We had a great service on Sunday with a powerful sermon from Jack on Jesus calming the storm as he posed the question - "Who do you run to in the storms?" Great question to ponder. Thanks Jack, and thanks to Jane Ferguson for her honest and inspiring testimony. And we also had a moving time as we prayed for and said goodbye to the Franklin family. We will miss them! This morning they are flying out of Edinburgh to New York and then on to Charleston, South Carolina. It's been a whirlwind journey for them, and a tiring one, and so there will inevitably be some delay in "coming to terms" with the move, and so let me invite you to continue to hold them in prayer, not just today, but into the weeks ahead. May the Lord give them "strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow" - Great is His Faithfulness!
And as we're praying for the Franklins, let me ask you to pray for the Board as they consider staffing for the future. We do not plan to make any quick appointments but rather take a period of prayer and discernment before we do so. May the Lord give us wisdom and revelation.
And finally, give thanks to God for the safe return of the Youth Mission Team from Poland, and for the Youth Camp that is taking place in Arbroath just now. Some of our young people came off the plane from Poland and straight to the Camp! Last night seems to have been a really significant night for our young people, with the Spirit at work among them, and many responding for prayer - Praise God! Let's give thanks to the Lord as we continue to pray for our young people.
As I finish, I remind you of the words that we shared with the Franklins and they shared with us on Sunday morning - from Philippians 1:2-11...
"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God."
Grace and Peace friends