The church was beautifully decorated, the singing was fantastic, and we were blessed to have Damien Burke from Drogheda Presbyterian speaking for us at our 2018 harvest service in Lavey. You can listen to the sermon from the harvest service from Lavey at the link above and read Psalm 65 here. More photos below.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Is that true?
“Sticks and stones can break my bones…but lies can crack hearts, ruin reputations, vandalize marriages and start riots”
Why does God tell people not to lie? Why is it important to be trustworthy? What about a bit of harmless gossip? Listen to the sermon on the 9th Commandment here. The second reading was from Matthew 18:15-20 and can be found here.
We had our harvest service in Larah on Sunday, thanks to those who beautifully decorated the church (see photos below - if you click you should get more photos). Thanks also to Simon Donohoe who preached very clearly from Mark 4, you can read Mark 4 here and listen to Simon’s talk at the link below. This coming Sunday we’ll be joined by Damien Burke from Drogheda at our harvest service in Lavey.
Anastasia Kriegel was found dead on Wed 16 May in a derelict farmhouse in Lucan, Dublin. She was just 14 years old.
Two 13 year olds have been arrested, they are the youngest people in the history of the state to be put on trial for murder.
In 2018 in America, already been—234 mass shootings.
In Ireland in 2017 - 18,803 Threats to murder/assault/harassments
Where does all this violence come from? How can we protect our children and ourselves? Are the seeds of murder within our own hearts? You can read what Jesus says about where the problem starts here and listen to Nick's sermon on the 6th commandment at the link below.
This morning Rev David Martin helped us to consider the 7th Commandment, "You shall not commit adultery" and our second reading was from Matthew 5:27-32, you can read it here. You can listen to the sermon at the link below. Please don't hesitate to get in contact to talk about anything further.
Have you ever stolen? Maybe you've been the victim of theft? What does the Bible have to say about theft? Why does God tell people not to steal, and is there any hope if we've stolen?
Exodus 20:15 says "You shall not steal" and our second Bible reading was Matthew 6:19-34 and you can read it here. You can listen to the sermon at the link below.
Find out who said: “Youth today love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, no respect for older people, and talk nonsense when they should work. Young people do not stand up any longer when adults enter the room. They contradict their parents, talk too much in company, guzzle their food, lay their legs on the table, and tyrannize their elders.” And when they said it! You might be in for a surprise.
In 1924 Eric Liddell, the flying Scotsman, was set to win Olympic gold in the 100m, but he refused to run because the heats were being run on a Sunday. He was a Christian and for him Sunday was the Lord's Day - a day of rest and worship. Was he right to refuse to run? What does it mean to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"? Does this still apply to Christians?
Do the 10 commandments still apply today? What other gods are we tempted to worship? Have a listen to this morning's sermon at the link above. You can read the 10 commandments in Exodus 20 and Jesus' summary of the law in Mark 12:28-34.
It was great to have the school service this morning. The children did the readings, prayers (including some in Polish!), a song and a drama based on Luke 15. You can listen to the two part sermon below and read Luke 15 here.
Why did God rescue his people from Egypt? Why does He still rescue people today? Here's the all-age sermon from this morning. You can read Exodus 19:1-6 here, and here's the sheet that is referred to:
Do you ever grumble?! It's so easy to do, and in our passage today we see how God's people did fell into the trap time and again and how God graciously helped them.
"What we suffer may be bitter, but it need not make us bitter."
You can listen to the sermon at the link above and read the passage here.
What or who do you fear? God's people were frightened of Pharaoh, in some ways we can understand, but in other ways it was crazy! You can read Exodus 14-15 here and listen to the sermon recording above.