Weekly News 19 February 2021

Sunday 21 February:

10am SERVICE: At the church, or Click https://zoom.us/j/5172232020   

Preacher:   Rev Jun Tan Psalm 78:1-4 “STORYTELLING GOD; STORYTELLING PEOPLE”

God calls his people to tell the story of his dealings with them. Even in a hostile society like ours, God’s truth can bring repentance unto life.

NOTE: Community Lunch has been moved to 28 January. DON’T BRING FOOD, it will be provided. We will ask at this Sunday’s service if you plan to be there for catering purposes.

THIS WEEK:

Bible Studies and Conversational English continue.

Wednesday 24 February:  7pm, Deacons’ Meeting

Care groups:   http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

LENT is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (17 February), Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians in a sense replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and his withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

One traditional aspect of lent is “fasting”, of giving up something significant in your life. That might mean “fasting” from things which take up our time (social media, TV), or items of food (chocolate seems to be a favourite to give up) or something else.

However, the purpose of this is to allow us to focus on:

  • Jesus, through Bible reading, prayer, contemplation, reflection,
  • our dependence on him through repentance, an growing awareness that sin separates us from God and of what it cost him to be reunited with us, and on
  • the needs of others, so replicating in a small sense what Jesus has done for us.

There are many Bible Reading plans for Lent available. The following is from Trinity Church, San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you are not already engaged in a Bible Reading Plan, this could be good.