Join us during Advent as we realise, “Christmas Is Different - Jesus Is Better”. Each day we delve into the book of Hebrews, fix our eyes on Jesus and realise that He is better than everything else. Better than the worst things of this year, but also better than the best things we have ever experienced. Each day there is a short video based on a passage from Hebrews. By Christmas Day we will have read through the whole book of Hebrews, but more importantly we will have looked to Jesus each day and discovered that “Jesus is Better!”
Let’s Pray For Deaconesses
PCI has 16 deaconesses most of whom serve in congregations. Pray for each deaconess as
they continue to work and seek opportunities to share the gospel and encourage people in their faith, despite Covid-19 restrictions. Pray for wisdom and guidance in all they do.
Deaconesses in healthcare
Pray especially for Heather McCracken (Belfast Health and Social Care Trust)
and Joanne Dunlop (Antrim Area Hospital) for encouragement, stamina, good health and safety.
Here is a short devotional meditation from the Bible Society and Movement Day UK, praying for London.
Every Tuesday we look at another question from the New City Catechism, this week question 8.
What is the Law of God Stated in the Ten Commandments?
You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.
Read more explanations here.
Canon J. John has been recording a word of the day since the first lockdown began in March. I may be a bit late at discovering this but they are still worth sharing, and all presented in less than a minute.
One of the things that we have been forced to consider over the last week is what is essential. Non-essential shops have been forced to close and so have church buildings. It begs the question is Church essential or non-essential. Obviously the executive have decided non-essential, but Church is essential to us who attend, but surely Church is also essential for society. We pray for our political leaders, we pray for our key-workers, we pray for society and community, we witness to the hope of the Gospel spiritually and practically.
Our challenge this week is to live and witness for Christ in such a way that society views us as essential for daily life. Here is an article from the Newsletter at the weekend.
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
Play the "Portrush Harbour Tuesday" puzzle!