Welcome to this morning’s service Our speaker today is Philip Reeve and the service leader is Michael Chambers.
Tea and coffee will be served in the back hall after the service.
A prayer meeting, to which everyone is invited, is held every Sunday morning from approx 10.00 am -10.15 am in the upstairs room. We would encourage all who are taking part in the service and youth activities to attend.
Prayer Ross and Bertie Power will be available If you would like someone to pray with you after the service.
Security Rota Richard Reynolds is responsible for locking up today and next week it will be Ross Power.
The Home Groups Philip and Anne’s group will meet at Richard and Sheila’s.Philippa and Jeremy’s group will meet at Michael and Helen’s.The Friday group will meet at Peter and Valerie’s.Shirley’s group – please contact Shirley for details. Church Directory Please contact Rob Bennett, as soon as possible, with any additions, amendments or deletions in respect of the directory.
Home Group questions John 10:1-21
- In verse 9 Jesus states that whoever enters through him will be saved, and will find pasture. Is being protected, fed and watered having “life to the full”, as Jesus promises in verse 10, or does he mean more by “finding pasture”? Psalm 23 v.2 may be relevant. If he meant more, perhaps we could share what that “more” means to us personally, to encourage each other in our walk with Jesus.
- The promise of a future Messiah was given in considerable detail in the book of Isaiah around 700 years before the coming of Jesus. We have the benefit of 2000 years of hindsight in understanding who Jesus is and the reason for his coming. Can we have any sympathy for the Pharisees’ reaction towards Jesus?
- In verses 14 and 15 Jesus says “I know my sheep, and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father”, implying that Jesus’ sheep know him as well as the Father knows him. Is this what Jesus actually meant? Does Jesus’ comparison of our relationship with him and his relationship with the Father surprise us?
- In Matthew 7.14 Jesus says that “small is the gate…that leads to life, and only a few find it”. In 2 Peter 3.9 we read that God “is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”. How do we reconcile these two passages?
Simon and Judy After much thought and prayer, Simon and Judy feel they should come home permanently in January, which is earlier than they had originally planned. However, both their mums’ are in their nineties and are becoming frailer and Simon and Judy feel they have a responsibility towards them and should be available to support them. They will be staying in the missionary bungalow in Ilford from January until April. Please pray for them concerning jobs and where they should live.
Tom and Josie Heasman If you would like to catch up with Tom and Josie click onto this link and watch their video.
The Town Carol Service will be held at the URC on Sunday 14th December at 4.30pm.
Essex Counties Support Group – Report meeting Friday 14th November at Broomfield Road Evangelical Church Chelmsford 7.45pm for 8.00pm. There will be reports from the Essex Evangelists.
OCC Warehouse At last we have a warehouse the address is The Old School, 37 London Road, Maldon. The opening hours are:Tuesdays (starting on 11th November) 10.00 – 1.00pmWednesdays 6.00-9.00pm.Saturdays 10.00-1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm. On Saturday 10th January 2015 we will be holding a service of Commendation at Fullbridge for Andy and Rachel as they commence their work with Counties
Maldon Food Pantry As well as the usual types of food, the food pantry also require items for Christmas hampers such as
Jars of pickle, onions, beetroot etc
Packs of biscuits or savoury crackers
Bottles of juice
Jars of jam
Shower gel or bubble bath
Or anything else that you think would be good to put into a food hamper for a needy person or family
Saturday 15th November An evening with Steve Murray at Fullbridge 7.30-9.30pm. Please invite your friends and neighbours to listen and watch Steve as he tells his own story in mime and drama. Please see Phil Reeve if you would like some tickets. Magazine rack There is a new issue of the Open Doors magazine in the rack and November’s issue of “Share Africa”.