19th October 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News

 

A question of faith

 

We are all very different in so many ways, but we have one thing in common: faith. We cannot get through a day in our lives without having faith; faith in the world around us.

 

When we flick a light switch we expect the light to come on. We post a letter and expect it to reach its destination. We go to the doctor (whom we perhaps don’t know very well) and we get a prescription which we can’t read. We take the prescription to a chemist (whom we probably don’t know) who gives us medicine which we assume is the right drug to make us better. When we walk into a building we have faith in the architect and the builder that the building is safe.

 

We also share spiritual faith. When we have difficulties in our lives, when we are struggling with a problem, we put our faith and trust in the Lord, Jesus. For some, faith is following a set of beliefs; for others, it is showing devotion to whatever god you happen to follow, whether Christian, Muslim or any other religion. Faith for many is knowing God and trusting that everything will work out.

 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

 

A famous missionary, Hudson Taylor, travelled to China on a ship. Very close to the shore of cannibal islands the ship was caught in a calm (with no wind) and it was slowly drifting towards the shore… and the cannibals were watching from the shore, rubbing their hands and preparing for a feast. The captain came to Mr Taylor and asked him to pray for the help of God. Mr Taylor agreed, on condition that the captain would set his sails to catch the breeze. The captain said he would not set his sails, because his crew would laugh at him for unfurling his sails in a dead calm sea. The missionary refused to pray if the sails were not unfurled and so the captain agreed.

 

Hudson Taylor was praying when there was a knock at the door of his cabin. It was the captain, who asked him, "are you still praying for wind?" Taylor replied "yes." "Well," said the captain, "you better stop praying, because it’s blowing a gale and we’ve more wind than we can manage."

 

Faith needs trust which allows us, as Christians, to believe things that we can’t see; to believe that God is with us and will care for us. That is the conviction that only our faith can bring. True faith is our constant obedience to God’s word in spite of what happens to us or what is happening in the world. Our faith is there, whether life is going well or whether we are experiencing worries or concerns. Faith gives us the confidence to know that we are never alone.

 

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

 

Helen Eckford, National Vice-Convener

 

 

 

 

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Joint ecumenical meeting

 

We have been working together with our friends in Faith In Older People <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=9211d401b0&e=43d4a1fa0e> to put together an online meeting focussing on the key areas of end of life, loneliness and isolation and dementia.

 

There will be input from various key stakeholders as well as an opportunity to discuss what future actions can be taken in the months ahead.

 

To be kept up to date with when this meeting will be held, please email us using the button below.

 

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Get your free Sanctuary in Scotland booklet

 

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees has published a new booklet, 'Sanctuary in Scotland', which is a guide providing information on refugee issues for faith groups in Scotland. It includes facts and figures, definitions, current issues and ideas for practical action by and for faith communities in Scotland.

 

You can order free print copies for yourself or your congregation here. <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=c2578910ad&e=43d4a1fa0e> A digital copy is available to read on our website. <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=e5fc5d3e01&e=43d4a1fa0e>

 

The re-publication of this resource was part-funded by the EU Asylum Migration and Integration Fund.

 

Find out more <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=38ff7b79d7&e=43d4a1fa0e>

 

 

 

 

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Throwback photo

 

Former National Convener, Marge Paterson, shared this photo with us as one of her favourite Guild memories. During her year she was able to visit Malawi and she spent time with friends all over the north of Malawi.

 

We continue to remember our Guild friends during this time, asking God to be close to them and know that they are loved and remembered in prayer.

 

Send us your favourite photo of a time with the Guild.

 

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Pray this week

 

Monday: asking God to help you never to be self-righteous or annoying, but always honouring God in the way that you live.

Tuesday: that when we don't understand what is going on around us, let alone why it is happening, that we will trust in God all the more.

Wednesday: asking God to strengthen those who are struggling with temptations today.

Thursday: that we will notice our neighbours and their needs and that God will show us how to show them love today.

Friday: for all who have been raised to positions of authority or influence. May they use their power or celebrity to bring about change to feed the hungry, free the oppressed, liberate the wrongfully imprisoned and establish justice.

Saturday: asking God to bring to mind anyone that you have been distanced from through neglect, hurt or offence and asking for a way to rebuild that relationship.

Sunday: that God will ignite a fresh passion for the Gospel in our lives today.

 

 

 

 

Contact us

 

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