There is one song that we regularly sing which encapsulates from me what Easter is all about. The song is “In Christ Alone My Hope is Found.”
As Augustine said: “We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.”
Easter tells us that we are a people of hope and that whatever we face in life everything will be all right in the end.
This Easter I want to share with you some thoughts from Martin Hodson, one of Core leaders of the Baptist Union of Scotland:
Everything Will Be All Right In The End
Many times I’ve been watching a film and the characters seem to be lurching from crisis to crisis. But in the back of my mind I know everything is going to be all right in the end. The problems will finally be resolved, there will be a twist in the tale or a turn of events that brings the plot to a satisfactory, even joyful, conclusion.
It can sound simplistic to say to a friend in a crisis, ‘Don’t worry, everything will be all right in the end,’ because often that’s not what happens. In life things can go from bad to worse with signs of hope nowhere to be found.
Well, almost nowhere. The events of Easter, culminating in the Resurrection of Jesus, give us eternal hope. Jesus entered the depths of human experience, crucified, dead and buried. This appeared to be the end…and everything was not all right. But on the third day God raised Jesus to life, inaugurating the new creation in which all death will be defeated and we will rise to share in the renewal of all things. That will mark the end of history and everything will be definitely and finally all right.
Right now we are well aware that things are not all as they should be; it’s like the world is groaning in expectation of something better to come. Easter is the breakthrough moment when the hope of glory breaks into the sorrow of the present. The Resurrection of Jesus promises us that ultimately he will ‘transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body’ (Phil. 3.20). So for now, if everything in your life is not all right it means one simple thing: it is not yet the end.
The Alpha Course has now
reached its conclusion. I would
like to express my sincere thanks
to all who contributed in any way
to the successful running of this
year’s Alpha Course.
It is not yet the end!
The gap between posts is a reflection on how manic life is at the moment and how much, as a fellowship, we have going on. To give you a flavour;
- Special ‘one service’ Sundays from the end of Nov all through Christmas, with loads of baptisms.
- Cantata, was preceded this year with an incident that blew the main front of house speakers. An electronic problem with a piece of faulty equipment caused the speakers to shriek so loudly that one of them almost fell off the wall. By the time you read this, hopefully, they will be repaired. Patrick did a fantastic job putting together the ‘jury-rigged’ system that we have all been using over the Christmas period.
- We have a long standing gremlin in the hall projector that is proving elusive to fix.
- The radio frequencies that we currently use for our radio mics are being gradually sold off to mobile phone companies for 5G. This week we took delivery of the first of many replacements we will have to make over the next few years.
- The new evening service programme is being planned and prepared for – see here for service details
Add to this church meetings, prayer meetings and training evenings and you will see how much has been done recently. Please pray for the tech team as we try to support the praise and worship team, and the church leadership…
Part of the problem is caused by our team running at half strength; which in an ideal world means we are looking for five new tech team trainees. People willing to watch and learn, coil cables and set things out. Please contact us if you are interested in shadowing for a few weeks.
Anyway, enough of that! Here are a couple of phone apps for you to have a look at.
- AA… thats the roadside breakdown service… If you are one of their 15M members, try our their new phone app. It can remind you when servicing and insurance are due and has a panic button in case you breakdown
- Fitbit… for those of us who have to watch our weight, the FB mobile phone app can use the phone’s GPS to track your activity and has a built in food log that you can use even if you haven’t bought one of their watches.
More to follow…..
Our preoccupation up on the balcony, as you will realise if you have been listening to the notices recently, is people, or lack of them.
We first published this post in May 2015 and since then things have got worse not better ….!
We need 3…. Having three individuals on for each service allows us to do some training, keeps the stress levels down, and ensures we are prepared and ready to switch on when Rae stands up. Continue reading New Techies?
This tech corner, is a guide to church seating, and an encouragement to the congregation to get the most out of choosing where you sit in the building.
In the concert world there is a perception that a good sound system gives a uniform sound dispersion pattern; giving the same experience to every ticket holder; every seat the same.
In the sanctuary, the same perceptions do not hold true. Firstly, the service isn’t a performance, it’s an individual taking part in a corporate activity, but having an individual experience with God. Secondly, we are aware of the variations and rather than spending vast amounts of money trying to fix them, we would encourage you to choose where you sit accordingly.
Loudness: the volume is greatest in the middle of the church and quieter on the front row and at the back under the balcony.
Stereo: We mix the sound in stereo, so the best quality of sound is going to be in the middle of the sanctuary.
Deaf loop: We operate an induction loop for people with hearing aids. The cabling for this is under the floor about 5 feet out from the wall, so the best signal is in the four seats closest to the wall all around the outside of the sanctuary.
Video screens: At the time of the renovations we moved from a big screen and expensive projector to brighter video screens. They are smaller, but give a much brighter and higher resolution picture, so if you have a problem seeing the words, move forwards a few rows.
In a rapidly growing congregation we are always going to have people with different tastes. We would encourage you to get the most out of each service by sitting in a seat gives you the best acoustic experience.
