9am service: Wonderful Counselor
The verses surrounding the text today were spoken by Isaiah at a dark time in Israel, both spiritually and politically. Where would help come from? Where could they find hope? The help and hope would come in the child to be born. As a Christian community we are familiar with the words of Isaiah 9, ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…’. We can look back and clearly see that Isaiah was describing none other than the Christmas gift, Jesus. Here was the one who would make all things right, once and for all. Isaiah uses four throne names, titles, which capture the heart and ministry of this son, Jesus, in your life and mine. Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas we will look at each of the names, starting today with ‘Wonderful Counsellor’. What is the message to us, that mark Jesus as our wonderful counsellor? That we will explore together.
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7
Pastor: Jim de Witte
5pm service: Hospitality
As we enter what is often called the “festive season” we take a look at the early church and how hospitality was practiced within the church and to guests and strangers. Many examples show the blessings that flow to those who give and receive hospitality. It is an attribute found in many, but needs to be practiced as often as possible.
Bible Passage: Matthew 25:31-46
Pastor: Stephen Cheshire
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