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Real Temptation; Real Victory!

                        Welcome to our Combined Service for our entire Church family!

jesus tempted

jesus tempted

Today we gather to worship God, to think afresh about Mission and to seek his direction and blessing in the life of our Parish through our Annual General Meeting.

Our Gospel reading today explains the time of testing in the wilderness that Jesus had to undergo, before he could continue in his mission to save humanity. Jesus passes the tests by relying on God’s word, as recorded in the Scriptures.

What is Jesus’ Mission for us?

Our Diocesan Mission statement I think is accurate and clear!

 “We will connect to the wider community intentionally and meaningfully seeking to bring transformation of life through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

We already have some great links with the community.

combined service

combined service

Things like; our food pantry, Court care, OP Shop, Toddler Time, Messy Church, Fund raising activities, as well as Baptisms, Weddings and Funeral services; to name just a few…

We do the first 7 words of the Mission statement very well, the next 9 words sometimes, but the last 5 words are the most crucial of all!

This year we need to look at all of our activities and ask the question,

‘How can what I’m doing be used to help lead people to faith in Jesus Christ?’ As individuals and as a parish, may we pass the test, and faithfully embark on our Mission in the year ahead!

Read the full message here.

Luke 4:1-15

4Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.”4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”5 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.6 And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please.7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’11and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time. 14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

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