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Communion  Service
Welcome, Announcements & Opening Prayer                         Philani                                                                                  
Introit        “Be still for the presence of the Lord“Songs of Praise  – Christian and friends
As water to the Thirsty
There is Sunshine in My Soul
 
Worship through Giving        Patrinne    
Children’s Story           Caroline S.
Scripture Reading       Exodous 33:18 & 34:6 NIV    Jude                              
Family Prayer             Patrinne
Special Music       Shannon & Aaron
Message   “The Best thing about God”       Pr. Llew Edwards
Hymn SDAH 76   “O Love that will not let me go”
 Benediction       Pr. Llew Edwards         
 

SABBATH 29—JULY 20, 2024

A Life Spent For the Cause of God

2 Corinthians 8:5—“And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.”

A certain missionary had challenged his church members to make a sacrifice for the cause of God. Not long after, when visiting one of the poorest families in the church, he could not believe his eyes. As he approached the house, he noticed that the eldest son was pulling the plow, in place of the only ox the family once owned. When the missionary asked, “Where is the ox?” he was surprised by the answer: “We sold it so we could give an offering for the new place of worship to God.” The missionary couldn’t hold the tears as he grasped the enormity of the sa- crifice made by the family.

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul presents the example of the Macedonian church to teach the princi- ples of true faithfulness. Macedonian Christians lived in extreme poverty and faced persecution for believing in the Lord Jesus. Many under similar conditions would operate in a self-preservation mode, but not the Macedonians.

The Macedonians’ faithfulness teaches us the following principles:

1. Temporal limitations do not mean spiritual limitations. The Macedonian example elo-

quently teaches a valuable lesson to those in the church who are called to serve the Lord in a situation of poverty. We look at our condition and ask ourselves: What can we give the Lord being so poor? As poor as we are, can we still give something to the Lord?

Some of our people may be experiencing financial trials and challenges, but the strong example of the Macedonians silences all our excuses until we are forced to confess that it is our selfishness and self-preservation mode that prevents us from giving generously to the cause of God.

2. They understood the great gift of God’s grace. By nature, we are self-centered and not capable of giving generously. To give freely to God’s cause, we must find God’s grace in Jesus Christ. The understanding of His sacrifice on the cross for us will touch the invisible heartstrings and melt the selfishness that resides in us.

Appeal: The secret of true giving is found in giving ourselves to God. When Christ owns our hearts, He also owns our wallets and purses. We have good examples to follow, so what we need to do is to go to God’s presence, and He will give us the strength and ability to do what must be done.

Announcements 


Discovery Mountain family Day September 7th
 Exciting all day event here in Belfast SDA Church, so invite family and friends. If you wish to volunteer see Caroline O’Brien.
Adventist Youth Ireland Events & Dates- Summer Camp August 12th-18th  All 9-17year olds welcome. (If you are 18+ and want to volunteer please see Philani or Lorna to ensure all Access NI Checks are completed)
Irish Mission Day Of Fellowship September 14th Dublin: Please let Pastor Todd know if transport is needed. Please bring all the relevant travel documents.
Prayer Meeting- Every Wed Evenings at 7:30 ZOOM ID: 2638989242 (Passcode 000000)
Christ Objects Lessons: Study held every Monday on Zoom with Pastor Gideon  at 7pm  Zoom 81990409706 passcode 743460 
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