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(Crimond and Lonmay represented by Mr Tim Barker)

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.

 

Crimond and Lonmay Thought for Sunday 2 May 2021

‘Kept by the power of God through faith’ – 1 Peter 1 v 5

 

Welcome to the latest ‘Thought for Sunday’, which we trust you will find helpful and a blessing.

We continue our series in exploring ‘Being a Christian’.  So far, we have seen that involves being born again, belonging to God, living by faith and consecrated by God.

Today we explore what it means to be guarded by the power of God.  We are reminded that we are involved in a spiritual battle, against the power of the Evil One and his foes.  This involves us being willing to ‘put on the whole armour of God’ in order to withstand the power of evil destruction.  Satan is always seeking to find our weak spots and attack them, in order to get us to distance ourselves from the Lord.  The danger is very real and cannot or should not be ignored.  However, we have a greater power than Satan in which to resist his attempts to deceive us and cause us to fall.  Peter reminds us in the text that we can be kept by the power of God through our faith and confidence in Jesus.  He has already defeated the power of Satan over sin and death, and that great power is ours today.

In Jesus we receive our Advocate, Mediator, and High Priest, which provides for our safekeeping.  Our confidence comes not from ourselves but from God’s power.  He gives us the victory through Jesus Christ, our personal Saviour and Lord.

We are therefore called to remain faithful to Jesus.  He provides for us the security and stability we require to stand firm, learning from Him through The Bible, submitting our minds for daily renewal, disciplining ourselves, resisting the Devil and standing fast.

Peter reminds us to ‘be steadfast in the faith’.

May we in this coming week, experience the power of God in our lives as we seek to serve Him and bring others into the amazing Kingdom of our God.  May we be faithful to Him and to appreciate being guarded by the power of our God.