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Dear Friends,
 
On Monday nights we have been looking at the first letter of the Apostle Peter sent around AD 60 to churches in a region of modern day Turkey where Christians were living in a hostile environment under Roman Governance.  Peter's guidance is clear "Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when he judges the world" (1 Peter 2:12).   Charles Spurgeon puts it like this, "Let us look to it that in all things we are just—in our trade, in our judgment of others, in our treatment of neighbours, and in our own personal character. A just God cannot bless unjust transactions.

This Saturday in our Family Service at 11.15am, we will look at a letter sent by the Prophet Jeremiah to the captives who had been taken by force from Judea to Babylon around BC 597.  A journey of some 4 to 5 months at that time. Jeremiah gives very practical guidance from the Lord for how to live in captivity. The guidance may well surprise you and there is a quote from it in the image above. The letter is even more remarkable in that it is sent to a group of captive people who must have felt abandoned, cast out and judged by the Lord.  But the Lord says that was never His purpose in causing them to go into exile, rather His thoughts towards them are ones of peace and not of evil, to give them a future and a hope. Simply remarkable words that are timeless. The Lord also says to them (and to us) that "you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" Jeremiah 29:13.   What a promise! Regardless of where we find ourselves in life!

We will be having our annual Business Meeting this Saturday, including discussion on our plans for returning to our church buildings. Vespers will be at 5.30pm led by Errol Victorio, followed by the Business Meeting.  If you missed the Shepherd's Voice, you can still view it as as PDF by clicking on the small image. Many thanks to Pastor Michael Walker for putting it together. This Saturday our Family Service will take place as normal at 11.15am on Zoom and Facebook. Pastor Mark Borrett will give the message. Tonight (Friday) at 7pm, we will have Adult Sabbath School continuing our look at the Book of Isaiah, led by Pastor Michael Walker.  

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. Pastor Michael Walker will lead out. See below for larger image of "Sabbath School for Life" for Q1, 2021.
 
 
Saturday Children’s Sabbath School at 10am on Zoom.  Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning!  Paul and Sini Manogaran 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 . Pastor Mark Borrett will continue to look at the “Faithfulness of God” in the life of the Prophet Ezekiel, who finds himself unexpectedly in exile in Babylon. There will also be special prayer for the Victoria family and a children's story.

Saturday Vespers and Church Business Meeting at 5.30pm on Zoom. Vespers at 5.30pm led by Errol Victorio, followed by the Business Meeting at 6pm. Bring your own snacks.



Sunday through Friday Nightly Discipleship Training at 7pm. Please note the Zoom Meeting Id is 983 4836 8792, Password is 540680 or Watch on SEC Media
 

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“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 and elderly, especially for Enid Flemming and Eric Baker. Eric is in the Coach House Care Home.  
  • Pray for the Osei Family after passing of David Osei, the younger brother of Emmanuel Osei, President of the SEC.
  • 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 Phillip Franklin and his mental and physical health. 
  • Pray for David Nichols and his on-going treatment for cancer. 
  • Pray for Christine Matthews as she adjusts to life after the loss of her son. 
  • Pray for those recovering from health problems, especially Kiala Santos and Beverley O'Leary. 
  • Pray for the Victorio family in the final preparations for their mission to the Philippians.  
  • Pray for Ana Nunes for her house move and for her job situation. 
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church and for our planning return to our church buildings. 
  • Pray for the leadership of our church, for our Government and for the Queen.
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The Victorio family are leaving very soon for their long-term mission trip to the Philippines. They are a self-supporting ministry, working side by side with the South Central Luzon Conference.  All expenses will be paid from their own pockets, estimated at £350-£400 per month 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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