Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Our website is now up to date with Hope Church sermons. if you have a commute, or spend time ironing, cooking, in the gym or in the garden, then that can be a great time to listen to God's Word preached. It's great if you can listen to recorded sermons with undivided attention, but if you can't, then it's better to multitask than never to have tasked at all!
Hope Church life has moved on apace over the last few months, so a lot of fresh material will be written and put up on the site in the next week or two.
Friday, 24 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
It was a couple of years ago (or was it three?) that we invited David Robertson down to
Anyways, David’s visit was a huge blessing. He made great friends with the children (especially succumbing to the charms of Jemimah), criticised my ‘cheap’ whisky, and made aspersions about the integrity of my Reformed Baptist convictions, given my love for many long-deceased Presbyterians. Best of all, he prosecuted the empty beliefs of atheism, and preached the Gospel with passion and conviction.
Now he’s back, or at least he was. On Saturday night at Gunnersbury David debated Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, on the motion of ‘Is a Secular Society a more Tolerant Society?’ I’ve not listened to the debate yet, but it’s here. The reports I’ve heard from Gunnersbury friends about it are excellent, and I can only suppose that it was a pretty hairy time for Mr Sanderson.
Friday, 10 June 2011
So it's official, we are alive and kicking. I've been present at five births, and all of them involved, to different degrees, pain, mess, hard work, and great, great joy. The gestation of Hope Church Huddersfield, from the Allens' arrival, has been 9 months, almost to the day. Some have been longing for and praying for the church for thirty years, as we were reminded on Wednesday. There has,obviously, been a lot of work and effort by many to bring us to this day. But we're all sure of one thing, that the church is a miracle child; none of us expected her to be born, and we certainly didn't have the strength to achieve it. Here she is, the Lord has done great things, and we are filled with joy.
Now it remains for us to celebrate the birth publicly. This Sunday is our launch service, at 10. 30am, at Highfields Community Centre, on Cemetery Road HD1 5NF. David Gregson, Pastor of Reeth Evangelical Congregational Church, and a good friend to a number of us at Hope, will be giving us the charges, as Members, Elders and People. Garry Williams of the John Owen Centre, a close friend of mine from school days, will preach. After the service we'll have lunch together.
In the evening we meet for worship at 6.30pm, at The Christian Bookshop, Byram Street, HD1 1DR. All are very welcome. Come and share our Birthday joy!