The Inside Column 29/09

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.                – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Today is gift day …

We give thanks for large and dedicated team of people that take services, lead communions and provide pastoral care in the eight rest homes in our community, as well as many home communions. We give thanks for the pastoral care team. We give thanks for the Marriage Course and Alpha course that has been run over the last couple of years. We are thankful for the people who lead and support this ministry. We give thanks for the outreach opportunities that these course have provided us to reach out to the community. We give thanks for the Mainly Music group and many other children’s groups that use our foyer, crèche and hall. We give thanks for the relationships that are been built, friendships made and the encouragement for many parents. We give thanks for the home groups, the leaders that give their time, those that open their homes and those who participate in engaging with one another. We give thanks for the many musicians and singers that give the time and skills to the worship life of the church. For the Choir and organists, and the worship leaders and band members. We give thanks for the youth band and the joy and excitement we see in the youth. We give thanks for the vestry and wardens and the many people that have faithfully served in the management of the Church. We give thanks for the opportunity to minister to the community through the food bank gifts that that so many give to. We give thanks for all the people who help in the church – brass and flowers, laundry, gardens and lawn mowing, We give thanks for our mission partners and the giving to missions over many years. We give thanks for the Sunday Club, Crèche, and Youth Group volunteers. For the teaching and the fun they have with the children, for their time and commitment. We give thanks for all the people that do the things that go unseen, those that see a job that needs to be done and do it, for all the little things that no one thanks them for, but our God sees.

Most of all we give thanks to God, who has blessed us more than we can know, for His love for us, for His truth revealed in us, and His grace poured out in us. May we join with the Angels and the Heavenly Hosts that never stop giving thanks and praises to the King of Kings. Amen    

Yours in Christ



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