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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 11 April 2021

‘Now faith is being what we hope for and certain of what we do not see’ – Hebrews 11 v 1

          A very warm welcome to the latest ‘Thought for Sunday’.  We continue our journey exploring what it means to be a Christian living in 2021.  We call our belief ‘The Christian faith’, and we sometimes hear people talking about ‘living by faith’.

What does this really mean for us?  Is faith simply living a myth – believing in something of Someone we have invented in our minds, or others have told us about?  We live in an age when everything must be factually checked – at this time what politicians tell us in the election period is being checked and reported on.   So why should people believe in a God today?

We have just completed the Easter period where we have explored the week leading from Jesus riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, to the Last Supper, the arrest in the Garden, the mockery of a false trial, His death by crucifixion and His rising from the dead.  We have seen this was not a ‘made-up’ story but one in which there had been a divine plan from the beginning of the world.  Jesus had to come and died in order for us to receive God’s forgiveness – sins washed clean in the precious blood shed on Calvary.

So, faith is believing in God, His amazing compassion and love for everyone, and His desire to be Saviour and Lord of all.  We are not able to witness at first-hand the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus 2000 year ago, but what we can witness is the transforming lives that Jesus makes when a person turns by faith to Jesus.  I know so many people who were very much influenced in serious crime and spent significant periods of time in prison.  Prison Officers knew them well and expected their return after they had completed the current sentence. BUT they met Jesus, and their lives were so changed that their lives of crime have ceased. Jesus meets ALL their needs.

Therefore, living by faith means more than words, it is our full confidence and trust in Jesus being lived out in all aspects of our lives, so that ‘To God be the glory, great things He has done’.