Today Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe brought us the message “Practicing Faith” from 1 Samuel 26: 13-25, continuing our sermon series “Living under the real King” from the old testament book 1 Samuel.
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Lock down habits
One of the joys of lockdown is we don’t have to have set times. We can sleep late wake up late. We can afford not to shower or get fully dressed. We can eat while we work, chat while we are on zoom. We can come to church in our pyjamas and bad hair – just keep the video off. Our bible reading, devotional times are all over the place or non-existent. Sadly, lockdown has thrown our routines out of the window.
Daniel reminds us the value of good routines. When his enemies convinced the king to sign a decree that prohibited anyone from worshiping anyone except the king for the next 30 days, Daniel could have put aside his daily routines. Instead, when Daniel heard about the decree. “He went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” Daniel 6:10.
Whether it be grooming ourselves, sleeping early or spending time in God’s word, we must stick with good routines. Perhaps the lockdown is a good time to introduce and hone in some good habits.
Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe
Our first song is “Blessed be Your name”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Our second song today is “Hide me now (Still)”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Reading: 1 Samuel 26: 13-25
Sermon: Practicing Faith – Dilan Jayasinghe
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The final song for today is “My heart is filled with thankfulness”. 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
Donations can be left at Dilan and Faustine’s place or brought to the church.
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