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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 21 February 2021

‘If my father had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?  2 Kings 5 v 13

 

Welcome to the latest ‘Thought for Sunday’, which we pray will find you well, safe and inspired.

The text for today is taken from the events in the life of Naaman. A very successful soldier but who developed leprosy.  His maid, who he had captured on a previous battle, and given to his wife, informed him of a prophet who could heal him.  However, when he was told to wash himself seven times in the Jordan river, this was too much to ask.  Fortunately, some of his soldiers advised him in this text.  Yes, Naaman would have done a great thing, but to wash in the river was absurd as there were much better, cleaner and fresher rivers in his own country.  Naaman took the advice and washed seven times and was completely healed.

This Bible event reminds us that sometimes the Lord asks us to do really difficult things, and we can accept this as a personal challenge, and to watch Him work through us to reveal His mighty power.  Other times, He asks us to do the simplest of tasks, and we stand back, reluctant to move forward because it is too easy, or ‘beneath us’.

Isaiah 55 reminds us that ‘His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways’.  When the Lord asks us to do something, however hard or easy, it is usually because He has something to show or teach us, and by refusing, we are missing an opportunity to learn more about our Lord and Saviour.  How sad!!!!

As we face a new week, with potential uplifts and challenges, may we look to Jesus, knowing that He will never ask us to do anything above which are able in His strength.  Let us be open to His ways and His words so that we may grow in our knowledge and love for Him and be better equipped for His service just where He puts us.