St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15



DARKNESS TO LIGHT

ADVENT TEACHING - SUNDAY MORNINGS 2018

Sunday 11am at St John's

"The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light"..... This passage from Isaiah Chapter 9 is one of the most famous Christmas readings. The symbolism of light and darkness is very important at Christmas, (where else would we get the idea of Christmas lights....).

For Christians, light and darkness are more than symbols; we know that Jesus, the light of the world, really does drive away the darkness of sin, and that his birth was the occasion when, "the true light that gives life to everyone was coming into the world". John 1:9

December 02 - DARKNESS TO LIGHT: WAITING FOR THE LIGHT
God's promise of light in a dark world
Isaiah 51:1-8, Luke 21:25-33

December 09 - DARKNESS TO LIGHT: RECEIVING THE LIGHT
Recognising our need for Jesus
Isaiah 52:7-10, John 9:1-7 and 35-41

December 16 - DARKNESS TO LIGHT: WITNESSING TO THE LIGHT
John the Baptist and his message.
Isaiah 40:1-11, John 1:19-34

December 23 - DARKNESS TO LIGHT: LIVING IN THE LIGHT
Learning from Mary's example of faith and obedience
Isaiah 62:8-12, Luke 1:26-38
This service will feature our popular Nativity Procession

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SUNDAY 18:30 AT ST JOHN'S
Worship, Prayer, Praise, Bible Teaching, Cake, Hot Chocolate, New Friends

GOD'S PLAN

Sunday 18:30 at St John's - Advent 2018

Advent starts a week early at 18:30 with this new teaching series - God's plan!

It's good news that He has a plan - things do not just happen at random after all. This series draws on some of the traditional Advent themes and readings to learn about God's plan to save the world through his Son.

Advent reminds us of the whole of God's plan, which was foretold in the Old Testament, made real at the birth of Jesus, and will be completed when Jesus returns to claim his Kingdom. God's plan offers a new start for his people, and challenges us to be ready to receive him.

November 25 - God's Plan: A People who are Ready
Isaiah 52:7-10, Mark 1:14-20

December 02 - God's Plan: A New Start
Hebrews 1:1-5, John 1:14-18
This service will be led by our Young Leaders Group

December 09 - God's Plan: Promises, Promises......
Isaiah 11:1-5, Zechariah 2:10-13, Luke 1:13-17

December 16 - God's Plan: A Straight Road
Malachi 3:1-7, Luke 3:1-18

December 23 - Carols by Candlelight
Music, readings, hot drinks, mince pies and a great atmosphere

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TUESDAY LUNCHTIME 1:10pm - a fast 20 minute service

GOSPEL CHALLENGES - Tuesday Lunchtime Teaching - Spring 2018

This series aims to draw some challenges for Christian living today from the Gospels. It does not pretend to be an exhaustive list of Gospel values, or a complete agenda for Christians, but it gives us some important points to think about.

As ever, we need to be practical in our preaching - the texts are 2000 years old, so they need expounding, explaining and applying to the situations we face today.

APRIL 17 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: LOVE ONE ANOTHER
1 Corinthians 12:27-31, John 13:31-38

APRIL 24 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: FOLLOWING GOD'S PLAN
John 12:12-28

MAY 01 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: CHALLENGING PREJUDICE
Luke 19:1-10, John 9:39-41

MAY 08 - NO SERVICE

MAY 15 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: SEEKING THE LOST
Matthew 9:9-13 (and refer to Luke 15:1-10 )

MAY 22 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
John 16:4b-15

MAY 29 - NO SERVICE

JUNE 05 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: SERVANT LEADERSHIP
Mark 10:32-50

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THURSDAY LUNCHTIME
12:40pm Holy Communion.

IT'S GOOD TO TALK - TEACHING ON PRAYER - Summer 2018


SEPTEMBER 27 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - INTRODUCING PRAYER
1 Kings 19:3-14, Luke 11:1-13
What are we doing, is there anyone listening, why do we need to pray if God knows everything, etc. etc.?

OCTOBER 04 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - SPENDING TIME WITH GOD
Isaiah 6:1-8, Mark 9:2-13
Is prayer all about talking to God, or is there is place for sitting in silent wonder with a friend?

OCTOBER 11 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - PRAYING FOR OTHERS
Acts 3:1-10, Matthew 8:1-17
What are we actually doing when we pray for people? How does it work, (does it work)? Keys to successful intercessory prayer.

OCTOBER 18 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - PRAYING TOGETHER
Acts 12:5-17, Matthew 26:36-44
There are lots of biblical encouragements to and examples of prayer together. Why is it important?

OCTOBER 25 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - DIFFERENT WAYS TO PRAY
There are many ways of praying - the important thing is that we keep in touch
Matthew 6:5-14 - Jesus' model for prayer
Ephesians 6:10-18 - Spiritual armour

NOVEMBER 01 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - PRAYING IN TOUGH SITUATIONS
Acts 7:54-8:1, Mark 4:35-41
When the going gets tough - the tough get praying! Prayer should help us face difficult situations

NOVEMBER 08 - PENTECOST - IT'S GOOD TO TALK: THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US TO PRAY.
Acts 2:1-4, Luke 24:44-49, Romans 8:22-27, Acts 13:1-5
The bible promises that when we struggle to pray, God's Spirit prompts us, and gives us the words to say.

NOVEMBER 15 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - TRINITARIAN PRAYER
So do we pray to the Father, or the Son, or the Holy Spirit, or to all three?

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