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Lonmay Newsletter 24

Welcome to this edition of the Lonmay Newsletter.

It is fantastic news to share that, God Willing, next Sunday 30 August, we are able to meet at 12 noon for a service.  Your district Elder will be updating you with all the details, so I will not duplicate them here. There are three points to share with you:

  1. It is quite understandable and acceptable that some people feel unable to attend at this stage due to the continuing impact of the virus.
  2. It is also understandable and acceptable that some people feel that they would rather wait until ‘normal’ service can be resumed.
  3. To those who are contemplating coming to church please be assured that the working party have and will continue to do all in their power to follow the government and Church of Scotland regulations and guidelines to provide a safe environment in which to worship the Lord. There will be changes but these have been made to meet the requirements and should not detract from drawing near to the Lord in worship and prayer.

At a recent Kirk Session following the agreement to seek re-opening of the Church the following was raised:

  1. The ‘Thought for Sunday’ will continue on the same basis.
  2. The Lonmay News will cease to be weekly but will be used to update people on important news.

Tim will produce the texts and ‘Thought for Sunday’ and will pass to David who will place them on the Lonmay Church Web site.

It has been a very long five months of ‘lockdown’, and your support, prayers and encouragement during this period has been really appreciated.  Please continue to pray as we move into the next stage and ask the Lord to continue to lead and guide decisions which have to be made.

Just to let you know that Sunday School will NOT be re-opening on 30 August due to new regulations from the government and Church of Scotland.

Blessings.

 

Lonmay Thought for Sunday 27 September 2020

 

The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life –

John 6 v 63

 

A very warm welcome to this latest ‘Thought for Sunday’ – it is good to have you join with us.

As we reflect upon the words of our text from John, we are reminded that it is Jesus who is speaking.  He is facing a situation when several followers began to leave Him.  They were troubled by the ‘hard teaching’ and felt unable to accept it.  So, Jesus turned to His disciples and asked them if His words offended them.  It is at this point that Jesus states ‘The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life’.  What does that mean?  Jesus explained that no-one can come to Jesus unless the Father enables them.  In other words, it is God, who in His infinite love, grace, and mercy, provides the only way in which we can be forgiven, cleansed, and healed, which enables us to understand that love, grace and mercy.  On that understanding, we are challenged to seek God’s forgiveness and invite Him to become our personal Saviour and Lord.

Jesus continues to speak to us daily, through the reading and meditation on His Word – as we share with Him through prayer – as we learn through a variety of resources, including others.  These are not mere words but are our very being and lifeline.  We hear considerable and various ‘news’ in a day – some of which are really helpful, and others are misleading etc.  As we were reminded last week in church, it is essential that we ‘do not allow the world to squeeze us into its mould’.  The words of Jesus are always true and provide the basis of our lives.  They provide us with understanding, wisdom, inspiration, encouragement, love etc. and on His words we can stand secure.

We are often promised many things in life, but the only promises we can be sure of, are those spoken by Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, for they are indeed life – everything else is a mere existence.

May you continue to experience the peace and presence of the living Lord in all aspects of your life.