Book review: Fingerprints of Grace

Fingerprints of Grace

by Claire-Louise Watson

Published 2017 by The Salvation Army (Australia)

Many who know me would be aware that I often promote the reading and study of God’s Word, the Bible. I have been devoted to those activities for most of my life – since my early 20s. Perhaps less well known is my love of reading in general, and more specifically, reading books, articles and magazines which enhance my spiritual walk through life. I have read widely a good range of authors on many topics. These books and articles are important in my development, informing me, challenging me and, at times, inspiring me.

I recently read this book which had a profound effect on me, not just because I read it only a short time after my wife’s passing, but also because I know the author. Fingerprints of Grace was written by Claire Watson. Claire and her husband Tim are Salvation Army Captains here in Murray Bridge.

This book traces Claire’s walk with God through her early life, her decisions about study, becoming a physiotherapist and the difficult choice she made between that life, and marrying Tim and following him into ministry in the Salvation Army. Always seeking God’s will for their ministry, they moved to Western Australia.

It was in WA that her biggest challenge in life came. Their marriage was blessed with Hannah, a sister for their two boys. During their time in Busselton, they had many wonderful times and experiences which were turned upside down when two and a half year old Hannah became seriously ill. It was a time of suffering for the whole family. To see a vibrant little girl, the delight of their lives, fade from life over a period in hospital, is heart-wrenching reading. If you have lost a dear family member to illness – or for any reason really – you know how desolate you feel.

In this very personal account, Claire relates her struggles with her role as a mother, struggles with her faith and struggles to come to terms with the diagnosis and ultimate end of such a precious little life. It is an easy read told with frank, honest writing in a way in which we can all relate. It has helped me in my personal journey through grief and loss, and it will abundantly bless any who read it.

Published by the Salvation Army it can be ordered through their website or through our own bookshop.

Highly recommended.

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A busy day tomorrow

We have plenty happening in the life of the Murray Bridge Church of Christ tomorrow.

BOOKSHOP: Our bookshop will be open from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Come in and have a look at our great range of books, Bibles, gifts, cards for every occasion and much more.

RESTHAVEN SERVICE: Every so often we are asked to conduct a church service in the Resthaven complex on Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. This will be at 11 am – ask for directions from the office staff.

BRIDGE CLUB: This avid group of card players meet every Tuesday at 1 pm in the Coffee Shop. Come along and have some fun and fellowship.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP: A dedicated group of ladies meet once a month for a time of fellowship. Details are as follows:

  • Hazel Venner will share about her Favourite Bible Character.
  • Olwyn Clothier will give the Mission Spot.
  • Florrie Lucas will provide afternoon tea.
  • The ladies will be finding out who has been praying for us over the past twelve months and receiving new Prayer Partners for the coming year.
  • All Ladies Welcome.

ELDERS’ MEETING: The eldership team will be meeting tonight at 7:30 pm in the home of Phil and Kaye Manning. Pray for them as they seek God’s guidance.

What’s on this week

Events in the life of the Murray Bridge Church of Christ this coming week:

Sunday 29th April:

Worship Service: 10 am Speaker: Keith Durham

Monday 30th April:

Hampel’s Home Group: 7:30 pm (meeting in the home of Trevor Hampel )

Tuesday 1st May:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Resthaven service 11 am.
Bridge Club: Tuesday 1 pm in the coffee shop.
Christian Women’s Fellowship 1:30 pm.
Elders’ meeting 7:30 pm.

Wednesday 2nd May

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm.
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Home groups: 7:30 pm in various locations

Thursday 3rd May:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm.
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Lerwin Service 10:30 am.

Friday 4th May:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm.
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Saturday 5th May:

Men’s Bible Study at 7:29 am.

Sunday, 6th May: 

Worship Service: 10 am: Speaker: Pastor Grant Spangenberg.

PASTORAL CARE:

For urgent Pastoral Care matters, prayer requests, and other urgent concerns, please contact one of the following:

Pastor Grant Spangenberg: 8532 2883 or 0419 848 336.
Elder Trevor Hampel: 8532 3701 or 0408 839 381 (or use the Contact form above)
Elder Ted Smith: 0438 850 270

What’s on this week

Events in the life of the Murray Bridge Church of Christ this coming week:

Sunday 22nd April:

Worship Service: 10 am Speaker: Pastor Grant Spangenberg

Monday 23rd April:

Hampel’s Home Group: 7:30 pm (meeting in the home of Ted and Pam Smith)

Tuesday 24th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours)
Bridge Club: Tuesday 1 pm in the coffee shop

Wednesday 25th April: ANZAC DAY

PUBLIC HOLIDAY – Office, Bookshop and Coffee Shop closed.

Thursday 26th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Friday 27th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday, 29th April: 

Worship Service: 10 am: Speaker: Keith Durham

PASTORAL CARE:

For urgent Pastoral Care matters, prayer requests, and other urgent concerns, please contact one of the following:

Pastor Grant Spangenberg: 8532 2883 or 0419 848 336.
Elder Trevor Hampel: 8532 3701 or 0408 839 381 (or use the Contact form above)
Elder Ted Smith: 0438 850 270

What’s on this week

Events in the life of the Murray Bridge Church of Christ this coming week:

Sunday 15th April:

Worship Service: 10 am Speaker: David Mills

Monday 16th April:

Hampel’s Home Group: 7:30 pm (meeting in the home of Ted and Pam Smith)

Tuesday 17th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours)
Bridge Club: Tuesday 1 pm in the coffee shop
Murraylands Service: 2 pm in the Jean Jarvis Centre, Pugh Avenue.

