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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

San Lazzaro's Town Fair 2013 - 01-04/08/2013

Tomorrow from 3pm to 6pm Stefano and Gioele will set up the church literature stand at the 183th edition of San Lazzaro's Town Fair 2013.

The Fair lasts four days from Thursday to Sunday, and for
the last 30 years, every year the church had a stand with
free Christian literature.

 

During the Fair days, everyday from 6pm
to 12pm, a couple of Christians will be at
the stand giving free New Testaments and
Bibles in many languages including Arabic,
and free literature such as John Blanchard's Ultimate Questions also in many languages!



Join us in praying for the town
of San Lazzaro in these days,
that the Lord will prepare people's hearts for His Word and that
we'll be able to share the Gospel message to those who will come to visit our stand.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

San Lazzaro's Town Fair 2013 - Prayer meeting

Tomorrow night we'll have a special prayer meeting for the 183th edition of San Lazzaro's Town Fair 2013.

Last year about 25.000 people visited the Fair and similar numbers are expected for
this year too from Thursday
to Sunday.

Every year for the last 30 years the church of San Lazzaro had a stand at the annual summer Town Fair. In the years we had quite a few contacts from this evangelism so please pray that the Lord will prepare the people we'll be able to talk with this year.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Sunday Service 28/07/2013 - Nuova Vita Church

Tomorrow we'll be at the
Nuova Vita Church, the main independent baptist church in Bologna.

Stefano will preach in the morning on Luke 11:1-13
"Lord, teach us to pray".


"And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." 

Luke 11: 9-10 (ESV)

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Series: the 7 "I am" sayings of Jesus Christ - 6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life"


Tomorrow Stefano will continue the series
on the 7 "I am" sayings of Jesus in the
Gospel of John engaging with John 14:1-14:
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.".

 

To introduce this sermon we'll interact with the question: "What makes "home" a house?"
 


These will then be the two main points of the sermon:
1. Lord, how can we know the way?
2. Lord, can you show us the Father?

 

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. 

From now on you do know him and have seen him."  
John 14:6-7 (ESV)

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

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Saturday, 6 July 2013

Exch@nge 07 - Closing Service

Tomorrow to conclude Exch@nge 2013, the day camp for teens in Bologna organized by Youth for Christ Italy, we'll have a special service!

Five churches from the Bologna Area will join together: Nuova Vita, Forte Torre, San Lazzaro, Sasso Marconi and Nuova Speranza.
A special presence will be the team of American teens from College Church in Wheaton (Chicago) that worked so hard alongside us in running this "English Camp" to reach out Italian kids!

We expect about 150 people and we are really praying the Lord that all the Italian kids were at the camp will come with their parents.

Following the Camp's theme,
where we watched clips from the movie
"The Hunger Games" and the book of Isaiah,
Stefano will preach on Isaiah 53:1-7.
We'll see how Jesus' atoning sacrifice for us is far greater than Katniss fro her sister Prim.

Jesus entered in our world of lost sheep,
he became like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers.
But His substitutionary atonement it's not like of someone be ready to lay his life for a loved one,
in His death we saw the death of death, and in His resurrection we can now be healed and have peace with God!



Thursday, 4 July 2013

Exch@nge 05-06

Tomorrow and Saturday at the Exch@nge Camp we'll have a whole day at the swimming pool!!!

In the evening we'll go at a hostel on the hills surrounding Bologna and we'll stay there till Saturday morning. 
 
We'll have an Italian BBQ and a bonfire with games!
 
On Friday evening we'll watch a clip from the Hunger Games.  
In this clip we'll see the portray of death and grief.
So we'll ask ourselves:
Is there a light for those in darkness?

Claudia will give a talk on Isaiah 1:18-20 pointing out that crying out for help it's necessary and that Jesus says: Come to those who know their sins! 

On Saturday morning Letizia will give a talk on Isaiah 9:2 showing that Jesus is our only hope and that He can give us true joy and satisfaction in His freedom!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Exch@nge 04


Tomorrow at the Exch@nge Camp we'll have a day of Baseball, Soccer, American Football and English classes, we'll play "Freezetag Ragger".


In the morning we'll watch a clip from the Hunger Games. In this clip we'll see how the contestants are obliged to follow the gamekeepers fire.
 
So we'll ask ourselves:
 
What is freedom?
Have we experienced being trapped by our friends or 

by ourselves?



Matteo will give a talk on Isaiah 61:1-3 showing the reality of freedom in Christ. 

Jesus can let us out of the prison of our sin and declare us right before God!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Exch@nge 03


Tomorrow at the Exch@nge Camp we'll have a day of Baseball, Aerobics, Cheer Leading and English classes, we'll play "Kick-ball and Bang/Splat".



In the morning we'll watch a clip from the Hunger Games.

In this clip we'll see how the sponsors are evaluating every move of the contestants.  

So we'll ask ourselves:

 
What would you want the viewers to remember you for?
How would you behave differently knowing that someone's watching you?


Simone will give a talk on Isaiah 2:11-21 showing the reality of Judgement
The arrogance of man will be brought low and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day!
We'll ask ourselves, we'll be rejoicing or fearing on that day?

Monday, 1 July 2013

Exch@nge 02


Tomorrow at the Exch@nge Camp we'll have a day of Arts&Crafts, games and English classes, we'll play American Football & "Sharks & Minnows".

In the morning we'll watch a clip from the Hunger Games.

In this clip we'll see the weird Capital city life style, 
especially their cheering the Hunger Games' contestants.  
So we'll ask ourselves:
 
How do the Capitol people relativise morality for its own convenience?
Is that a picture of today humanity’s pathetic pleasure & 
messed up morality?
Markino will give a talk on Isaiah 59:2-6 showing how in those days no one called for justice. 
They relayed on empty arguments, they conceived trouble and give birth to evil. 
But today Jesus says of us all we’re traitors and so in trouble!