Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in GOD my Saviour. The Sovereign LORD is my strength.
In these confusing days, the word of God is our steadfast and reassuring guide. Study does not have to done in groups and there are many on-line resources to help. Be discerning and guided by prayer. Please contact us if you would like to know what on line resources are currently available.
It is important to constantly seek the Word of God and even more so during these unprecedented times.
Understand my dear brothers and sisters; you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
James 1v19 NLT
Let me make a confession- if I was shown a bunch of leaves or placed in a forest, I could not name many of them. Tree names and their particular leaf, shape, size or bark characteristics are not ‘my thing’. I can almost hear the wails of ‘poor Ewart, he misses so much’ coming from those who have the ability to distinguish and name many of the trees in our woodlands. Let me ask you a question – what tree, when thrown into bitter water, makes it sweet? This happened to the Children of Israel when they had just started their journey from Egypt to The Promised Land.
After three days they came to Marah where the water was so bitter they could not drink it and had a ‘good old moan’. The solution came when Moses threw a tree that God showed him into the water and then it became drinkable. We are not told its name. The Jewish tradition is that the wood of this tree was itself bitter, yet it sweetened the waters. Is this a picture of the bitterness of Christ's sufferings and death, to save us just as the sweetened water saved the Children of Israel? God was in evidence to rescue His people.
God could not - would not - forsake his people, nor did He mind coming again and again to meet their need. This is a comforting lesson for us to learn in these days of the continuing ‘barriers to lead a normal life’ that we are going through at this time.
Was the moaning of the Children of Israel because their focus was on their thirst rather than on the God who had proved himself faithful many times before? When we are in a difficult place, let us find courage and comfort by recalling all the times God has provided for us in the past. Perhaps we could write down one specific moment when God delivered us or gave us a miracle in some way, and thank him. Then remind ourselves that if God did it before, he can – and will - do it again!
Thank you O God for your faithfulness to us
and being willing to come to
our help time and time again.
When life is hard and you seem so far away
remind us of the miracles you have done in our lives. Amen
There has never been a greater need to look after our community. Along with many organisations Fareshare Kent can help if you, a friend, relative or neighbor Is in genuine need.
In Zimbabwe, war trauma and high unemployment can leave people in despair - until they find hope on a “friendship bench.”
Hopeless people can go there to talk with trained “grandmothers” - elderly women taught to listen to people struggling with depression.
The Friendship Bench Project is being launched in other places, including Zanzibar, London and New York City. “ We were thrilled to bits with the results,“ said one London researcher. A New York counselor agreed.
“ Before you know it, you’re not on a bench; you’re just inside a warm conversation with someone who cares.”
Please pray for all those afflicted by the Coronavirus, for students having to isolate away from home and loved ones in Care Homes missing family and friends. This world pandemic affects so many, and many prayers are needed for so many situations.
We offer a warm welcome to our services and activities.
We have a short service on Sunday mornings with limited places.
Please contact us for further details and availability
London Road Temple Ewell Temple Ewell, Dover, CT16 3DE, United Kingdom
Church Telephone number (not 24/7). 01304 826396 Please note that this number is not monitored continuously and it may be some time before your message is received. If the matter is urgent please contact one of the Deacons.
Our church car park has room for about 5 cars, and you are welcome to park there if there is space. There is usually some on road parking on the main road in either direction. A small car park is available off the road opposite the church and often has spaces.
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