Wellington Record – June 2018

Wellington Record – June 2018

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Welcome to the summer edition of our church magazine.  

It is increasingly easy to shop without interacting with another human being. Walk around a shop, serve yourself, go to a self-service till, scan your products, pay and leave! Or go online and order whatever you need and in a day or two parcel arrives, placed in the garage or red recycling box as you have prearranged. 

Is it possible to live as a Christian and not interact with others? Matthew 22 v 39, instructs us, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ and in Hebrews 10 vs 24&25 we read, ‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another’. Do you interact with others? Are you an encourager? Do you use your life and resources serving yourself or serving others? 

This magazine contains many examples of people who are or are planning to serve God. These are people not consumed with self but with helping others, locally or as far away as South Africa. Can I ask that you resolve to pray for each of them as Paul prayed in Colossians: ‘We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.’  

Mervyn Orr, Editor 

Wellington Record for March 2018

Wellington Record for March 2018

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Wellington Record – March 2018

 

Welcome to the Spring edition of our church magazine.  

The Greek word ‘ekklesia’ means an ’assembly’ or as we call it ‘church’. The word is not linked to a specific place but indicates that we are part of the whole body of Christian believers, wherever they may be.  

‘And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him  head over everything for the church…’                     Ephesians 1 v 22. 

Many of our people in Wellington are involved in short and long term Christian service – not just in Ballymena but right across the globe. We also have the privilege of supporting others where, in years gone by, links have been established.  

Have a look at the world map on the centre pages and be amazed where our people, and those we support, are working. Learn of the difficult and challenging conditions Sergey and Yulia face in Ukraine and how Metka and Goran are spreading the Gospel in Slovenia. Rachelle recently spent time in the slums of Delhi while others are working much closer to home. Each is our brother or sister in Christ. 

‘And pray for us too,   that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…’ 

Colossians 4 v 3 

We have recently been considering the topic of prayer in Wellington. Let each of us resolve to put into practice these words from Colossians 4 and uphold in prayer those involved in building His Kingdom, wherever in the world they may be!   

Mervyn Orr, Editor 

 

Wellington Record Winter 2019

Wellington Record – December 2017

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Wellington Record – December 2017

Welcome to the Winter edition of our church magazine.

Another summer has passed and many are looking forward to spending time with family and friends over Christmas and New Year.

Do you ever pause and look back over the year that has almost gone? Do you wonder if you have made a difference in someone’s life? Did you go out of your way to help someone in need? As we journey through life, we can become so caught up with the demands of modern day living that we have little or no time for others. Maybe we should pause, take stock and ask ourselves what is really important to us.

In Micah 6 v 8 we read, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

You can’t fail to be moved by the words of Lauren Agnew as she tells us of IJM’s work on pages 12 & 13. To realise that millions in our world live in slavery at the hands of evil and unscrupulous people seems almost unbelievable in the 21st Century! Surely William Wilberforce’s efforts led to the abolition of slavery 1833!

What better time of the year to sit down and consider our attitudes to others and how we might develop lives full of justice, mercy and compassion.

This is, after all, what the Lord requires of us!

Mervyn Orr

Editor, Wellington Record

Wellington Record – June 2017

Wellington Record – June 2017

To download the latest issue of the Wellington Record, please click on the link below –

Wellington Record – June 2017

 

Over the winter I have been enjoying the gentle game of bowls at the Men’s Fellowship on a Tuesday night.  While it may appear too sedate for some, I can assure you that it is a game of some skill. You never quite know where your ‘perfectly delivered’ bowl will end up. The aim of the game is to finish close to the jack. An errant bowl can, however easily wander off the mat, pull up short, or roll on past the jack. It may even hit an obstacle on its way. Even worse is when you are close to the jack and you get a nudge – or a whack – from your opponent’s bowl.

 

Life as a Christian is a bit like a game of bowls. We have the aim of staying close to Jesus but sometimes we can ‘wander off the mat’, or hit obstacles as try to live our lives without Him. We may go too far or even pull up short and let others deflect us from our path. While we all have to contend with many issues in life, there is one constant, Jesus. He stands, His hand outstretched, offering us rest and bringing us peace!

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41 v 10

 

Mervyn Orr

Editor, Wellington Record