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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 01 August 2021
It is great to be able to welcome you to the latest ‘Thought for Sunday’, which we pray you will find helpful.
We are continuing to learn from some of the parables of Jesus. We are reminded that Jesus used these as illustrations to emphasise or make His point/s about the message He was seeking to convey to those listeners.
Today we explore probably one of the best known of Jesus’ parables ‘The Good Samaritan’. Jesus told this parable is response to the question ‘Who is my neighbour’? It was a well-known fact that the road between Jerusalem and Jericho was a ‘muggers paradise’. Many obstacles on the journey made it easy for robbers to hide and then surprise their victims. They would take anything of value, and did not care about any physical or emotional pain they caused the victim/s. They would often leave them injured or even dead on the side of the path. People would often pass by, ignoring the injured, thinking of their own safety above the needs of the victim/s. But then someone least expected to stop, did so, and tended to the injured man, taking him to a place of safety where he could be cared for, before he would be fit enough to leave. The stranger even paid for the room.
In our busy and hectic schedules, it is easy for us sometimes to overlook those in need around us. We come up with excuses about the victims perhaps ‘deserving’ what has happened, or reasons why we could not stop to help. Jesus reminds us that everyone is our neighbour, and we have a responsibility to Him to reach out to meet their needs. Sometimes this can be costly in terms of finance, time or effort, but when we do it for Jesus, then it is really worthwhile. Our reward is in heaven, not in the praise of others. May the Lord help us to see need and then to respond to it, in seeking to enable others to see the love of Jesus for them.