Promised Land or Land of Promise
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It’s Monday. I slept badly with a sore back.  I listened to the morning news on the radio and got annoyed with our politicians promising everything and seemingly delivering nothing. When I mentioned my back to some friends they complained about how long we have to wait to see a GP. It is pouring with rain, so I cannot watch cricket on TV (it is rained off) – can anything else go wrong today?

I decided to read my Bible - in Numbers (14:26-30) I read that the people of God freed from slavery in Egypt “grumbled” in the wilderness and for their grumbling God punished them – not one adult entered their Promised Land. 

Then in Ephesians 1:3-7
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

Praise is about someone – we praise God for who He is.
Thanks is about actions – we thank God for what He has done for us.
Grumbling is forgetting praise and forgetting thanks.

Lord God, please forgive my grumbling and give me a heart of praise and thanks as you take me to the Promised Land.

Allen Foster

Sunday 16th June

8.30am for 9.00 am Breakfast Church
9.30am St Margaret's


Please come and help set up for Breakfast Church on Saturday at 5pm - thank you

The coffee shop is calling you...!

We really do not want to close the coffee shop on a Saturday but the current shortage of weekend volunteers is causing us concern.  We have lots of visitors to our lovely village over the summer months who stop to enjoy our delightful garden and homemade cakes - so if you think you could spare approximately 3 hours, on a monthly basis, June, July and August then please do get in touch. More hands make light work and allows us to keep our coffee shop open for everyone to enjoy.
Rachel, Joanne and Wen

THIS WEEKEND - Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th June 2019

Dads' Camping

Burleigh Hill Farm - Somersham Road, St Ives
Contact Steve Moller for more Info - 07867 685475
General Synod 2020
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