Tuesday, 25 December 2012

A Christmas Day Psalm ...

Born this day - a Christmas Day Psalm

The promised One was there in the beginning, and He was with God and He was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 

Adam was created and enjoyed God as his father. Adam the head of mankind, the heir of the world. But Adam was not the Promised One; He rebelled; He took; He fell.

God made a promise, a solemn vow, that a Promised One would to come and to crush the serpent’s head. And yet the Promised One would have his heel struck.

Noah came & preached righteousness. His work saved those who responded yet those who ignored Him perished. But Noah was not the ‘Promised One’.

Abraham believed God. He left his homeland and became the Father of many nations & multitudes. But Abraham was not the ‘Promised One’.

Isaac was the child promised by God. Isaac was offered as a sacrifice and in one sense came back from the dead. But Isaac was not the ‘Promised One’.

Joseph the beloved son of the father, betrayed by his brothers yet later became king and saves them. But Joseph was not the ‘Promised One’.

Moses the Prophet and Priest. Moses led God’s people out of slavery through the shedding of innocent blood. But Moses was not the ‘Promised One’.

Joshua led the way to a Promised Land. With a loud cry Joshua defeated God’s enemies, the walls came down. But Joshua was not the ‘Promised One’.

David defeated the giant that mocked God’s people. David was anointed then persecuted, but none could gain an advantage over him. But David was not the ‘Promised One’.

Daniel was without fault yet unjustly sentenced. He was thrown into the lion’s den but miraculously escapes certain death. But Daniel was not the ‘Promised One’.
Jonah was a preacher of righteousness. Jonah offered himself so that others might not perish; they threw him overboard and received their salvation. But Jonah was not the ‘Promised One’.

My friends, Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

These men, Noah, Joseph and the like, are all foreshadows, pointing to another who was yet to come.

The Promised One is greater than all these...

Gabriel was sent to Mary, a virgin pledged to be married & highly favoured by God. The Spirit overshadowed her, now she carries the ‘Promised One’.

Joseph led Mary to Bethlehem. He belonged to the house and line of David, and now the time had come for the birth of the ‘Promised One’.

Angels appeared to shepherds. “Today, in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”. The ‘Promised One’.

Jesus the long awaited Christ came. Wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger, for there was no room at the inn for the ‘Promised One’.

My friends, Be not concerned of his humble beginnings; tho born in a stable he is the anointed God-Man come to save us. Jesus is the ‘Promised One’.

My friends, look to those who foreshadowed Him; See how they reveal facets of His mission & character. He is the true & greater Noah, Abraham and Isaac.

The Promised One, lying in a manger, is the true & greater Moses, Joseph & Joshua.

The Promised One, wrapped in cloths, is the true & greater David, Daniel & Jonah   

Today is the day to sing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests”. Jesus is the ‘Promised One’.

Today Our eyes have seen again God’s salvation, which He has prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles (that’s us).

Today He who was promised has come; He who was anointed to preach good news to people like me, people like you. Jesus is the 'Promised One' has come.

Today we remember Jesus, the long awaited Christ, the ‘Promised One’.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

latest from Gecko Collective

Our friends at Gecko Collective have released another video from their winter sessions. This is James who played at the Carol Concert last week. 

Friday, 21 December 2012

A quick reminder

With Christmas almost upon us, Family Green want to wish you a merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We shall be around over the festive season so hopefully see you at one of the gatherings below:  

This Sunday (23 Dec) we have a family service at Reading Girls' School, children have been asked to come in nativity costumes! At South Street we will be watching a Stephen Furtick DVD; for someone so young he is an outstanding communicator.

Christmas day we are meeting at 10-11 at the church offices. I am speaking on 'the long awaited Christ' and it will be different! I'll say no more. 

Sunday 30 Dec - no meetings.

New years Eve - A Family friendly party at the church offices, 7pm till late. Everyone is invited so please bring some nibbles and non-alcoholic drinks to share ... the Groovy Greens will be throwing some shapes as DJ Scottmeister rocks da house!

Sunday 6 Jan - Meeting at Reading Girls' in the morning. Evan Rogers will be leading worship at South Street in the evening, a lively start to the year!  

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Building update ...

I received this email from Ian Anderson who leads the Buildings Team:

Hello Buildings Team!
Thank you again for your input on Monday evening as we discussed the way forward with 171 Basingstoke Road.  It was useful looking at layout and deciding we could fit into this space and make it work for us. 

However I had a call from our commercial agent yesterday to say, that the agents have received three offers. Two of which are unconditional cash buyers and a third offer subject to planning . We are the fourth offer, which is conditional  on change of use etc and not cash.  They are apparently going to accept one of the unconditional offers and that does put us out of the running from this point of view.  

