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Christmas Carol Service Message

December 19th, 2013 by Doug

This is the text of Paul’s Christmas Carol Service Message. It wasn’t recorded, but I thought it worth hearing it again, so asked Paul for his notes:

Good evening to you all, it’s good to see you all here this evening and I’m really pleased that you have joined us here for our worship tonight. I hope you find it a real blessing. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, it’s all about blessings. Christmas is a fantastic time of year isn’t it. I love all the happiness of this time, the gifts, the getting together with family and friends the joy and the laughter. I’m not so fond of the busy shopping centres or the mad rush that sometimes seems to take over. So it can also be quite nice during the festive holidays to just sit and do nothing. Read a book, let the kids play or just crash in front of the telly and just watch a ?lm or your favourite program. Some of us buy the radio times, other magazines are available, to plan our Christmas viewing. And in amongst the films are the usual programs, and also a lot of so called Christmas specials of people’s favourites, such as Downton Abbey, Eastenders coronation farm and emmerdale street, can you tell that I don’t watch the soaps?
What I do like though is a program called ‘undercover boss’ Have you ever seen this program at all? If you haven’t let me explain what happens.
Basically the C.E.O or boss of a large and successful company lays aside all of their privileges and status in order to dress down and identify with the ordinary people in their business, the common people if you like. They come amongst the ordinary goings on. And the king of the company is transformed by the experience and so are the people. They now know that the person in charge knows what it’s like in their lives, and that he really cares for them and understands what it’s like to live an ordinary life.As we move closer to Christmas we can make a comparison here about God. Jesus coming down to the world, giving up all his status,and privileges, laying aside his royal robes to
be amongst his people. The ordinary common people if you like. We have a God who cares and loves us so much he came down to earth. That is the wonderful promise that is the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
However there is also a direct opposite here to the program undercover boss as well. Because in the show the boss often rewards some of the people he meets but then just returns to his privileged life as before, whilst leaving them where they were.
This is not how it happens with God. Jesus not only stepped outside his heavenly glory in order to come and experience life with us, his purpose in doing so was to lead us back to his kingdom so that we might experience the delights of his life. In other words it was not that he came to experience our life, but to lead us to a fuller life with him.It was important for him to come into our world, but his reason for doing so was for us to be able to come into his world. It is one thing to have a God who is willing to come and share in our suffering, it is quite another to have a God who is able to deliver us from our suffering. It is one thing to have a God who is willing to take on our identity, it is quite another to have a God who wants us to take on his identity. It is one thing to have a God who is willing to come to the squalor of our world, and quite another to have a God who invites us to step into the glory of his world. God loved the world so much that he sent his only son so that all who believe in him shall not perish but shall inherit eternal life.
When Jesus came to us on that ?rst Christmas he was the person in charge of all heaven and earth, the boss, undercover. Laying aside all of his status and privileges to be amongst us. But he didn’t just return and leave us as we
were. He invited all of us to come and join him into the presence of his kingdom.
This Christmas, I urge you to come and rejoice in the king of kings and take up his invitation to be in his kingdom now.


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October 21st, 2013 by Paul Smith

It is with thanks to God that my family and I are going to get away over the half term week. We have been blessed with a gift of a short break in Yorkshire, and we are really looking forward to the time to just do nothing! Rest is often overlooked in it’s importance. The need to rest and recharge was part of God’s plan from the very beginning when on the seventh day HE rested. Was he tired? I doubt it. Was he weary? again I doubt it. He was showing us the way he intended us to get the most out of life, he wanted us to have life to the full.
This is why Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
What ever you are doing in the half term week, I pray that you rest in Christ and enjoy life to the full, and don’t feel guilty if that means putting your feet up for a cuppa for five mins! Other jobs can wait a while because time in rest is God’s perfect plan.

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October 1st, 2013 by Paul Smith

Please come and join us for our harvest service on the 6th October when we will be focusing on the BMS hungry appeal. This year the particular focus is on the needs in Uganda for people to have land to grow their own food.

We are blessed in our local area with rich and bountiful fields of produce, our service is a chance to come together and give thanks to God for such blessings, and also to pray for others less fortunate than us.

There are times when I am in a hurry to get ‘across country’ when I come up behind a slow moving tractor. I am sure we have all experienced the ‘joy’ of this. Maybe next time it happens God may remind me of the blessing before me.

Hope you can join us.



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