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Orbit Dec 2017

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love –

 All there in Christ(Mas)!

This year at Ozzy we’ve taken a slightly different approach to decorating the church as an aid in our spiritual journey towards Christmas!   We wanted to enter a little into the heart of the traditional ‘Advent’ period.    Advent, whilst not based on practice from Scripture, has its roots in hundreds of years of the universal church seeking helpful means for Christians to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ coming.

It’s a time for a growing sense of anticipation, slowly seeking and sharing in the dawning beauty of His coming… slowly, mind you!…one … thoughtful…step… at a time.    Deciding what are our hopes are for our own life, our family and friends, giving them up to the Lord and anticipating His fulfilling our  yearning for what He -and only He- can give us in  a beautiful, but often chaotic and broken world: peace , joy,  love, mercy, healing.

 

We all know Advent comes from the Latin word meaning ‘arrival’, ‘coming’, and the  Greek  ‘parousia’= ‘presence’, arrival- especially presence after absence.  Although in our culture there may be much preparation for the ‘coming’ of Christmas (Advent calendars are one of the few things we accept happily in our waiting!) the  concept of ‘watchful waiting’ can be rather alien to us.    We expect it all!… now!     We find it hard to understand why it sometimes can’t happen that way, we might even blame God when it doesn’t.

 

But the waiting itself is a special, meaningful time… Waiting for a birth always makes us think about how the one coming will change our lives. It’s thrilling, wonderful!    But we recognise that we too need to change our lives to give room for the new blessing that’s coming.    As we journey towards Christmas, I invite you to do all of the above and consider spending time concentrating on each aspect of  what Jesus can offer us-   hope, peace, joy and love.    A plethora of gifts, not just for Christmas but for life!    All that Jesus promised us-“life in all its fulness”(John 10:10) -can really be ours for the taking if we let Jesus into our hearts.

 

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

So this year we have fourChristmas trees at Ozzy symbolising these uplifting Advent themes.     Each week  we will add decorations to one of the trees, (starting with hope) praying into our own and the worlds’ situations.    We encourage you each week to think of short prayers to add to each tree -which we will do during Sunday services.    Pray and ask guidance for what your hopes should be for yourself and the world.

 

But whatever your circumstances, whatever difficulties- or indeed joys!- you may have this Christmas, know that they can be shared with your church family.     Because of Jesus you can now be adopted into God’s family!    A warm welcome and burgeoning  celebration awaits you at Ozzy Road Church over these next few weeks!    Come!    Enjoy, bring yourself, your gifts and skills, bring your family, your friends- share the wonderful gift of Jesus with everyone!

God bless you in the waiting! God bless you this Christmas!

Warm love in plenty to all at Ozzy Road and our Derby Community

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end.

Isaiah 9:6-7a

  “Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send Your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear Your voice each day.    We who are anxious over many things look forward to Your coming among us.    We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of Your kingdom.    We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of Your presence. We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.    To You we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

 

Eliza Pinder-Ashenden

Orbit Nov 2017

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

REMEMBRANCE

November is a month of remembering and remembrance. My first remembering of the month is November 5th; my brother’s birthday and bonfire night. No, his name isn’t Guy.

 

I remember so well all the fabulous parties he had on his actual birthday, every year, and still does at the age of 73! I remember making a guy from Dad’s old clothes and stuffing it with newspaper, taking it to Elton Road where all the Rams supporters and away fans funnelled across a bridge to go to the Baseball Ground. I made loads of cash for fireworks, asking for a penny for the guy. I remember being in the kitchen with Mum pulling and twisting yards of sugar to make toffee and dipping apples in molten sugar for toffee apples ready for the party.

 

 

 

 

My second remembering is Armistice Days of the past.   My Mum worked at Normanton Barracks and, as a child, we used to go there for the Armistice Day parade.   They were wonderful and colourful days to remember especially as the day before, I would go with Mum to help Ram Corporal George bath L/Cpl Derby, (the Ram), in front of the fire in the NAAFI.

 

 

 

 

In later years, I remember all the parades I attended as an Army wife, (I was known officially as w/o 24422681).   Some were very emotive and special, particularly in the years when we lost friends who were serving soldiers in Ireland, Belize or the Falklands.   Every Remembrance Parade was followed by a curry lunch to which everyone went.   Mixed emotions.

