While I am on holiday this is a reduced version of the blog.
It may not appear everyday depending on what access I have to internet, there are no photographs and you will have to click the links to watch the videos. If you have a time for completing the Jigsaw then please leave it in the comments as I won’t be able to gather any times sent by email or Whatsapp, and there won’t be a Where Is It?
I hope you still enjoy dropping in and seeing what is on offer.
Beside The Burn
During the holiday break, Beside The Burn is going to concentrate on The Names of God, each day that there is a blog, there will be a reading of a short chapter from a book Incomparable. Each day will look at one verse that reveals a name of God.
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Let’s Pray - In this moment
A prayer for ears to hear and eyes to see
you have so much to say to us,
so much to show us,
so much to teach us,
through our experience of these last few months.
But sometimes our ears are deaf to your gentle prompting,
our eyes are blind to what you want to reveal to us,
our hearts are so indifferent we shy away from your redirecting touch.
We simply want to get back to normal,
continue as if nothing had ever happened,
forget the trials by which you teach us your ways.
It is so much easier that way,
we don’t have to stop to think, pause to consider, dwell to assess.
Instead, we can fall back on what we know,
settle for staggering forward again into familiar routines,
stumbling along in reliable ruts and grinding grooves.
Break through our stubbornness and foolishness;
strengthen knees enfeebled by the weight of yesterday’s burdens
so that we might walk with purpose into tomorrow’s world.
Shatter our desire for safety,
give grace that we may grow,
faith that we might follow,
insight that inspires.
Give us ears to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
May our eyes be blessed because they see,
and our ears because they hear,
and our hearts because they are open to learn from you.
In Jesus’ name.
Let’s Pray for Ministers
Give thanks for ministers who have been teaching and preaching God’s Word and offering pastoral care in very difficult circumstances, asking that God would continue to bless their laboursfor him.
Pray that ministers will know rest and renewal during the summer months, asking that they will be re-energised for the work that lies ahead in the new church year from September.
Lessons I’m learning in lockdown about being a better neighbour
Niall Lockhart minister of Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church reflects on what he is learning about being a better neighbour during lockdown. Read the These Three Remain Blog here.
The Beauty Of Quiet Faithfulness
Faithfulness isn’t just defending the faith to hostile secularists. It’s about washing the ever-increasing pile of dishes—to the glory of God.
Read the full article here https://t.co/gntIQmCCmA
Job - Everything Going Wrong (30 Minute Audio)
Have you ever felt like everything in life is going wrong? Job did too. In this episode of Bible Biogs, we look at his story... why DIDN'T he blame God when his fortunes changed?
Listen now on the UCB Player App: https://t.co/EAzip7uCdC
Why not have a go at an old puzzle.
You may remember me asking Where Is It?
Play the "Where Is It?" puzzle!
Jigsaw Planet - Where Is It?