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This Sunday we will have a baptism as part of our morning service. Christopher and Nicola will bring baby Ailsa- Grace forward for baptism. Come along and support this young family as we stand to support Ailsa-Grace.

Scripture: "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil." Matthew 13:40-41 (NIV)

I was asked yesterday if it was me who was putting weed killer on the weeds around about the church! I was able to say it wasn’t but I was sure that I knew who it was as I know that Allan and Adelaide have been spending time in the garden. The Boys’ Brigade senior boys have  made a great job of the front area and have put down bark to keep it looking smart and tidy.

Like everyone, we have weeds in our garden at home. Bill made sure that he planted the garden in good soil, and yet, we still have weeds. One of the biggest enemies of a good garden is weeds. Weeds will rob the soil of the nutrients that help your plants to grow and many times they will choke out good plants. What can you do? Well, you could chop down the weeds, but if you do that, you will probably chop down some of the good plants by accident.

Another way to get rid of the weeds is to buy some weed killer. This stuff will really kill the weeds. The biggest problem with weed killer is that it doesn't know a weed from a tomato plant. It kills every plant that it touches. Sometimes, it is best just to leave the weeds alone until it is time to harvest the crop. Then you can separate the weeds from the good plants.

Jesus told a story that compared his church to a garden that was infested with weeds. Sometimes there may be people in the church that don't really belong. They do things that aren't very loving and they don't seem to believe what the Bible teaches. They sometimes say hateful things about the other members of the church and try to hurt them. They are like weeds in a garden. 

In his story, Jesus said that we shouldn't worry about pulling up the weeds that grow around us. If we do, we may do more harm than good. He suggests that we leave the weeds for God to take care of - and concentrate on doing what he wants us to do - which is producing good fruit.

Whenever you see someone in the church that you don't think should be there, remember the advice of Jesus. Just leave it up to God to separate the weeds from the good plants. If we try to take matters into our own hands, we will probably do more harm than good.

Dear Father, help us to love one another and leave the matter of judgment in your hands. In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen.

This week pray for the young family preparing for the baptism on Sunday. Pray also for Morag’s cousin Bill who needs our healing prayers. Continue to pray for our young people as they enjoy the summer holiday and for anyone in our congregation on holiday at this time.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk

E-mail: sessionclerk@ek-westkirk.org.uk