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Dear Friends,

This Saturday/Sabbath we will hold a Zoom Communion Service during our Family Service at 11.15am.  Pastor Michael Walker will be preaching. Pastor Mark Borrett and John Sampson (Elder at Lowestoft Church) will lead the Communion Service. Where possible, foot washing can be done at home prior to the service.  Have in readiness the amount of bread and grape juice you will need for yourself and those with you (bread recipe can be found here).   We are praying that this will be an occasion where we will all participate at the table of love, grace and forgiveness with sincere hearts.  

On Saturday/Sabbath, August 29th, we will join the British Union Conference (BUC) of Seventh-day Adventists for a Day of Worship after our local Children's and TeenStudy Sabbath School on Zoom. The BUC Day of Worship will be available on YouTube (search for "BUC News") and also on our Zoom room. This is an opportunity for us all to join the wider church in Britain. There will also be an afternoon programme at 4.30pm. 

Please take the time to read the rest of this newsletter. It contains encouraging words and more details on upcoming events.

- Pastor Mark Borrett
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Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm. Mike Clarry will lead the study.

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

TeenStudy@GYL 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 Michael Walker will share a message called "Godly Sorrow". There will also be a Children's story.  Pastor Mark Borrett and John Sampson (Elder) will lead the Communion Service.  

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 and will complete James Chapter 1. 
 
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Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 
Galatians 3:24–25 (NKJV)

How should we react when we strongly disagree with what someone says, or teaches or even preaches?  James 1:19 (NKJV) says, "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath".

The above passage in Galatians 3:24-25 was an occasion for a sharp theological disagreement at the 1886 General Conference, and sowed the seeds for what would happen in 1888.  The point of disagreement was about whether these verses included the moral law, as well as the ceremonial law, in being our tutor that leads us to Christ.  The debate was not about whether the moral law applies today, of course we believe it does.  But that point was lost in the debate, as including the moral law in Galatians 3:24-25 was seen by some as undermining the Adventist message, especially on the Fourth Commandment.  

The Apostle Paul says it best in Romans 7:7, "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”   The moral law does indeed tutor us and lead us to Christ, as Christ is the only one who kept it perfectly.  He imputes that righteousness or right standing before God to us by the cross through our faith in Him.  Then Christ leads us back to His commandments and says, follow me and keep them if you love me. 

The big issue in 1886 was not who was right theologically. The General Conference committee appointed to decide the matter was split 50/50.  Rather, as Mrs White wrote later after reflecting on how disturbed she was with the harshness, disrespect and want of sympathetic love of "brother toward brother" in the debate, so "Jesus was grieved and bruised in the person of His saints" The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials. (p. 179).  Remarkable, and yet can this sometimes be true today!

When are we wrong in being right?  When do we loose the argument in winning it? I repeat what the Apostle James says, "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath".

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.
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