Weekly Email w/b 19th June 2023
On Sunday we celebrated the Confirmation of six wonderful people who publicly declared their faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. We had a joint service, led by the Right Reverend Alistair Magowan, and all those who attended would agree how amazing the whole service was. Alistair spoke about how in confirmation we see Celebration, Declaration and Blessing. We celebrate those who want to be part of God’s family through their public declaration of putting their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, and expect the blessing of the Holy Spirit as they walk in this journey of faith.
As I reflected on this, it became apparent that this is what I should be living daily. Every day is a celebration and a privilege that God has adopted us into his family. “He predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:5). We are part of the body of Christ no matter where we are, what language we speak, or how we look. Every day, and with every opportunity, we are called to declare our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our declaration not only builds our spiritual life but also defeat the power of darkness around us. In Revelation chapter 12 and verse 11 it is written “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony“. And, finally, as we walk closer with God, and even when we walk through the shadow of the valley of death, we can expect blessings. The biggest blessing we can have daily is the presence of the Holy Spirit with us every step of the way; the Spirit who comforts, teaches and encourages. My prayer for us this week is that we get to celebrate who we are in God’s family, declare boldly our faith and experience the blessing of the Holy Spirit.
Amal Moore, Pioneer Minister
As always, we are looking forward to worshipping together on Sunday. Sarah Rozenthuler will be speaking at both the 9 and 11am and Holy Trinity, Meole Brace on the subject of ‘Our Healer’, while Charles Ruxton will be a Christ the King. At the 11am there will be separate activities for Creche, Trinity Kids and Pathfinders, while Anon will stay in the service this week.
Meanwhile in the evening Phil Cansdale will be our speaker on the topic of ‘Powerful Prayer’ as we continue our series called “Postcards from the early church” and we look through the early chapters of the book of Acts.
Our next “EXPRESSO” will be on Thursday 20th July with Keith Moore looking at “How to grow your faith while on holiday”. Find out more – and catch up on other previous episodes on “social media” and “praying when big stuff is going on”, and “how to be a Christian in the NHS and healthcare world” via our website.
Want to join a group who get together every couple of months to share a meal and “do life” together?
Suitable for all ages and ‘stages’, and whether old-timer or newcomer, you’d be very welcome at the next “Big Sunday lunch” which takes place this Sunday at about 1pm at various locations. If you aren’t yet in a group and would like to join one, and make the most of opportunities of getting to know other people at Trinity, then let us know and we’ll find some space around a Sunday lunch table near you!
Next Sunday will look a bit different as we’ll have speakers from some of the organisations we support at 9am, 11am and CTK. This is a great opportunity to hear how God is at work both in Shrewsbury and beyond. At 11am we’ll be having ‘Upside Down Church‘ with a choice of different seminars. Watch this space for more details!
Our regular reminder about the Cost of Living Fund. Times are tough for many at the moment. At Trinity we know we can’t do everything or help everyone. But, flowing out of God’s generosity to us, we want to offer what we can.
Are you in particular need? Or do you know someone who might benefit from practical help or limited financial support? Alongside other Shropshire organisations we want to be able to offer help and support where we can. We have a “Cost of Living” fund to support individuals, families and specific projects at church and across the local community.
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