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Dear Friends,

This Saturday/Sabbath we will join the British Union Conference (BUC) of Seventh-day Adventists for a Day of Worship after our local Children's and TeenStudy Sabbath School on Zoom. The BUC Day of Worship will be available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/ukhopetv/videos and also on our Zoom room. This is an opportunity for all to join the wider church in Britain. There will also be an afternoon programme at 4.30pm. 

We are still waiting for permission from the South England Conference to reopen our church buildings based on the Risk Assessment we submitted some weeks back. Our plan is reopen starting with Lowestoft.  We are already making local preparations and many thanks to all those involved so far.  The conference has a backlog of Risk Assessments to process, and have asked for our patience and understanding. 
 
Please take the time to read the rest of this newsletter. It contains encouraging words and more details on upcoming events.

- Pastor Mark Borrett
 
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Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm. Dean Campbell will lead the study.

Children’s Sabbath School at 10am on Saturday. Gary and Andrea Cunnigham will lead out.  Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning!

TeenStudy@GYL at 10am on Saturday.  Janna Wilkerson will lead the discussion in a break out Zoom Room.

BUC Day of Worship at 11am on Saturday.  We will join the BUC Day of Worship this Sabbath.  The BUC Day of Worship will be available on YouTube. The link for Sabbath morning is https://youtu.be/LbiQpRPmVmU.  It will also be shown on our Zoom room.

BUC Afternoon Programme at 4.30pm on Saturday.  The link for the afternoon programme is https://youtu.be/av6hNeDc5_Y.  It will also be shown on our Zoom room.

The Epistle of James on Monday at 7.30pm.  We will continue our study of the Epistle of James. Pastor Mark Borrett will lead out on James Chapter 2 and look at its warning against denying our faith. 
 
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"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
Revelation 14:12 (NKJV)
 

We conclude this brief look back at 1888, a key year for Seventh-day Adventists, with the text found in Revelation 14:12 (see above).  This is what Seventh-day Adventists call the Third Angel's Message. The final message for the end times just before Christ returns.  We believe we are in those times right now!  

What happened in 1888 is that most Seventh-day Adventists embraced more fully the true meaning of the Third Angel's message.  The keeping of the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus. Prior to 1888 there had been more focus in teaching and preaching on keeping the commandments of God, especially the Sabbath, and insufficient emphasis on the faith of Jesus, which makes it all meaningful.  It is understandable why this happened as the focus during those early days of the Adventist movement was to those already in church on a Sunday.  

That is why what happened in 1888, and the clearer message, is still so relevant for today!  Most people today do not go to church.  Rarely do they open the bible, and yet many will say they have some spiritual experience in their lives.  That is why the full meaning of the Third Angel's message is so relevant for today.  It sets out an absolute moral standard. People don't like that, they want to make up their own.  And that moral standard leads us to Christ in repentance, for forgiveness of sins and faith in Him alone for salvation.  Then Christ leads us back to the commandments and says, keep these if you love me, because you are now my child.  Show that faith in every part of your life.  Live fully for me.  

This coming Monday night we will look at a link between James Chapter 2 and the Third Angel's Message. It is around that phrase "the faith of Jesus".  If you want a preview, look at James 2:1.  The letter of James is all about very practical Christianity, and so is the Third Angel's message!

We end this brief look at 1888 with some words from Mrs White, written in the wake of 1888, repeated here once again...“Of all professed Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world.… The law and the gospel, blended, will convict of sin. God’s law, while condemning sin, points to the gospel, revealing Jesus Christ.… In no discourse are [the law and the gospel] to be divorced" (EGW 1888 Materials p.892-3).  Amen!
 
Prayer Requests
 
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” - Phil.4:6.
  • Continue to pray for protection of all those serving on the frontline. 
  • Pray for our elderly and infirmed members - also vulnerable at this time.
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people, to stay close to Jesus.
  • Pray for Joan Frost, her health and care situation.  
  • Pray for David Nichols, who is having treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church.
  • Pray for Colin who has undergone a leg amputation, for his rehabilitation. 
  • Pray for our return to our church buildings and the risk mitigation. We are waiting on feedback from the SEC.  Please pray as they work through many Risk Assessments.  
  • Pray for those who preach God’s Word & for those who hear it online.
  • Pray for the leadership of our church & for our Government for wisdom in directing the affairs during this critical period.
Do you have a prayer request?  You can contact us by clicking below.  Tell us if it is private, we will pray but not share it.
 
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Click here for the latest Pastoral Newsletter from Dr Emmanuel Osei, President, South England Conference (SEC), with upcoming events by the various departments. 
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Thank-you for your giving to the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and to the Local Churches.  Our local church giving is well down compared to last year (over 50%) but we continue to have many expenses even with the buildings closed as this time, such as water rates, building insurance, departmental  expenses, printing costs, Zoom, DVD/CD and mail posting.  You can give on-line at https://sec.adventist.uk/contact-us/donate/  You can also send cheques to our Church Treasurers or contact the Pastor if help needed.  Remember that tithing and offerings is an act of worship, just like prayer and singing.  
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