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Dear Friends,

The passage in the image above is taken from the Old Testament book of Hosea. The Lord says "I will betroth you" three times in Hosea 2:19-20! The text contains an allusion to the payment of the bridal gift or dowery. This would be paid by the bride's family to the husband at the time of marriage. But the Lord changes all those rules and customs. What we have in Hosea is a picture of the Lord freely paying the bridal gift or dowery, for His bride (Israel) as she is utterly bankrupt! So we are given this beautiful analogue of salvation, where the Lord freely imputes and imparts to us through our faith in Jesus, the moral character necessary for the marriage covenant relationship. The words used in Hosea echo the more well known verses that we find in Exodus 34:6-7,...“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

This week the Government updated the guidance for the safe use of places of worship. You can read it at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worshipIn summary, all restrictions are lifted as of July 19th.
  • There are no longer limits on the number of people you can meet. This means there are no restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
  • Legal requirements for social distancing will no longer apply and you will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.
  • Face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can sing indoors or outdoors. This includes indoor congregational and communal singing.
There is a heavy emphasis on individual responsibility and choice. Dr Emmanuel Osei, the President of the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventist writes "Although it is no longer mandatory to wear face coverings during services, we would counsel you to be diligent in observing and encouraging good hygiene habits like regular hand washing, ensuring good ventilation, and maintaining social distancing. Your safety, and that of all our members, is our priority".

Starting this Sabbath at the Lowestoft Church Building, we will no longer do temperature checks, or require face masks. You can of course wear a face mask, it is your choice. Congregational singing will return for the first time in over a year! If you are not feeling well, please stay home and join on Zoom or Facebook. If you are not yet comfortable with this guidance, please feel free to stay home and join on Zoom or Facebook. The Worship Service at 11.15am, will follow the Adult, Children and Teen Sabbath Schools, which start at 10am. The Adult Sabbath School will be in the church hall to help facilitate disussion. The Worship Service will also be on Zoom and Facebook. After the service there will be some lite refreshments.
 
Be Blessed,

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

Lowestoft Seventh-day Adventist Church
54 Saxon Rd, Lowestoft, NR33 7BT


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Saturday Children’s Sabbath School at 10am at Lowestoft Church Building.  Make sure your children come along for fun and bible learning! The Clarry Family will lead out.

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

Saturday Adult Sabbath School at 10am at Lowestoft Church Building.  Join the class to review and discuss the lesson this week. Beverly and Mark O’Leary will lead out in the church hall on lesson 4, The cost of Rest.


Saturday / Sabbath Worship Service at 11.15am at Lowestoft Church Building. This will include a message continuing the series on taking up the "The Armour of God". There will be a children's story and supervised activities for children that require support during the service. There will be drinks and lite refreshments served after the service. The service will also be on Zoom and Facebook.

Monday Night Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm at Great Yarmouth Church BuildingWe will continue the Gospel of Mark. This will also be available on Zoom. 

Other Upcoming Events   
  • Saturday/Sabbath, July 31st, Potluck / Bring your own lunch, followed by a district discussion at Lowestoft Church building and on Zoom.
  • Saturday/Sabbath, August 7th, planned return to Great Yarmouth Church building. 

We operate a child protection policy.
Marriages – Child Dedications – Believers Baptisms – Funerals
 

Happening in our Area

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 Magaret who is ill. And for Sharnie who is caring for her. 
  • Pray for Beverley and her Sciatica pain. 
  • Pray for John’s brother, Ivan, who has Parkinson's Disease.
  • Pray about the floods in Europe and China. 
  • Pray for Terry who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for Kiala Santos and Stephen Cruickshanks who were baptised last Sabbath.
  • Pray for Pastor Michael Walker who continues to recover but is suffering some shortness of breath.
  • Pray for Elma and Philip, after the passing of Ernie, also as Elma deals with his final affairs. 
  • Pray for Christine after the loss of her father. 
  • Pray for Elma’s daughter, Laurna, who is dealing with some medical problems. 
  • Pray for our vulnerable and elderly, especially for Edith Newman, Jean and Eric Baker.
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people.
  • Pray for Daniel and his concentration at school.
  • Pray for the children of Kenny Murphy. 
  • 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 and thanksgiving for our ongoing return to our church buildings. 
  • Pray for the leadership of our church, and for our Government.
  • Pray for Pastor Mark and Norma, and their family, especially Pat, after the death of Pastor Mark's Father.  Pastor Mark and Norma are grateful for the many condolences. They are also grateful for the birth of Micah, their first grandchild, to their son and daughter in law in California. 
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The Victorio family are now on their long-term mission in the Philippines, working 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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