The Inside Column 16/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 16, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.
If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

Thank you to all that came to the AGM on Thursday evening. As I said in my report, I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to the life of St Barnabas over the last year. It has been a great team effort and there is so much to be thankful for. God has been good to us.

Some of the highlights of the year: Convergence Camp, Shine – Carols on the Lawn, Christmas Services, Church Fair,  Quiz Night,, Weekly Prayer Meeting, Food Bank, The After School Community Programme and Boys and Girls Nights, The Combined Parish Pentecost services at the Cathedral, Meeting (and exceeding) our financial targets for the year through careful management of our resources and the generosity of parishioners, The Home and other Parish groups meeting regularly, The Church Choir and Worship Band, Variety of ministry and worship leaders and The Big Question pub outreach.

There are many things for us to give thanks for, and I am sure that you have your own highlights of the year. I do want everybody to know that whatever role you have played in the life of the church it is very much appreciated, and that nothing done for God and his Church will ever be wasted. Thank you all.

In our reading today (Mark 11:1–11) we have the story of the public entry Jesus made into Jerusalem, four or five days before his death. Mark gives 6 chapters out of 16 to the last week of Jesus life. Jesus came into town to show that he was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies in Jerusalem. He did not hide himself trying not to show his face; no, they did not have to send spies to search for him, he comes in like a king. Jesus was not cast down or frightened at the thoughts of his approaching sufferings. He came, not only publicly, but cheerfully, and with shouts of joy (Blessed is the King who comes, Hosanna in the highest). Jesus was fully assured of a complete victory.

Thanks to all that came and help clean the church yesterday on our late spring clean day.

 

God Bless,

 

Philip

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