Sunday 17th January

The Sunday Morning Video Service, from 10:30am onwards, is led by Deacon Keith and Mrs Margaret Gough. The readings assigned for the day are 1 Samuel 3: 1-10 and John 1: 43-51.

Live Zoom Service every Sunday at 6pm prompt.
Our Zoom sessions are hosted by Andrew and Mary Barraclough and led by lay people and the occasional invited guest; the music is a mixture of contemporary and traditional hymns with readings and prayers. There are people who can offer advice on how to use Zoom if you need, and there is usually time for a chat and cup of tea after the blessing.

Meeting ID: 861 0815 4849
Passcode: 712967

Rev. Diane Hicks writes...

We are at that time of the year again — the time when we make and very soon break our 'New Year's Resolutions'.

'I will go on a diet'.
'I won't spend as much money'.
'I will be a better person'.
'I will exercise more'.
'I will give up smoking'.

Sound familiar? If so you are one of the millions of people who have made New Year's Resolutions this year. By about March, if you are like most of us, you have either given up on your resolutions or you are about ready to quit. The practice of making resolutions goes back over 3000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a New Year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. Many Christians make New Year's Resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, to attend church more regularly etc. These are good, but these too fail just as quickly as non-spiritual ones. Why? There is no power in a New Year Resolution. Resolving to start or to stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. For example why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honour God and grow spiritually or is it because you think it would be a good thing to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it for health reasons or simply for vanity?

Philippians 4:13 tells us, 'I can do everything through Him who gives me strength'. In other words if God is at the centre of our New Year's Resolution it has the chance to be successful. So what kind of New Year's Resolution should a Christian make? The answer is different for us all but I would encourage you to pray to God for wisdom and strength. Find friends who will offer encouragement. Don't become discouraged with occasional failures, instead allow them to motivate you further. Don't become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Read the words of Psalm 37:5, 'Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.'

The start of a New Year offers freshness. Think about how we end one year and begin another with a clean start. When you go outdoors, pause to take a deep breath of fresh winter air, it can be prayer without words. Make a deliberate effort to give someone a fresh start, another chance. I pray that you will be filled with peace and wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Every blessing,

Rev. Diane Hicks

Daily Bible Study

Luke 5:1-11

Simon answered, 'Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.' (v. 5)

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