The St Andrew’s Church presentation given to Synod in Larnaca, February 2013.
Many thanks to Ray Haddad for making this terrific video.
To find out more about the Diocese, and in particular Synod this year, visit http://cypgulf.org/about-synod/synod-2013/
Ash Wednesday (February 13th) marks the beginning of Lent. The very word Lent means spring or springtime and just as in spring it is traditional to plant seeds and bury them in the darkness of the ground, so too Lent is a time when we plant ourselves in God and focus on and repent on the darkness in ourselves and in our world. It is a time of opportunity when through repentance, prayer, study, fasting and reflection that our lives can become transformed both inwardly, outwardly and towards our world and so enable us to become the people God has called and created us to be.
Perhaps you might consider doing something different from the norm during Lent … here’s a couple of suggestions:
Make time to read a Christian book
Here are some suggested titles
Abiding by Ben Quash ~ the Anglican Church recommended Lent 2013 book. It asks the question, what does it mean ‘to abide’ with Christ in the places we live, in our communities, relationships and one’s own mind and body.
Love Set Free by Martin L Smith. Meditations on the passion according to St John.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, martyr, prophet, spy. The biography of an extraordinary man with an amazing faith that stood against the evil of the day. One quote sums up Bonhoeffer’s life: ‘Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act’.
Not by Bread Alone by Bishop Robert F Morneau. Daily reflection resource, with scripture reading suggestions, prayer and thought for the day, to use during lent.
All are available to buy and ship, or to download on kindle (just click on the titles to find them on Amazon)
Lent Study Group
There will be a Lent group gathering for study, fellowship, prayer and reflection, looking at the book of Jonah: a Rebellious Prophet.
It will meet at Raha Beach Al Zeina between 7:30pm and 9.30pm on 18th and 25th February, 4th, 11th and 18th March.
Contact Rev. Gill Nisbet for further details and directions: email@example.com
Often our experience of preaching (if we are really honest) can frankly be described as instantly forgetable! This troubles me because I happen to be passionate and excited about the Gospel message and we do the Gospel no service if people do not have their imaginations stirred by our message.
The use of visual aids in preaching is Biblical and part of captivating an audience’s interest. I find that magic tricks are a great visual aid and in my years of preaching I’ve found that audiences are impacted and often remember the gospel message more when I use such illustrations. Many are really simple to learn and have an effective appeal and impact across all cultures and ages.
This new book is a hard copy of something I wrote some time ago and enables anyone involved in sharing their Christian faith to communicate ten Bible based messages, using easy to learn magic tricks and illusions, which the listener will never forget.
You can also make a donation to support those who wish to go on the trip but may not be able to raise the entire cost – and to help pay for the materials that will be necessary to carry out the various tasks while they are there – by enclosing your gift in an envelope marked “Dehradun 2013″ and placing it in the collection bag or giving it to any member of the Clergy or Pete Rizzuto, or handing it in to the Church Office.
All gifts will be receipted. Cheques should be made payable to St Andrew’s Church.
Dear friends of St Andrew’s,
2012 has been an an amazing and eventful year – the launch of our building work and the ordination of Jo Henderson are but two highlights which stand out in particular in the past months.
During this joyful Advent season Navina and I and the whole St Andrew’s team send you our Christmas Greetings, with much thankfulness for your friendship and generosity. Just last Friday at the end of our Christingle Service for example, we asked for your help to raise AED 10,000 to prevent a young disabled girl becoming homeless. In the space of five minutes you gave over AED 12,000 – Thank you!
We are glad to be a part of St Andrew’s Church and it is encouraging to see what the LORD is doing in this place and through you.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and praying that the New Year of 2013 will be one marked by the deep, deep love and grace of Christ our Lord.
Andy & Navina