Weekly Update 28th Aug
Dear sisters and brothers
Sarah and I are taking some days of this week so I’m writing this letter a lot earlier than I normally would. In these times that can be quite a challenge as we don’t know what the next few days will bring. Certainly, planning ahead is a fool’s game somewhat. For example, we had booked to have a few days in a cottage, but the current 5 mile limit put a stop to that. If only we could see what is ahead of us, it would certainly make planning easier (even if it might not always be a helpful thing).
Back in April I was struck by some words God spoke to the prophet Jeremiah, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”. (Jeremiah 33:3) This is as good a definition of prophecy as I know: not always an insight into the future, but an insight into God’s will now and in the future. Remembering this verse has caused me to ask myself, has God told me any “great and unsearchable things”? Or to put it less dramatically, what has God been teaching me in these days? Perhaps one of the things that God has been teaching me is that planning ahead is a fool’s game. The great and unsearchable things include the words of Jesus to not worry about tomorrow but to seek first the Kingdom of God in the midst of whatever circumstances I find myself in (Matthew 6:33-34). That’s certainly what God was saying to Jeremiah, who was in prison in a besieged town, with the words “Call to me”.
What lessons has God been teaching you in these days? Have you called to God with the expectation of being taught them? I confess that I may not have done so well in learning my lessons (we have, after all, booked a few days away in October) but I do believe that God is speaking and drawing close to us all. Take time to listen and you will be better prepared for the days to come and know God’s peace and hope in every circumstance.
Speaking of days to come, I’m afraid that we still have no definite news of when the Community Centre might be open to allow us to meet together there in worship (let alone any of the other venues we use). The Kirk Session meet next week, so please pray for the church elders as they continue to lead and serve the church. Enclosed with this letter is, as always, the words for Sunday’s service and details of what is happening in the church in the coming week. I would like to encourage you to join us through the internet or phone at our daily and weekly services. If you find that difficult, please remember that we can help you to connect in various ways; but also know that we remain committed to one another as a church in service and in prayer. If you require any help at all, please do contact us.
May you know God’s continuing presence and guidance.
Rev. Ian Aitken
52 Ashgrove Road West
Tel. 01224 686929