Sunday December 20th, 2020

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if Jesus’ birth had not happened when it did, where it did and how it did. For millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message He taught and the life He lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with Him. 

Have you experienced this for yourself? If not, this Christmas, I encourage you to make the decision to ask Jesus to be Lord of your life. He came into this world for you, and He died on the cross for you. He is Immanuel, God with us.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday December 13th, 2020

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

I was listening to (and singing along!) Hark the Herald Angels Sing yesterday and one line jumped out at me – ‘God and sinners reconciled’.  What an incredibly powerful phrase for all of humanity right there in those four words! After all, that is the reason God gave us His One and only Son. In 2 Cor 5:18 we read “…God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

So, as we look around this Christmas, remember all of this is from God, who reconciled sinners to Himself. Remember God also gave us the ministry of reconciliation, so whatever we do this Christmas, let’s not be shy about reminding everyone that Jesus is the reason for this season!  

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday December 6th, 2020

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

Nothing deterred John the Baptist from his single-minded devotion to Jesus. From the beginning, John made clear that he was not the Messiah (Christ). His ministry was about pointing people to Jesus.

When Jesus came to John to be baptised, John’s voice rang out, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Neither petty arguments nor the fact that his followers left him to follow Jesus caused John to lose focus. He simply said, “He must become greater; I must become less.”

At this time of year, children and adults often ask, “What did you get for Christmas?” How quickly we lose focus on Jesus, who came to give us salvation. Instead, we think of ourselves and the things we have or don’t have. Ask yourself today, “Am I full of joy because I have heard the Saviour’s voice?”

One day Jesus will return. Then all who have heard His voice and have faith in Him as the Saviour will join with God’s people, singing, “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!”  What a day that will be!

With love & blessings, Sandra

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Sunday November 29th, 2020

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

Paul was content because he viewed life God’s way. He focused on what he was supposed to do,  not what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight, and he was grateful for everything God had given him. Paul had detached himself from the non essentials so that he could concentrate on the eternal. 

Often the desire for more or better possessions is really a longing to fill an empty place in a person’s life. So how can we find true contentment? The answer lies in our perspective, our priorities and in whom we place our confidence and trust. 

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday November 22nd, 2020

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

God has given His church an enormous responsibility – to make disciples in every nation. This involves preaching, teaching, healing, nurturing, giving, administering, building and many other tasks. If we had to fulfill this command as individuals, we might as well give up without trying – it would be impossible. But God calls us as members of His body. Some of us can do one task; some can do another.

Together we can obey God more fully than any of us could alone. It is a human tendency to overestimate what we can do by ourselves and to underestimate what we can do as a group. But as the body of Christ, we can accomplish more together than we would dream possible working by ourselves. Working together, the church can express the fullness of Christ. 

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday November 8th, 2020

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

The world fears the power of the atom, yet we belong to the God of the universe who not only created that atomic power but also raised Jesus Christ from the dead. God’s incomparably great power is available to help us. There is nothing too difficult for Him. Having been raised from the dead, Christ is now the head of the church, the ultimate authority over the world. Jesus is the Messiah, God’s Anointed One, the One Israel longed for, the One who would set their broken world right. As Christians we can be confident that God has won the final victory and is in control of everything. We need not fear any dictator or nation, or even death or satan himself. The contract has been signed and sealed; we are waiting just a short while for delivery! As Paul says in Romans, nothing can separate us from God and His abundant love. 

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday November 1st, 2020

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

What do you do when you encounter a problem? The Israelites became pretty good at complaining when they had problems! 

Some problems can be solved by careful thought or by rearranging our priorities. Some can be solved by talking with others and getting advice and wise counsel, but some problems can only be solved by prayer. We should make a determined effort to pray when we feel like complaining because when we complain it only raises our level of stress and nothing good is achieved by it. Prayer on the other hand quiets our thoughts and emotions and prepares us to listen. It is in this space that God can speak to us and the Holy Spirit can lead us to the right solution or give us the answer to our problems. 

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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