Honey from rocks?

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Dear church family,

There's a great song by Brooke Ligertwood called 'Honey in the rock.' It's from Psalm 81:16 which says this, 'But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock, I would satisfy you.' In this psalm there is a sense of God saying to the people that if only they would turn to Him, He could rescue them, defeat their enemies, and not only that He could also provide for them all that they need.

Rocks don't produce honey! Bees produce honey in beehives – that's where you will find honey – not in rocks! So why does the psalmist talk about honey from a rock? When I dwelt on this passage in Psalm 81 it made me think of God's supernatural provision. God can provide in some crazy ways, and I am sure that some of us have stories of this. Our God is a God who is beyond the rules of nature and can provide honey for his people found in a rock because God created everything. Why then do we sometimes limit what God can provide to our understanding and ways of being and doing? God can do anything; we are the ones who need the faith to trust He can provide in ways that are beyond our realm of understanding and logic – like honey coming from a rock.

Brooke Ligertwood states that she wrote the song 'Honey in the rock,' to express how 'In the wilderness we can still experience sweetness because we know and trust Jesus.' The lyrics of her song are, 'There's honey in the rock, water in the stone, manna on the ground, no matter where I go. I don't need to worry now that I know, everything I need you've got.' If you are experiencing a time of wilderness – maybe that is money worries or anxiety about a certain issue or something else, there is opportunity to find sweetness in your situation. When we decide to trust Jesus with what we are going through, He can do amazing things in us and in our situations. It might be that God doesn't immediately sort out the issues, but He allows you to see His goodness in the midst of what you are going through. God provides in many ways, sometimes it's a sense of peace, sometimes it's physical and financial provision, sometimes it's a person who comes alongside us in difficult seasons and so on. It is for us to trust Jesus in our circumstances.

If God can provide honey from a rock – He can do amazing things for those who choose to trust Him and look to Him for help!

With love,

Katie x
SUNDAY GATHERING - 10:30AM Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on Church Family. For those who are unable to attend in person please join us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/E5iu-LU4M2I

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NEWCOMERS MEAL TONIGHT Join us on 27th October 7:30pm. If you're new or new-ish to church, we would love you to come along to our next Newcomers Meal on Friday at Izzy and Mark's! Paula, Katie and Izzy will be hosting this meal and it's a great opportunity to meet some other people who are new to the church or to faith, ask questions and enjoy time together!

If you want to come this time, the spaces are limited so please sign up using the link below: https://willesboroughbaptistchurch.churchsuite.com/events/3fp4wyvw

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AGM ON 9TH NOVEMBER We are really looking forward to this years AGM which we are calling our 'Annual Gratitude Meeting' where we will be trying out a new layout in the room (watch this space!), celebrating what God has done and looking ahead to the next year with expectant faith, making some key decisions along the way.

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EAT WELL SPEND LESS ROADSHOW We are hosting Ashford Borough Council's 'Eat Well Spend Less' Roadshow next week on Wed 1st November from 10am-2pm! Welcoming anyone who needs some extra support and advice - if you know someone who might benefit from this please do let them know.

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THE 'REAL' MEAL Monday 6th November. Men getting real with God and one another. Come and quench your thirst, enjoy some food, make new friends and chill out together. Join us at The Woolpack Pub, Smeeth & Brabourne Lees at 7pm for 7:30pm. £10 per person.

Please email office@willesboroughbaptist.church or let Ben Oliver, Mark Giles and Jerry Newsom know by the Friday before each event if you are coming.

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LOST PROPERTY - TUPPERWARE Thank you to anyone who has provided us with food in tupperware containers. We do however, have lots of of containers that have not been collected yet. If you think some of it may be yours please collect as soon as possible as we will be disposing of this if it is not collected.

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Newcomers Meal | 27th October | Mark and Izzy's house | 7:30pm
Eat Well Spend Less Roadshow | 1st November | Main worship space | 10am-2pm
The 'Real' Meal | 6th November | Woolpack pub (Smeeth/Brabourne) | 7pm
Love Willesborough Meeting | 8th November | Main worship space | 7:30pm
AGM | 9th November | Main worship space
Lead Theology Course | 11th November | 9:30am-1pm
Brabourne Craft Group | Fourth Thursday of the month | 10am-1pm | Brabourne Baptist Church
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Sparks & Firestarters | Sunday mornings | In the church hall | 0-3 & 4-10 year olds
Blaze | Sunday mornings upstairs in the well | years 6-8
Ignite | Friday | 7-9pm | Main worship space | years 7-13
Furnace | Mondays | 7-9pm | Katie's manse | years 9-13
The Well | Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays | 9-12
Love Willesborough Knitting & Crochet | Wednesdays | Main worship space | 7-8:30pm
Renew Wellbeing | Tuesdays in The Well | 2-4pm
Prayer | Before our Sunday service | front of church | 9:45am
Early Morning Prayers | Thursday mornings | 6:30am | Join here: www.willesboroughbaptist.church/prayer

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