Prayers for Manchester

St. Stephens, Little Harwood has arranged a prayer for comfort for the families who have lost their dear children and adults at Manchester Bomb Blast.  This was a terror attack executed through a suicide Bomb Blast.  About 120 members from the Christian and Muslim Community gathered at St. Stephens to condemn this terror attack and offered their prayers of comfort for the bereaved families.

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A joint Statement was forwarded by the leadership of Masjid E Sajedeen and St. Stephens Little Harwood reads;

“We write with Sadness in reference to the dreadful and abhorrent act of terrorism that occurred this week at Manchester arena which was surely meant to divide the community, one side against the other.  We the Christian people of St. Stephens Church in Little Harwood along with our Muslim brothers of Masjid E Sajedeen in Little Harwood totally condemn such atrocities.  We ask every one to pray for the people of Manchester, for all the bereaved, injured and their families that we will stand together united at this time of such heartfelt tragedy.

They must never be allowed to succeed. Together we must move forward with Unity, Resolve and Love.”

 

Creation and Evolution

In recent times we have witnessed the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book “On the Origin of Species” and the 140th anniversary of his 1871 publication “The Descent of Man” in which he proposed human evolution and the unity of all races of human kind.  Since then there have been a multitude of books, articles, documentaries, that have discussed, argued, and expanded on the theory of evolution, and its conflict with the Biblical version of the creation.

Recently Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow in their book The Grand Design argue that invoking God is not necessary to explain the origins of the universe, and that the Big Bang is a consequence of the laws of physics alone, though they fail to explain who created the laws of physics.  In response to criticism, Hawking has said; “One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist, but science makes God unnecessary.”

There is however a growing number of scientists who have, and are still arguing, and confirming that the universe and the creation of life can not have happened accidentally. The physicist Paul Davies argues that the claim that science is “free of faith” is “manifestly bogus

The popular press appears to suggest that the creation of the universe without God is correct and not the Biblical story, giving all sorts of explanations. What they fail to answer is why only man has developed as the dominant race, if evolution was so even, why are we not living a “Star Trek” picture of life where we share ideas with all the other creatures in our world?  The Bible has the answer if we are prepared to look.  Man’s dominance over the animals was by God’s design Man was to “Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28.
Scientists tell us that the earth is millions of years old; and although they agree on the sequence that God took to create life, many belittle the Biblical timescale of 6 days. It boils down to how long is a day, We know it as 24 hours, on Venus it is 243 Earth days, and in heaven – ‘With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day’ (2 Peter 3.8).

If all this is too mind-bending you may prefer this simpler explanation.

A little girl asked her father: ‘How did the human race appear?’ The father answered, ‘God made Adam and Eve; they had children; and so was all mankind made.’  Two days later the girl asked her mother the same question.   The mother answered, ‘Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.’  The confused girl returned to her father and said, ‘Dad how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Mom said they developed from monkeys?’ The father answered, ‘Well, Dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family, and your mother told you about hers.

Arguments for an intelligent designer are demonstrated in the properties of DNA, the molecules in our cells that carry our personal genetic code. Atheist biologist Richard Dawkins observed in his book River Out of Eden, “The machine code of the genes is uncannily computer-like” So, who designed and programmed DNA?  Gene Myers, one of the lead scientists on the Human Genome project, stated in an interview in 2000: “‘What really astounds me is the architecture of life,’ he said. ‘The system is extremely complex. It’s like it was designed. There’s a huge intelligence there.’” After a lifetime of atheism, the philosopher Anthony Flew wrote in his book “There is a God” that the evidence leads conclusively that there is a God. He asked the question: “How did the first reproducing creature ever get its DNA?” and the rationality of the universe convinced him that there is a God, who wrote the laws of nature.

It seems that scientists can only find what God has already created – probably the reason why each headline is called a “discovery.” What do you think, and while you are thinking you may like this story:

God was sitting in heaven one day when a scientist said to Him.  ”God we don’t need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing – in other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning.”

“Oh, is that so? Explain…” replied God.

“Well,” says the scientist, “we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man.”  “Well, that’s very interesting… show me”  God replied. So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mould the soil into the shape of a man.  “No, no, no…” interrupts God, “Get your own dirt.”

George Jevons
courtesy of www.parishwindow.co.uk

Amazing Grace

Press-ganged into the navy at nineteen, flogged for desertion miles away from the girl he loves, John Newton feels he has nothing to live for. Making his way into the harsh world of the eighteenth century transatlantic slave trade, he climbs up through the ranks to slave ship captain. He is a man without hope, making enemies of all he meets. Then one stormy night, with his ship going down, he faces certain death…and nothing is the same again. This is a powerfully moving story of slavery, freedom and the remarkable powerof love and grace to transform a life.

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AMAZING GRACE!

HOW SWEET THE SOUND

THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME.

I ONCE WAS LOST,

BUT NOW AM FOUND, WAS BLIND

BUT NOW I SEE!

Saturday 7th March, 7:30pm

Fulwood Free Methodist Church, PRESTON, PR2 3LT

Tickets £8, Call 01772 861957 to book.

“Incredible piece of theatre” Broadway Baby magazine for Saltmine’s Love Struck, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Minorities Persecuted in Iraq

“They changed our church into a mosque, ruined historic museums, and destroyed a monastery and manuscripts that were 1000 years old. Iraq is gone. Iraq is finished. We’re finished. It’s impossible for us to go back,” – Iraqi Christian.

If you’re like us, you’ve probably felt outrage and despair reading about the situation in northern Iraq. Islamic militants continue to seize Christian towns. On Thursday (7 August) they captured Iraq’s largest Christian city, Qaraqosh, forcing thousands more to flee. In the process, militants continue to demand: Christians must leave, convert or die. Three weeks ago, Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, which is also the site of the ancient city of Nineveh, was the first city to receive the ultimatum. It now stands empty of Christians. Cities and towns across northern Iraq are emptying of Christians, whose families have lived in the region for thousands of years. They are now sheltering in mosques, churches, refuge camps in Kurdish cities without their belongings.

Please show your support and sign the Government ePetition in support of all minorities currently being persecuted in Iraq