Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Your Kingdom Come

We are continuing our sermon series on the Lord's Prayer. Colin spoke about 'Showing Some Respect' as we focused on the line 'Hallowed be your name'.
Last Sunday Hugh looked at the question 'Who's really in charge?' as we looked at the phrase 'Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.'
Join us this week as we move onto the next line 'Give us this day our daily bread.' Emmanuel will be encouraging us to remember the importance of prayer and trust God to provide for our needs rather than spending all our time worrying.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Our Father in Heaven

Last Sunday we began an 8 week sermon series on the Lord's Prayer.

Each week we focus on a line of this famous prayer and explore it further.

At our All Together service we explored the privilage we have in praying to Our Father, our Abba our Heavenly Daddy.

We also noticed that in this family prayer Jesus starts by saying 'Our' Father and not 'My' Father. No where in the prayer is the language singular, it is all something we share, together.

Finally we looked at the balance of coming to Our Father and yet recognising that He is the creator of all. God know us but is also much bigger than us. We have the awesome privilage of praying to Our Father in Heaven.

Join us next week as we move onto the next line 'Hallowed be your name.'

Monday, 4 June 2012

Enjoying the Kingdom

Jesus called his followers to be children of the Kingdom of God, following his ways. But he was also keen that we should be good citizens of our country on earth. As a church, therefore, we were delighted to take part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and commemorate the Queen's 60 year reign.
But to do that, we were keen that members of the congregation should be part of the whole community. So we moved our Sunday morning service on 3 June from 10 am to 9.0 am, so that members could take part in their local street parties. Although the rain did not help and some parties moved indoors, there were reports that this had resulted in some good times of neighbours getting to know each other much better.
On the Monday afterwards, St Paul's took part in the "Big Lunch," when the different community organisations in Oadby set up stalls in Ellis Park, provided free entertainment and portrayed the work they were involved with. St Paul's youth club had a stall and in the neighbouring stall (photo) we offered a coconut shy to those who passed.
This has been a great weekend for community activity. Long live her Majesty! And may we be doing this again in 10 years time.