Read Romans 13:11-14 and also Mark 13:24-27 and Luke 21:32-36
2. How is Jesus’ second coming important for His followers?
3. How can we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming?
4. What would it look like for you to “clothe yourself with Christ?”
These are the questions for tomorrow’s Walton Churches’ Advent Couse. The service today was based largely on the subject matter. Why don’t you log on and join the discussion? Details are below in News and Info. as well as the study guide.
This booklet has material in it for all five sessions, including the Bible passages we shall be looking at, as well as questions for discussion and reflection. You can print it out or view online as it is a PDF file.
This Sunday, our guest speaker is Beth Powney, one of our Regional Ministers. Ian Battiste is leading. The service will be premiering at 10-30am on Sunday morning and be available on demand afterwards. If you come online during the premiere, run the red line to the left, which will take you back the the beginning of the service.
Sorry, there’s no transcript or items for discussion & reflection available this week.
We shall be praying along with other Christians in Suffolk during this week. In your personal prayer time, please listen to the video and pray through the material on the sheet. You can find further details on the following web adresses:
The MRBC Celebration Service is the way we “do” our AGM, as we look back at what the Lord has done in the past year, celebrate the present and look forward to the future. The nature of 2020 meant that we covered some aspects of the AGM in our Church Meeting on 10th November, particularly the aspects requiring a vote as this is a recorded service. The Forward Dates referred to in the video are below. Please look too in the Weekly Sheet for details of the Prayer Week and services up to Advent.
For Reflection and Discussion
The purpose of this reflection is to explore some of the breadth and depth of Psalm 139 which Mark only grazed around this morning. It’s an awesome psalm, but it is one that also challenges our values as well as helping define them.
Read Psalm 139
Just how well does God actually know us? (Verses 1-6) What does verse 5 suggest about God’s intentions toward us?
Why are verses 7-12 such an encouragement to us, particularly at times we feel distant from God? When we do feel distant, should we be claiming these truths before God in prayer?
In verses 13-18 we see the Psalmist has a sense of awe towards the God who created him. At times like these when all the problems of the world pressurise us, why is it important to have a sense of awe of God? How may worship help that (a psalm is a worship song after all).
What do you think it means for us to hate those whom God hates? (verse 19-22) Who are they? What does hating such mean in reality for Christians?
How might verses 23 and 24 help us in understanding the nature of 19-22?
Forthcoming Events 2020-21
Leadership Team Meetings 2021
5th Jan, 2nd Feb, 2nd Mar, 3rd Apr, 4th May, 1st Jun,
The service has a quarter of an hours music at the beginning because of scheduling limitations on YouTube in order for us to bring you the 2 minute silence at 11am for those who wanted to use it for that purpose. It’s now an on demand video, so feel free to skip forwards about 13 minutes at the beginning.
The service covers the familiar Act of Remembrance as we take a two minutes silence as well as remembering the extraordinary courage and tenacity of The Few as they defended the country during the summer of 1940, risking and often giving their lives to prevent the huge loss of life should they have failed.
Due to Mark’s recent ill health, there are no general prayers this week. Please pray through the prayer items on the Weekly Sheet, which he would have used. There are no items for reflection and discussion either.
This Sunday is a Communion Service, please provide your own bread and wine/juice. The recording was completed before the Government’s announcement of the new Lockdown so not all services advewrtised are live. Because of the new Lockdown restrictions, this will be the last Sunday Service until December 8th (Covid regulations permitting), that is both held live in the church and also here on the website. All our online activities will continue as planned.
For Reflection and Discussion
Read 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Why is it important to always remember what God has done, and is doing now, particularly when things are difficult for us?
Have you had any experiences of God calling you out of a ministry in order to move you on somewhere where He uses you more powerfully?
Why is it so important in this time of pandemic to desire to walk even more closely with God? Reflect on Psalm 127:1 in this regard.