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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:
- It is quite understandable and acceptable that some people feel unable to attend at this stage due to the continuing impact of the virus.
- It is also understandable and acceptable that some people feel that they would rather wait until ‘normal’ service can be resumed.
- 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:
- The ‘Thought for Sunday’ will continue on the same basis.
- 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.
Crimond and Lonmay Thought for Sunday 18 February 2024
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13 v 7
Welcome to the latest edition of Thought for Sunday, which we pray will be encouraging and helpful.
1 Corinthians is frequently described as the love chapter of the Bible and is read at many wedding services. It is an uplifting chapter but also challenging, as it feels almost unattainable. Yet we are reminded that the ultimate of love is demonstrated by God Himself, who was prepared to allow Jesus to die on the cross at Calvary, in order to provide the means of a reconciliation between God and a disobedient people.
This verse helps us to see that love in action. It is easy to say that we love someone, but demonstrating it daily can be a challenge. In our own strength, we undoubtedly will fail, but as Christians, we are filled by the love of God.
Just reflect for a moment on this verse of the outworking of love. It protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. The love of God puts a ring of protection around His people. Not that they will never be attacked for their faith, but that they never face any aspect of life alone. He will be with us to bring us through the challenges we face – together. Love trusts – we have huge problems in trusting others today. We are frequently let down with broken promises, but His love is an emotion we can always trust, because His love is amazing. Many experience the shattering of genuine hopes, mainly because we cannot offer each other certainties, but the love of God means that our hope is secure and safe with Him. Finally, we are reminded that love never gives up. The Lord never gives up on us – His love is continual, everlasting and unfailing.
Today, bask in His love for you – and then be willing to share that amazing love, with those around you – your family, neighbours, work colleagues and friends. Who knows but that they too may come to appreciate the love of God to them?