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It's time for Worship at Home! Join us at 10am. Sunday 5 April: Palm Sunday  Service SheetClick here for this Sunday's service sheet Children's Activity SheetClick here for this Sunday's Children's activity sheet LivestreamClick here for the live video Reading Luke 19:28-40 Reflection Sue Jackson Prayers
Pray for wisdom and protection for the LVA staff as they navigate a new way of working and make their PSHE lessons available to schools and students in the coming monthsPray for Riverbank as they provide supplies for vulnerable families through the food and hygiene banks and for finances at a difficult timePray for Kick as their coaches act as key workers delivering education for the children of other key workers, and for financial sustainability in the current climate
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We Matter To God

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"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?"
Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV)
What interest can the great God of the universe who made the heavens and earth, the moon and the stars possibly have in my life?Honestly the finer details are boring!
Yet He is interested. He cares about the smallest details.
The truth is you and I matter to Him. So much so that our scripture reminds us that He is ‘mindful’ of us. He thinks about us. He is attentive where we are concerned!
Sometimes, in the overall scheme of things it seems like we really don't matter.It can seems to us that our contributions are small, and the difference we may make in someone else's life, or the world in general, is pretty insignificant.
God loves all of His creation as He showed when He looked at the things He had created each day and said "It is good, It is good;" until th…

We Are The Gospel

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"The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood."John 1:14 (The Message)
What a great translation! It reminds us that church is so much more than a building , the church is the Gospel lived out in community!
All the small acts of kindness, encouraging words,  smiles, listening well, even chats from a distance to say good morning, have more effect than you will ever know.
In order to love others, we must first know that we are loved! Loved by God  in a way that causes us to wake up every morning and say, "Thank you God, I'm your child and you love me."
The current restrictions don’t prevent us from ‘being’ Jesus where we are. We have all been provided with a Gospel opportunity. It may be on our doorstep, over the phone to a friend, in a letter, or through a chat over the garden fence.
Holy Trinity is a church with an open door and we have come out of the church  building and into the community. The challenge is to BE the message, not just the messen…

When I Needed A Neighbour

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"Jesus said, There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich mans table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the heavenly banquet. The rich man also died and was buried,and he went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. The rich man shouted, Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames. But Abraham said to him, Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish." Luke 16:19-25 (NLT)
God’s word instructs us to ‘love our neighbour’ and o…

Power To Rejuvenate

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"They will be my people and I will be their God. And I will give them one heart and one purpose:to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants."Jeremiah 32:38, 39 (NLT)
My Grandmother had a saying: “Living can be a hard business.” It certainly is right now for many of us. Life can bring us down low, rob us of confidence, patience and perspective.
God hides amazing ‘spirit fillers’  around us that are new every morning; in His creation, in His word, in prayer, in an acts of service.
The restorative power of music is one of my ‘spirit fillers'. Music ‘restores the soul’ in a way our hearts connect with and respond to.
Music has the power to elevate, speak, soothe, teach, touch, unify, energise, heal and fill us with joy.
Today make music, listen to music and give voice to the praise and worship of our praise worthy God!
As we lift our worship, we too will be filled and lifted , that’s the promise of praise.
Grace For Me - The Michael Gungor Ban…

Food For Life

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'Jesus replied “ I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.Who ever believes in me will never be thirsty.”'John 6:35 (NLT)
Why, when there is food in the house, do we really ‘crave’ to eat what we do not not have! Often when we get what ever it is we ‘fancy’ to eat we realise it isn’t quite what we really wanted.
Deep within us there can be a dissatisfaction that we cannot fill, there always seems to be something missing, yet there is a hunger and a thirst.
Then along comes Jesus with these incredible words: “I am the bread of life.”
Jesus is what we are ‘craving’ deep within, he is the one finally and forever that can satisfy our deepest needs and longings.
Come to Jesus afresh today, feast on Him.
He has come to satisfy the deep hunger  within us and to bring His peace to our restless hearts.
In him we have everything we need.
Prayer of St Augustine: You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you. Amen.

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Hope Bringers

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"This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls."Hebrews 6 :19 (NLT)
Often the first thing we loose when times are hard and we are worried and discouraged is ‘Hope’. We cannot connect with it , cannot find it, and when others speak of it we still remain ‘hopeless’. It feels like hope has ‘shrivelled’ up and we are ‘floating ’ anchor less.
Then along come those who reflect the love of God and we see ‘Hope’ in their eyes. Before long we remember that Hope is a person, Jesus himself!
In these testing times we can ‘bring’ Jesus to others through a helping hand, a word of encouragement, by listening, loving and speaking truth, ‘pulling’ our faith over others in prayer.
Jesus longs to continue ministering His Hope through people like you and me.
May our gracious God give you His hope as you reach out as a bringer of hope to those  He lays on your heart today.
Prayer: Father, may we trust in you alone. Be this day our source of hope, peace and strength. Amen
Sheena Marx