Dear Friends,

The Apostle Paul describe spiritual maturity in a Christian as the manifestation of the nine-fold fruit of the Holy Spirit. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV). This is a good verse to memorise. Last week I wrote on Love. God is love (1 John 4:8). God is the source.

The second fruit of the Spirit is Joy! What gives you joy? A walk by the sea? The countryside? Your family? A good meal? A good night's sleep? The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 14:17 (NKJV) "For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit". We have joy and peace listed together. We see that many times in the New Testament. The joy of the Holy Spirit comes as the Kingdom of God is a present reality in our lives. It flows through faith in the promises of God in Jesus. Love and joy prioritises relationships over temporal matters (for example, eating and drinking) without ever descending into sin or immortality. 

After the exiles returned from Babylon to Judea, it is recorded in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah that on the first day of the seventh month, the people gathered together as one and the book of the Law of Moses was read (Nehemiah 8:1-3). This would have been on the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 22:23-25). The account says that all the people wept when they heard the words of the law (Nehemiah 8:9).  But then Nehemiah's says to the people in Nehemiah 8:10 “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  The people are told not to weep, rather to rejoice and be joyous at the grace of the Lord, as they returned to the Lord. They are told to go and enjoy the feast, with foods and drinks, and to share with others, especially those less fortunate. Jesus says the same in Luke 14:12-14. The joy of the Holy Spirit is morally clean joy, that strengthens us to go and seek the welfare of others. Next week we will look at the fruit of peace. 
Our services this Saturday/Sabbath are listed below, both at the Great Yarmouth church building and the Lowestoft church building. The Worship Service is at 11.15am, and will follow Sabbath School which starts at 10am. Please note that the Teen and Children Sabbath Schools are at Great Yarmouth. Zoom and Facebook will also be live-streamed from the Great Yarmouth Church.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, 

Pastor Mark
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Great Yarmouth Seventh-day Adventist Church
48 Burnt Lane, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 0PG

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54 Saxon Rd, Lowestoft, NR33 7BT

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(Zoom and Facebook will be live-streamed from the Great Yarmouth Church)
Saturday Children’s Sabbath School at 10am at Great Yarmouth Church Building.  Make sure your children come along for fun and bible learning! Norma Borrett will lead out. 

Saturday TeenStudy Sabbath School at 10am at Great Yarmouth Church Building. Janna Wilkinson will lead out in the discussion.

Saturday Adult Sabbath School at 10am at Great Yarmouth Church Building and at Lowestoft Church Building. Join the class to review and discuss the lesson this week. Danail Keshishyan will lead out at Great Yarmouth. Dean Campbell will lead out at Lowestoft.

Saturday / Sabbath Worship Service at 11.15am at Great Yarmouth Church Building and at Lowestoft Church Building. Pastor Mark will be speaking at Great Yarmouth. We will also have prayer committing our children's school year to the Lord. The service will also be on Zoom and Facebook. Dean Campbell will be speaking at Lowestoft.

Monday Night Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm at Great Yarmouth Church BuildingPastor Mark will continue the study of the Gospel of Mark. This will also be on Zoom.
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Marriages – Child Dedications – Believers Baptisms – Funerals
This Sabbath at Great Yarmouth (alternative weeks at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft). 
Upcoming Speakers and other Events

September 2021

  • 19th Sunday. Family/Children outing to Pettitts Adventure Park.  Meet at the park entrance at 10am. Address is 13 Church Road, Reedham, Norwich, NR13 3TZ. Bring your own lunch or buy on-site.    
  • 21st Tuesday. Great Yarmouth Board Meeting at 7pm.
  • 22nd Wednesday. Great Yarmouth Nomination Committee meeting at 9pm.
  • 25th Saturday/Sabbath. Mike Clarry will be speaking at Great Yarmouth. Pastor Mark at Lowestoft.
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.
  • Pray for Nina and family after the loss of the mum.
  • Pray for the Sell family after the death of the father.
  • Pray for Adrian after operation for bowel cancer.
  • Pray for Kevin in James Paget. 
  • Pray for Pastor Walker and the upcoming Daniel series.
  • Pray for Leroy and family after death of daughter. 
  • Pray for Liz and Elma who are in ongoing pain. 
  • Pray for Olive's work situation which is very challenging.
  • Pray for Mel who is having chemo. She is 31 years old.
  • Pray for Jean and Margaret after the passing of Eric.
  • Pray for Sharnie and her current caregiver assignment to Margaret and Roy. 
  • Pray for Myrtle Rhodes who is now in a care home in Norwich. 
  • Pray for Mary's son, for his health and welfare.
  • Pray for Terry who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for for Edith Newman who is home bound. 
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people.
  • Pray for Daniel, his healing and attention at school.
  • Pray for Kenny, and his children, Kayden and Shanice.
  • Pray for the Victorio family who are now on their long-term mission in the Philippines
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church.
  • Pray for the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Churches.
  • Pray for the leadership of our church, and for our Government.
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The Victorio family are now on their long-term mission in the Philippines, working as medical missionaries alongside the South Central Luzon Conference.  View their latest Newsletter Here. All expenses will be paid from their own pockets, estimated at £350-£400 per month.  One-off donations or a monthly commitment, are greatly appreciated.  Donate Here

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