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Dear Friends,

Last Monday evening we continued to look at the New Testament letter of James, particularly at James 1:2-8.  James talks about various trials that come unexpectedly and inevitably.  God allows trials and difficulties into the lives of His children because He has certain purposes to achieve.  He has the bigger view and the bigger purposes in mind.  Our study on Monday remained me of the verse in Proverbs that is quoted above.  The Lord corrects those He loves.  That can be difficult to see in the midst of a storm, but that is the promise.  The key is that we turn our eyes, our ears and our ways to the Lord. 

That is also the wisdom James writes about as "first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy" (James 3:17).  It is not having all the answers, it is about living for God even without answers!

Our online services and events continue and are listed below.  Please note that next Sabbath (22nd August) we will hold communion over Zoom. Have in readiness the amount of bread and grape juice you will need, whether for yourself and those with you (bread recipe can be found here).   

- Pastor Mark Borrett
 
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Zoom Church Services and Events
 

Meeting ID: 757 838 5503   Password: 094036
 
Listen by Phone.  For those who need an option to dial in from your home or mobile phone. Dial 03300 945 940. When prompted, enter room number 85535143#. When prompted again, enter PIN 9889#. There is no cost when included in bundled minutes from mobile and landline phones, else your standard charges for calls will apply.
 
Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm. Errol Victorio will lead the study.

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

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

Family Sabbath Service at 11.15am on Saturday.  Pastor Mark Borrett will share a message from the Book of Ruth. Luka Mhishi will share a  Children's Story.  

The Epistle of James on Monday at 7.30pm.  We will continue our study this Monday looking at the Epistle of James. Pastor Mark Borrett will lead out.
 
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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)  
 

The above passage is one of the most central text in Adventist Church history. It contains the last message God is giving to the world before the Second Advent, which is pictured as taking place in Revelation 14:14–20. It talks about the patience of the Saints, God's people, who just before the Second Coming of Jesus uplift “the commandments of God,” and “the faith of Jesus.” Out of the 1888 General Conference in Minneapolis meetings would flow a new interpretation of Revelation 14:12, one that would forever change the shape of Adventist theology.  I wrote about that last week in the latest edition of The Shepherd's Voice.  

The point I want to emphasis this week is that this better understanding of Rev 14:12 came from earnest, prayerful and deep bible study.  Both alone and in groups. Today there is a danger that we are moving away from sola-scripture to being followers and/or promoters of various major speakers or writers, and not studying sufficently the bible for ourselves, or encouraging others to do so as first import.  

Mrs White's counsel to those who would attend the 1888 General Conference is timely, “Many, many will be lost because they have not studied their Bibles upon their knees, with earnest prayer to God that the entrance of the Word of God might give light to their understanding.…One of the greatest hindrances to our spiritual success is the great want of love and respect evidenced for one another.… It is the work of the enemy to create a party spirit, and to have party feelings, and some feel that they are doing the work of God in strengthening prejudice and jealousies among brethren.…The Word of God is the great detector of error; to it we believe everything must be brought. The Bible must be our standard for every doctrine and practice. We must study it reverentially. We are to receive no one’s opinion without comparing it with the scriptures. Here is divine authority which is supreme in matters of faith” (Lt 20, 1888).

To be continued...
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 David Nichols, who is having treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church.
  • Pray for Colin who has just undergone a leg amputation; also pray for his family, Sue & Chris as it has been a traumatic experience for all of them.
  • Pray for our return to our church buildings and the risk mitigation. 
  • 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.
Click here for the latest edition of The Shepherd's Voice
We will hold a Zoom Communion Service on Saturday/Sabbath, August 22nd during our Family Service at 11.15am.  Pastor Michael Walker will be preaching and Pastor Mark Borrett will lead the Communion Service. 
Click here for the latest Pastoral Newsletter from Dr Emmanuel Osei, President, South England Conference (SEC), with upcoming events by the various departments. 
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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