It is hard to believe that it is three months now since the new season of Jubilee Church started. We have said goodbye to many people and this has meant that we are very small in number some of the time but the quality of fellowship, worship, sharing and church life has been quite remarkable.
Obviously with a small fellowship, we miss anyone who is not with us through sickness, holiday, work or other commitments. It is not possible to be ever present and there is always a gap when someone cannot join us. This shows the value that each individual has to the fellowship as a whole. Everybody has contributed to our worship with even the most retiring of our group being comfortable to contribute in comment, prayer and testimomy. Everyone has served in preparation and conduct of the meetings and our times together.
Our worship has been uplifting and honouring to the Lord whom we serve. Our musicians have served us wonderfully and in diverse ways. We have been accompanied by guitar, keyboard, djimbe, drum pad, bass guitar, clarinet and violin. We have heard beautiful solo acapella singing and spoken poetry alongside the reading of psalms and prophecy from the Scriptures.
Our studies have been in the letters to the Phipippians and to the Ephesians and we have been learning of St Paul's valuation of the "saints" as brothers and sisters and co-workers in the gospel. We have heard and examined our attitudes and values and compared them to those of our Lord Jesus with an emphasis on his words and his original intentions for the church. We have learned to rejoice in all circumstances and to look to follow the example of Jesus and Paul as his follower. We have learned to centre our thoughts on the good, the honourable and contentment rather than the materialism of the world that will bring us down and cause disatisfaction.
We have shared many meals together: Sunday lunches at Hanwell Fields and Tuesday suppers at Peter and Fran's place. We have welcomed many visitors particularly some singles who need the fellowship of a Christian community.
We continue to devote ourselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. [cf Acts 2v 42]