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Pentecost Podcast || Empowered for Purpose || Rev Andrew

Pentecost: The Spirit Empowers Pentecost: The Spirit Empowers On Pentecost Sunday, we gathered to reflect on the powerful moment in the early church when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, transforming their fear into boldness and their confusion into clarity. This pivotal event marks the birth of the Church and serves as a profound reminder of the continuous work of the Spirit in our lives today. Scripture Reading Acts 2:1-21 (ESV) Read on ESV The Frustrations of the Disciples Before Pentecost, the disciples experienced a period of profound frustration and uncertainty. Despite spending years with Jesus, witnessing His miracles, and hearing His teachings, they struggled to understand their role and mission after His resurrection. This frustration is relatable to many of us today as we navigate our own faith journeys amidst life's challenges. Pentecost: A Turning Point Acts 2 describes how, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit d
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Don't forget the Belfast City marathon! See you Sunday

Come Worship with Us Tomorrow Morning! Come Worship with Us Tomorrow Morning! We're excited to invite you to join us for worship tomorrow morning at St. Paul's & St. Barnabas Church. Our service starts at 10:30 AM and we'll be diving into Acts 4:1-22, exploring how the name of Jesus offers hope to the world. Whether you've never been to church before, have questions about the Christian faith, or are searching for a church family, you're welcome here! Also, remember that the Belfast City Marathon is happening tomorrow, but don't worry, our church isn't on the route. The runners will be passing down Duncairn Gardens and onto North Queen Street, heading back into the city centre, so if you're not taking part, why not join us for worship instead? Take a break from the

Preaching Ministry || John 10:1-21 || The Goodness of the Shepherd || Rev Andrew Irwin

Reflecting on the Good Shepherd - A Sermon by Andrew Irwin Reflecting on the Good Shepherd This week at St. Paul's & St. Barnabas, Andrew Irwin shared a compelling sermon titled "The Goodness of the Shepherd," which we are excited to bring to our wider church community through our podcast. In his message, Andrew draws from the well-known biblical metaphor of the Good Shepherd to offer insights into how this image can influence and guide our daily lives as followers of Christ. The sermon delves into the characteristics of sheep, known for their need for constant care and guidance, and parallels this to our own spiritual journey. Andrew uses simple yet vivid language to describe the protective and guiding nature of Jesus, our Shepherd, emphasizing the personal and communal implications of accepting His leadership in our lives. By discussing real-life observations and biblical texts, the sermon invites us to reflect on our own responsiveness to J

Catch up on Holy Week 2024 || Thursday || Be Known By Love

Be Known By Love: The Mark of a True Disciple Be Known By Love: The Mark of a True Disciple A reflection on John 13:31-35 and the essence of Christian discipleship In the gospel of John, chapter 13, verses 31 to 35, we are presented with a profound teaching by Jesus to His disciples. It is a moment of intense instruction, set against the backdrop of His impending betrayal and sacrifice. Here, Jesus lays out what should be the distinguishing mark of His followers. Surprisingly, it is not found in the acts of service, humility, or even sacrifice that we might expect. Instead, Jesus points us towards love. Not just any love, but a love that echoes His own - sacrificial, unconditional, and all-encompassing. It is this love that Jesus commands His disciples to have for one another, a love that would define them in the eyes of the world. How do we recognize some

Holy Week 2024

Easter Week 2024 at St. Paul’s & St. Barnabas Parish Easter Announcements at St. Paul’s & St. Barnabas Parish As we approach the holy week of Easter, we have a host of activities and services planned. We invite you to join us in prayer, worship, and celebration during this significant time in the Christian calendar. Holy Week Schedule Wednesday Midday Prayer: 12:00 - 12:30 Evening Worship: 19:45 - 20:30 This is a time for reflection and preparation as we approach the commemoration of the Last Supper and Crucifixion of Christ. Thursday Midday Prayer: 12:00 - 12:30 At the Table: 19:45 - 20:30 An exploration of the Last Supper as described in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, understanding its meaning and significance. Good Friday Midday Prayer: 12:00 - 12:30 Good Friday Service: 19:45 - 20:30 The "We Gather at the Cro

Easter Pray Walk | Walking with our Community and Praying For Them

Easter Community Prayer Walk Easter Community Prayer Walk – A Time of Prayer and Fellowship Join Us for an Easter Time of Prayer As Easter approaches, we come together not only to celebrate the resurrection but also to connect with our community through prayer. St. Paul’s & St. Barnabas Parish is hosting our annual Easter Community Prayer Walk. This is a time for us to join our hearts and voices in prayer, seeking God’s grace and blessings for the places and people in our neighborhoods. Event Details: Date: Tuesday, 26th March (Tuesday of Holy Week) Time: Starting at 2:00 PM Location: Beginning at St. Paul’s & St. Barnabas Parish “Where two or three gather in my name, th

Reflecting on Psalm 1: The Beauty of God's Word with Mark Wells (Bible Society NI)

Reflecting on Psalm 1: The Beauty of God's Word Reflecting on Psalm 1: The Beauty of God's Word A Sermon by Mark Wells from the Bible Society NI This past Sunday, we were blessed with a profound sermon on Psalm 1 by Mark Wells from the Bible Society of Northern Ireland. Mark's insightful exploration of Psalm 1 reminded us of the deep roots and nourishment found in delighting and meditating on God's Word, drawing a powerful parallel with the life and mission of the Bible Society NI. The Bible Society NI, an integral part of our global mission to share God's Word, endeavors to ensure that everyone has access to the Bible in a language and format they can understand and afford. Through their work, they aim to reach every person so that they might experience