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Sunday 29th March 2020

By shaunefc, Mar 28 2020 07:54PM


BIBLE READING: *Philippians 1.


The Epistle to the Philippians is a Prison Epistle (a letter written while in prison). Paul wrote it about 62 A.D. and was hoping to be freed from prison. It was written to show his appreciation of, and love for, the Philippian believers. Also to give thanks to God and to give encouragement and teaching for these faithful souls.

Chapter 1. The apostle Paul writes that, even in his sufferings, and through his imprisonment, the Kingdom was increased. (1:12).

Three of the many key themes in chapter 1.

A. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ. 1:9-11. 1:21.

B. Suffering will come during our earthly pilgrimage. 1:29.

C. Security for time and eternity through the love of God. 1:6. 1:27,28.


*Reason for the Choice of Philippians 1. (Besides it being an excellent chapter!)

Those who wish can listen to a friendly and helpful free webinar Bible Study on Philippians 1.

Please sign up via instructions on website link as below.

https://www.ruralmissionsolutions.org.uk/

RMS will be doing a 30 minute webinar Service 10am Sunday March 29th, based on the account of Lazarus.

*RMS will be doing a webinar Bible Study (interactive for those who wish) 7.30pm Thursday April 2nd, based on Philippians 1. One can email any questions to Barry, in advance.

Rev Barry Osborne has been to our church and knows it. He knows some of us personally.



HYMN: THY HAND, O GOD, HAS GUIDED,


1 Thy hand, O God, has guided

Thy flock from age to age;

The wondrous tale is written,

Full clear, on ev'ry page;

Our fathers owned Thy goodness,

And we their deeds record,

And both of this bear witness,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.


2 Thy heralds brought glad tidings,

To greatest, as to least;

They bade men rise, and hasten

To share the great King’s feast;

And this was all their teaching,

In ev'ry deed and word,

To all alike proclaiming,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.


3 Through many a day of darkness,

Through many a scene of strife,

The faithful few fought bravely,

To guard the nation’s life.

Their Gospel of redemption,

Sin pardoned, man restored,

Was all in this enfolded,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.


4 And we, shall we be faithless?

Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?

Shall we evade the conflict,

And cast away our crown?

Not so; in God’s deep counsels

Some better thing is stored;

We will maintain, unflinching,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.


5 Thy mercy will not fail us,

Nor leave Thy work undone;

With Thy right hand to help us,

The vict'ry shall be won;

And then by men and angels,

Thy name shall be adored,

And this shall be their anthem,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.


Author of above hymn (written 1889) was Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821 – 1891) (Each hymn book seems to have slightly differing words, in places!)



QUOTES OF THE WEEK:


1. Our own Margaret Silver said that in these days Psalm 121 and Psalm 91 are very helpful passages.


2. Abraham Lincoln said: “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”



ANECDOTE OF THE WEEK: ORANGES AND AN AGNOSTIC.


While crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner, F. B. Meyer was asked to address the first class passengers. At the captain’s request he spoke on “Answered Prayer.”

An agnostic who was present at the Service was asked by his friends, “What did you think of Dr Meyer’s sermon?” He answered, “I don’t believe a word of it.”

That afternoon Meyer went to speak to the fourth class passengers. Many of the listeners at his morning address went along, including the agnostic, who claimed that he just wanted to hear what the babbler had to say.

Before starting for the service, the agnostic put two oranges in his pocket. On his way he passed an elderly woman sitting in her deck chair, fast asleep.

Her hands were open. In the spirit of fun the agnostic put an orange on each outstretched palm. After the meeting he saw the old lady happily eating one of the pieces of fruit.

“You seem to be enjoying that orange,” he remarked with a smile.

“Yes, sir,” she replied, “My Father is very good to me.”

The agnostic retorted, “Your father? Surely your father can’t still be alive!”

“Praise God,” she replied, He is very much alive.”

“What do you mean?” pressed the agnostic.

She explained, “I’ll tell you, sir. I have been seasick for days. I was asking God somehow to send me an orange. I suppose I fell asleep while I was praying. When I awoke I found that He had not only sent me one orange, but two!”

The agnostic was speechless.

Later he was converted to Christ.



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