West Kirk Weekly
Good evening. This Sunday is our Annual General Meeting which will be part of the morning service. Please come along and support our Finance Team as they discuss our finances for the next year. As it is Mother’s Day our Sunday School will lead part of our worship. Hope to see you on Sunday.
Thanks to all who came along to our prayer meeting on Sunday. The next prayer meeting will be on Sunday 23rd April.
Scripture: As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. John 9:1-3 (NIV)
As you might imagine music has always been an important part of life in our house. Jazz music was always playing when the boys were at home – maybe not everyone choice. I love all kinds of music, but the music I love the most is singing hymns. There are several hymns that are among my favourites.
As we approach Easter it will not surprise you to know that one of my favourites is "To God Be the Glory." What a great hymn of praise to God. Here is another that has always been a favourite of mine, "Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine." Do you know these two hymns have something in common? They were both written by the same person. In fact, there are many hymns that we sing written by that person. Her name was Fanny Crosby.
When Fanny was six weeks old, she had an eye infection. Her regular doctor was out of town, and a man posing as a doctor gave her the wrong treatment. Within a few days, she was blind. Fanny was never bitter and she never felt sorry for herself. When she was only eight years old, she wrote this poem:
Oh, what a happy child I am,
Instead of being bitter and feeling sorry for herself, Fanny used the gifts that God had given her to write over 8,000 hymns and poems to praise and glorify God.
One day Jesus was walking with his disciples when they passed by a blind man. When they saw him, the disciples asked Jesus who was to blame for the man's blindness. Was it because of his sin or was it because of his parent's sins? Jesus answered them and told them that no one was to blame, he was blind so that God's works could be shown in him. Then Jesus healed the man and the people praised and glorified God for his goodness.
What about Fanny Crosby? God didn't heal her blindness. Perhaps if God had healed her, she might never have written all those beautiful hymns -- and the world would never have heard of Fanny Crosby. She used the tragedy of her blindness to glorify God. I pray that tragedy will never come into your life, but if it does, remember that everything that happens can be used to praise and glorify God!
Dear Lord, the difficulties in our life seem small when compared to what others may be facing. Help us not to grumble and complain, but to praise and glorify you in every situation. In Jesus' name we pray.
Today we remember all those involved in the terrible attack in London. This is still unfolding but please pray for those killed and injured and those who are dealing with all that is happening there. Continue to pray for those in our church family who are ill at home or in hospital. Pray for Kay, Vena and Christine. Pray for those in our church who are in care homes and pray for those who work tirelessly to look after them day by day.
Pray also for Irene, our treasurer, as she prepares for her presentation on Sunday.
Laura Fleming- Session Clerk