The Inside Column 24/8

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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.

Today we are going to be looking at the life and times of Jacob. Jacob was one of the great characters of the Old Testament, but at times he was also a schemer, liar, and manipulator.

God established his covenant with Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham. The blessings continued through Jacob’s father, Isaac, then to Jacob and his descendants. Jacob’s sons became leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel. The younger of twins, Jacob was born holding on to his brother Esau’s heel. His name means “he grasps the heel” or “he deceives.” Jacob lived up to his name. He and his mother Rebekah cheated Esau out of his birthright and blessing. Later in Jacob’s life, God renamed him Israel, which means “he struggles with God.”

The turning point for Jacob came after a dramatic, all-night wrestling match with God. In the end the Lord touched Jacob’s hip and he was a broken man, but also a new man. From that day forward, Jacob was called Israel. And for the rest of his life he walked with a limp, demonstrating his dependence on the Lord. Jacob finally learned to give up control to God.

Over the last couple of week there has been some delicious home baking turning up for our morning teas. One person has been providing the food. I think is a great thing for as to do as a church family. If you are able to bring in some baking for all to share from time to time I think this will help to increase our depth of fellowship and hospitality to visitors. And any baking left over can be used for the youth group. 

Guess who’s coming to dinner is a fun evening open to everyone. The idea is that some people host a dinner party and some people go to the dinner party. The host is in charge of the main meal and the guests will be asked to bring a dish. Anne Egan and Cathy King are organising this event. There are sign up cards in the foyer. It is a great way for us to get to know some people we might not know that well. The date is Saturday 13 of September. All are welcome to attend.

The Alpha course starts this Wednesday 27 August. We will start with a light meal from 6.30pm and I would like to encourage you to invite and bring someone you know. If you can’t come to the course then I would love it if you would pray for this course and the people attending. Invitations are in the foyer.

 

Remember there is a combined service next week at 10.00am followed by shared lunch.

Yours in Christ    

Philip

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