John 15: 1-8
Welcome to Nambucca Baptist Church service for Sunday 16th August 2020. It has been a beautiful sunny day here, almost like the beginning of Spring, and there was a sense of joy in the house, as we gathered, in a Covid safe way of course, for our worship service. As always, we have recorded the welcome and time of prayer led by Meryl, as well as the Bible reading by Glenys, this morning. I have also included all the songs that we used in the service. You will have the advantage over us in that you will be able to sing along with them in your own home, where we had to maintain silent worship in the church.
Today, we arrived at the last in our series of the seven I AM statements of Jesus as recorded in John’s gospel. In John 15: 1-8, we find a remarkable teaching of Jesus, where He claims to be not only God but the living embodiment of the true Israel as epitomised in the illustration of the vine. The message today is not to focus on the pruning and the burning but on Jesus’ central message for his disciples to abide in Him. This organic connection between Jesus and His people is the source of all life and the natural outcome of this is to bear much fruit.
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This is where we would normally take up a collection but as you can see we can’t pass an offering bag around online. We have, however, provided a secure online giving facility for you. You can either use the Tithe.ly app on your smartphone or just click on the green button on the screen. We have been blessed by the way so many of you have managed to continue to give in various ways so that we can continue with the work of the Lord here in our church and beyond our walls.
Thank you for staying with us to the end of the service. It was wonderful this morning to be able to invite everyone down to the manse for a cuppa and some tasty snacks. Thanks to all the ladies who prepared them for us. Of course, I have no idea where you are located so you miss out on morning tea, I do have a little something for you to enjoy. We The Kingdom, is a band that I have taken a bit of a fancy to. They have just released their debut album and this track was released just three days ago from their album launch concert. There is no overtly Christian message here, but a fine group of musicians expressing the joy of the Lord in their own way.