Dear Friends,

I wonder if you wear one of those smart watches that count your steps each day. They even buzz after you have been sitting too long to alert you to get moving. They seem to come preconfigured with the daily goal of 10,000 steps. I am thankful that you can make adjustments!  Most things in life worth doing are not easy. Such things do not come naturally to us. But when a goal is reached, the joy of the prize can make the challenges of the journey fade away.  Life is hard and God is good.

The Apostle Paul writing in the New Testament letter of 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NKJV) says "And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown". Paul compares the Christian life to competing in a sport to win the prize.  That means preparation, diligence (temperance), opposition that does not give up, rules to follow, a judge in charge, witnesses, and a prize to win.   Paul makes the unique point that Christians compete for an imperishable crown, given when Jesus returns.  

Maybe you don't like the analogue of Christianity as a competition with a prize at the end.  I can relate to that. Let’s be clear Jesus won our victory on the cross. Salvation is a gift that we accept by faith alone. But Paul is making a point about our opposition and the prize. Paul says in verse 27 that "I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.". Paul is saying that the opposition is actually himself, his old self, competing against his new self, which is being transformed day by day by the Holy Spirit. That is a sobering thought. An ongoing internal battle! The fruit of God's grace in our lives is, as Paul says, a disciplined life in subjection to the Lord so we live our best life for God today! The prize of the imperishable crown will far outweigh the conflict we now face. Life is hard and God is good.

This Sabbath/Saturday our Worship Service at 11.15am will include a message from the sermon series on the Feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23. There will also be a children's story by Auntie Norma.  
Blessings to you,

Pastor Mark
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Friday Funeral for Thelma Thurtle at 1pm.  This will be livestreamed from the Great Yarmouth Church.  Please keep Andy and the family in your prayers.

Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm. Elma Hayes will lead out. See below for Adult Sabbath School using Discovery Bible Reading.

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

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

Saturday / Sabbath Worship Service at 11.15am. Pastor Mark Borrett will be speaking this Sabbath. There will also be a Children's Story by Auntie Norma. 

Monday Night Study at 7.30pm. We will continue our look at the Gospel of Mark, finishing off Chapter 2.

Other Upcoming Events
  • From May 17th, Monday Night resumes at Great Yarmouth at 7.30pm.
  • From May 22nd, Saturday/Sabbath resumes at  Lowestoft. This will include Sabbath Schools, starting at 10am. 
  • From June 26th, Saturday/Sabbath resumes at Great Yarmouth.  This will include Sabbath Schools starting at 10am.

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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 those displaced by the St Vincent Volcano Eruption. 
  • Pray for the family of Thelma Thurtle, especially for Andy her son.  The funeral is today.
  • Pray for Jo Bonham who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery.
  • Pray for Roger Rose. He is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for Samir who has stomach cancer, and for his treatment at Norfolk and Norwich.  
  • Pray for Paul Wilmot who has been diagnosied with Parkinson Disease 
  • Pray for those in India and those with family in India as it struggles with Covid.
  • Pray for our vulnerable and elderly, especially for Enid Flemming, Edith Newman and Eric Baker.
  • Pray for Paul Andrews and his rehabilitation.
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people, to stay close to the Lord and each other.
  • Pray for the Overton Family after the loss of their dog.
  • Pray for Pauline after the loss of her husband.
  • Pray for Christine after the loss of her son.
  • Pray for Daniel and his concentration at school.
  • Pray for young Cayden, his behaviour and development.  
  • Pray for Phillip Franklin and his mental and physical health. 
  • Pray for David Nichols and his on-going treatment for cancer. 
  • Pray for Ana Nunes and for her house situation. 
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church
  • Pray for the plans to return to our church buildings. 
  • Pray for the leadership of our church, and for our Government.
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