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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 24 January 2021
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want – Psalm 23 v1
A very warm welcome to the latest edition of Thought for Sunday.
I was reminded of this Psalm at a funeral this week. A Psalm, which is undoubtedly the best, known of all the 150 Psalms. It is one which most people know by heart and can repeat it, at least in the King James version of The Bible!!!
David, the author, inspired by God, reminds us that God really does care for us. He makes us lie down in green pastures and restores our souls. In other words, He knows when we are weak, low, worried etc. and is aware when we need times of rest and refreshment. We do not always accept or recognise this, and try to keep going, but God knows best, and He has a variety of ways of slowing us down.
We are reminded that even in the darkest moments of our lives, when we feel overwhelmed by pressures and stress, He remains with us. He does not necessarily remove the issues but assures us that we are not alone and He and us are ‘in it together’. What a wonderful promise this is for us to grasp today.
He then tells us that He is busy preparing a banquet for us, so that even our fiercest enemies will be able to see how we have been rewarded, and perhaps to make them regret that they failed to make a personal decision about Jesus.
Finally, we are promised that He is busy making a place for us to live with Him forever – Your house will be my home forever.
However, there is a BUT!!! The Psalm reminds us that in order for all this to take place, we need the Lord to be our personal Shepherd – The Lord is MY Shepherd. When we enter into this amazing relationship with Jesus, to seek His forgiveness and invite Him to be our Saviour and Lord, then we will have everything we need.
Can you say today ‘The Lord is MY Shepherd?’