So another Sunday is passed. After the exertions of Saturday night, celebrating her 70th birthday with Maureen, we met for worship and fellowship at Hanwell Fields. There were not many of us but the LORD blessed us with His presence in the worship led by Mark. We sang to Him, "I surrender all!" It is good to leave our own thoughts and wishes aside for a short time to concentrate on Him and his grace toward us. Our response can only be full surrender. Sam reminded us that when a soldier surrenders it is into the unknown- fully disarmed he is at the mercy of his enemy. We however, surrender into the known, the love and blessing that Father has in store for us!
We had a time of sharing together and Peter asked for prayer for wisdom in those times when he feels out of his depth. Last week we were encouraged to go deeper than we are used to. Now we are finding that we need to know the support of each other in this.
We moved on into our studies in the letter to the Philippians, this time chapter 1 v 27 to chapter 2 v 4. Peter shared about one of the core values of New Frontiers: We can do more together than apart. This is on many levels: family, church, town and worldwide. We are a small church but we can have an impact as we explore ways to work with others locally in the town, within our hub and within the sphere of Catalyst. We will have exciting times making new relationships. The Catalyst Festival in May will assist this. Banbury Churches together will also be intrumental. Joining together with each other in sharing meals as we do on Tuesday evening is a great start.
And afterwards a feast was set out io the plenty that was left over from the refreshments at the party!