That is all about ‘remembering’.   What about ‘remembrance’. There is a difference.   I am going to reflect Marilyn’s sermon here. We remember beautiful and pleasant things as well as sadness and horror.   They are events that have gone forever, but still live with us; sometimes bringing a warm glow and sometimes fear and unease.   Those events have gone and cannot be changed. We have lived with them and through them.

Nobody in my family died in action during the two world wars.   All the men were miners, railway men or worked at Royce’s.   My Dad was in the RR works in Handel Street when it was bombed and my Mum missed being machine gunned as she crossed a yard at Bemrose’s.

The Act of Remembrance is still very important to me.   I remember and learn.   What have I learned?   I have learned that the Court of King James was one of the most decadent, licentious, religion intolerant and corrupt courts that this country has ever had.   No wonder someone wanted to blow them all up!   We celebrate that? We have, (just about) learned to protect our nation from allowing that sort of power to prevail again.   We have learned, (well that’s questionable) as a world that we should group together as countries to protect and aid weaker countries under threat from the big bullies.

 

he true November Act of Remembrance is giving thanks and remembering the millions who gave their lives in conflict for us. Remembrance is joy and tears through remembering.   Tears from remembering is absolutely fine.   But then, in addition to that, (to paraphrase Marilyn), look at those memories through the rear view mirror of a car car and learn from some of the pleasures and horrendous mistakes we as individuals and as a world have made.   Then, take a look through the windscreen to the future and our destiny and destination.   The destiny is assured and the destination is the end of the road we –   3   –

have yet to travel.   Use the knowledge learned through those memories, the love of God and the life Jesus gave us to guide us to the future.

We will remember those who fought for us and give thanks for the tremendous sacrifice they made for us, without underestimation of the price they paid. Every time we take communion, it is an Act of Remembrance, where we look back at the sacrifice Jesus made and then pray that in the future, we can learn to live and act as He wanted us to do and as He commanded. We look to the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made for us and pray that in the future we can live more like Him and in Remembrance of Him.

We will remember them

Judy Flack, (former w/o 24422681)

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Below is a painting by Judy which is appropriate to include at this time of year and links up very well with the above and future meditation on the meaning of remembrance and remembering

The true November Act of Remembrance is giving thanks and remembering the millions who gave their lives in conflict for us. Remembrance is joy and tears through remembering.   Tears from remembering is absolutely fine.   But then, in addition to that, (to paraphrase Marilyn), look at those memories through the rear view mirror of a car car and learn from some of the pleasures and horrendous mistakes we as individuals and as a world have made.   Then, take a look through the windscreen to the future and our destiny and destination.   The destiny is assured and the destination is the end of the road we have yet to travel.   Use the knowledge learned through those memories, the love of God and the life Jesus gave us to guide us to the future.

We will remember those who fought for us and give thanks for the tremendous sacrifice they made for us, without underestimation of the price they paid. Every time we take communion, it is an Act of Remembrance, where we look back at the sacrifice Jesus made and then pray that in the future, we can learn to live and act as He wanted us to do and as He commanded. We look to the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made for us and pray that in the future we can live more like Him and in Remembrance of Him.

We will remember them

Judy Flack, (former w/o 24422681)

Orbit October 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The Armour of God-Ephesians 6 – 10-20.

In my walk with the lord over the last few years I have been ignorant of the enemies schemes in my life as this passage points to in verse 12, and I have talked to fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ who have felt the same as I.   Since reading this passage consistently and applying in my life, it has completely changed my walk with God.   I must point out here that some of the challenges in life are not all attributed to the enemy, but sometimes it is a matter of taking personal responsibility.

So what is this passage referring to?

Paul the author of the book of Ephesians uses the analogy of a Roman soldier to get his point over.

Verse 14: The Belt of Truth. Our adversary Satan (the enemy) is the father of lies and will always try to distort the truth, where as believers in Christ we know the truth and our witness should be truth.

 

Verse 14: The Breastplate of Righteousness. This is referring to guarding of the heart from the accusations and charges from the enemy, (Proverbs 4:23) where as Christians we live in the Righteousness of Christ by faith.

