Every year on our way to Easter we stumble over the betrayal of Peter, Jesus’ most loyal friend and follower. In coming Sunday’s passage, we see how Peter tries to save his life but ends up losing it. Jesus on the other hand, gives His life in order to be vindicated. He is the Messiah, we are his followers. As we follow Jesus on our way to Easter, we reflect on two important questions: who is Jesus? And, what does it mean to be a disciple?
Created for community
During this summer we focus on one of the Psalms in every church service of ICF-Delft. Psalms are beautiful hymns, reflecting on heights and depths of life and often they express the longing for God. This Sunday we read Psalm 133 that starts with the words: ‘How good and pleasant is it when brothers dwell in unity’.
This psalm is about community and we all know how essential it is. It is nearly impossible to grow, develop and to express ourselves without taking part in a community. As soon as we confess Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we belong to a new community (whether we like it or not!). Not just an interesting club or a temporary fellowship, but a family of brothers and sisters given to one another and living with one another.
Psalm 133 refers to the blessing connected with such a community. It is new and fresh and contains the promise of life. It is joyful but not always easy to belong to it!
Learn more about this community, how to contribute to it and how to benefit from it, in the service of ICF-Delft on 22 July, 12 hrs 15 in the Génestetchurch, Oude Delft 102.
Pastor Niek Tramper
ICF Delft Church services in the Christmas period in the Génestet Church, Oude Delft 102
On Sunday 24th of December we have our ‘regular’ church service at 12:15pm. Rev. Hans-Jan Roosenbrand will preach on Revelation 21 verse 16 (Jesus says: ‘I am the bright morning star’)
On Sunday 25th of December we celebrate Christmas in a special joyful service, starting at 12:15pm. The children will stay in the service and we will sing a number of Christmas songs together. Also there will be a Bible story for the children and pastor Niek Tramper will preach on the theme: ‘The King is there – are you ready to welcome him?’ focusing on the Gospel of the birth of the Lord Jesus in Luke 2 verses 1-7.
After the service you are welcome for fellowship, coffee, tea and sweets in the annex room. And at 14:30 a special potluck Christmas fellowship lunch will start.
On Sunday, 31st of December, the last day of the year, we will also have a church service at 12:15pm. Pastor Niek Tramper will then preach on the theme (from the 2nd letter of Peter): ‘Leaving the old, entering the new’.
Delft Project of Immanual church, Schoemakerstraat also organizes an Intercultural evening on 24th of December that starts at 18:00 in Immanuelchurch, Schoemakerstraat 1. More info on the website: delftproject.nl
It’s almost Christmas. In a few days, people from all over the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Christians prepare for Jesus’ second coming into this world. Think about this: If Jesus should come back tomorrow and if judgment day begins, will you then be ready? And what does that mean, to be ready? What, in life, really matters? Coming Sunday, December 24 at 12:15pm we will have a ‘regular’ Sunday Service, and we listen to some of the final words of Jesus in the Bible. We also celebrate Holy Communion. Welcome!
I look forward to seeing you there! Rev. Hans-Jan Roosenbrand
connect – grow – serve
Mercy and Grace
“Have mercy on me!” The villain calls for mercy in front of the avenger. You can picture the scene, I guess, as it is a familiar image from popular films. Grace means that you are completely dependent on the goodwill of another person. You can only beg for it, but the other one decides about your fate. What do Christians mean when they say that they live by grace? And what does it mean ‘to grow in grace’? This is going to be the topic of our Service this Sunday, December 17, 12:00 in our church.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Pastor Simon van der Lugt
Pastor Simon will be preaching on 2 Peter 3: 18 and we are excited to discover what this text holds for us. We are looking forward to have fellowship with YOU and get to know you if you come for the first time. Be warmly welcomed! Also check out our Facebook event! Share it with your friends, colleagues or neighbors to join us and all be together!
IFES national training day ‘Do it!’ – this Saturday, Dec. 9
Are you about to return to your home country within due time? Then this day is highly recommended for YOU!
Main speaker is Rev. Niek Tramper who has many years of experience working with international students and academics in Delft. The theme of this day will be: “Think home – helping students to prepare to return to their home culture”.
Recently he did research on the re-entry of Chinese students after their study. Those lessons will help us to understand how we can help students prepare for returning home because they will definitely face some big challenges!
Former international student, now OMF missionary Anna Bin Yang will share her testimony and lessons learned. In the afternoon we will have workshops to help apply the knowledge to our own contexts. The day is free of charge, lunch is included. It is a great place to connect, learn from each other and encourage each other.
When and where? December 9th from 10.30 till 17.00 h in Utrecht, Singelkerk Wittevrouwensingel 28, 3581, GC Utrecht
Please sign up via this link.
Thanks from Tanzania
The church in Mbeya, Tanzania, sends heartfelt greetings and blessings to ICF-Delft. They give special thanks for the gifts they received this year! With them they were able to start a new education centre for the training of new pastors and evangelists. It was great to spend a theological training week with them, as they were so eager to learn and to spend their last shillings in following the teaching.
The King returns, prepare yourself!
“Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ (2 Peter 1, 10-11).
The King returns, prepare yourself!
The four weeks before Christmas, the Christian church dedicates time to prepare the return of Jesus Christ. He promised to come, but He did not announce the date. That’s why we do well to live every day so that He finds us well prepared. What does that mean? Discover this coming Sunday, December 3, in our church service.
ICF Delft Potluck Lunch
After the Service we want to invite you to stay for a Potluck lunch.
Everyone just brings some food to church, either savoury or sweet, enough for a couple of people. Just have in mind, that there are only limited warming options in the kitchen. Also feel free to bring homemade or shop-bought food. Everything is welcome!
Also invite your friends to join us after the service if they want to! We look forward to meet everyone and have fellowship with You!
Bible Study on Thursday
Join our Bible Study again this Thursday, December 23, from 20:00-22:00! As usual, we meet in the Old Church (Heilige Geestkerkhof 25, 2611 HP, Delft).
Bob Landon will continue with us the study on the book of Jonah. This week will be the second last time we will look at Jonah. The next and last one will be on December 7. Be sure not to miss this! 😉 We are excited to dig into God’s word with you and find out what he wants to say to us.
The ICF Delft prayer group will meet on Thursday 19 October from 8-9 PM in the chapel of the Old Church (Heilige Geestkerkhof 25, Delft).
You are most welcome to join. The meeting focuses on the following main activities:
- Praise and adoration to God
- Reflection and mediation based on a Bible text
- Sharing life (joys, gratitude, concerns, needs) with one another in an open, friendly and trustworthy environment
- Praying together, for example, adoring and thanking God, and interceding and bringing request to God regarding yourself, family, friends, city, churches and the world around
- Giving and receiving support from one another by being in the meeting and staying connected afterwards
The theme of this meeting’s reflection is, “God’s direct interaction with people”. We will read from Judges 6: 11-14 (see the text below), which is an account of a God’s angel talking to Gideon about saving Israel out of Midian.
Judges 6:11-14New International Version (NIV)
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”