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Wave of Prayer

Between Ascension (Thursday 30th May) to Pentecost (Sunday 9th June) we are joining a Wave of Prayer across the South Bucks region. Each day there will be at least one prayer gathering open to everyone who would like to gather and pray specifically for our region to be reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ and a renewal of the church by His Spirit.
At each gathering there will be a prayer guide to help us pray for the churches in our area and seek God’s heart for our region.

The wave of prayer will build towards a big celebration on Pentecost Sunday Evening at Union Baptist Church, High Wycombe where churches from around the region will gather to pray together.

The programme is as follows:

Thursday 30th             8.00pm @ Gold Hill

Friday 31st                11.30am-2.30pm @ Princes Risborough Baptist Church

Friday 31st                8pm @ Totteridge BC

Saturday 1st             9-10am @ Union Baptist High Wycombe

Saturday 1st             8.30-9.30/10.00am Prayer Breakfast @ Wendover BC

Sunday 2nd               Evening ‘Praise & Prayer’ Service @ Wendover TBC

Monday 3rd               Day of Prayer (8am to 8pm) @ Holmer Green (details TBC)

Tuesday 4th              8.00pm @ Aston Clinton

Wednesday 5th        9.30am @ Chesham Broadway

Thursday 6th                        9.15-9.45am @ Kingshill (Northumbria Community Morning Office)

Friday 7th                   7.30-8.30pm @ Seer Green Baptist Church

Saturday 8th             8.15am Prayer Breakfast @ Oakridge (Numbers required please)

Sunday 9th                6:00pm (for 6:30pm start) Union HW Turning the Tide Gathering

Fake News?

In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, the apostle Paul talks about Good News. This morning Stephen shared a few simple diagrams to help us understand the difference between Good News, Fake News and Bad News when it comes to how we view ourselves before God.

There are times that some of us will think we’re too bad for God to love us and accept us. Left in this situation, facing down, on our knees, possibly feeling alone in our brokenness is naturally Bad News.

There are other times though that we may think that we are the ‘bee’s knees’ and that we deserve God’s love and acceptance of us. This is Fake News.

The Good News of Jesus as it is described in the Bible is that we can never be good enough to earn God’s love and don’t deserve his love yet God loves us anyway. Whilst the bad news image is the right position to be in when we look at ourselves, we can never be so bad that we’re beyond God’s love and forgiveness shown on the cross. His offer of himself on the cross should raise our heads from wallowing in our Bad News and cause us to bow if we view ourselves more highly than we should. The receiving good news position is on our knees with humble thanksgiving to Jesus for all he has done. ‘Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried and on the third day was raised again, according to the Scriptures.’ (1 Cor 15:3-4)

Easter Morning

On Easter Morning – 21 April 2019 – we gathered at Robertswood School to celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead. Stephen shared this diagram that summarises the biblical story of Jesus coming to earth, dying on the cross, rising to leave an empty tomb and ascending to heaven.  The final step in the story is in the future when He returns to the earth in glory.

God’s Extravagant Love

On Sunday 4th February we had an “all-together” service on the topic of God’s extravagant love. Stephen told the story of the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet with oil. We were treated to the sight and smell of Stephen’s bare feet and the aroma of the same kind of oil that the lady used to show how much she loved Jesus.

In our groups we painted pictures of the sea, we drew on a large sheet of paper, and we assembled roses to hand out after the service with a Bible verse attached.

After the service, one of the 6-year-olds gave a rose to her recently widowed 93-year-old neighbour. The neighbour was so touched she decided to go to church for the first time in 50 years. Hope Community Church helps people find their way back to God!