Today Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe brought us the message “Lamenting with Hope” from Psalm 77, continuing the sermon series “Prayer – from duty to delight”.
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In 6 days, the not so much anticipated, already postponed Olympics will begin in Tokyo. However, many athletes have declined to travel to Tokyo because they will have to compete against each other surrounded by empty stadiums. The cheering and the sense of being watched by a crowd from the stands gives athletes an extra incentive to compete well.
The Christian journey is – ‘a race marked for us.’ (Hebrews 12:1). Like the current Olympic games, most of the time our Christian life – the race – is run without an audience. Often we face challenges, difficulties, go through periods of doubt, sin and faith stretching all on our own. It is here we are tempted to give up our faith in Jesus.
In Hebrews 12: 2 it says the secret to finishing the race well is not to be distracted by who is watching and not, but by fixing our eyes on Jesus. Why? In Jesus, we find someone who has run the race alone, endured the cross alone and finished the race so that we don’t have to run alone.
Run the race with perseverance – don’t look at the audience, look at Jesus the author and the perfecter of our faith.
Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe
Our first song is “Great in power”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Please now join us in our second song “My worth is not in what I own”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Reading: Pslam 77
Sermon: Lamenting with Hope – Dilan Jayasinghe
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The final song for today is “See Him in Jerusalem”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
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
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