Within your regular pattern of life, you are growing and thriving on the opportunities that present themselves.  After your Monday ‘worship workout’, you turn to the New Testament, finding it easier to read than the Old. Today, in Hebrews it is about faith bringing God’s people into rest. You have seen, and now know, what Jesus means when saying, ‘the Kingdom of God is at hand’. Each day you embrace your connection with Him, His Spirit and His Kingdom. He is a refuge in weakness, a strength to draw on and brings peace in times of trouble.  The Lord’s love creates and fills you with anticipation and excitement as His plans and purposes are outworked through you.

The Agency, is still running at full capacity, but with streamlining staff have more time for friendly interaction, and are able to take their two days’ rest.  Rob, quick to learn, has become a valuable employee, liked by customers and staff.  He sees potential, takes interesting photographs, writes good descriptive advertising and is very different to the scruffy boy who rang your bell hoping for a free lunch.  Like you, he occasionally joins the staff down the pub. He sparked Heidi’s interest when saying he played the drums in a band, and she is becoming a regular to the Barn where all ages are now gathering on a Saturday night. Your colleagues seem unperturbed by the friendship between you and Rob. Heidi obviously enjoys the worship, listens to the short talks and often asks questions.  Recently she has joined the Alpha Course at the farm on Friday nights. Yesterday, you asked Rob if there was a romance blooming between him and Heidi, he blushed and diverted the answer by informing you there was one between Tom and Margie!

The Barn’s finances are healthy, as are the number of young people giving their lives to Jesus.  Tom’s parents are excited by the move of God’s Spirit drawing all ages to worship. There has been much discussion about having a family meeting on Sunday mornings.  Liz anticipates if that happens many would choose to join the Barn Project. Those leaving the church would be sorely missed, but it was inevitable unless those in charge were willing to change. She had advised, “Before making that decision ask people to seek the Lord, and only leave after telling the eldership their reasons.

Word: “…There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish…”  Hebrews 4:9-11 (AMP)

Worship:  “Stay”  William McDowell  6 mins

Key 39 – Rest