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Abbotsham Baptist Sunday Newsletter – 20.11.22

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.” Matthew 12:15-21.

Dear Members and Friends of Abbotsham Baptist Church

Sunday Service – 10.30 am

Title – This is Jesus

Reading – Matthew 12:15-21

Speaker – Eric Moore

The talk for today can be found on the sermons page.

Christmas Lunch by invitation of Barry and Jenny Jones – Sunday 11th December, after church.

Barry and Jenny are delighted to invite to their home, all the church along with partners, whether or not they normally attend services. They will provide all the food and simply ask that people bring their own choice of either alcoholic or soft drinks. The style of meal, whether buffet or table, will depend on numbers. Invitations will be handed out at this Sunday’s service. Please let Barry and Jenny know if you are able to come so that they can cater for the correct number. They may be contacted either personally, by email, phone or text, details are on the invitation. Thank you, Barry and Jenny, for this lovely invitation.

 

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

We have received this brief update:

What an exciting year it has been so far for CAP across North Devon and Torridge! Sadly, more people have needed our help and we’ve seen our number of clients double over the last 12 months. We are delighted that this year we’ve seen 13 households become debt free and 9 decisions for Jesus. Praise God!

We have been thrilled to see 3 CAP Money courses running in Barnstaple as well as courses in South Molton and Ilfracombe. If you’d like to run CAP Money in your church please contact here.

We continue to trust God for His wisdom and provision and are so excited to see lives being transformed and families having fresh starts.

Each month we pray for our clients and see God do amazing things. I had the privilege of praying with one of our clients who was unable to get to a dentist and after we prayed the pain went completely and still has not returned!

Prayer diary – Week beginning – 20.11.22

He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” Matthew 12:18-21.

Day

BMS Relief – The war in Ukraine impacts not only the 44 million people of Ukraine’s population, but it affects the communities in surrounding countries and people around the world. It impacts the cost of living for many, as supply chains are hit, and the funding available for other crises. No-one benefits from war. CAP – The cost of living crisis and the financial statement from the government this week will lead many into serious financial difficulties this Christmas and winter.

Household of the day

Sunday

Abbotsham Baptist – Please pray for Eric Moore as he leads our service on Jesus’ calling. BMS Relief – Pray for Sri Lanka, whose economy has crashed and where food and medicine are scarce and expensive. Pray for BMS World Mission’s partner, Asia Pacific Baptist Aid, co-ordinating the local response.

Gwendy and Tim

Monday

BMS Relief – Lebanon’s food prices have increased hugely due to the war in Ukraine. Pray for our partner in Lebanon who is providing ongoing support to refugees across the country, that God will provide and will give them strength. CAP – Give thanks and praise for the work of CAP combining support for local families experiencing financial hardship along with the good news of Jesus.

Linda and Graham

Tuesday

Abbotsham Baptist – Please pray for those in the fellowship who are suffering from long term illness, who are regularly in pain and experiencing worry or grieving. BMS Relief – The Covid-19 pandemic will have a long- lasting impact on people’s lives. Pray for those who have lost family members and whose lives have changed forever because of this crisis, that God will bring them peace and comfort.

Nick, Liz and Harrison

Wednesday

BMS Relief – Pray for the Baptist Union of Poland, a small Union with a big heart, opening all their 100 churches to welcome refugees from Ukraine. Pray that God will sustain the many volunteers making this response possible. Please pray that God would be in the relationships between CAP’s clients and the volunteers.

Mike and Sheila

Thursday

BMS Relief – Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Pray that God will provide for its Baptist Union which is providing shelter and support for refugees from Ukraine. CAP – Please pray that the money courses will help people manage their family money more effectively.

Fay

Friday

BMS Relief – Pray for the Ukrainian Baptist churches across the country who have opened their doors to refugees, responding despite the risks. Pray that God will keep them safe. CAP – Please pray that God will provide the financial needs of North Devon CAP to help it meet the increased demand for help.

Pat and Larry

Saturday

BMS Relief – Across the world, Baptists are responding to the impacts of the Ukraine war. Pray that we will be united and co-ordinated as we respond. Abbotsham Baptist – Please pray for the fellowship as it meets to worship Christ and learn from his teaching.

June