Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY THIRTEEN

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY THIRTEEN

Luke 1:67-80 (NIV)

67 “His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us — 72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.”

Thought:

As Zechariah’s tongue is released he bursts into prophetic praise! This was still a few months before Jesus was born. Zechariah clearly understands that his son John is not the messiah but God’s prophet to begin the process of salvation for the Hebrew nation. And beyond. 

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY TWELVE

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY TWELVE

Luke 1:57-66

57 “When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” 61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbours were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.
66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.”

Thought:

tradition dictated that sons were given their father’s names or close relatives. Poor Zechariah, still unable to speak, confirms the name of his son to be John. This act of obedience releases his tongue to give God praise. The name given to John was a new thing, God was doing something new. It caused quite a stir in the local community and marked John out as special. The members of the community would have carefully watched as John grew up. 

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY ELEVEN

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY ELEVEN

Luke 1:46-56

46 “And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.”

Thought:

Mary’s response in so many things amazes me! Yet this overflow of incredible praise frames her understanding of who God is and what he has done for her! Today rejoice once again in the goodness of our God to us!

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Blessing the shoppers of Maidstone this Thursday

Together with a number of Maidstone churches, we will be blessing shoppers in the town this Thursday evening. Come dressed in festive outfits!

If you do not want to give out the gifts, why not come and pray?

When? Thursday 12 December, 6pm – 7.30pm.

What? A special Christmas event for the church in Maidstone to bless the town. It is General Election night and a great time for the church to spread some Christian hope, love and cheer along Week Street.

How? Spend 45 minutes in the Town Centre giving a small gift with the times of all the churches’ main Christmas gatherings. We meet 6pm at the Maidstone United Reform Church, Fremlin Walk entrance, for tea, coffee and hot chocolate, small-time of fellowship with other church members, and then a quick briefing and prayer before we head out to Week Street.

Who? As many people as possible from different Maidstone churches.


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Thoughts On Voting

Seven Principles to help guide Christians in the run-up to the 2019 General election


Jubilee’s own Andy Faulkner gives us seven principles to help guide Christians in the run-up to the 2019 General Election. Click here or on the image above to go straight to the recorded message.

As mentioned in the video, Engage 19 is a useful and impartial resource that explains the position of each party on a variety of issues that are likely to be important to British Christians and links to party manifestos on their own websites.

Spoiler alert: we won’t tell you how to vote, but we will tell you that it’s your responsibility to vote and to think it through carefully. Watch the video for some helpful advice as you prepare.


EVENT


Light Of The World

“Light Of The World” our December Advent series is well underway. Follow the journey of Christ Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas by clicking here


EVENT


The 0 – 4 children’s group will have their last Seedlings Celebration on the 8th December 2019, and on the 15th December, they will be having a ‘Jesus’s Birthday Party’! — More info below:


15th December | Seedlings room at Tree Tops Academy | 10:30am
Please RSVP to Anni! If you don’t have her contact details, please email office@jubilee.co to let her know your child/ren is joining the party!


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POD This December

Upcoming events:
The Sprout & Thrive children will be singing Christmas carols at our Christmas family service on 22nd December. Lovely Joani will be organising this musical contribution!

Therefore, POD will not be running on 22nd December (all children will be in for the family Christmas service) and 29th December there will be no Celebration.


EVENT


Mens Ministry – This Friday!

Men – We will be getting together for a meal out this Friday 13th December at Kokoro 7.30pm. Make sure to sign up with Siji or Steve today!


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Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY TEN

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY TEN

Luke 1 v39-45

39 “At that time Mary got ready and
hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!””

Thought:

wow there is so much happening here! The Holy Spirit is at work. Elizabeth is filled with the Spirit and the baby John the Baptist leaps inside her. Spirit calls to Spirit!

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY NINE

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY NINE

Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Thought:

Joseph in this story seems to play a minor role, yet God chose him to father Jesus! Verse 19 shows some of the character of this man. He was also obedient as he did exactly as God had commanded and because of this, saved his wife from disgrace and their lives from the wrath of Herod.

Thoughts on voting

Thoughts on voting

Jubilee’s own Andy Faulkner gives us seven principles to help guide Christians in the run-up to the 2019 General Election.

As mentioned in the video, Engage 19 is a useful and impartial resource that explains the position of each party on a variety of issues that are likely to be important to British Christians and links to party manifestos on their own websites.

Spoiler alert: we won’t tell you how to vote, but we will tell you that it’s your responsibility to vote and to think it through carefully. Watch the video for some helpful advice as you prepare.

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY EIGHT

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY EIGHT

Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Thought:

Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message is incredible. This teenage woman takes on board this announcement of how her life will change and the preciousness of the son she will give birth to. Verse 37 says “for no word from God will fail”; If you have received a word from God and yet haven’t seen the fulfilment of that, be encouraged!  

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY SEVEN

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY SEVEN

Luke 1:18-25 (NIV)

18 “Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favour and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

Thought:

how different was Zechariah’s response to the visit of the angel to that of Mary? God doesn’t bless our disbelief. Yet Elizabeth’s response of thankfulness is wonderful. 

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY SIX

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY SIX

Luke 1:5-17 (NIV)

5 “In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.
17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Thought:

two thoughts today: firstly, Zechariah was going about his normal routine when God spoke to him through an angel. It doesn’t always matter where we are or the mundane things we can be doing, God speaks to us if we tune in to Him. Secondly that God answers prayers even if it sometimes needs a miracle to do so. After all, miracles are His speciality!