This Week's Prayer Theme:

16th. December 2018

As the Christmas preparation season progresses, many people can become burdened with stress and financial worries.

Please pray;

- for people worried about financial burdens.

- for retail and catering staff, at this busy time.

- for the lonely, sick, bereaved, homeless, and those who find Christmas a difficult time.

Jesus said; "Come to Me, all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest".

Matthew 11; 28.

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This Week's Readings:

Philippians 4: 4-7 (NIV)

Final Exhortations

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 3: 7-18 (NIV) 

7John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
9The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10“What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
11John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
12Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
13“Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
14Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
15The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.
16John answered them all, “I baptize you with b water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with c the Holy Spirit and fire.
17His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
18And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them. 

Prayer Requests

At the church we regularly pray for the needs of our local community and its people, as well as the needs of the wider world. If you have any particular prayer requests, please contact us. These requests will be handled confidentially.

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