Archive: May 5, 2021, 12:00 AM

Pastoral Message from the Ministers

Beloved friends, 

Your ongoing support of the gospel and of our ministry is greatly encouraging and much appreciated. We share your delight in being able to return to the use of our buildings for public worship. Even though some restrictions still apply in relation to the number we are able to accommodate and to congregational singing, we are thankful to the Lord for a reduction in Covid-19 infections and deaths nationally, thereby enabling us to gather for worship.

Although we have been thankful for the technology that has enabled us to maintain services virtually, it is important that we retain a sense of the importance Scripture attaches to the visibility of Christ’s Church in the world. The words kahal and ekklesia, used in Hebrew and Greek respectively to describe God’s people, literally mean an “assembly” or “a gathering”, with the idea of not only being “gathered together” but also being “gathered out from” the world. The visibility of the Church in the world is itself an aspect of the witness God bears to his love and grace as shown through his gathering of his people.

In the prayer of Jesus for his people recorded in John 17, an observable unity is clearly meant by the words “that they may all be one” (v. 21 and 22), because these words are closely connected to “that the world may believe that you have sent me” (v. 21) and “that the world may know that you sent me” (v. 23). The spiritual unity of God’s people is, of course, important, but it is through the visible unity of the gathered Church that God’s love is shown to the world. We have a similar emphasis in John 13 verse 35, “by this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another.”

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Stornoway Free Church WFM committee are planning a ‘Bake Stall’ on Saturday 22nd May in the MA hall from 12 – 2pm.

We are looking for donations of baking items, puddings such as Sticky Toffee, Apple pies, Fruit Crumbles, Jams and Marmalades. No items with fresh cream please.

We request that all items donated be bagged or boxed ready for selling in order to minimise handling.

The hall will be open from 9am on the day.

All proceeds to go to the WFM projects for 2020/2021

Covid regulations will be adhered to.

Thank you,

Donna Maciver, WFM Committee

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