Fairfield Church 20th May 2018
It was so good to see Richard and Kath Sandland arrive for our last service (actually it was today…confused? You will be! I’m being exceptionally organised today after last week’s epic fail!) They are great Fairfield Friends and we really enjoy them popping in from time to time. Shame – no tuba or flute though… you just can’t get the musicians these days!
This coming Sunday’s service is PENTECOST and we are planning on joining in with our wider Church family at 11.15 am in the Workman Gardens, Evesham for a gathering of worship together and celebrating the Church’s Birthday. There will be activities for children and a BBQ following our time of worship together. Really looking forward to it.
So, this Sunday at Fairfield will be a Fairfield Lite service to give us time to strike camp and head over to join everyone without being too late. We are planning to finish Church at 11 am.
This week’s songs…
This week’s reading…
John 15:26-27 and 16:4-15 The Message (MSG)
26-27 “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.”
16 1-4 “I’ve told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead. They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor. They will do these things because they never really understood the Father. I’ve told you these things so that when the time comes and they start in on you, you’ll be well-warned and ready for them.
4-7 “I didn’t tell you this earlier because I was with you every day. But now I am on my way to the One who sent me. Not one of you has asked, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead, the longer I’ve talked, the sadder you’ve become. So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you.
8-11 “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted.
12-15 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’
The Message (MSG)
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This week’s questions…
- Do you find the dove a helpful symbol of the Holy Spirit? What other symbols are there and are they more helpful?
- God’s Spirit is in you – how does that make you feel? What difference does that make?
- How do you experience the Holy Spirit in your life? How could you explain this to someone else?