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At 11.15am tomorrrow, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, we look at the stories of Jairus’ daughter and the bleeding woman in Luke 8.  Both times, Jesus shares the pollution of sickness and death, but the power of his love turns the pollution into wholeness and hope.  Annette and Leisa lead, and there will be Communion and a Bring and Share lunch.

During the service this morning we’re going to take up an offering for Kay and Jessica who leave in two weeks for Africa.  Bring your offering, or set up something to give each month.  See Annette for details.

Chris Sayburn new song: Up and Alive

New song Up and Alive from UK worship leader Chris Sayburn.

There is a song rising up to Heaven
It is a song that freedom sings
It is the joy of our salvation
It is a love only God can bring

Here’s a quieter arrangement:

The words are:

Up and alive as a new creation
Up and alive as a chosen one
I come alive to the celebration
I come alive to a welcome home

There is a song rising up to Heaven
It is a song that freedom sings
It is the joy of our salvation
It is a love only God can bring

Gonna dance, gonna dance for You
We don’t care if we look like fools
‘Cos we know what we’re born into
And it’s nothing less than Your glory

We’re gonna shout about
The things You do
Of all the battles
You have brought us through
Gonna dance, gonna dance for You
And it’s nothing less
Than for Your glory

Jesus take my reputation
In my celebration
I will give my all for You
Break free every chain
That holds me
I’ve living in Your glory
I will spend my life on You

Written by: Brenton Brown, Chris Sayburn, Chris Lawson Jones and Nick Herbert

Copyright© 2017 Thankyou Music/Safe & Sound Music

Matthew 4 v. 19: Fisher of Men

Lord, make me a fisher of men.

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (also called Peter) and Andrew his brother. They were fishermen, and were casting nets into the sea.

‘Follow me!’ said Jesus. ‘I’ll make you fish for people!’

Straight away they abandoned their nets and followed him.

He went on further, and saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother. They were in the boat, mending their nets, with Zebedee their father. He called them. At once they left the boat, and their father, and followed him.

He went on through the whole of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, healing every disease and every illness among the people.

Word about him went out around the whole of Syria. They brought to him all the people tormented with various kinds of diseases and ailments, demon-possessed people, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. Large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Ten Towns, Jerusalem, Judaea and beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 19:18-25, New Testament for Everyone

Charles Snyder: Hope isn’t an emotion

According to researcher C. R. Snyder, who dedicated his career to studying the topic, hope isn’t an emotion; it’s a way of thinking. Hope is more than a feeling. It’s a thought process. Snyder believes there are three parts to the process consisting of the following:


First, you need to set realistic goals that demonstrate you know where you want to go. You could call this knowing your purpose or having a mission in life. Aligning your purpose and goal with your passion in life will propel you toward your goal.


Secondly, you need to know how to achieve your goals. To achieve your goal, you must stay flexible and make adjustments along the way. Being flexible in the process means treating failures as feedback rather than dead ends. You make changes based on the feedback and keep moving toward your goal. You know where you are going, be persistent, and you will handle the temporary setbacks along the way while continuing to pursue your purpose. Throughout the whole process, you keep your eye on the end goal and relentlessly push on.


Thirdly you must believe in yourself. You must know you can achieve your goal. You need confidence in yourself, to know that no matter what happens and no matter how long it takes, you will achieve your goal. Believing in yourself isn’t so difficult when you connect it with the first step because when you know your purpose and are passionate about it, it gives you the drive to push through until you reach your goal. 

Matt Redman: Greatest Hallelujah

Songwriter Matt Redman released his new album Glory Song last Friday.  I loved the song Greatest Hallelujah.  Here are the lyric video, a live acoustic performance and a little about the story behind the writing of the song.

The words of the song are:

There’s a hallelujah, an everlasting song
A never-ending anthem we sing to You alone
Resounding in the heavens and in our hearts today
How greatly we’re forgiven and how great
How great will be Your praise

And with this song I will rise for the honour of Your name
From this breath to my last then forever and a day
I’ll pour out my heart, I’ll pour out my soul
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