Today on the road to Emmaus, Jesus and the two disciples are eating together and Jesus is explaining what has happened from the Old Testament. Suddenly their minds were opened. Tommy Bruce writes about the light bulb moments when suddenly we understand something that has been troubling us. He suggests that we should -
Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through what you read, reminding you of his promises, revealing more of who he is and what he asks of you.
The latest Prayer Letter is now available from Andrew.
You an find it HERE in the prayer section of our Website.
Andrew and other E3 workers have been producing online assemblies two of which you can view below.
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This is a real treat, all of the content from New Horizon 2019 is free to download until the end of June 2020. All the seminars, bible readings and evening celebrations can be listened to. Content is also available from other years but you will be charged.
With no Convention or New Horizon this year, this is a great opportunity to attend and benefit from the bible teaching. There are also plans to have an online New Horizon this summer.
Virtual Prayer Room
Do remember the Virtual Prayer Room continues to be available on the Burnside Website.
You will find lots of sections to help you and guide you in your praying.
Lee McAllister Service
Remember our Midweek Service from Lee McAllister
Sometimes I find things that are just too good not to share. I was looking for a Psalm for the beginning of the service on Sunday, (which proved much more difficult than I anticipated) and I came across this programme. I haven’t had time to watch it yet but the title intrigues me. “BBC visits Donald Trump's Mother's home on Isle Of Lewis, Scotland”, you may already have seen this on Songs of Praise.
It will probably be quite some time before Churches reopen, and even then it will be with many restrictions. We have however begun planning for when the restrictions may be relaxed, Jim McCracken has already been measuring out the church and hall to see how we can accommodate worshippers while maintaining social distancing.
This week Agriculture minister Edwin Poots speaking at the local daily press conference began the debate and said the following.
It is now more than five weeks since the restrictions on movement, gatherings and trading came into force and at this afternoon’s daily Stormont press conference both the DUP’s Edwin Poots and Sinn Fein’s Deirdre Hargey emphasised that there will be no imminent move towards lifting most of those restrictions.
However, Mr Poots suggested the possibility of easing the rules in certain areas such as church gatherings where people can be kept apart or on solitary activities such as angling.
He stressed that such changes would only be made in line with medical and scientific advice, but said that ministers were aware of the negative impact of the current rules on the mental health of the population.
Mr Poots said that he attends a church which has 700 seats and added: ”If we can facilitate social distancing, can we do it? That’s a reasonable question to ask.
“If you have a church where you can’t facilitate social distancing but people want to come together, can you do it in drive-in churches, for example, so that people don’t get out of their cars and they listen to the service through the radio but they still gather?
“Those are all questions that we as an Executive have to look at.”
He said there was a need for “harsh restrictions” at the outset bu that “I believe that we can keep people with us by having a graduated response to it...giving people a little more latitude to engage in some of the activities that they prefer to engage in.”
It may get a bit boring looking at pictures of Portstewart in beautiful sunshine (I know it never gets boring) So I thought I would share a few different pictures today.
“Where is It?”
Where would you find these Cherry Blossoms?