This week we pause from our studies in the Book of James and we continue our thoughts from Sunday as we explore our relationship with the Holy Spirit and Jehovah Tsidkenu.
This week some songs about the Holy Spirit for Pentecost.
- Refiner’s Fire - Brian Doerksen
- Revive Us Again - Andy Park
- Take Us To The River - Robin Mark
Let’s Pray For Social Witness
Pray for the Taking Care Department as they support our congregations in the area of Safeguarding – giving advice on routine issues, concerns and complaints. Give thanks for all Designated Persons, who provide a vital role in each congregation, especially as they begin to manage the transition back to more normal church life. Give thanks also for our volunteer Trainers, many who have continued to deliver virtual training during these challenging times.
Fostering and Adoption
Give thanks for those willing to open up their homes to care for children and young people who may require short, or longer-term, foster care, or adoption. Pray that more people would come forward to offer this support as foster carers and adopters.
Pray for the Moderator, Dr David Bruce and the Clerk, Rev Trevor Gribben, as they participate in the meeting of the Church Leaders Group (Ireland) during the incoming week. These meetings have proved to be incredibly useful in discussing significant matters of mutual concern.
Council for Training in Ministry
Rev David Leach has been appointed as Professor of Ministry in Union College. David will oversee the training pathways of ministry students, as well as teaching some subjects such as preaching. Pray that the Lord will use David as he takes up his post in August, and pray for him and his family as their time in Union Road Magherafelt and Lecumpher comes to an end.
“Reading Between The Lines” a series working through the bible looking at the well known phrases.
The Queen Of Sheba
Yesterday, Anne, Wilfred and Richard attended the PCI Virtual Fanning The Flame Conference, looking at how as Churches we ease out of lockdown. You can read about the initiative here https://bit.ly/3bYpBVI
Ethnicity In The Church
There are many conversations about ethnicity in the church today. I see a lot of anger. I see a lot of sarcasm. I see a lot of unforgiveness and mockery. What I don’t see is a lot of humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another in love. https://t.co/k5UvBzcaeu
Compassion (7 minute video)
In order to represent Jesus, we NEED to be compassionate like he was. But that’s a tall order. So how do we do it? Be encouraged by this powerful message from UCB’s CEO, David L’Herroux.
10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity
Equip your children to understand---and verbalise---what they believe! Questions often feel like roadblocks to young people---whether they are Christians, might consider faith, or think of Jesus as a fairy tale character. Using kid-friendly illustrations and biblical truth, McLaughlin invites readers to dig deep into 10 common queries about scriptural reliability, sexuality, diversity, and other topics.
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
A slightly more difficult beach photo for the weekend.
Play the "Beach Friday" puzzle!