Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
1 Peter 5v8 “Stay alert! Watch out.”
What do you spend your time thinking about? What is high on the agenda of your mind?
Some of us have been looking at the letter of 1 Peter lately. Three times in the letter Peter calls for “alertness and clarity of mind” depending on your translation. Peter is wanting us to think about our current circumstances in the light of the eternal purposes of God. I wear glasses or I would not see the long distance clearly. Maybe we need some spiritual spectacles?
In particular he draws our attention to three things: the incredible grace of God shown in Jesus by whom we have salvation both now and going forward (1v3-13); it is not far away until the end of the world and the start of the new (4v7); and the devil is looking to spoil it for you by tempting you to fall away, but that God will bring us through (5v8-10).
As we keep in mind this perspective, it will help us pray, help us love and help us serve faithfully.
With love and blessing,
- Testimonies – Many of you have contributed testimonies over the last weeks – we are most grateful! We would like to continue sharing testimonies, but these will naturally focus more of our experience of God working in our lives rather than our conversion experiences. Please message firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
- Local Christian Job Opportunities – St Christopher’s Cafe – St Christophers have now begun the process of recruiting a cafe manager. There are also part-time opportunities at “ReSource” in Telford Centre https://www.resource-arm.net/job-vacancies
- Newfrontiers/Christ Central conferences/materials – The annual Jubilee conference regarding social action will be on-line on 7th November. It will be focussing on social action following the pandemic. Details are here if you would like to sign up: https://jubilee-plus.org/events/
- The teenagers’ camp “NewDay” have their materials on-line from 3rd August https://newdaygeneration.org/
Programme – Please contact email@example.com if you would like to join any of our meetings on Zoom. Sunday morning worship is now live-streamed on both YouTube and Facebook from Admaston House at 10.30am.
Fri 31-Jul 2.30pm Alpha on Zoom (20’s)
Sun 02-Aug 10.30am Hope Worship @ Admaston and on YouTube and Facebook; 11.00am Hope Family time @ Admaston and on Zoom
Mon 03-Aug 7.30pm Hope Community Prayer – on Zoom
Wed 05-Aug 8am Hope Community Prayer – on Zoom
Thu 06-Aug 7.30pm St Cs Ladies’ Group – on Zoom
- For our church family.
- For the hope we have in Jesus.
- The Holy Spirit’s anointing on our gathering together.
- For the 20’s Alpha courses currently running.
- Use our daily prayer guide and let’s pray for one another in this time of change.
- Andrea Ellis and others are planning to launch an Alpha in the Autumn for the hospital staff. Pray for wisdom, protection and fruitfulness.
Other general information
Pastoral care – If you are in isolation and need support (eg shopping), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange with the team of helpers.