14th December 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come

 

Here we are at the third week of Advent when we will light the joy candle.

 

This week the colour of the candle will be different: it’s pink. Usually, there are three purple candles, one pink, and the one in the centre which is lit on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day is white.

 

The joy candle (otherwise known as the Shepherd Candle), reflects the joy that comes through Jesus’ arrival, and through the salvation he has gifted us.

 

During this third week of Advent, this Sunday celebrates the passage in Philippians 4: 4-5 where readers are invited to:

 

'Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.'

 

In other words, this week celebrates the joy of Christ’s coming to earth.

 

What does the Bible say about joy? It is an extreme happiness that cannot be deterred by present circumstances, [at this time we think especially of the Covid’19 pandemic]. This type of joy comes from God alone.

 

Joy can often be experienced when a Christian thinks about salvation, eternal life, or Jesus. It is an eager anticipation about wonderful things to come. The shepherds experienced this as they ran to Bethlehem to see Jesus.

 

Some Bible passages about joy:

 

* God fills us with joy (Romans 15: 13). We cannot will ourselves to experience joy. It comes from God alone.

* It’s a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We experience more joy when we spend time with God. We have to keep in mind that joy only comes from God, but when we spend more time with Him, we allow Him to fill us with it.

* No one can take joy from us (John 16:22). Given to us by God himself, no one has the ability to rob us of our joy. No matter what circumstances we encounter, no one can take this away.

* Joy rests in things from God such as salvation and righteousness [Psalm 51:22).

 

Depending on the translation, joy appears more than 100 times in the Bible.

 

'Joy through the world, the Lord has come. Let all receive their King. Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing.

And heaven, and heaven and nature win the race.'

 

Think on the word joy this way:

Jesus first

Others second

You last

 

And may this Lord Jesus, ‘whose we are and whom we serve’, be your joy throughout this time of Advent in preparation to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.

 

God’s richest blessings to you and yours,

 

Mabel Wallace

National Convener

 

 

 

 

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A cup of cheer

 

Queensferry Guild have been making sure that members can keep enjoying a cuppa in Guild china by sending each member a cup and saucer. The parcel also included a tea bag and a coffee sachet and, of course, some cake. What a lovely idea and a great way to let members know you are thinking of them.

 

 

 

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They have also delivered a cup to Betty Haigh who, at 101, is their oldest member and now resides in Murrayfield House Care Home. Betty still insists on paying her subs and being kept up to date with everything that Queensferry Guild is doing. Thank you Betty for your interest in and service to the Guild.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas goodie bag

 

This lovely Guild Christmas bag has been distributed by St Andrew's Guild in Carluke to their members. It has a newsletter with lots of updates, a very nice bar of hand soap and a knitted angel to remind members that they are not alone.

 

Many other Guilds will be doing things like this over the next couple of weeks - thank you to you all for letting members know they are loved and valued.

 

 

 

 

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Tartan brooches available

 

We have just taken delivery of these lovely tartan brooches. They would make a lovely gift for a Guild friend or to just buy one for yourself.

 

They are available at just £7 which includes postage and packaging. You can order yours using the link.

 

Order your brooch <mailto:kgillon@churchofscotland.org.uk?subject=Tartan%20brooch&body=I%20would%20like%20to%20order%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Guild%20tartan%20brooches.%0A%0APlease%20add%20your%20name%20and%20address%20here>

 

 

 

 

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Monday memories

 

Today we are reminding you of those warm days of summer and times when we could get together for a Guild event. This is the Convener's Challenge in August 2017 when Guilds from across Scotland came together for a day of fun, fellowship and of course intense competition with Hamilton North Guilds Together running out the champions on the day. Roll on the days when we can have a rematch.

 

 

 

 

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Joy to the world

 

We hope you enjoy this version of the most popular carol for this Sunday in Advent which speaks of the joy that we have now that Jesus is in our lives. Sing with all your heart from the safety of your own living room!

 

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Pray this week

 

Monday: for General Secretary, Iain Whyte and his family. Asking God to surround them with His love and peace.

Tuesday: asking God to place on your heart someone who is struggling this week and that He would show you how to respond.

Wednesday: thinking especially for those who are close to you who do not know the joy of Christian faith.

Thursday: for the staff of CrossReach as they support clients who are still unable to see family members.

Friday: for all who are migrants, travelling in search of peace and security.

Saturday: for those who provide vital services uplifting our bins, working in shops and driving buses, trains, planes and ferries. That God will keep them safe.

Sunday: for our Moderator, Martin and his wife Elaine, giving thanks for them and their service in this difficult year.

 

 

 

 

Contact us

 

Phone: 0131 225 5722 <tel:+013120225205722>

121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN


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