Wednesday 18th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Craft Group at 10 am.
Home Groups: 7:30 pm in various homes.

Thursday 19th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Friday 20th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday, 2nd April: 

Worship Service: 10 am: Speaker: Grant Spangenberg “In the World, but…”

PASTORAL CARE:

For urgent Pastoral Care matters, prayer requests, and other urgent concerns, please contact one of the following:

Pastor Grant Spangenberg: 8532 2883 or 0419 848 336.
Elder Trevor Hampel: 8532 3701 or 0408 839 381 (or use the Contact form above)
Elder Ted Smith: 0438 850 270

Come worship with us tomorrow

The people of the Murray Bridge Church of Christ invite you to join us for our time of praise and worship tomorrow morning, Sunday, 15th April 2018.

Our time together will include songs and hymns of praise to God. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, also known as communion, where we remember the life, death, and resurrection of our saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ. Visitors who love Jesus Christ as their saviour are welcome to join us in this celebration, but this is not compulsory.

We also include some Bible readings and a message (sermon) from one of our elders, David Mills.

After the service, you can join us in the Coffee Shop for a time of fellowship over a cuppa. We would love to get to know you in a relaxed atmosphere.

Details are as follows:

  • Venue: Murray Bridge Church of Christ, 32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge.
  • Time: 10 am, Sunday 15th April 2018.
  • Worship Leader: Ted Smith
  • Communion Leader: Bob Menadue
  • Speaker: Elder David Mills
  • Bible Readings: TBA

ALL WELCOME

What’s on this week

Events in the life of the Murray Bridge Church of Christ this coming week:

Sunday 1st April:

Worship Service: 10 am Speaker: Pastor Grant Spangenberg “Journeying with the Christ – Journey to Life”

Monday 2nd April:

Easter Monday Public Holiday

Tuesday 3rd April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours)
Bridge Club: Tuesday 1 pm in the coffee shop
Elders’ Meeting: 7:30 pm in the home of David Mills.

Wednesday 4th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Home Groups: 7:30 pm in various homes.

Thursday 5th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Friday 6th April:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday 8th April: 

Worship Service: 10 am: Speaker: Grant Spangenberg “What Now?.” John 21: 1 – 19
12:30 pm MASH (Meals In Someone’s Home) – various locations

PASTORAL CARE:

For urgent Pastoral Care matters, prayer requests, and other urgent concerns, please contact one of the following:

Pastor Grant Spangenberg: 8532 2883 or 0419 848 336.
Elder Trevor Hampel: 8532 3701 or 0408 839 381 (or use the Contact form above)
Elder Ted Smith: 0438 850 270

Easter Services 2018

Mt Macedon Victoria (Photo credit: Trevor Hampel)

EASTER SERVICE TIMES 2018

Maundy Thursday: 29th March at 7 pm.

Good Friday: 30th March at 9 am.

Easter Sunday 1st April: Dawn Service at Sturt Reserve at 6:30 am

Easter Sunday 1st April: Worship Service at 10 am

(Please note that Daylight Saving ends 1st April – clocks back 1 hour)

ALL WELCOME

What’s on this week

Events in the life of the Murray Bridge Church of Christ this coming week:

Sunday 25th March:

Worship Service: 10 am Speaker: Pastor Grant Spangenberg “Journeying with the Christ – Journey to Death:

Monday 26th March:

Hampel’s Home Group: 7:30 pm meeting in the home of Ted and Pam Smith.

Tuesday 27th March:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours)
Bridge Club: Tuesday 1 pm in the coffee shop

Wednesday 28th March:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Home Groups: 7:30 pm in various homes.

Thursday 29th March:

Christian Bookshop: open 9:30 am to 5 pm (please note extended opening hours).
327 Coffee Shop: open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Special Maundy Thursday Service: 7 pm.

Friday 30th March: GOOD FRIDAY

  • Special Service: 9 am
    Worship leader: Trevor Hampel
    Bible Reading: John 19: 17 – 30
    Sermon Title: “The Rabbit Trap Cross”

Sunday 1st April: EASTER SUNDAY

Dawn Service: 6:30 am at Sturt Reserve – followed by breakfast.
Worship Service: 10 am: Speaker: Grant Spangenberg “Journeying with the Christ – journey to life.”

PASTORAL CARE:

For urgent Pastoral Care matters, prayer requests, and other urgent concerns, please contact one of the following:

Pastor Grant Spangenberg: 8532 2883 or 0419 848 336.
Elder Trevor Hampel: 8532 3701 or 0408 839 381 (or use the Contact form above)
Elder Ted Smith: 0438 850 270

Craft Group meets tomorrow

LET’S GET TOGETHER

CRAFT GROUP

Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 10 am

in the church complex.

ALL WELCOME.


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