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God in your life

In the vast expanse of human history, there is only one point of contact with the Lord of this history : the present moment. It is through the door of the present moment that God enters into your life, and it is through you that He enters into the life of the world. However, God will not step through that door unless you open it up to Him. Each moment is an annunciation in your life, but you can only respond to God's call if you're there to hear it.  When you respond to the call the Son is once more made flesh; this time in you. When you respond to His call, as manifested in the work in hand, you allow the Father to further the work of creation which is carried on in the Son of God. If you respond to His call by giving your all, within the context of the present moment, you are allowing the Son to carry out His work of redemption in the world.

Understanding and embracing change

Some of us thrive on change, and some of us resist at every turn. Yet we know that change is part of the human condition and we deal with it on a daily basis. We can wait until change happens and let it change us out of necessity or we can act in a manner in which we try to shape and control the changes we face in life. However, there are times in our lives when the changes we face go far beyond our individual circumstances. Every so often, perhaps once in a lifetime, people are collectively faced with a seismic event that changes the course of history. We are in the midst of such an event: one that has affected the whole world. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic will be far reaching and will change the way we structure our societies and order our institutions. The scope will be wide and comprehensive ranging from how we govern ourselves and who will govern us, to how and where and when we work. This pandemic has caused us to think about how we view and value th

Caring Letters

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Decades ago, Dr. Jerry Motto discovered the power of a 'carer letter'. His research found that simply sending a letter expressing care to discharged patients, who had previously attempted suicide, reduced the rate of recurrence by half. Recently, health care providers have rediscovered this power when sending 'caring' texts, postcards and even social media memes as follow-up treatment for the severely depressed. Twenty-one books in the Bible are, actually, letters – epistles – caringly written to the first-century believers who struggled for a variety of reasons. Paul, Peter, James and John wrote letters to explain the basics of faith and worship. Also, how to resolve conflict and build unity. The apostle, Peter, however, specifically wrote to believers who were being persecuted by the Roman emperor, Nero. Peter reminded them of their intrinsic value to God, describing them in this way in 1 Peter 2:9 : "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood

Prayer for Palm Sunday

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God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we remember All that You have done in times past And give thanks that Your enduring love has embraced even us. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we gather in the company of Your people, Or in company alone with You, And lift up our voices to cry: Hosanna! Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we journey Through the week that is to come. May we journey in the presence of the One who goes before us, even to the Cross. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we listen to the voices Who now cry: Crucify! And may we know it was for us He hung and suffered there. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our

Prayer for Lent (Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair : Moderator of the General Assembly)

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Loving Lord, Today we set out to walk towards Easter To the cross and eventually to an empty tomb. As we travel, open our senses, we pray, To what you would have us see and hear and taste along the way And all that Jesus might come more clearly into sight. Our desire is just that; To see him more clearly That we might love him more dearly and follow him more nearly. Amid the talk of giving things up for Lent, Forgive us for ways in which we have trivialised spiritual discipline And lead us to what you would have us take up for Lent And not least that desire for more of Jesus. As we travel, shape our souls by your Spirit And inspire our living by your Word. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen                                         Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair : Moderator of the General Assembly                            

A prayer for Lent

Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. I ask your forgiveness and now turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank you for dying on the cross for me to set me free from my sins. Please come into my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and be with me forever. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen"

Count your Blessings

 Count your Blessings!   Recently, I sat for just about an hour, looking out of my window, and enjoying the sunset. You may well have seen similar sunsets, when the sky is pale golden over Arran, and then changes through orange to red as the sky grows darker and darker.  It gave me a real boost after a particularly fine day, a real blessing.  And that brought to my mind an old hymn, rather out of fashion nowadays:-   When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, Do not be discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.   Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.   We have been through and are still going through quite a tempest.  Every news bulletin seems more and more depressing.  We thought w