Dear Church Family
A man was walking past St Michael le Belfrey Church last Sunday evening and heard the music. He hadn't been to any church for years but he came in. He stayed for the service and heard the message about Broken Dreams given by guest speaker Sheridon Voysey. His plan had been to take his life that evening. But he left with a changed mind and a renewed heart, saying over and over again 'I am a child of God'. As I heard this story I found myself spontaneously giving thanks to the Lord for the way he brings hope and transformation, and that he should use our church to help that man last week. What an honour!
So many times we're told in the bible to 'Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.' Psalms 107 begins with those words, and goes on to say: 'Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story'. The stories of God's goodness need to be told. Because the stories build faith. And they cause us to ask the Lord to do it again! And so often, he does!!
We're expecting lots of good-news stories to emerge over the coming days of Advent, as we have our two Advent cafes in church (tomorrow and the following Saturday) and then our Carol Service in York Minster on 4th December. Please do ivite people, and pray for these and all the various Christmas events coming up - that the Lord would use us to creatively and faithfully declare the good news of Jesus and that lives would be impacted.
Last weekend a group from The Belfrey, led by Tom Holmes (our Head of Worship & Creativity) went to lead worship in a contemporary style at a New Wine event in Durham Cathedral. This style was new for Durham Cathedral and it's great that the Bishop of Durham was so encouraging and that our church should be invited to help in this way. Well done to Tom and the team!
Another good news story relates to Belfrey Doors (our ministry of having the church open in the week to visitors) - as it's now back open again and we're already hearing some lovely stories of people sharing needs, being prayed for, and some staying for the Wednesday lunchtime service. Let's give thanks for this and all that's going to emerge from Belfrey Doors in the coming months. If you'd like to get involved with Belfrey Doors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally please pray for the York University Christian Union Weekend Away this weekend, which Greg Downes is leading, as he encourages these young Christians to be missional disciples not just at university but in every place the Lord sends them for the rest of their lives.
Thank you for praying. Thank you for serving. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.