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Pastor’s message: April 2019

Dear Friends, This month we will remember with great thanksgiving the wonderful message that is Easter. Strictly Easter celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we are inclined to combine all the events of His betrayal, desertion, arrest, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection and call it The Easter Story. In this letter I…

Pastor’s message: March 2019

Dear Friends, I write this the day after Pauline McMillen presented her powerful paper on the life of Bishop John Hooper of Gloucester (1 March 1495 – 9 February 1555). We placed it on that particular Wednesday evening after a series of postponements to fit with the anniversary of his death, but it seems appropriate…

Pastor’s message: February 2019

Dear Friends, I write the day after the big vote. Our government’s proposals for Brexit have been rejected. Before the vote took place it seemed that there was no clear direction. The vote has happened, we are in the same place and the truth of Proverbs 27:1 has been fulfilled – “you do not know…

Pastor’s message: December

Dear Friends, I wonder how many of you have said recently, “Where has the year gone?” We get the impression that time moves faster as we get older, or we say “Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.” The facts are there are still sixty minutes in an hour, twenty four hours in a day, and…

Pastor’s message: November

Dear Friends, November is on us, the clocks have changed and we have altered the time of our evening service. We could be entering the “winter of our discontent” or we could be maximising the time and opportunities that God gives us. We have celebrated our Church Anniversary and we had an “Away Day” for…

Pastor’s message: October

Dear Friends, Each year in October we mark our Church Anniversary, but we also have an Annual General Meeting in May. In effect both meetings have a similar purpose – to reflect on the work of God at Emmanuel, but there are slightly different emphases in each meeting. In May we reflect on what has…

Pastor’s message: September

Dear Friends, As I sat to write this letter I had decided on the subject of contentment, but received the tragic news that one of my closest PNG friends has lost yet another son. We had known them as a really contented family with two sons and two daughters. Before we left PNG the older…

Pastor’s Message: June

Dear Friends, We held our Annual General Meeting in the month of May and it was a time for great thanksgiving, because God has been abundantly gracious to us through this last year. At our previous AGM we recorded the fact that we were facing a great financial challenge trying to maintain the demands of…