Hebrews 5:8 (NKJV) says of Jesus, that "though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered". If this is true of Jesus, why should it be any different for us? Often we learn more through times of suffering, than times of ease. One Christian author puts it this way, "We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, and shall the other members of the body be rocked upon the dainty lap of ease?". The Lord always has a purpose at such times in our lives. Often it is to transform our theory of faith into the reality of faith in our everyday lives. We can with confidence commit ourselves to the Lord at all times.
The Week of Prayer is starting November 7th through November 14th. Th
e theme this year is on "Reach the World: Faithfulness in Christian Lifestyle." We will start the week of Prayer on Saturday / Sabbath November 7th at 3pm on Zoom. This will also include a time for short testimonies, and will conclude with communion. We will meet each night from Sunday through the week of prayer at 7pm on Zoom. This will replace our normal Monday Night and Friday Night Study that week. Week of prayer will conclude on Saturday / Sabbath November 14th as part of our Family Service. A link to the readings is included further down in this newsletter.
Our Saturday / Sabbath Family Service will start as normal at 11.15am. We will again assemble together as one church, with people in the Lowestoft Church building, with people on Zoom and with others watching via Facebook. The service will include a message from the book of Esther. Esther is another hero of faith, even if she was somewhat reluctant at first.
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett