Supplementary Notes for w/c 22 September
Autumn: Wednesday is technically the first day of autumn with the prospect of autumnal colours. We should give thanks to God for the changing seasons and appreciate the beauty of His creation, particularly in this year when” Climate Change” hits the headlines.
Climate Change: Virtually every week, this claims the headlines. We pray for those in government who have to deal with the outcome of rising gas prices, shortage of carbon dioxide, empty shelves in supermarkets, protests on the M25.
Extract from Psalms - David
Life for David, was fairly turbulent at times, but he trusted in God to get him through every situation. This is his experience in Psalm 18:28,29. “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With Your help, I can advance against a troop; with my God, I can scale a wall.” There are times in life when we feel that we are up against a brick wall. Take encouragement from David to scale that wall with God’s help.
Helpful Hymns: Up against a brick wall; then -
“Are we weak and heavy ladened, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Saviour, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness – take it to the Lord in prayer.”
Kinlochleven: The Sunday morning service celebrates Harvest Thanksgiving. The earth faithfully provides us with food throughout the seasons. We thank God for all those in the “food chain” who richly provide us with our daily food.
Elders: Churches are blessed with those who work with the Minister to look after the spiritual affairs of the church, provide services of worship, and pastor and support members of the congregation – and indeed, those in the community. On Sunday, Ella Headden is ordained to serve as an Elder in Kinlochleven.
This coming winter: We pray for all NHS staff as they prepare for whatever situation arises over the winter months.