The verse for 2016 was launched at the morning services onJanuary 10th (Rae’s sermon- click here)
1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
This is an exciting season to be part of LBC, this local church, as God is on the move. I completely believe that God has brought us together for such a time as this to serve God in these days. I also be-lieve God has greater things in store as we move on in faith and obedience.
Fred Catherwood once said: “The church should be a community of encouragement.” As we reflect on our calling as believers, and as the local church, we should always seek to encourage one another and build each other up.
Tony Campolo said: “Building up one another is a God-given responsibility. The Scripture admonish-es us to enter into a ministry of ‘edification’ or uplifting. That means when people are down, we are supposed to pick them up; when they feel like nothing, we are supposed to make them feel like some-thing special; when they feel worthless, we are supposed to make them feel infinitely precious.”
There is a man in the life of the early church who is not remembered as an awesome preacher or a visionary leader but rather by one thing: Wherever he goes he encourages people.:
His name is Joseph the Levite. He was given the nickname Barnabas. In Acts 4:36 we are told his name means “Son of encouragement.” What a great nickname! He sought to encourage others. He was generous of Spirit and full of goodness. He believed in people and he cheered them on. Barna-bas had a very important ministry and he is mentioned at least twenty five times in the book of Acts and another five times in the Epistles. As a person he was generous with his giving (Acts 4:37); he encouraged Paul is his early service for the Lord (Acts 9:23-27); he mentored people; he gave them a second chance (Acts 15:36-41). He was a blessing and an encouragement to the Church.
We are told in Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today.” The Church should be a community of encouragement: people who journey together in a team, encourag-ing one another, as we partner in the Gospel.
I thank God that this is something that this church is doing. But let’s strive to do it better. Let’s con-sider how we as family can we encourage and build each other up so that we grow in grace and in ef-fectiveness in our ministry and mission. All to the glory of God!
11. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thes. Ch.5 v.11
The verse for 2016 was launched at the morning services on January 10th (Rae’s sermon- click here)
The Body of Christ, the church, was designed by God to include everyone,
A group of animals got together in the forest one day and decided to start a school. There was a rabbit, a bird, a squirrel, a fish, and an eel. They formed a board of education and tried to create a curriculum. The rabbit insisted that burrowing in the ground be in the curriculum. The fish insisted on swimming. The squirrel insisted that perpendicular tree climbing be included, and the bird wanted flying. They put all these courses together and wrote a curriculum guide. Then they insisted that all of the animals take all of the subjects. Although the rabbit was getting an A in burrowing, perpendicular tree climbing was a real problem for him; he kept falling over backwards. Pretty soon he became brain damaged from these falls, and he couldn’t burrow well any more. He found that instead of making an A in burrowing, he was making a C. And, of course, he always made an F in perpendicular climbing. The bird was really beautiful at flying, but when it came to burrowing in the ground, he couldn’t do it so well. He kept breaking his beak and wings. Pretty soon he was making a C in flying as well as an F in burrowing. And he had a very bad time with perpendicular tree climbing. The squirrel was terrific at perpendicular tree climbing, but was so afraid of the water that he failed swimming altogether. The fish was easily the best in swimming class, but he wouldn’t get out of the water to come to any of the other classes. The valedictorian of the class was a mentally retarded eel who did everything in a halfway fashion. But the teachers were happy because everybody was taking all the subjects in their broad-based educational curriculum. Have you ever felt like the animals in that school? Have you ever been in situation where you are supposed to do things that you are not equipped to do? The Body of Christ, the church, was designed by God to include everyone, but God never intended for everyone to do everything. You don’t have to be like your pastor, or like your youth minister, or like anyone else. God gave you specific abilities-called spiritual gifts-which are to be used in the church and in the world by you and you alone. No one else is gifted quite the way you are, and there are many jobs that only you can do. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12) The call to follow Christ is the call to discover our unique giftedness and then to use our God-given gifts and abilities to bring glory and honour to Him.
Tech time once again! Today we have a request… As a team we use DropBox a file sharing program to allow multiple members of the tech. and praise team to access files and service schedules etc. There is small amount of free space available when you sign up for DropBox, but to get more you have to pay. One way around this is to sign up your friends to the DropBox service, for which we get an additional free allowance. We are looking for people to try DropBox out, so that we can get the additional space without having to pay a subscription. If this is something you would consider – please speak to us on the tech team. How it works…? We would send you a link to install the program on your own computer. Once you have done this, we get the extra memory allowance in our program. You can use the program to share files with your friend and relatives or simply delete it after a month or two. We would still get the bonus.
One of the things we are looking at currently is creating an App for the church, with current material downloadable to your portable device. Is there anyone in the congregation with experience of creating portable apps? Please speak to me if you have – Neil.
Finally, for those of you with Mac’s, I have found a cool app called Grand perspective. It maps your drive and gives you a pictorial representation of the space used by the junk you have on the disks. Allows you to see where you can save space…!