Welcome 17 January 2021

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

                                                                        2Co 1:3-4


Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ.  We have all suffered and are suffering from the effects of Covid for over a year now.  We must not forget God in our suffering!  He is the Father of mercies – He will comfort us in our afflictions.  We should count our afflictions as a blessing because we can use our experiences and comfort others.  In doing so, we can be a blessing to a brother or sister, or even have the opportunity in sharing the love of Christ with the lost.


Blessings,

Mark

Welcome 3 January 2021

“Happy New Year!” “Should auld acquaintance be forgot..” and the world rolls into 2021, trying, in fact, to forget, and even to expunge memory of the greatest reality – that this Universe is God’s property, that fallen humanity is accountable to Him, and that the Reckoning is coming. But He doesn’t allow wilful forgetfulness, and has wired nature to penalise sin and point clearly up to Him.

We believe because He first loved us, and ushered us into His kingdom for fellowship, to fight gladly and lovingly for His glory, empowered by grace. This is good news! So our “auld acquaintance” will not be forgot, and we can indeed say, “Happy New Year!”

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want: Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil…Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…

Claude

 

Welcome – 27 December 2020

This may be the hardest Christmas in the world for many people, for 

the bereaved,
the isolated, 
the stranded, 
the admitted, 
the sunk 
and the exhausted. 
And that makes it the perfect time to celebrate the Christ Child, born on earth, ruling in Heaven.

"Glory to God in the highest, 
And on earth, peace among those with whom He is pleased"
May your hardest Christmas stir the sweetest delight of your salvation. Jesus is the Reason for the Season, and everything worth living for. 

Welcome 13 December 2020

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Rom 12:1-2

 

Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ.  In the world today, we are confronted with so many contradictory messages on how we should be living our lives and how we should be interacting with one another.  Do not listen to the world!  Join us today as we discern from the Holy Scriptures what is good and acceptable and perfect – the will God.

Blessings,

Mark

Welcome – 30 November 2020

“All of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and a humble mind…In your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence … for the hope that is in you; yet with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:8-15)

With the increase in covid19 in our region, we’ve had to increase spatial distancing. But that should, and must lead us to seek more urgently to keep in touch – with the Church, and with each other; whether by remote connection or care in contact.

For how else can we encourage and be encouraged in unity of mind as we honour Christ the Lord? As we gather today to worship, to pray and to hear the Word proclaimed – and later for the important Quarterly General Meeting – let’s do it in Spirit and with thanks to Him who first loved us!

In Him

Claude

Welcome – 22 November 2020

It's a fluid world – once again we need to reduce our gathering to safe-guard vulnerable people. Our habits are disrupted again.
We're creatures of habit, and habits can be useful, until we forget why we have them in the first place. The habit of meeting for worship is to 

"encourage one another, and all the more as we see the Day drawing near". (Heb 10:25)
Now that many of us cannot meet again, let us still 
"encourage one another, and all the more as we see the Day drawing near".
We must learn to be flexible, quickly adapting to change, otherwise we'll be drowned under change, waiting for things to be what they might never be again!

Encourage someone in the church today. Call them, send them a message, whatever; And remind them that the Day is drawing near.

Malcolm

Welcome 8 November 2020

Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

                                                                                                                 Isa 55:3


Greetings fellow saints of the Lord most high!  Have you inclined your ear to our Lord and Saviour?  Join us today as we draw near to the Lord and incline our ear to hear His Word. 

 

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

                                                                                                         Isa 55:10-11


Blessings,

Mark

Welcome Sunday 25 October 2020

Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! (Luke17:1)

Clearly not all sins are equal: giving way to sin is one thing, but leading others into sin gets Jesus’ special condemnation and warning of retribution. The media in particular are guilty of inviting us to revel in filth and violence, and young people are being primed for sin, especially in high school and university.

So we need to not only refuse to be drawn into slander, gossip, bitterness and lust, but we need to warn those who invite us and others into these things: we do them a favour when we do.

Leading a glad, bright, clean life is such a joy to self, to others and to the Lord.

Claude

Welcome – 18 October 2020

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
  And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
  And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
  Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
  Though stretched from sky to sky
(F.M. Lehman)
The penultimate worship of all is to beam back toward God what He is beaming to us: Love, with everything we have. How great is the Love of God, that we should be called His Children. May we find our souls filled and flowing with Love for Him this morning – for the Saviour who died for us, now living for us.

Welcome 04 October 2020

Blessed be the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those
who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted
by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we
share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort
and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you
experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.

2Co 1:3-6

 

Greeting fellow Saints of the Lord most High.  Many of us are going through various trials
and sufferings, but take comfort in knowing that one of God’s purposes in the
suffering of Christians is that they would experience direct, personal comfort
from God, and then from that experience be able to minister God’s comfort to
others.

Blessings,

Mark