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This week's 'Thought for St James'

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant. 1 Cor. 12:1

There is a lot of concern about the future of the Church. One diocese says they will run out of cash by 2025, others sooner. Elsewhere, church leaders are hoping for a revival to begin, thinking that the experience of the pandemic and lockdown will have opened up many people to their need for the Lord.

St Paul told us to focus on spiritual gifts, such as: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healings, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different tongues, interpretation of tongues (1 Cor 12:8-10). God gives these “as he wills”, so we should all expect to receive one or more spiritual gifts so that we can bless others. 

Therefore our focus should not be on what might happen at some future time, but on what we can do today. All we have to do is receive what God is giving us, and learn to recognise and trust the “still, small voice” of the Holy Spirit within us. 

Turn to the Giver, accept His gifts. Receive so you can give.

All spiritual gifts are given to help us reveal Jesus to others.

Martin Johnson

Services this week

Click here to join Sundays at 11am on Zoom
Guest speaker: Ed Walker from Hope into Action
Click here to join Night Prayer 9pm
Click here to join Morning Prayer Tuesday & Thursday 8am and use this passcode 125503

Family Church
Sunday 10am on Zoom

We will be together for about 35 minutes. During our time together, we continue looking at the two kings. We will sing songs, look at the Bible story and then we will pray together before we finish. 
 

Youth on Sunday (Y[i]oS) 
Sunday 5pm on Zoom

We will play a few games, pray for each other and for the rest of this term we will look at the Lord's prayer. Each week we will look very briefly at one line in order that we can get to know more deeply this very familiar, yet amazing prayer. This is open to anyone aged 12-18 so please do encourage your young people to join us.

Find out more from ben@churchbytheriver.org.uk

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