Aah, to what am I referring? Four chapter headings, perhaps, for the book of Jonah which we’ll be enjoying 🙂 at the Sunday services during August. (NB No whales!) Jonah is probably one of the best known Old Testament stories, and he is probably only known for the alleged whale.
To start us off I suggest it’s about two things amongst others. Firstly, Missional God and His love for the world. 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 9 says: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Are there any alleluias to this? The follower of Jesus is no longer perishing but is rather having the life of God transforming from the inside. This was accomplished on the cross by our Lord and Saviour, His broken body and shed blood let us never forget. Secondly God and His dealings with Jonah. God shows Jonah what He’s like through His great love for the lost even those outside the covenant with Israel, a stunning concept to God’s ancient people! God also shows Jonah what he Jonah is like and seeks to mould Jonah’s character through obedience to His purposes.”
As has been pointed out to me and which I’d noticed there’s quite a bit of illness in our congregations never mind in the Parishes. In Luke’s Gospel it says in chapter 5 verse 17 “One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.” Strange in a way as the power of the Lord seems with Jesus all the time. Please pray that the power of the Lord will be in our churches as we pray for healing for each other, and outside the church.
We have oils consecrated in the Cathedral in both our churches so let’s use them. See James chapter 5 v 15-18 which goes like this: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
We have hearts to be Missional congregations, let’s work at our Home Groups on being Missional, or even more Missional which ever pertains to your Home Group.
I’m of a mind to lead a Fellowship Group weekly or fortnightly on Wednesday evenings in Trinity Hall with the simple agenda of being Missional, this would include worship, teaching and ministry – ministry here meaning using the gifts of the Spirit. What do you think? Do we keep the Home Groups as they are with the same frequency? How do we add to the good things in our Home Groups adding a Missional edge and multiplying with new disciples. to our Home Groups? Please reflect on this & give it some prayer,
Do you remember “Building the bridge whilst walking on it” ?
When we commit to a vision to do something that has never been done before, there is no way of knowing how to get there.
We simply have to build the bridge while we walk on it.
With prayer for healing and re praying and re thinking though our Home Groups we may be taking a step or more forward on this bridge. Food for thought for those not in Home Groups too.
I had some revelation the other Sunday at Holy Trinity (1 Corinthians chapters 12-14) that said we had some sin to sort out in the fellowship. When asked at the church prayer meeting what sin I wasn’t sure. However we do need to practically love one another more, for example by not always keeping to our close friends on a Sunday morning. Do you think we still have an independent spirit that sometimes struggles with authority? Over to you now for reflection, prayers, humility. And response.
At last I’ve carved out some time to go on retreat which will be from Sunday 6th August for a few days, initially in Sheffield at the Church Army Centre and also to the Whirlow Grange Retreat House. Prayers please.
It was good to be signed off by the cardiac specialist though I’m continuing with physio. My appointment with the muscular skeletal consultant went very well, he advises natural products such as tumeric, cherry and omega 3 to help with the continuing ‘not heart related’ chest pains and other age related aches and pains in my knees etc. Thanks again for your love and prayers.
Enjoy the summer, safe in His love and care,
Please pray for five of our young people, Lilly, Ella, Ellen, Sam and Tom who are going to New Frontiers, (who Church in the Peak are part of), which is the New Day Christian Camp from 31st July – 6th August near Norfolk.
There are around 50 youth from Church in the Peak with 14 leaders including Emily. Val & Nick are visiting on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Give thanks too that on the last Friday evening youth group there were 39 youth from the area at the BBQ at Cromford Methodist, wonderful!
Church in the Peak are having an event on Saturday 29th July, from 10am to 12noon, inviting people to go for a free brew & cake & chat at the Cromford Institute. Please pray for this as well.
Myself and 5 of the youth from Holy Trinity will be going to New Day for a week, on Monday 31st July.
Prayers for us all and for great weather would be appreciated!
Many thanks x
Dear Nick, Caroline, Julie, Ally and all of the Divas!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for supporting our playgroup at the Friday night DaleDiva concert which was a huge success and we are really grateful to all who helped in any way and especially to those who were involved on the night.
The money raised will make a huge difference to the children at the playgroup, Sarah has an amazing outside mud-kitchen and various other things lined up!