Monday, November 10, 2008

Celebrate Good Times - Serenje & Baptisms

In the words of Kool and the Gang - Celebrate good times,come on!
Lots to celebrate from the weekend just gone.
First of all the Serenje offering which is now even higher than I announced on Sunday! Gifts and pledges now total £83,088, which with Gift Aid should come to at least £103,000. I'm just so excited about this, first to be part of such an incredibly generous community, but secondly for the incredible difference this is going to make in the lives of people living in conditions of unbelievable hardship. Thank you so much to everyone who gave, and if you haven't yet given but would still like to then please still give. We're going to be looking to raise another £100,000 this time next year so the more of that we can get now the better. If you made a pledge then please make sure to fulfill it as I certainly don't want to have to announce that the total has gone down :-)
Secondly to celebrate the 11 people we baptised on Sunday. For me there's nothing more exciting than hearing stories of changed lives. It always brings me back to realising that this is why we do what we do. That we get the privilege to partner with God in seeing the lives of ordinary people like you and me transformed by an encounter with an extraordinary God. Just fantastic.
We have so much to be thankful for, and to celebrate. As I said on Sunday morning let's never forget what God has done for us, but like the 12 stones they took out of the Jordan as they crossed into the promised land and built into a memorial, every time we see what God is doing in the lives of others be reminded of all that he has done for us through his death and resurrection.
Hope you have a great week,
Simon.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i thought the sunday meetings were excellent... the range of baptisms/testimonies were excellent in that they showed how diverse our church community is....

from a small 10 year old child...through to a teen with special needs...to someone from sparklers toddler group...right through to christians taking the next step and ending with ex heroin addict....what an amazing God we have .........bringing us all together in one place..one faith..one Lord...

irene m

ps...ben oliver is to be commended...thought his sermon in evening was excellent.!!

Anonymous said...

I Thought Ben Olivers sermon was very good as well and having the Artist working along side was inspired. I love the way you encourage young preachers.L L M is wonderful and I go out of my way to hear him speak. One thing though.... I was slightly dissapointed with the pen top banger , all I was able to achieve was setting fire to my bic lid and making the office stink of plastic." Where did you get the idea for that my bemused staff asked me" "In church I replied...."

Anonymous said...

I Thought Ben Olivers sermon was very good as well and having the Artist working along side was inspired. I love the way you encourage young preachers.L L M is wonderful and I go out of my way to hear him speak. One thing though.... I was slightly dissapointed with the pen top banger , all I was able to achieve was setting fire to my bic lid and making the office stink of plastic." Where did you get the idea for that my bemused staff asked me" "In church I replied...."

Anonymous said...

Hi Simon,
I am 1 of the 11 who got baptised last Sunday evening. I also have one of your rocks!!
When you announced on Sunday morning the amazing amount that we collected for Serenje. I saw a gigantic wave with a lot of people from Serenje, they were not being dragged at sea to their deaths, but they were being washed ashore to safety due to this wave of kindness from the Kerith community.
I mentioned this vivid image to my housegroup on Wednesday. Geri told me to mention it to you, when I was home later I opened the card received for my Baptism from Geri this very morning and on it was....the same wave that I saw on Sunday!!! When I rang her she was not even aware of it.
God bless you Simon
Arlen

Anonymous said...

Simon,
You might be interested to have a look at this link.
Arlen





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