Evening Celebrations

Evening Celebration: God’s ever-present faithfulness

The Psalms are not just our words to God, but God’s words to us, given back to his people as instruction, shaping us to respond to him as we ought with our minds and hearts and lives. Each evening this week we will explore a psalm that talks about faithfulness.

As we experience change and newness, from the easing of lockdown restrictions to the joy of holding Convention on the Pencil Factory site for the first time, Psalm 136 points us to what God is like We are reminded that his steadfast love endures forever and taken on a tour of biblical history and hope, showing us what God has done and is doing.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Saturday 19:30 Jeremy McQuoid

Evening Celebration: God’s perplexing faithfulness

The Psalms are not just our words to God, but God’s words to us, given back to his people as instruction, shaping us to respond to him as we ought with our minds and hearts and lives. Each evening this week we will explore a psalm that talks about faithfulness.

Psalm 89 provides an extravagant celebration of God’s faithfulness and power, followed by the question, “Where is it in action?” Verse 49 affirms God’s faithfulness even at the moment of apparent failure.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Sunday 19:30 James Robson

Evening Celebration: A plea for God’s faithfulness

The Psalms are not just our words to God, but God’s words to us, given back to his people as instruction, shaping us to respond to him as we ought with our minds and hearts and lives. Each evening this week we will explore a psalm that talks about faithfulness.

In Psalm 40, we see past deliverance and present commitment providing the backdrop for the plea, “Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.” This psalm points us towards the atonement brought by Jesus Christ.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Monday 19:30 Andrew Sach

Evening Celebration: Our perverse unfaithfulness

The Psalms are not just our words to God, but God’s words to us, given back to his people as instruction, shaping us to respond to him as we ought with our minds and hearts and lives. Each evening this week we will explore a psalm that talks about faithfulness.

Psalm 78 was committed to telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord so that they would trust the Lord and not be like their ancestors, who were unfaithful, and perversely so, given all that God had done for them.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

NOTE: This session will be recorded by the BBC and will begin at 7.15pm.

Tuesday 19:15 Alasdair Paine

Evening Celebration: Pain and God’s faithfulness

The Psalms are not just our words to God, but God’s words to us, given back to his people as instruction, shaping us to respond to him as we ought with our minds and hearts and lives. Each evening this week we will explore a psalm that talks about faithfulness.

Psalm 119:73-80 reminds us that experiencing pain, difficulty and affliction is not a mark of God’s unfaithfulness, but can be an expression of his faithfulness. When life is not easy, we need to know God’s character so we can trust him in the midst.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

 

Wednesday 19:30 Efrem Buckle

Evening Celebration: In praise of God’s faithfulness (Mission Night)

The Psalms are not just our words to God, but God’s words to us, given back to his people as instruction, shaping us to respond to him as we ought with our minds and hearts and lives. Each evening this week we will explore a psalm that talks about faithfulness.

Psalm 98 is a call – for Israel and all creation – to sing in praise of the God who has acted powerfully for Israel and who will come in judgement, for salvation for Israel ultimately is good news for the world and all of creation.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Thursday 19:30 Gavin Calver

Evening Celebration: God’s protecting faithfulness

The Psalms are not just our words to God, but God’s words to us, given back to his people as instruction, shaping us to respond to him as we ought with our minds and hearts and lives. Each evening this week we will explore a psalm that talks about faithfulness.

In Psalm 91 we find that the believer is truly secure in God. Verse 4 tells us, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Friday 19:30 Efrem Buckle

Evening Celebration: A sure basis for faith

The opening two chapters of Luke’s gospel highlight the faithfulness of God as the Old Testament story – a story awaiting a conclusion for a people awaiting consolation – comes to its climax in Jesus. Jesus is revealed as the fulfilment of Jewish hopes for salvation, an expression of God’s mercy and faithfulness to his promises.

