A message to start the year 2022 from St Nicholas Church, Camposol A.

A very Hope-Filled and Peaceful New Year to all.

The Message of Hope

Romans 15:7

This is Paul’s heartfelt prayer for people he felt deep love for and it is also a message of encouragement and hope which was not only relevant then, but is just as relevant today in January 2022.

Paul starts by pleading with the congregation. “Don’t consider yourselves any better than anyone else, who have come to the faith. You might be Jews and yes, Jesus came to earth as a Jew living and ministering among Jews, but God’s promises were not just to the Jews.”

To back up his argument, Paul uses verses from the Jewish Scriptures – the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament – where there are definite references to God’s future acceptance of the Gentiles into His family.

“I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name.”

Paul pleads with his congregation in Rome to accept the basic premise that in God’s eyes there is neither Jew nor Gentile, but one people loved by God and accepted by God as equals.

What does Paul say to us? “So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; and why should we welcome and accept them? So God can be glorified.”

Christ came into this world for a purpose. It was not on a whim that God decided that He would do this. There was a very real purpose and that was to bring mankind back into a relationship with their creator. It is clear from Jesus’ own words and Paul shows the Scriptural basis for believing this: that Jesus came that all might know the saving grace of God.

That is the message at the heart of our faith. God came to earth, taking the form of a human being to bring hope to a world that had lost its way; lost the plot.

“So I pray that God, who gives you hope may overflow you with hope and peace through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Within this passage from Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome we have a very real message for today. It comes with a heartfelt prayer of hope, peace and joy for all of mankind. It also comes with the hope for unity among believers, not just so that they might get along better together, but so that God’s name might be glorified through this unity.

St Nicholas Church Services 

11am every Sunday, for the English Branch and every 2nd Sunday for the German Branch followed by Tea, Coffee and Cake. 

1st Sunday – Songs of Praise 

2nd Sunday – Communion Service

3rd Sunday – Morning Prayer

4th Sunday – Communion Service

5th Sunday- Something Special 

Please come along if you can.

All Are Welcome.

Every Blessing from Rev Bill Coyle and St Nicholas Church.