Monthly Newsletter — October 2012

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London Newsletter

October 2012 / Issue 33

In this issue:

  • Upcoming events

  • October Letter

  • Thoughts on Prayer

  • Things to pray for

  • Quotations Worth Thinking About

Upcoming Events:

  • Communion – Sunday, October 14, 2012

    Our Communion service takes place each month on the second Sunday of the month.

  • Gary Moore Visit – Sunday, October 21, 2012

    Our National Director, Gary Moore, will be visiting us this week.

  • Discipleship 101 – Sunday, October 28, 2012

    Our discipleship course will take place on the fourth Sunday of this month. The topic will be the person of the Holy Spirit. (Chapters 13 of the booklet).

October Letter

In previous newsletters we had requested prayers for Yousef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian who had been sentenced to death for his faith 3 years ago. We are delighted to report that he has recently been released from prison by the Iranian authorities. You can read the press report of his release at http://global.christianpost.com/news/youcef-nadarkhani-thanks-praying-supporters-god-after-being-freed-from-iranian-prison-81908/. The article also includes the full text of Yousef’s thank-you letter to all who have been praying for him.

At services on Sunday September 23rd we agreed to participate in an initiative to work with four other churches in the Byron area to establish a food bank on the west side of the city. Each church will contribute food and volunteers to man the food bank.

A box will be placed at the door to services each week to receive food donations. The food will be stored in our storeroom, and our own members who are in need will be able to help themselves. At the end of each month, the donations will be delivered to the Byron food bank.

The food bank is only able to handle non-perishable items. Suggestions are: Canned goods (tuna, meat, fruit, vegetables, soup), macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jams, rice, and breakfast cereals. “Exotic”items such as chickpeas, lima beans, specialized pastas, etc., should be avoided as people tend not to take them.

We look forward to having our national director, Gary Moore, with us this month. If you know anyone who might remember Gary please let them know of his visit. We plan to have ‘snack’ lunch after services to allow more time for fellowship.

In September’s Discipleship discussion we covered the topic of prayer. I have included a comment on prayer by Karl Barth, a Swiss theologian, in this month’s newsletter which I hope you will find insightful.

Warmest regards,

Colin and Sue

Karl Barth on Prayer

“In His Son God has become man, and therefore He has actually taken our side and become our Brother. And in His Son we are actually raised as His brethren to the side of God. Now if the Son asks Him, how can the Father possibly fail to hear Him? How, then, can the Father fail to hear and answer those whom His Son calls His own, who are together with His Son His children, who ask Him in company with His Son, with whom and for whom the Son asks? How can there be even the smallest interval between asking and hearing? As Jesus Christ asks, and we with Him, God has already made Himself the Guarantor that our requests will be heard.”

Karl Barth’s comments remind me of Jesus’ words: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7)

Things to Pray for:

Please continue to pray for:

  • Gabriella Hodgins (arthritis and tendonitis); Dougall Clutton (back); Lisa Masse (recovery from knee operation); Barb Dutton (health); Scott Blaine (MS); Ian Palmatier (rheumatoid arthritis); Lloyd Mitchell and Georgina Faw (loss of spouse); Sue Robbins (cancer).
  • Our brethren who are struggling in difficult circumstances in various parts of the world: in particular, Haiti, Pakistan, Bangla Desh, the Congo, and in various refugee camps.
  • Our local congregation that we might fulfill God’s will for us. Pray that we might each be a light in our community, manifesting the love of God to friends, family, co-workers and neighbours.
  • Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with others, the courage to do so, and the wisdom to know what to say.

Quotations Worth Thinking About

“When we believe that God is Father, we also believe that such a father’s hand will never cause his child a needless tear. We may not understand life any better, but we will not resent life any longer.”

William Barclay

The soul’s deepest thirst is for God Himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without Him.”                                                                                                                                     F.F Bruce

If there is one stitch in the celestial garment of our righteousness that we must insert ourselves, we are lost; but this is our confidence – what the Lord begins, He completes… Our confidence must not be in what we have done, nor in what we have resolved to do, but entirely in what the Lord will do.

Charles Spurgeon

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