In Luke 1:1-4, Luke sets the scene for the remainder of his writings. Today there is much discussion about ‘fake news’ and ‘revisionist history’ but these are not new concepts and the question of warranted belief and confidence in the truth was important in Luke’s day too. Here, Luke highlights the certainty of the truth he has to share.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Saturday 19:30 Jeremy McQuoid

Evening Celebration: A faithful God prepares the way

The opening two chapters of Luke’s gospel highlight the faithfulness of God as the Old Testament story – a story awaiting a conclusion for a people awaiting consolation – comes to its climax in Jesus. Jesus is revealed as the fulfilment of Jewish hopes for salvation, an expression of God’s mercy and faithfulness to his promises.

As we continue into the first chapter of Luke, verses 5-25 show us that God had not forgotten either his long-term plan or an individual believer’s prayer, and shows that the two are linked. Zechariah and Elizabeth were devoted, devout, but Zechariah struggled to believe his own prayer had been answered.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Sunday 19:30 Felix Aremo

Evening Celebration: A faithful God, a model faith and a royal baby

The opening two chapters of Luke’s gospel highlight the faithfulness of God as the Old Testament story – a story awaiting a conclusion for a people awaiting consolation – comes to its climax in Jesus. Jesus is revealed as the fulfilment of Jewish hopes for salvation, an expression of God’s mercy and faithfulness to his promises.

In Luke 1:26-38 we are told of another child to be born. Mary’s child surpasses Elizabeth’s; Mary’s faith surpasses Zechariah’s. And in the midst, God does the impossible, in faithfulness to his promises.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Monday 19:30 Martin Salter

Evening Celebration: Celebrating the faithful saviour God

The opening two chapters of Luke’s gospel highlight the faithfulness of God as the Old Testament story – a story awaiting a conclusion for a people awaiting consolation – comes to its climax in Jesus. Jesus is revealed as the fulfilment of Jewish hopes for salvation, an expression of God’s mercy and faithfulness to his promises.

God has acted in fulfilment of his promises and now, in Luke 1:39-56, we see the model faith of Elizabeth and Mary, and the celebration of the salvation revolution that’s coming.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Tuesday 19:30 Felix Aremo

Evening Celebration: Celebrating the merciful promise-keeping God (Mission Night)

The opening two chapters of Luke’s gospel highlight the faithfulness of God as the Old Testament story – a story awaiting a conclusion for a people awaiting consolation – comes to its climax in Jesus. Jesus is revealed as the fulfilment of Jewish hopes for salvation, an expression of God’s mercy and faithfulness to his promises.

In Luke 1:57-80, the mercy of God shines brightly in the ‘horn of salvation’ for whom Zechariah’s child will prepare the way. And this salvation means fulfilment of the Abrahamic promise, ultimately that all nations of the world will find blessing.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Wednesday 19:30 Rico Tice

Evening Celebration: Good news of great joy

The opening two chapters of Luke’s gospel highlight the faithfulness of God as the Old Testament story – a story awaiting a conclusion for a people awaiting consolation – comes to its climax in Jesus. Jesus is revealed as the fulfilment of Jewish hopes for salvation, an expression of God’s mercy and faithfulness to his promises.

Rooted in history and in the actions of a colonial power whose very presence graphically depicted Israel’s oppression and the sin that caused it, the shepherds hear of good news of a Messiah in Luke 2:1-20. This king will cause great joy not just for all the people (Israel), but ultimately for all people who believe. The true king of the world is not a decree-issuing emperor, but a baby in a manger.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Thursday 19:30 Jeremy McQuoid

Evening Celebration: Consolation and comfort from a suffering saviour

The opening two chapters of Luke’s gospel highlight the faithfulness of God as the Old Testament story – a story awaiting a conclusion for a people awaiting consolation – comes to its climax in Jesus. Jesus is revealed as the fulfilment of Jewish hopes for salvation, an expression of God’s mercy and faithfulness to his promises.

