Sunday, October 04, 2009

God's Gracious Provision

Today was the much-anticipated Harvest Gift Day in the parish. We've been planning today for a long time, the next step in our Building for the Gospel (BFG) project, looking towards the redevelopment of the church building and halls. Harold Miller, the Bishop of Down and Dromore joined us at both services, preaching from Psalms 65 and 126. By the end of this morning, we had received approximately £430,000, with another £30,000 this evening, all counted, verified and banked with a police escort, nonetheless!

How good is our God! Some of that amount will be boosted by the addition of Gift Aid from HMRC.

Yet, even as we celebrate God's goodness and faithfulness, we're aware of our brothers and sisters who are suffering hardship following a tsunami in Samoa, an earthquake in Indonesia, and a typhoon in the Philippines. The Barnabas Fund is coordinating relief efforts, being one of the leading agencies working with suffering and persecuted Christians across the world. A special retiring collection is being held this Sunday and next for Barnabas, but you can also find out more information and and donate by visiting the Barnabas Fund website.

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