Friday, 25 January 2013

Enough Food for Everyone IF

A coalition of over 100 charities and groups including Tearfund and Christian Aid have joined together to launch this new campaign for 2013. Aiming to create a movement of people like "Make Poverty History," this campaign is making the most of the G8 leaders coming to the UK later in the year and has 4 aims.
Watch this short clip to find out more about it and sign up. I have.

http://www.youtube.com/enoughfoodif

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Covenant

On Sunday we began a new sermon series on the Covenant Names of God. Over the coming eight weeks we will look at the eight different covenant names of God in the Old Testament and remind ourselves of the charcterisic of God that they reveal to us.

Before we began we used this Methodist Covenant Prayer to rededicate ourselves to God.

I am no longer my own but yours,
Your will, not mine, be done in all things,
wherever you may place me,
in all that I do and in all that I may endure;
when there is work for me and when there is none;
when I am troubled and when I am at peace.
 
Your will be done
when I am valued and when I am disregarded;
when I find fulfilment and when it is lacking;
when I have all things, and when I have nothing.

I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you,
as and where you choose.

Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
May it be so for ever.
let this covenant now made on earth
Be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Love in Action

"Les Mis̩rables" has just come to Leicester Рthe film version of the highly successful musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel. Technically and emotionally, it was superb. It was the only film I've ever been to where the audience clapped at the end.
But what struck me were the many resonances with Christian doctrine. From near the outset, there is the theme of mercy and forgiveness as mediated practically by the Bishop to Jean Valjean when a penniless ex-convict. However, the biblical theme of Christ's condemnation of the ungrateful servant comes to mind when Jean Valjean, as the successful factory owner and Mayor, fails to recognise the plight of a worker, Fantine, who falls into prostitution in consequence.
Jean's repentance and new life are in evidence as he finds Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, and raises her as his own. His way of love is further shown in the way that he repeatedly refuses to take his vengeance on Inspector Javert, who pursues him as a fugitive for having failed to register his bail.

The film concentrates much on the plight of the poor and it is well to be reminded of what has been described as Christ’s "bias to the poor."

This film was one which showed what a powerful influence for good film can be. It was also a pleasant change to find a Christian minister (the Bishop) portrayed in a sympathetic light.

Les Mis̩rables is not light entertainment like most musicals, but a film that will move you emotionally Рand is also very thought-provoking, if you will let it be. Do go and see it!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Flawed Saints

One of the members at St Paul's, Emmanuel Oladipo, who previously led Scripture Union International, has a worldwide reputation as a preacher and Bible teacher. He has now shared his insights with a much wider audience and written a book, "Flawed Saints."

This is a fascinating book in which Emmanuel shows that many of the greatest names in the Bible had major character flaws, disastrous family relationships and sometimes did things that were, frankly, evil. And yet, despite all this, they loved God and he was able to use them.
The book is intriguing, well written, well researched, with many contemporary parallels. If you pick it up, it's hard to put it down.
"Flawed Saints" is a great encouragement to us all, if we feel that God would never be able to use someone with all the failings that we know that we have. The truth is that he did – and he can.

Book Details: Oladipo E. Flawed Saints. Oklahoma: Tate Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-1-61862-861-9  currently it is £12 .18 at Amazon.
Digital version available from


Thank you, Emmanuel, for this book. We look forward to many more from your pen.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Principal Services – January - March

Happy New Year! Welcome to the start of 2013. At the start of a New Year people often make resolutions or promises to try and better themselves. We are going to start this year by focusing on some promises of God that will never change or fail. In the Old Testament God made a number of Covenants, or promises, with his people. A Covenant is binding upon those involved and cannot be changed.

Details of our new programme


Join us as we focus on these 8 Covenant Names of God and hold onto the truth found in them that still applies to our lives today.

Yours In Christ,
Steve
Revd. Steve Bailey.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Wishing You a Very Happy 2013 from St Pauls

2013 is here. It's a natural to wish everyone a "Happy New Year!" However, Christians are not pie-eyed utopians. We are well aware that the world that could crucify Jesus is capable of great evil – whether that be from nature or man-made. One has only to look at the horrors of 9/11 or Syria to see that in action.

But what the Christian faith does offer is a Lord who sent his Holy Spirit to give strength to all who believed on him, and said: "Lo! I am with you always." and also: "I will never leave you or forsake you." We step into 2013 confident that we go in the company of Jesus, to meet whatever the future may bring.

Do come and travel with us, at St Pauls, through 2013 in the company of our Lord Jesus. Happy New Year!