Today we had the joy of seeing four of our young people presenting themselves for baptism, as they affirmed their commitment to following Jesus in every part of their lives. Rachel presented an introduction to baptism before the ceremony, while Jonathan explained how the sacrifice of Jesus made all the difference for us between death and life. Listen to or download the reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans, followed by Jonathan’s talk, here.
Today was our harvest thanksgiving service, and our talented team used this all-age service to look at the topic of grateful giving. They took as their Bible passage the story of Zaccheus, the rich tax-collector who climbed a tree to see Jesus over the heads of the crowd. Unpopular as they collected taxes on behalf of the Roman overlords, and given to demanding more than their due – which they could do with impunity – tax collectors were not favourites with the people. But Jesus invited himself to lunch with this man, which proved a life-changing experience for him as he gave away half his possessions with a joyful heart. Paul had these closing words to say after a dramatic presentation to which an audio recording cannot do justice.
Today Barry presented to us a picture of a God who is not remote and silent, but one who communicates in many ways with his people. Listen to or download his talk here.