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NURTURE PEACE

SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

John 14:27—“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you a s the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

We worship with our resources as a means of nurturing God’s peace in us. Jesus recognizes His disciples’ need for peace. Peace, Shalom in Hebrew, conveys the idea of completeness, wholeness, and fulfillment. We usually go to one of two common sources to quench our thirst for peace, Jesus or the world. They are not the same.

The world encourages us to achieve completeness and fulfillment by striving for more material things. This leads both rich and poor to engage in this frenzied race for just a little bit more. Unfortunately, it’s like chasing a mirage or drinking seawater when thirsty. Material possessions are not real solutions to our insecurity, sense of powerlessness, and fear of insignificance. Socrates, the philosopher, while walking through the groaning abundance of the market in Athens, exclaimed to himself, “Who would have thought that there could be so many things that I can do without?” Do we really need more?

In contrast to the race to acquire more, the Bible exhorts the believer to embrace contentment (Phil. 4:11-13; 1 Tim. 6:6-12; 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; Rom. 8:28) to grow in peace. As Christians, our contentment does not mean that we settle for what is mediocre. We become content when we acknowledge that an all-powerful and loving God is taking care of our needs, both material and spiritual. Ellen G. White recommends ways to acknowledge God as Provider: “He asks us to Acknowledge Him as the GIVER of ALL THINGS; and for this reason He says, of all your possessions I reserve a TENTH for Myself, besides gifts and offerings, which are to be brought into My storehouse” (Counsels on Stewardship, p. 65). Cultivating contentment through giving is great gain!

Lord, we praise You for being a faithful provider. As we are inclined to forget and become stressed, help us remember Your goodness by giving back to You and others.

PRAYER

Lord, we thank You for the opportunity we have each new week to sharpen our confidence in You. Increase our faith, and thank You for fulfilling Your promises.

NEWS

In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

SHAWN BOONSTRA

We want to extend a very warm welcome to Pastor Shawn Boonstra, the General Conference Voice of Prophecy speaker.  He will be coming to Belfast on Sabbath 5th November 2022 and will be spending the day with us. Please come prepared to spend the day. We hope to be able to have fellowship lunch at church that Sabbath and will confirm this with you. Spread the word!

NI REVITALIZE

This is the second meeting of the Northern Ireland Revitalise Conference where we learn how to grow and strengthen our churches. This is a must for you to attend and it is free. The date is 24th September 2022 from 10am to 4:30pm.  The venue will be at:

Rosspark Hotel Kells
20 Doagh Road,
Kells
BT42 3LZ

The presenter will be Dr. Anthony Wagnersmith – Mission and Evangelism Director for the Trans European Division. 

All interested persons wishing to attend, please click on the eventbrite link below to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revitalise-ni-worshipthe-heartbeat-of-mission-tickets-350304629577

PASSING OF HENRIQUES MIGUEL

Please continue to pray for the Eugenia, Telmo, Vera and Gelson as they prepare to repatriate the late Henriques Miguel to Portugal where the funeral service will take place.

PASSING OF JOE DONALDSON (SENIOR)

For those of you who may know the family, Joe Donaldson from Banbridge Seventh-day Adventist Church passed away on Thursday. The funeral service took place on Friday afternoon. Please pray for the family at this time of loss.

IRISH MISSION DAY OF FELLOWSHIP

The Irish Mission is delighted to announce its annual Day of Fellowship that will be taking place on Sabbath 29th October 2022 at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk. Please ensure to make a note of this date in your diary.

COMMUNION SERVICE

Please note that our Communion Service will be held on Sabbath 1st October 2022.  We look forward to celebrating this sacred occasion together. 

Tithes and Offerings

To return local Budget offerings only, please use the following:
First Trust Bank; Sort Code – 938270 Account No. – 33312061

To return a combination of Tithe; Gift Aid; Sabbath School; Local Budget; Other Offerings please use the following:
First Trust Bank; Sort Code – 938270 Account No. – 33312228

To return local Budget offerings only, please use the following:

First Trust Bank; Sort Code – 938270 Account No. – 33312061

To return a combination of Tithe; Gift Aid; Sabbath School; Local Budget; Other Offerings please use the following:
First Trust Bank; Sort Code – 938270 Account No. – 33312228

74-84 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 6AF

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Service Times:

Sabbath School 10:00 am Sabbath (Saturday)
Available classes for all ages. (adults, youth and children.

Divine Worship: 11:15am Sabbath (Saturday)

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