Verse 15: Gospel of Peace. Preparing the feet for spiritual conflict, because the enemy places obstacles in the path of God`s chosen, but as Christians we should not be afraid of advancing into the enemies territory.

erse 16: The Shield of Faith. Our Faith is in Christ, the enemy can sow doubt about God`s faithfulness and what his word says.

Verse 17: The Helmet of Salvation. Protection of the head and a healthy way of thinking is the way of the Lord, where the enemy can lead us into false doctrine and an unhealthy way of thinking, as Christians we can discern between truth and deception.

Verse 17: The Sword of the Spirit. Which is the word of God, which is an offensive weapon, the others being defensive weapons.    Jesus used this weapon to great effectiveness when being tempted by the enemy in the desert after his 40 days of fasting. (Mat 4:1-11).    If the enemy is having a go at you about your past, remind him of his future!

Verse 18: Pray in the Spirit. Praying in the spirit which is the mind of Christ, drawing strength from God, because without prayer and reliance on God our efforts at spiritual warfare are empty.

Finally let us remember – God`s spirit who is in you, is greater than the enemy, who is in the world.

Graham Eyden

Ozzy Road Tuesdays September 2017

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The program of Family Groups, Bible Studies and Church Meetings from September 2017…

OzzyRoad Tues Sep 2017

Material for Family Groups on Tuesday October 3rd 2017:

Prayer in Family Groups Tuesday October 3rd 2017

Material for Family Groups on Tuesday October 31st 2017:

Prayer in Family Groups Tuesday October 31st 2017

Material for Family Groups on Tuesday November 14th 2017:

Prayer in Family Groups Tuesday November 14th 2017

 

 

Ozzy Road Tuesdays summer 2017

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

This term we are replacing the interactive bible studies with socials and prayer meetings.  But look out for the “Missional introduction to the Old Testament” course running for 6 weeks on Wednesday evenings beginning June 7th at 7.30pm.

April       25           Prayer meeting

May       2              Family Groups

9              Social – Ten Pin Bowling

16           Family Groups

23           Prayer meeting

30           HALF TERM

June      6              Family Groups

13           Social *

20           Family Groups

27           Prayer meeting

July        4              Church Meeting

 

Easter

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Join us in remembering the amazing story of the way that Jesus, the Son of God, died for us and then rose from the dead.

Good Friday a reflective communion service remembering the day that Jesus died, starts at 11am (come at 10.30am for hot cross buns)

Easter Sunday a celebration of the resurrection, starts at 10.45am

A groups of our young people made this simple video telling the story of Easter for a family service:

 

Ozzy Road Tuesdays program & Family Group prayer material Autumn 2016

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Click on the link to see the program for Ozzy Road Tuesdays this term.  Read it online, download or print.

Ozzy Road Tuesdays Sep to Dec 2016

Click on the link below for a prayer outline which you can read online, download or print.  The videos for Psalm 13 and Blessing our city can be played below.  Click [ ] to make it full screen.

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Prayer in Family Groups Tuesday October 4th

 

Like instrumental in the background of the blessing our city prayer?  Here’s the song with lyrics (Your the God of our city):

Baptism (and Bruce)

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

OXYGEN VOLUME 13

On September 18th we held a baptism service: hearing the story of how Jesus has changed people’s lives and then baptising them as Jesus was baptised at the beginning of his ministry.  Bruce, one of our guests during the first year of the nightshelter, has asked to come back to Ozzy Road for this Sunday to be baptised in the place where he first became a Christian.  Two years without alcohol and now volunteering in a number of homeless projects in a different city, Bruce has an amazing story to tell of the way that Jesus has changed his life.  Interested in baptism?  Please speak to Graham, Eliza or one of the Elders.

 

 

 

Psalm 23 God is my shepherd, my provider

Friday, October 16th, 2015

During October 2015 we are looking at different ways that the bible reminds us that God is our Provider.  For many people, looking afresh at the very famous words of Psalm 23 with some simple images was powerful.  So here they are…

 

Izzy’s internship year begins!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Doing this internship is an exciting challenge I have felt called to do for a while. I am eager to begin my involvement with the assemblies and craft club we hold in the neighbouring schools, building relations with the children, their families, and the teachers.

Messy Church and Kid’s Club have been close to my heart for several years and so I am thrilled to be stepping up in my support of the other volunteers and the children we reach.

I really value your prayers and encouragement,

Thank you,

Izzy.