WIC Weekly May 16th 2021
Warsaw International Church
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Worship every Sunday at ul. Miodowa 21 (near Old Town) at 11:00 AM
Entrance from Schillera Street
At last Sunday's worship service, we were pleased to welcome Deborah, Mish and Ingrid, all from Kenya. The whole service was organized by our Kenyan worshippers, with hymns sung in Swahili and English. Sister Janet sang the hymns, Brother Thomas read a passage and shared his prayers of intercession, and Sister Eunice delivered the sermon on the theme of goodness. We were also treated to a photo presentation of Kenya by Janet and Thomas. Thank you, Friends, for arranging this!
The Church Council will almost certainly be deciding to return to in-person worship, within a few weeks, at its meeting this week.
Here is your link for the Sunday service: Warsaw International Church - Sunday Service Meeting ID: 818 1714 5932
Recordings of our Sunday services are available on our wic.org.pl website or by googling "Warsaw International Church YouTube".
A prayer group meets every Saturday at 8 pm CET. Feel free to take part in these online meetings - the Zoom link is: Saturday Prayer Meeting Meeting ID: 847 9391 7308
Thank you for your continuing support and prayers for our church and for one another. Please remember that WIC is entirely self-supporting: without your contributions we cannot operate as a church.
Should you wish to make a contribution to WIC, the church's bank details are as follows:
Warsaw International Church Santander Bank Polska S.A. IV/Oddział w Warszawie ul. Jana Pawła II 17 00-854 Warszawa Polish złoty (PLN) account: PL 63 1090 1056 0000 0000 0600 9128
We continue to pray for all those suffering in this pandemic, and particularly for the countries where the suffering is extremely widespread, such as India, Nepal, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and many others.
Let us continue to pray that the pandemic and its consequences may cause increasing numbers of people to turn to Jesus in their need.
Many people are also suffering from depression and isolation after so many months of lockdown in many countries (perhaps particularly foreign students). They need our prayers and support as well.
Last Sunday's sermon was preached by Sister Eunice on goodness and doing what is right.
Readings for 16 May
Verse for the week: "All the prophets testify about Him [Jesus] that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name" (Acts 10, 43).
Psalm: 47. New Testament reading: Acts 5, 29-32. Gospel reading: Luke 24, 44-53.
Food of the Spirit
God’s Goodness Leading To Repentance
A Testimony by Charles H. Spurgeon
When I really came to know the Lord Jesus Christ, I discovered that He loved sinners. Before I made that discovery, I thought He loved only the good and the righteous. But when I read His Word in the Bible, I found that He came not to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. I thought, for a long while, that He wanted my good works, and I had none to bring to Him. But, as I read His Word, I found that He gave Himself for our sins, not for our righteousnesses!
Then I understood, as I read His Word that whoever believed in Him would not be condemned! I believed in Him, and I knew at once, from His Word, that I was not condemned – that He had died for me, and that my sins were all pardoned! And, let me tell you, I never repented before as I repented then! It seemed to me if it was really true that He had forgiven me all my sin, and suffered, and died that He might be able to justly forgive me – that I must have been almost as bad as the devil himself, to have sinned against Him as I had done. Even while I rejoiced in being pardoned, I felt almost ashamed to look Him in the face and claim His mercy! To think that I should have sinned against such a Friend who was so ready to forgive me my guilt, made me ready to hide my head in the very dust! If He had commanded the thunders of His anger to roll around me, I would not have been surprised. But when, instead of thunders, He gently said, “I love you, and I forgive you,” then was my heart broken.
After that, I found that He was not only willing to pardon me, but that He had come to clothe me in His own righteousness, that I might stand accepted in His place! At this, I wondered much, but when I saw that He really did grant me His own righteousness, and that I, a sinner, stood before God, “accepted in the Beloved,” I repented more than I did before as I realized that I, whom He had blessed with such a wondrous righteousness as that, would otherwise have been a lover of sin instead of a lover of the Lord!
Then a voice whispered to me that, being pardoned and put right with God, I was also adopted into the family of God, and I wondered, more than ever, how it could be that I, a child of darkness, should be able to say “Father” to Him. As I understood this, I said, “Father, I did not know that You were my Father, or I would not have sinned against You, and gone away from You as I have done.” My voice was almost choked, my heart was full, and my tears freely flowed as I grieved that I had so long offended my Father and my God!
To make a long story short, I find myself – thank God – repenting more and more every day I live! I am more and more angry with myself to think I should not have kept my Father’s commands in my mind, and served Him with my whole heart. I expect that as I learn more of His goodness, it will always continue to lead me to repentance. The dearer Christ is to us, the blacker is sin in our sight! The sweeter the love of God is to us, the more bitter is the thought of having so long sinned against it! The more you see what divine grace has done for you and to you, the more you beat your breast and cry, “How could I ever have sinned against the Lord as I have done? And how can I sin against Him as I still continue to do?”
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