Through Simeon and Anna, in Luke 2:21-40, the Spirit of prophecy makes clear to Mary and Joseph what was going on with their child: longed-for consolation and comfort is coming, but the shadow of suffering looms large. Glory in God’s kingdom, unlike Caesar’s, looks very different.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Friday 19:30 Rico Tice

Evening Celebration: Jesus Christ: The all-glorious faithful witness

The future of the church – at least in Asia Minor – was threatened from without by persecution and within by false teaching, idolatry and immorality. The words of the risen Christ come, with similar pattern, in every letter. Although rooted in history, and particular, yet they are meant for wider audience and they are very contemporary.

Revelation 1 reminds us to listen to the risen Christ. There is blessing for listening to, and taking to heart, the revelation of Jesus. And such a response is warranted by who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he will do. 

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Saturday 19:30 James Robson

Evening Celebration: A loving church

The future of the church – at least in Asia Minor – was threatened from without by persecution and within by false teaching, idolatry and immorality. The words of the risen Christ come, with similar pattern, in every letter. Although rooted in history, and particular, yet they are meant for wider audience and they are very contemporary.

In Revelation 2:1-7 we read about Ephesus. While the risen Christ commends the church in Ephesus in many ways, there is a glaring omission, leaving the love they had at first.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Sunday 19:30 Andy Robinson

Evening Celebration: A suffering church

The future of the church – at least in Asia Minor – was threatened from without by persecution and within by false teaching, idolatry and immorality. The words of the risen Christ come, with similar pattern, in every letter. Although rooted in history, and particular, yet they are meant for wider audience and they are very contemporary.

Smyrna is the subject of Revelation 2:8-11. There is no criticism of the church; there is a radical reconstruction of what constitutes true poverty and riches, and a reassurance of eternal security in the face of terrible suffering.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Monday 19:30 Jason Roach

Evening Celebration: A truth-holding church

The future of the church – at least in Asia Minor – was threatened from without by persecution and within by false teaching, idolatry and immorality. The words of the risen Christ come, with similar pattern, in every letter. Although rooted in history, and particular, yet they are meant for wider audience and they are very contemporary.

In Revelation 2:12-29 we are introduced to Pergamum and Thyatira. Although one is characterised by faithfulness in the face of suffering and the other by authentic discipleship marked by faith and love, both put up with false teaching that has catastrophic consequences in idolatry and sexual immorality.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Tuesday 19:30 Andy Robinson

Evening Celebration: A living church

The future of the church – at least in Asia Minor – was threatened from without by persecution and within by false teaching, idolatry and immorality. The words of the risen Christ come, with similar pattern, in every letter. Although rooted in history, and particular, yet they are meant for wider audience and they are very contemporary.

Reputation counts for little, as Revelations 3:1-6 and its words about Sardis show. What matters is being really alive, continuing what they’ve started and keeping walking with Christ.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Wednesday 19:30 Jason Roach

Evening Celebration: A resilient church (Mission Night)

The future of the church – at least in Asia Minor – was threatened from without by persecution and within by false teaching, idolatry and immorality. The words of the risen Christ come, with similar pattern, in every letter. Although rooted in history, and particular, yet they are meant for wider audience and they are very contemporary.

Weakness and struggle characterise the church in Philadelphia, as described in Revelation 3:7-13. But the church has hung in there and kept faithful in the face of great opposition.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Thursday 19:30 Pete Nicholas

Evening Celebration: A Christ-dependent church

The future of the church – at least in Asia Minor – was threatened from without by persecution and within by false teaching, idolatry and immorality. The words of the risen Christ come, with similar pattern, in every letter. Although rooted in history, and particular, yet they are meant for wider audience and they are very contemporary.

In Revelation 3:14-22 we are introduced to the church in Laodicea. Lacking self-awareness, their own verdict on themselves is very different from the risen Christ’s. They need to hear his words of warning and welcome his gracious offer.

This session will be live streamed and available for catch up.

Friday 19:30 Andy Prime