Folk came from all the Christian churches in Saltcoats for an afternoon of fellowship, songs and discussion. A very successful time and extensive thanks to all who helped to make the afternoon one to remember (and hopefully repeat!).
A fuller report will be included in the upcoming magazine
Our first two songs this morning were dedicated to praising God which can either be a noisy (“Praise the Lord with the sound of trumpet”) or a little more peaceful (“If I were a butterfly“). It is important to remember to praise God even when things don’t seem to be going quite to plan.
The reflection considered the Scottish Bible Society’s Bible 2020 initiative in a little more detail (more information can be found by clicking HERE), which hopes to have the Bible read in all the world’s many languages during the year so that everyone can understand the words.
The Scottish Bible Society also promote The Community Bible Experience which is the basis for our current learning. Previously we had considered Luke’s Gospel and are now continuing with his writings in Acts.
As we come to the end of the Christmas celebrations we take the opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward in faith to the future.
Today’s reading was from Paul’s first letter to the people of Ephesus – Ephesians 1: 1-14.
The good news is that God chooses humanity. God is on our side, and will travel with us throughout history. We have not been left on our own or to our own devices. We have not been left without meaning to our lives, or directions to travel. We have choices and hope, because God chooses to identify with us. God chooses to accompany us throughout the journey of faith and life.
Look forward in faith,
God gives us life each day.
Go onward with Christ,
His Spirit guides our way.
It isn't far to Bethlehem town! It's anywhere that Christ comes down And finds in people's friendly face A welcome and abiding place. The road to Bethlehem runs right through The homes of folks like me and you.