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Mary  (Advent Series)

The angel told her that she would be made pregnant by the Holy Spirit. He said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. . . . For nothing is impossible with God.”

What was God doing here? He was entering into human history, into human flesh in Jesus Christ.
Why did they choose Mary? I want to suggest three qualities in this woman. Why was she chosen?

God choose her was because of her receptivity. How can we become receptive people? I think it begins, first of all, by asking God to make us that way.

God chose Mary because of her humility. With Mary everything is directed away from herself to what God will do through her and in her. God dwells with the humble and the lowly. That's the promise of Scripture.
Psalm 138:6 reads, “Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly. . . .”
In Isaiah 57:15 we read, “For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite, and lowly in spirit. . . .’ ”

He chose her because she was a servant.  Like the servant we read about in Psalm 123, she was saying to God, “As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God....”

May you too have the grace to say, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be to me as you have said.”

"The Life That I Live" is written as an eye opener for the present and next breed of Christians, a prayer that the life that they live will meet that of what Christ Jesus has in mind and taught. It also aims to nurture Christians, especially new born again Christians on the lifestyle they ought to live in the new family they have joined.

One basic problem with Christendom is the fact that there are so many ‘babies’. When people become born again, they need to study and understand the requirements, promises and lifestyle of the master they have decided to follow. This book is purposed to help you do one thing, “the careful living”.

Pastor Gladstone Akabuah is the Senior Pastor of a growing church in Oshiye (Bortianor), Ghana. He is also the Administrator of Sponsorship for the NGO Rescue Aid Mission. Gladstone is a dynamic young man, with incredible vision and the energy to see things to their fulfilment. In the years that I have known him he has studied hard and achieved much.

Together we are partners in building the church (Mossvale Community Sanctuary) and the Church. I see his Pastoral heart and how he goes the extra mile and thinks nothing of sacrifice for the needy around him in Ghana. As a Pastor and teacher, all knowledge and wisdom gleaned from the Word of God is not just for his personal growth, but food for the extended family of God, as well.

This book reflects Gladstone’s heart for others, and the experience of the power of the Holy Spirit within him as “a form of joy and fear gripped my bones” enlightening scripture to his mind. That we would live the right life, the pure religion, the “careful living”. Chapter by chapter he unpicks from Matthew 5 what our life should – and shouldn’t contain. So read on, learn and relearn the pitfalls of anger, loose talk, lust, adultery, divorce, retaliation, worry, judging - and embrace forgiveness, reconciliation, integrity, love, giving, prayer and fasting, and seeking God’s Kingdom. - Pastor Hugh Chalk.

Help us to bless others this Christmas!
- Groceries for hampers for those in need 
- Selection boxes for our Christmas evangelism 
- Financial donation towards Operation Joy for vulnerable local primary school children and their families.
Please bring your donations to the Mossy Cafe
Save the date! Friday 13th December 
From failure to success part 1

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward towards success.”  ― C.S. Lewis

Do you want to be in control or do you want God to be in control of your life? Do you want to boast of your achievements or do you want to give God the Glory?
Proverbs 16 v 3 Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed
Proverbs 3 v 4 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favour and good success in the sight of God and man.
Jeremiah 29 v 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
3 John 1- 2 NKJ Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers
Is your soul prospering?
Adam & Eve listened to the serpent and disobeyed God. They hid because of their shame. Genesis 3 v 10 Adam and Eve felt ashamed because they had failed God
The enemy wants you to remain a failure. He wants to tangle you in that web of failure. The reality is he does not see you as a failure but instead what you could become if you allow God to heal you. You are a target because you have the potential to succeed in the things of God.

Read about Gideon – Judges 6 1-18.   “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6 v 12. The Lord does not call you failure, he calls you what he believes you can be. You are not defined by your past mistakes or your failures.
Breaking free from Failure: 
Provision: God will provide all you need
Plan: God has a plan for your life
Presence:God has promised that he will be with you always
Gideon felt like a failure but God called him as his destiny. God transforms a man who believed he was a failure into a mighty warrior. With only 300 men and little weaponry Gideon led his men to victory and scripture reveals there was peace in Israel for 40 years Judges 6 v 24 Now that is a success!
Peter messed up and he felt like he had failed Jesus. Jesus meets Peter in the pain of his mess. 
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21 15-17
 Jesus asks you the same question – Do you love me?
From failure to success part 2

Who was Shamgar? After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an ox goad. He too saved Israel Judges 3 v 31
“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; travellers took to winding paths. Judges 5 v 6
Deborah served between 1167 and 1107 BC.  It was the time of the Judges. The book of Judges chronicles the time between the death of Joshua up to the appointment of Israel’s first king, Saul, This period is often referred to as a “dark time”. One reason why it was described as a troubled time was that there were no Kings. No leadership.  In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit Judges 21 v 25
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow Isaiah 1 v 17
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15 v 16 
Be available
"Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!“ Isaiah 6v8
 Jesus instructed them  to take nothing but a staff for the journey—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt.  All they needed was his word, his authority. Mark 6 v 7
Use what you have
Then the LORD said to Moses, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied Exodus 4 v 2
Jesus asked the disciples to feed the crowd they said  "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. "Bring them here to me," he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Matthew 14 17-20
Respond to the call in obedience
So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye," he said, "and then I will come with you." "Go back," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?" 21So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. 1 Kings 19 19-21
Shamgar was an ordinary farmer but he believed in an extraordinary God He took responsibility and made himself available to be used. He used what he had, his ox goad. And he responded to the call of God. He saved his people and struck down the enemy. Now that’s what I call a success story!
God is calling you!
2nd Dec 2019 





Devotional prayer time




"Sharing Lives
Sharing Languages"






5.30pm | 7.30pm



 meet 6.00pm



9.30am and
after the service





Devotional Prayer Meeting every Tuesday 9.00am
in the Group Room.

Sewing2gether All Nations
Sharing Lives
Sharing Languages

A weekly Sewing Workshop for English language learners to practice conversational English in a supportive environment.
We provide practical support for asylum seekers, refugees and new Scots.

A prayer meeting for the nation of Burkina Faso
and the work of Acacia Partnership Trust is held on the first Saturday
of each month in the Mossy Cafe at 9.30am. 

Pray for unity in 
the body of Christ
so that we will glorify God and so the world would know that God sent Jesus.

Street Connect is a Christian charity who reach out to and support disadvantaged and marginalised people, bringing them hope for a brighter and more fulfilling future. Their aim is to support and offer hope to individuals who are homeless, dealing with addictions, suffering mental health issues or experiencing social isolation, including people in prison or those with past convictions. 

They now have a drop-in café every Thursday in the Holy Trinity Church, Bishop’s Court, Paisley, PA3 2AF and would love for you to come in and see what they are doing. 
They are there every Thursday morning from 9.30 for prayer and then drop-in is from 10 am - 1 pm. 
They also run a Recovery Group from 1.30 - 3.00 pm for those who want to go further in their recovery.   

To find out more visit

Facilitated by Lynn Smillie of No Feart,
a CIC set up to help address the issue of domestic violence. 
For details email
Lynn Smillie at or phone 07706754817
Welcome to our latest regular hall users:
Care Visions Fostering. 

Their foster carers will be receiving regular support and training here at Mossvale. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer they would love to tell you more about it.
Baby Sensory Classes
Classes run in the Mossvale Hall on Tuesdays at 10am 11.30am and 1.30pm
and must be prebooked. 

Check out their website to enquire about attending.

Slimming World
in the Mossvale Hall

Thursday evenings
at 5.30pm & 7.30pm 
We need
your support.
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