Stoke Row Chapel
In October, the Chapel is holding a reunion service, when friends with past links with us will be renewing acquaintance, sometimes after many years. It will be intriguing for them to see what has changed and what has remained the same. Have you ever revisited a place and been struck by the thought that people have been continuing with their busy lives, as completely oblivious of you as you have been of them? This is so in the countless communities of the world: people are absorbed in the complicated interactions of life where they are and don’t think much about the equally complex happenings in other places. Even the grim events on the TV news can seem somehow less than real because we are not actually living them ourselves.
The only one who is intimately aware of all things is God. It forms part of the Christian message that God has a deep and perfect knowledge of every one of us, knowing our thoughts even when we don’t express them in words. If this is His awareness of each of the billions of individuals who are alive today, then the concept is mind-blowing. It means that He is not just an ‘old man in the sky’, who is a little more powerful than we are: it means that He is completely beyond our understanding, as superior to us as we are greater than the individual cells that make up our bodies.
But the greatest part of the Christian Good News is that God has made Himself known to us in a way that we can understand… through a human life. The New Testament tells us that Jesus came to show us what God is like. Through His life and death and resurrection Jesus made clear that God is infinite not only in power and wisdom, but also in love. His intimate knowledge of us does not lead Him to reject us in disgust, but rather He is moved to invite us to become members of His family and to experience the love, joy and peace that His presence brings to daily life. Wherever you go in the world, it is always the same distance to God. If you feel that you have drifted away from Him, He is inviting you to a personal, private reunion with Himself.
Every blessing to you all,
David and Sonia
Sunday Services are at 10.30. All are welcome!
October 4th, Worship Service with Communion. October 18th, Family Service and Reunion Service,
October 25th, Visiting preacher: Revd Howard Sharp, former Moderator of the URC Northern Area.
Telephone: 01491 680 793 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Fellowship for Everyone
Lord, as a Christian Fellowship at Stoke Row we give ourselves to You, whatever the cost may be, because Jesus gave Himself for us.
Take every aspect of our lives, individually and as a community, cleanse us from our sin that we may be used for Your Kingdom and bring glory to Your Holy and Righteous Name. We are not here to do our own bidding, to seek our own fulfillment or our own glory. We are here to please You.
We yield ourselves to You, to seek to know You, to love You, to obey You, and to grow in holy reverence as we seek to reflect Your light in our living in our community and beyond.
We choose today to love and honour You and to live in Your way. We believe and trust in Your promises that You will walk with us and guide us through the coming days.
We long to serve each other and be alongside each other as Jesus taught us - reaching out the hand of kindness and fellowship to each person we meet along the way.
We trust You, Lord to do that which we cannot do for ourselves. We open our lives to be filled with Your Holy Spirit as by his grace he bestows on us His spiritual gifts in your Church.
Teach us, lead us, and empower us to love and fear Your name; keeping us ever in Your constant love.
In Jesus name we pray together,