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A Message From Our Minister

  • 25 December 2023
  • lorna.graham

Dear Friends

As if in the blink of an eye, were are finding ourselves at the end of 2023… I hope that you had a special Christmas, remembering that Jesus was sent to earth to bring us light.

And it’s my prayer that in 2024, we will all be guided by this light, with every step we take.

May God bless you in the new year.

Nanda
 

A Message From Our Minister: October 2023

  • 30 September 2023
  • lorna.graham

Dear friends

It’s harvest time – time to say thank you to God for everything he gives us.

In 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 we read: “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

This is an explanation of how we can thank God: He gives us what we need, and in sharing that with others, we give thanks to him.

Sharing is such a special thing to do. If you share what you have with someone else, you will lose something that was yours, but at the same time, you will gain something else – joy. And joy is something that can fill you in a way food never can. There is so much more than food that we can share – we can share burdens, we can share love. And in giving these things away, we get so much more in return.

So this harvest – let’s give to others, and by doing that, give thanks to God!

May God bless you all,

Nanda

A Message Fron Our Minister: July 2023

  • 5 July 2023
  • lorna.graham

Dear friends

Summer is here! Time to take a breath, relax, and enjoy the sunshine.

Every single time the seasons change I am newly amazed at how magnificently God created the world. Autumn, winter, spring, summer – every year, no exception.

In Psalm 8 we read:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens…
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what are people that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

Yet, God cares for us – every single day. No matter what season it is in nature, no matter what season you are experiencing in your life… God is always there for us – every day, no exception.

So wherever you are this summer – may the sun shine on you, and may that remind you of the warmth of God’s love.

Please remember that we have joint worship services over the summer – all starting at 10am on Sunday mornings. During July these services are in the West Kirk of Calder, and during August in Polbeth Harwood Church.

May God bless you this summer, and always.

Nanda

A Message From Our Minister: February 2023

  • 5 February 2023
  • lorna.graham
Dear Friends   
February is the month of love. So often when we hear the word ‘love’, we think only about romantic love, the kind of love that is celebrated on St Valentine’s Day. But actually, love is so much more than that. Love is found in friendship, love is found in families, love is found in the church, love is found in faith. And all these different types of love, should be celebrated every single say, not only on special occasions. Because I can’t imagine anything more special than to love and to be loved.
If we really want to understand what it means to love, we should look to God. Because it’s God’s love for us that put us here on earth, it’s his love for us that saved us all in Jesus, and it’s his love for us that will keep us close to his heart, even once our life here on earth has ended.
In 1 Corinthians 13 the characteristics of true love is described: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…”
February is also Stewardship month in our churches, and as we think about how we spend our TIME this year, let’s make sure to make time to love, to love like that – but not only in February, but every single day of our lives. Because in a world where everything is limited and increasingly more expensive, love is the one thing that you will get more of if you give it away, and it doesn’t cost anything!
May God bless you all.
Much love,
Nanda
 

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