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October 2014

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There are many famous phrases used today that have Biblical origins.  Some examples are, ‘a sign of the times’, ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’, ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight’ and ‘wit’s end’. 
            Whether you are familiar with the Bible or not, many of you who were brought up in British schools in the past, will be familiar with some verses from the Bible, or some of the words of traditional hymns.  One of the most loved Psalms is Psalm 23.  Recently I came across a passage about this very Psalm.  Unfortunately the author was not mentioned, but I thought it was worth sharing with you because it emphasises that whatever we have found or will find for ourselves in life, nothing will compare with what God has to offer us through His love.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd (that’s relationship)
I shall not want (that’s supply)
He makes me lie down in green pastures (that’s rest)
He leads me beside the still water (that’s refreshment)
He restores my soul (that’s healing)
He leads me in the paths of righteousness (that’s guidance)
For His name’s sake (that’s purpose)
Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (that’s testing)
I will fear no evil (that’s protection)
For You are with me (that’s faithfulness)
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (that’s discipline)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (that’s hope)
You anoint my head with oil (that’s consecration)
My cup runs over (that’s abundance)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life (that’s blessing)
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (that’s security).

What more could we ask for?

Wendy Williams, URC Elder



During this month in St Giles’ 8am and 9:45am Sunday services, we will pray for those who live or work in the following roads in the Parish:
October             5th     Library Services
October           12th     Lodore Green
October           19th     Long Lane
October           26th     Malcolm Road
If you live in one of these roads, why not join us?  You would be most welcome.



Weddings at St Giles’
August                        16th     Robyn Smith and Michael Gibson
August                        30th     Jennifer Brown and Sam Baker

Cremations at Breakspear Crematorium
August                        15th     Eric Silvester, aged 86
August                        22nd    Elsie Harris, aged 92
August                        29th     Keith Vickery, aged 83 (followed by a service in Ickenham URC)
September                    5th     Patricia Kingsley, aged 84
September                    8th     Audrey Thould, aged 81 (following a service in St Giles’)
September                  10th    John Gregory Smith, aged 89

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