it turns out to be a false memory of an event that never occurred. Or other times I will forget to remember something, and then miss out on something important!

As Christians, sometimes we forget who we are! So what should we remember about ourselves, as Christians, if we are one?

Play or download the video below to hear Alphy the WOWChurch cat explain more and how this affects you as a Christian in the 21st century!

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All For The Good

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This week I'd like to tell you about a very special experience I had at Soul Survivor this year...

The speaker invited those who wished to receive the gift of tongues to go forward. I'd always wanted tongues, so I went forward to give it a go. However, I could not have imagined what happened next. I could hear two of my friend's around me beginning to speak in tongues. My eyes were closed and I began to see most of my life re-played including the parts I found distressing. I didn't really want to go there again but then a golden light enveloped me and warmed me and I felt really peaceful. I heard the words: ''I'm here" as each scene unfolded.

Eventually it all faded and I was aware of the people around me, still praying for me. I was quite disappointed that it was over but so glad it had happened. I was crying and shaking with the intensity and yet felt so peaceful that I never wanted the moment to end. Rend Collective were playing 'Build Your Kingdom Here'. I was actually told the whole encounter had lasted about 45 minutes!!!! I truly believe that I had been in God's presence and that He is with me in all the good times and bad.

Blessings

Katy


What did you think of this? Have you had experiences like this? Leave me a comment below!

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