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Power vs Weakness
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How would you define greatness?

In the first chapter of Esther we meet King Xerxes. He boasts about how powerful his empire is. He even throws a great banquet for anyone of any social status so he can show off his great wealth. “For a full 180 days he displays the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendour and glory of his majesty.” 1:4.

Yet when he tries to summon his queen in 1:10-11, she refuses to come. Following on from that there is a plot to try and kill the king in chapter 2 which we are led to believe if not for the intervention of the two main characters, Mordecai and Esther, would have succeeded. 

The king, despite his vast wealth and power ultimately has no control over the hearts of his subjects. He ruled the world but what he could not do is change the heart of every human being.
This king is, in the end, mortal. His wealth will not keep him from the hatred of his people. His empire will one day fall. One day this all powerful king will face his final enemy - death.

What a contrast to the ultimate king of the universe, Jesus Christ. The king born not into vast wealth but in a dirty stable. The king who’s enemies plot to kill him succeeded and was killed. The king that might from the outside appear very weak and powerless. 

But the truth is that in his weakest moment on the cross, Jesus displayed his mighty power as he pays the penalty for sin that is rightfully ours. Then as when he came back to life he conquered death, defeated evil, and gave us the promise of life everlasting, something no earthly king could ever do.

Don’t be fooled into believing that power and greatness whatever it might look like, is found anywhere else but in Jesus.

Ben

Sunday 15th September

 

8.30 for 9.00am Breakfast Church

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Margaret's


Saturday Breakfast Church set up
We would really appreciate your help setting up for Breakfast Church this Saturday.  If you can spare some time please come to church at 5pm

Sunday, 29th September

 Harvest Thanksgiving  
Food Aid and Financial Gifts.

  • Non-perishable foods will be collected for St Ives Food Bank and the Salvation Army Hostel at Kings Ripton Court.
  • In addition, we would like to make a financial gift to support the work of our Mission Partners, both at home and overseas. Especially since the value of the pound has fallen against other currencies
We believe that, "God so loved the world that He gave....” and therefore, we too should give our whole selves to His service.
This will include being generous with our finances.
Fundraising for Christian Vision for Men  Saturday 14th September

Paul Lilly is taking part in the Scottish Coast-to-Coast ‘Rat Race - a 105 mile journey of running, cycling and kayaking, starting on a beach in Nairn and finishing approximately 13 hours later on the shores of Glencoe having ascended nearly
11 000 feet along the way.

This year he is hoping to raise funds for a charity called Christian Vision for Men (CVM) who are working hard to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to men; a powerful message of hope and purpose.

It would be fantastic if you could donate to the work of CVM through Paul’s Just Giving page,  or speak to Paul directly for more information on how you can donate to this great cause.

 Look out for news updates as I build up to the event!
JustGiving sends your donation straight to CVM so that they can put your generosity to good use! 

Thank you for your support! Paul
 

Sunday 22nd September 4.00pm Special Songs of Praise celebrating Harvest

Wednesday 25th September 7.45pm Mission Prayer Meeting Parish Centre

Sunday 6th October, after the 11am service, Family Seminar at the Parish Centre. Please let Ben know if you wish to attend for catering purposes 

If your Ely pass has expired please come into the office to apply for a new one - we need your address and signature on the form before we can send it off
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