May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support, May those who are sick, know healing, May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.
Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom, Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being, Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.
And may the light shining from our windows, across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle, be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.
It seems to be only a short while since as a congregation we were preparing to celebrate Christmas and now we are already rapidly approaching the celebration of Easter.
During January we took a break from some activities such as the weekly Bible Study in case of inclement weather. Unfortunately this winter saved its worst until February so several events had to be cancelled. However we had an exceptionally good turn out for the Beetle Drive Social which was a very enjoyable evening. We have also been able to start a monthly prayer Group, on the first Wednesday evening of the month, specifically to pray for guidance in the future outreach and mission work of the congregation.
In Matthew chapter 28, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. This is an everlasting command, but we do not have to do it in our own strength, he has promised to be with us and guide us in this all important mission. This is why it is important that we seek the Lord’s guidance as a congregation, for the future work of the congregation. I would like to encourage all of you to devote some time to praying about this subject whether you are able to join with us in an organised prayer meeting or not. The Lord hears our prayers whoever we are and wherever we come to him seeking guidance and encouragement.
We have also begun a monthly ‘Coffee and Craft’ meeting which will be held between 2pm and 4pm on the third Tuesday in the month. At the moment we are working on making ‘Twiddle Muffs’ which have been found to be a help and comfort to some people suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. The pattern is easy to follow and all are welcome to join in or simply come along for a chat. If you are no longer able to knit or sew yourself come and help those who are learning, your knowledge will be invaluable. If you have any spare wool, needles, ribbons or buttons, all contributions will be gratefully received. If you have other ideas for creative projects then come and share them or bring your own work with you. The afternoon will hopefully provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy fellowship whilst spending a little time helping others.
During this season of Lent, as we prepare to remember the sacrificial love of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we all take time to reflect upon our own lives of faith, and commit ourselves afresh to sharing the Good News of the Gospel Message. It is a message that can bring hope to a world which is in need of hearing about the great love of God which is freely available to all who trust in the Lord.
As the days get shorter as well as colder we find ourselves rapidly approaching the Advent Season and Christmas. For many people they probably just think of it as the ‘busy’ season or ‘party’ season. But for us it should be a season of hope and expectation. A season when we take time to remember that the long promised Messiah and Saviour of all the world has finally come. He came, not only as the baby in the manger in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago; but he comes to each one of us who puts our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us on the cross and who brings hope to the world.
Christmas is a time of celebration when families are re-united, friends gather together, and we talk of Peace on Earth and Good will to all men. Words are easy to say, but this year let it be our hope that many people will be inspired to perform acts of Peace and to share goodwill with others. Most of all, it is my hope and prayer that every member of the family of God, all who are part of the family which is Dalreoch United Free Church, will have the desire and the will to join with their Christian family to celebrate this Christmas.
Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed Advent and Christmas Season!