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Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

I recently watched a documentary about the late Blues singer Janis Joplin. It’s a tragic story of a life lived in and out of heroin addiction.  At college, Janis was voted the ugliest woman on campus. It was to crush her spirit and hurt her deeply throughout her short life.

Someone said that when Janis sang, it was like she was singing out the pain of the world. On returning again to heroin, a friend said, “If you go back, it will kill you”. Her reply was, “Who would care?” How different it could have been if someone was able to lead her to Jesus.

Proverbs 15:13 says, “By sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken”.

Janis last spoke to the hotel receptionist when she asked for change for the cigarette machine. She returned to her room where she collapsed and died from an overdose of heroin and wasn’t found until the day after.

The challenge for me is, do I make a passing remark that crushes someone’s spirit or builds them up? Am I a nice bloke to be around? Honestly, not always.

When God called Jeremiah as a boy, he said to him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5).

We are valued and loved by God but often take it for granted. Having just celebrated Jesus’ resurrection, let’s by His grace live out the life He has given us.

Keith Gammon
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1. Family Church

This week Family Church is back in the Parish Centre @ 10am.

This term we will be looking at what it means to follow Jesus, Who is the Holy Spirit, and What is prayer? - And that is just for the first half of term!

If you would like to join us please sign up using the link below:

https://airtable.com/shrqevSg7ecEKuSQ8 

Please sign up by midnight on the Thursday before so we can make sure everything is set up.
 

 2. Y[i]Os

Youth is on hold for the next few weeks while we work out what we can provide within the current government guidelines.
 

3. We need your Help

We need at least 1 female to join our youth team. If you have a passion for sharing life and the bible with our fantastic young people please contact ben@churchbytheriver.org.uk

Church in-person 9.00am Click here
Sunday Zoom at 11am Click here
Night Prayer 9pm Sunday to Saturday Click here
Morning Prayer 8am Tuesday and Thursday 125503
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