Today Pastor Dilan brings us the message “Prayer and mission” from Matthew 9: 35-38, continuing the sermon series “Prayer – from duty to delight”.
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Today we invite you to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together while apart. If you haven’t yet done so, now would be a good time to gather the elements for communion, some bread / cracker / biscuit to represent Christ’s body that was broken for us and some juice to represent the blood shed to pay the penalty for our sins.
We need each other.
In the few months following my left-hand ring finger surgery, I learnt that, holding a knife in my right hand didn’t do much good when I couldn’t hold a fork in my left hand. Although I am right handed, I was heavily dependent on my weaker left hand to do things properly.
God has placed both weak and strong parts in the human body so they can function properly. In fact, the parts which seem weaker are indispensable to the point that what happens to one part affects the whole body. It is no surprise why Paul uses the body image to describe the church in 1 Corinthians 12.
Church – we are the body of Christ with many members, some weak, some strong, some more able than others and some more vulnerable than others. God has wisely assembled us into one body, because we all need each other to function properly.
In a season of lockdown and social distancing, when we can’t physically see one another regularly, it is easy to just look to our own needs, comfort and safety. Can I encourage you to take some time this week to go through the church directory, phone a few people, send a message or an email to check how they are doing? Perhaps look for someone you haven’t spoken to for a while. But most importantly pray for them.
Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe
Welcome and call to worship
Reading: Matthew 9:35-38
Sermon: Prayer and mission – Dilan Jayasinghe
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The Food Bank continues to operate during this COVID season. Thank you to all who have contributed to the Food Bank and to those who have contributed financially to help people affected by CoVID-19. There is an ongoing need for food both for folk within our fellowship and also the wider community around us.
Items needed include:
Long life milk, pasta & pasta sauce, rice & coucous; Harvest meals (tinned), meals in a box (e.g. Sun rise), spreads peanut butter, jam, tinned food (corned beef, SPAM, tuna, sardines, corn, fruit, soup), snacks (sweet and savoury biscuits, chips, wafers, chocolate); coffee, tea, Milo, sugar, salt, cooking oil.
Shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper, disposable razor, sanitary pads, bars of soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand sanitiser, moisturiser. Cleaning items: Laundry power, dishwashing liquid, chux/sponges/scourers etc
Donations can be left at Dilan and Faustine’s place or brought to the church.
As we resume face to face meetings, we encourage regular members of the congregation, both face to face and online, to support the work of the church through electronic funds transfer (eft) of your tithes and offerings to the church bank account or via iGive. If you don’t have access to an eft arrangement and would like to contribute to the church, please speak to Pastor Dilan or the treasurer.
If you are new to our church there is no expectation of you giving, but should you choose to do so it would be gratefully received.
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