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Thanks to those left foodstuffs during this week for EK Foodbank. The weather has held us up delivering the items so far but we will deliver all items to EK Foodbank during this week. All items are greatly received when we take them along to Calderwood Baptist Church. 

This week is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for the week is taken from the Book of Exodus chapter 15 verse 6, “Your Right Hand , O Lord, Glorious in Power”. Everyone is invited to a joint ecumenical service in St. Bride’s Church on Sunday 21st January at 4pm. Hope to see you there.

Scripture: Mark 1:14-20 Key Verses: And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:17-19 (NRSV)

What do we do when there is an emergency? If, for example, someone we know has a serious injury or illness and they need help right away. We would pick up the phone and call 999! 

I have rarely, thank goodness ever had to call 999 but I know you need to tell the person who answers that you need help right away. It is their job to see that you get help. They would never say something like, "I'm sorry, we are really busy right now, maybe some other time." They send whatever help you have asked for to make sure that you get the help you need.

In our Bible verses today, Jesus was walking along beside the sea of Galilee preaching the good news of God when he made a call for help. He saw Peter and Andrew throwing a net into the water, because they were fishermen. He called out to them, "Come, follow me and I will teach you how to fish for people." Jesus wanted Peter and Andrew to help him teach people about God's love for them. When Jesus called Peter and Andrew, they didn't say, "Not right now, we are busy fishing. Maybe some other time." The Bible tells us that they left their nets and followed Jesus.

Jesus, Peter, and Andrew had gone a little farther when they saw James and John sitting in a boat mending their nets. When Jesus saw them, he called to them, Follow me." They didn't say, "Not right now, we're busy mending our nets. Perhaps some other time." The Bible says that they left their father sitting in the boat with the hired hands and followed Jesus.

Jesus is still calling for help today. He has called you and me to help him to bring others into God's Kingdom. Is it an emergency? It sure is! It's a matter of life and death! The Bible says, "Unless you repent, you will all perish." (Luke 13:3) Jesus has called us, what will we say? What will we do? I hope and pray that we will drop whatever we are doing and answer the call.

Heavenly Father, we want to be faithful in answering the call to discipleship. We want to fish for people - just like Peter, Andrew, James, and John. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Here are some verses you might want to look at,

  • When in sorrow, call on John 14:1-4

  • When men fail you, call on Psalm 27:1

  • When you have sinned, call on Psalm 51:1-10

  • When you worry, call on Matthew 6:25-34
  • When you are in danger, call on Psalm 91:1-16

  • When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139:1-18

  • When your faith needs stirring, call on Hebrews 11:1-14

  • When you are lonely and fearful, call on Psalm 23:1-6
When you grow bitter and critical, call on 1 Cor. 13:1-13
For Paul’s secret to happiness, call on Col.3:15
  • When you feel down and out, call on Romans 8:1
  • When you want peace and rest, call on Matt.11:28

  • When the world seems bigger than God, call on Psalm 90:1-2
  • When you want courage for a task, call on Joshua 1:7

  • If you are depressed, call on Psalm 27:1

  • If you’re losing confidence in people, call on 1 Cor. 13:4-8
If people seem unkind, call on John 15:12-13
  • If discouraged about your work, call on Psalm 126:3-6

  • When you are sad, call on John 14:1
  • When you are facing danger, call on  Psalm 91:1-2

  • When people have failed you, call on  Psalm 27:1-2

  • When God feels far from you, call on  Psalm 130:1-3
When your faith needs encouraging, call on  Hebrews 11:17-40

  • When you are scared, call on  Psalm 23:4

  • When you want to do good works, call on  John 15:5
When you need courage, call on  Joshua 1:7
When you are worried, call on  Matthew 6:25-34

  • When you are hurt, call on Colossians 3:12-17
  • When you feel no one is on your side, call on Romans 8:31-39
When you are seeking rest, call on Matthew 11:25-30


This week continue to pray for our friends who would love to be able to come along to church each week but are unable to do so. Pray for Karen, Dave and Jim as they continue to lead us in worship. Pray for those who are ill at home or in hospital especially Anne, Laura, Marion, Vena and anyone else known to you. Please also pray for Gina and Amy.

God bless


Laura Fleming- Session Clerk