Although I never doubt Gods ability to turn things around now or later -  we could still get this building, it looks less likely it will be ours in the near future.  Yes I am disappointed and this is the most promising building we have seen in the last 18 months of looking. But our God is never a disappointment, he is reliable, trustworthy, he has our best interest at heart and his timing is perfect. So I think we should see this as an encouragement to pray and seek God, believing he will supply all our needs according to his riches in heaven.

Here is my TOP VERSE FOR THE YEAR AHEAD, which I think fits this situation rather well 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit'. Romans 15 v12

Thank you again for all your support - Ian

Whilst this is disappointing, we have only expended time, prayer & energy and not any RFC money. And we are confident that God is with us and will give us what we need when we need it. Let's wait and see how it all drops out in the New year.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

You've gotta watch this

Very funny. When I was 16 I applied & was offered a job in the Army. I have always had great respect for them... 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Carol Concerts this Sunday

Just a quick update to say that the Carol Concerts are this Sunday which means no morning meeting at Reading Girls School or evening meeting at South Street Arts Centre. 

Nearly all of the 660 tickets have now been allocated, but there are a few left for the 7pm concert (4pm is now fully booked). Please contact Beka at the office if you need these. 

It will be a hugely creative & contemporary carol-fest and Adrian Holloway will be preaching. 

So do enjoy a lazy Sunday morning and come in the afternoon with great faith to see lives changed. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

In the news

In case you missed this in the Reading Chronicle ...
A NEW Christian mentoring scheme will empower disadvantaged young people and teenagers to take their first steps on the career ladder.

Starting Point Reading reaches out to youngsters aged 16 to 25 who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) - pairing them up with mentors to gain work experience, internships or permanent positions.

The project is run by Christian charity the Mustard Tree Foundation and has received an initial £30,000 cash boost from Reading Borough Council's Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) and Reading Family Church.

Project manager Rachel Green told charity supporters gathering at last Friday's launch in BB's Coffee and Muffins in the Oracle: "There are so many opportunities available to young people in Reading but unfortunately getting your foot on the first rung of the ladder is often the hardest step to make. What we aim to be is a place where young people who would like a job, training or education, can come and be partnered with a mentor who will help them explore their options."

So far 24 mentors have signed up, including Lis Rout who works for pregnancy advice centre Reading Lifeline. She urged more businesses and community groups to get involved and told the audience: "I'm excited about following a young person and encouraging them to look outside of the box and try new things, have a go and learn from the experience."

Three youngsters are already being helped by the scheme and more will be referred from Jobcentre Plus. Thames Water, BG Group, Christian Community Action and Reading4U community radio are among the companies and charities offering placements in everything from construction to catering, plus retail, media and horticulture.

Reading West MP Alok Sharma offered his support as a mentor and stressed the project will help equipped youths with vital skills needed to help the town and the country compete in the globalised world.

Young people and organisations looking to join should contact 0118 956 7000  07864 040 466 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Our new home?

If you have been around RFC for the last few weeks you should be aware that a warehouse on the Basingstoke Road has come onto the market. It's location is great, its 15,000 sqft and selling for £1 million. It has been vandalised internally, needs approx £400k of work done and we'd need Change of Use. 

I sense God hasn't spoken specifically regarding this building, but there is enough about it that we should take the next steps. The only time this week it can be viewed is tomorrow and Ian Anderson will be hosting the viewing.

Wed 5 Dec, 1pm @ 171 Basingstoke Rd, RG2 0HF

It would be really helpful if you can get along to view it and ask God for wisdom as we consider this (it's not in a suitable condition to bring children). We aim to gather at the church offices on Thursday night to hear your feedback and continue to ask God for His leading on this.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Cold toes, broad smile

Winter training is progressing well. 

This morning was a chilly 3hr ride with TVT, chasing hills around Henley. Once the mist had cleared it was really pleasant in the sun, although when gasping up yet another hill all is forgotten. At the bottom of the first climb my chain came off and I managed take out all but two with my sudden dismount. Let's just say I wasn't the most popular rider at that point :o)
I am also a regular at the Thursday night turbo session - 10 grown adults on training wheels in a village hall in Arbofield. For a sweaty hour we are shouted at by 'Coach Troy' on the big screen and we love it!

Joshua and I swim with the club on Monday nights and my running will be tested in a few weeks with my first cross country race in a very long time.

I am currently wondering what to aim at next year ... most likely a 70.3 race (1.2mile swim, 56mile ride, 13.1 run). It needs to be something to make sense of all this winter training madness...