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Dear Friends,
 
This week's Newsletter includes the Shepherd's Voice, Issue No.13. Many thanks to Pastor Michael Walker for putting it together. Please scroll down to read the various articles. You can also view the Shepherd's Voice as as PDF by clicking on the small image.

Have you ever found yourself waiting in life?  One door in life is closing or has closed, and another has not fully opened.  We can find ourselves in a kind of “waiting room” of life.  Lockdown under Covid has felt allot like that for many for us.  We listen to the news, we see the latest numbers on deaths, new cases, and how many people have been vaccinated.  And we wait to see what will happen next. And we wait! And we wait! Personally, I am praying that God will be gracious and allow us to go back to some kind of life where we can meet physically together with family, friends and in our churches. We have all been changed by this experience. Hopefully it has been an opportunity to re-examine what really matters in life and deepen our relationship with the Lord and with others close to us. 

Ezekiel, an Old Testament Prophet experienced a period of waiting in his life after his forced exile to Babylon from Jerusalem. His calling to a Prophetic ministry in exile is found in Ezekiel 1:1-3. That calling happened approximately 5 years after his arrival as an exile in Babylon. It raises the question of what he did prior to that time, when he first arrived in Babylon, during those first five years in exile. In Jerusalem He was a Priest, serving at the Temple, but in Babylon that ceased.  Ezekiel was no longer a Priest at the Temple, but he also was not yet a Prophet in exile. Ezekiel was going through a huge change in his life and also experiencing a time of waiting and preparation, for whatever was next. When we go through change, big or small, we have the opportunity and privilege of bringing it all to the Lord in prayer. The Lord will prepare us for what is next, and many times we don’t realise it till afterwards. The Lord asks us to trust Him! Starting on Saturday/Sabbath, 27th February at 11.15am during our Family Service on Zoom we will begin a mini-series looking at the life of Ezekiel and how God prepared and ministered through him while in exile. 

This Saturday our Family Service will take place as normal at 11.15am on Zoom and Facebook. Steven George, an undergraduate at Newbold College, currently on pastoral placement at Norwich Church will be speaking. This Friday at 8pm, after Adult Sabbath School at 7pm, we will watch the fifth instalment of the six part series on the Book of Daniel. Pastor Gary Kent from Australia will lead out in the series exploring the historical sections of the book of Daniel. On Monday at 7.30pm, we will continue our series looking at the Apostle Peter's First Letter in the New Testament. All events will be shown in our GYL Zoom room. 

Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

- Pastor Mark Borrett
 
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GYL Church Services and Events
 
Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm on Zoom. Errol Victorio will lead out. See below for larger image of "Sabbath School for Life" for Q1, 2021.



Friday Night Study of Daniel 6-Part Series at 8pm. We will be watching the fifth episode, Daniel 5 - The writing on the Wall.


Saturday Children’s Sabbath School at 10am on Zoom. Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning! The Victorio Family will lead out. 

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

Saturday/Sabbath Family Service at 11.15am on Zoom Steven George, an undergraduate at Newbold College, currently on pastoral placement at Norwich Church, will share a message. There will also be a children's story.


Monday Night Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm on Zoom. We will continue our series looking at the Apostle Peter's First Letter. Pastor Mark Borrett will lead out. 
 

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Dear Friends, 

It has been some time since the last edition of The Shepherd’s Voice was produced (November 2020). You may be surprised to learn that it takes several hours to produce this little paper. In our busy life, even during shut-down, time has eventually been found to produce this further edition; so please accept our apologies for so long a delay. 

The purpose of The Shepherd’s Voice is to serve as a nurturing instrument and pastoral support to the members and friends of our church family in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft during shut-down. Jesus is the Chief Shepherd while the producers are the under-shepherds of His flock. We do trust that you have found this little paper beneficial and encouraging as you have taken time to prayerfully read and where indicated study the Word of God. Both Pastor Mark and myself want to uplift Jesus and proclaim His message of love and redemption above all things in our ministry. While we recognize we are living in “the time of the end” and there are serious issues and events we may frequently need to address, our priority is to help direct our focus above all other things upon Jesus “the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Heb.12:2). Without that focus, we are in danger of losing sight of our most important need. We should maintain the right balance in our spiritual life. We need a closer and more meaningful relationship with Christ if we are to emerge victoriously through “the time of trouble” which is looming upon the horizon of this world’s final events.

