24th August 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News

 

This week I had the sad experience of watching the funeral of a close relative. I could be there in spirit through the wonders of the internet.

 

Sad as it was, the 89 years of my cousin’s life had to be said in no more than 20 minutes. But everyone who knew him has the privilege of remembering his life, how he touched us with laughter, long conversations, shared meals, his knowledge of cricket and football and the pleasure of his company.

 

If we think of our life as a staircase, we can imagine taking a step at a time.

 

As a child, we have our parents helping us up the stairs. As we grow, we have people always ahead of us whom we look up to.

 

I am sure there are many people in your life who you remember as being a tremendous influence. Perhaps a teacher, a relative or someone you read about.

 

There may be times in your life where you feel you were standing still. Maybe the staircase split into different directions and you were unsure which direction to take.

 

Maybe there are times when you climbed two steps at a time and your life rushed along too fast. Perhaps if you have children, you will remember them needing your help to climb the stairs.

 

Maybe you helped others climb the stairs when they were finding them difficult.

 

But one of the things you are told when you are climbing anything is "don’t look down!" There is no way you can go back and change the steps you followed in times past. If you took a wrong direction or failed to notice or give thanks when someone was on the stair with you helping you along, do not have regrets. You can start on a new step anytime you wish.

 

God says it is never too late to change direction or accept Jesus’ way as the way you want to live your life.

 

Take small steps.

 

Stairs get more difficult to climb as we get older, but that is a physical thing. God makes the risers lower to account for that.

 

Let the young leap up the staircase, but miss smelling the roses.

 

Everyone has a role in God’s plan, whether you are young and fit, older and slowing down a bit, or not quite so good at walking. You can help others if they stumble or need support, even though you may not feel physically strong enough to do it for real, you can be a support with a phone call or a visit (if you are allowed) and praying.

 

On the staircase of life,

Trying to walk in the steps of the Saviour,

Trying to follow our Saviour and King,

Shaping our lives by His blessed example,

Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.

- E.E.Hewitt

 

"A person’s heart plans our course, but the Lord directs our steps." Proverbs 16:9

 

As we are able to take more steps outside our homes, may God go with you.

 

Helen Banks,

National Guild Vice Convener

 

 

 

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Afternoon tea in the sun

 

Our 'virtual' afternoon tea for the projects proved very popular as these photos show. And for once the Scottish weather was kind to us and many folks were able to have four other households around to join in the fun, food and fellowship.

 

If you haven't managed yours yet and have planned something during Guild Week (we know a few of you have) then we hope the weather is as kind as it was for these folks.

 

Donations are continuing to come in for the projects and at the moment over £1,500 has been raised which will be split between the projects.

 

If you would like to make a donation, having had your goodies, then please email us using the link below and we will advise you how best this can be done.

 

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Sign the Christian Aid Debt Jubilee petition

 

We have all been affected in some way by the devastating impact of the pandemic.

As it has spread in many of the poorest countries, our neighbours around the world have been hit even harder, often without the same safety nets we’ve seen at home.

The most vulnerable have been falling ill and the economic impacts have left people who were already struggling without a way to feed their families and survive this crisis. The World Bank estimates that an additional 60 million people risk falling into extreme poverty <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=aeb528e13d&e=43d4a1fa0e> .

 

Christian Aid are calling on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to broker a more ambitious debt relief deal for the poorest countries. Will you help by signing their petition?

 

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Happy 100th birthday Lilian

 

Mrs Lilian Fawns, an honorary member of St Colms @ St Michaels Guild in Edinburgh, celebrated her 100th birthday recently. Lilian has been a Guild member for over 60 years and managed to attend Guild meetings into her early nineties. Due to current restrictions only her son, Brian, was allowed to visit her in her care home on her birthday, but she knows her friends in the Guild were thinking of her. Lilian is a loyal Guild member and is always eager to hear Guild news when visits are made. Each year her son receives strict instructions to make sure that her Guild dues are paid and frequent donations made to Guild projects. Because of her faithful service to the Guild she was made an honorary member last year.

 

Hearty congratulations, Lilian! Stay safe and well with love from us all.

 

 

 

 

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Get ready...

 

Our 'virtual' Annual Gathering is now less than two weeks away (Saturday 5 September), the DVDs and USB sticks are winging their way to people, and we are excited about sharing the event with you all.

 

In some Guilds, those who have a laptop have been inviting two other families to watch with them. Others are doing the same with the DVD or USB stick. If you haven't thought of that already it is maybe something you could do and share in the day with others, even having some lunch together afterwards. Remember, too, that we will be sharing in Holy Communion so please have some bread and a drink available to use.

 

However you see the event and whoever you are with, we hope that you enjoy it and are encouraged and inspired in equal measure.

 

 

 

 

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Pray this week

 

Monday: giving thanks for the beauty of the place in which you live.

Tuesday: trusting God to show you the place in your church or community where He wants you to step out in faith, trusting that He will be with you as you do.

Wednesday: asking God to show you things in your life that should be 'left behind' as you walk in confidence with Him.

Thursday: thanking God for friends and family who have supported and encouraged you during the last few months.

Friday: bringing before God all who have been displaced because of famine, war or natural disaster. Praying that they will find safety and shelter.

Saturday: giving thanks for the Moderator, and asking for God's richest blessing on him and his family.

Sunday: naming before God someone who has returned to school, that they might settle in well, make friends and do their best.

 

 

 

 

Contact us

 

Phone: 0131 225 5722 <tel:+013120225205722>

121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN


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