Are you pressing “on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you]” (Philippians 3:14 NIV 2011 Edition), or have you “settled” along the way? God made a pact with Abraham – one that continues to influence the modern world. A lesser known fact is that years earlier, Abraham’s father, Terah, “set out … to go to Canaan”, the land of abundance where God later called Abraham. But Terah never made it: “When they came to Haran, they settled there.” No question, it couldn’t have been easy travelling hundreds of miles across rough terrain with flocks, herds, children and servants. Can you imagine the sheer logistics? Remember there were no professional movers to pack and load your stuff! Finally Terah decided they couldn’t go any further, so they settled where they were comfortable.
One pastor adds: I wonder how many times we do the same thing? We have a big dream … to excel in our careers … as parents … and in our walk with God. We get started but things get difficult and achieving our goal doesn’t happen as quickly as we hoped. Perhaps similar to Abraham’s father we say “Let’s just settle here. It’s not really what we wanted but it’s good enough.”
Don’t fall into that trap. You were made for more than “good enough” … Don’t settle for a little love and joy, a bit of peace and contentment, or a small helping of happiness. … Pull up the stakes, pack your tents, get your belongings and start moving forward. Enlarge your vision. You may have had a delay but … you can begin again.
Copyright UCB Word for Today (19 January 2017)
The gap between posts is a reflection on how manic life is at the moment and how much, as a fellowship, we have going on. To give you a flavour;
- Special ‘one service’ Sundays from the end of Nov all through Christmas, with loads of baptisms.
- Cantata, was preceded this year with an incident that blew the main front of house speakers. An electronic problem with a piece of faulty equipment caused the speakers to shriek so loudly that one of them almost fell off the wall. By the time you read this, hopefully, they will be repaired. Patrick did a fantastic job putting together the ‘jury-rigged’ system that we have all been using over the Christmas period.
- We have a long standing gremlin in the hall projector that is proving elusive to fix.
- The radio frequencies that we currently use for our radio mics are being gradually sold off to mobile phone companies for 5G. This week we took delivery of the first of many replacements we will have to make over the next few years.
- The new evening service programme is being planned and prepared for – see here for service details
Add to this church meetings, prayer meetings and training evenings and you will see how much has been done recently. Please pray for the tech team as we try to support the praise and worship team, and the church leadership…
Part of the problem is caused by our team running at half strength; which in an ideal world means we are looking for five new tech team trainees. People willing to watch and learn, coil cables and set things out. Please contact us if you are interested in shadowing for a few weeks.
Anyway, enough of that! Here are a couple of phone apps for you to have a look at.
- AA… thats the roadside breakdown service… If you are one of their 15M members, try our their new phone app. It can remind you when servicing and insurance are due and has a panic button in case you breakdown
- Fitbit… for those of us who have to watch our weight, the FB mobile phone app can use the phone’s GPS to track your activity and has a built in food log that you can use even if you haven’t bought one of their watches.
More to follow…..
As of 19th February, there is going to be a new focus for the evening services.
1st Sunday of the month. This service will include the sharing of stories about what God has done or is doing in people’s life’s. This will normally be in the form of an informal interview. The service will also include some sung praise, videos, prayer and a message from the Bible.
2nd Sunday of the month. The main focus of this service will be communion where we remember the death of Jesus. Communion will be central and the service will often include prayer, reflection, video, a short message and some sung praise
3rd Sunday of the month. This service will be a more contemporary service aimed particularly at the millennial generation. It will include a more contemporary worship style and message. The service will at times be interactive and use video, reflective images and drama.
4th Sunday of the month. As part of this service we will engage with a culturally relevant topic or follow a sermon series as we consider how the Bible speaks today. This service will also include some sung praise, videos and prayer.
The verse for LBC for 2017 is ….
2 Cor 5v7: “We walk by faith and not by sight.”
Our preoccupation up on the balcony, as you will realise if you have been listening to the notices recently, is people (techs), or lack of them.
We first published this post in May 2015 and since then things have got worse not better ….!
We need 3 techs…. Having three individuals on for each service allows us to do some training, keeps the stress levels down, and ensures we are prepared and ready to switch on when the Pastor stands up. Continue reading New Techies?
A date for the diary
Sunday Morning 4th December
Philippa Hanna is coming to Lossie Baptist Church for our 11 o’clock service
Fabulous News – 105 have already been taken! Our aim this year is to ill 200 so w ar over half way there. If you haven’t picked up a box yet why not take one next time you’re in the church.
So how do i get involved? Easy. Just follow the steps below…
- Please take a box and a leaflet
- Read teh leaflet. this explains how to pack a box and suggestions of what goodies to include.
- A drop off point will be set up in the crush hall from the 24th October onwards. Drop the completed box on the table by the 11th November.
- JOB DONE…
For more information on this amazing ministry, follow the link…
www.samaritans-purse.org.uk and if you have any questions contact Kate Wakeford
With Ch******* around the corner (12 weeks at time of writing) we are already planning a craft night at Kids church for November. If you have any spare buttons, bits of fabric, or odd socks (pref. clean) aboot the hoose we would gladly take them off your hands and create something amazing with them! Please leave any donations in the box marked Kids Church Ch******* Crafts in the crush hall.
Many thanks from the Kids Church Crew
Author Robert Fulghum tells this story of one of his professors, a wise man whose name was Alexander Papaderos.
At the last session on the last morning of a two-week seminar on Greek culture, Dr. Papaderos turned and made the ritual gesture: “Are there any questions?”
Quiet quilted the room. These two weeks had generated enough questions for a lifetime, but for now, there was only silence.
“No questions?” Papaderos swept the room with his eyes.
So, I asked. “Dr. Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?”
The usual laughter followed, and people stirred to go.
Papaderos held up his hand and stilled the room and looked at me for a long time, asking with his eyes if I was serious and seeing from my eyes that I was.
“I will answer your question.”
Taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished into a leather billfold and brought out a very small round mirror, about the size of a quarter. And he went something like this.
“When I was a small child, during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found the broken pieces of a mirror. A German motorcycle had been wrecked in that place.
“I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone, I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine-in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find.
“I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child’s game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of the light. But light—truth, understanding, knowledge—is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.
“I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world into the black places in the hearts of men and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of life.”
And then he took his small mirror and, holding it carefully, caught the bright rays of daylight streaming through the window and reflected them on my face and onto my hands folded on the desk.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5) and as his followers, we are to be like that little mirror, reflecting the light of Christ into the dark corners of the world. That is the meaning of the Christian life. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).
I trust that Lossiemouth Baptist Church will be always be a people who reflect the light of Christ in this community to the glory of God.
My message to you today is keep reflecting the light of Christ.
Once again, LBC is taking on the charity shop in September.
September 5-16th 2016
If you have any items for sale, these can be taken direct to the shop from the 3rd September onwards or you can bring items to the church from the 22nd onwards. Please label your bags “Charity Shop”
If you are able to help, or are looking for more information – contact Georgeanne on 01343-812773.
All monies raised will go to the building fund.