The duration of our national shut-down has been dragged on far longer than originally expected. It has been a long haul. It has in a certain sense been a testing time for all of us. As Christians we recognize that our individual cooperation in what has been required of us has been for the purpose of not only protecting ourselves but also other people. We want to thank all of you for doing your bit as we say in the UK. God expects each of us to do our duty.

As a gesture of gratitude, the Communication department is working on a slightly different paper entitled Memories, a one-off edition. This will be posted out to each of you as something to reflect upon but also to offer thanks to God for all the happy and memorable times we have shared together over several years; and to excite our interest in looking forward to when we shall once more be able to share time together as we were in former-Zoom days! May God bless you all. 

- Pastor Michael I. Walker

Do we know for sure who Michael the Archangel really is?  You have no doubt heard some Christians referring to the ‘archangel Gabriel’. I was even informed by a Jewish rabbi and an imam of the Islamic faith that it refers to the Holy Spirit. Neither of these concepts have any Biblical support.  They are inaccurate beliefs. Nowhere in the Bible is such a reference to be found. What does the Bible actually teach us?

We should be very clear that no other name apart from “Michael” is ascribed to the Archangel; so, let us first and foremost determine who Michael is.  The name “Michael” means ‘Who is like God’. Therefore, it must refer to one particular member of the Godhead. Jesus Christ is the One Who actually associated personally and closely with the human race: (
John 1:1, 14; Phil.2:5-8). Jesus is divine: He is exactly like God: He is God(John 14:9; Col.1:15; 2:9; Heb.1:3).

It is important to recognize thatthe term “Michael” only appears in apocalyptic passages of Scripture where Heis in direct conflict with Satan when defending, protecting, rescuing and delivering His people:(
Dan.10:13,21; 12:1; Jude 9; Rev.12:7).  Noticethe struggle between the unseen forces of good and evil to influencethe mind of Cyrus during those 21 days.Michael came to the rescue (Dan.10:13,21).  When Satan attempted to detain Moses in the grave, Michael came to rescue His faithful servant from eternal death (Jude 9). When the “Time of Trouble” eventually comes upon this world, Michael will intervene and deliver His people (Dan.12:1,2).  When Satan and his supporting angels attempted a coup in heaven, Michael and His angels overthrew and expelled them (Rev.12:7-9; Luke 10:18).

In Jude 9, Michael is identified as the Archangel. So,what does the title “Archangel” mean?  It means the One Who is Chief of the angels; it refers to their Commander. In
Rev.12:7 it mentions“Michael and His angels”, implying they are under His command. The angels were created by Him (Col.1:15-17); and they worship Him (Heb.1:2-6; Rev.5:6-14).  It is also imperative that we recognize the meaning of the word“firstborn” -c.f.Col.1:15; Heb.1:6. The(Greek: Prõtotokos) means the ‘pre-eminent One’(metaphorically speaking “of the priority of Christ” -Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament).It does not mean that Christ was born first. It is used to identify rank rather than chronology.

Michael is definitely none other thanJesus. When Jesus returns to deliver His saints, they will be raised by the voice of the Archangel (
1 Thess.4:16); and Christ Himself declared that it would be His Own voice that will raise the dead to life (John 5:25-29).What an encouragement to know that we have Him on our side!
 
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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 protection of all those serving on the frontline. 
  • Pray for our vulnerable, elderly and the infirmed. 
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people, to stay close to the Lord and each other.
  • Pray for those looking for, or struggling, in work.
  • Pray for Eric Baker who is still in hospital after an infection. He is likely to move to a care home for further recovery. Pray also for Jean and Magaret.
  • Pray for Phillip Franklin and his health, both mental and physical. 
  • Pray for David Nichols, who is home now and still having on-going treatment for cancer. 
  • Pray for Colin and his ongoing rehabilitation.  
  • Pray for Kiala and the ongoing treatment to his hand and work situation.  
  • Pray for Bev and for her ongoing treatment and recovery for problems in her lower back and legs. 
  • Pray for the Victorio family in the preparations for their mission to the Philippians.  
  • Pray for Ana Nunes for her house move and for her job to be made permanent. 
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church.
  • Pray for our ongoing return to our church buildings. 
  • Pray for the leadership of our church & for our Government for wisdom in directing the affairs during this critical period.
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The Victorio family are planning to leave late March for their long-term mission trip to the Philippines. They are a completely self-supporting ministry, working side by side with the South Central Luzon Conference and other Conferences.  All expenses will be coming from their own pockets, with an estimate of £350-£400 per month living expenses for a family of five.  One-off donations or a monthly commitment, even from as little as £5 per month, will be greatly appreciated.

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