3rd February 2013
11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 2 Kings 2 – Carried Home
5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship –
Mid-week Meetings & Events
Monday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Finance Committee, followed by Kirk Session
Tuesday, 12-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe
Tuesday, 7:00pm @ the manse – Christianity Explored
Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer meeting
Thursday, 7:00pm @ the manse – CEplus
11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship –
5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship –
Kirk Session & Finance Committee
The Finance Committee will meet on Monday (4th February) at 7:00pm. This will be followed by a meeting of the Kirk Session.
It would be very helpful if members of the Finance Committee attending the meeting came with photographic ID and proof of address. These documents must be presented to our Solicitor’s office, and as Gordon will be in Inverness on Wednesday, he will take them through with him.
Tuesday night CE started last week. Please remember this group in your prayers.
We’re also planning another daytime group in the near future – more suited to people with young families. Please ask Gordon for more info.
Monthly Prayer Meeting
Please remember, this Wednesday is our monthly prayer meeting. The first Wednesday each month, we devote the entire meeting to prayer for the work and witness of our congregation. Please make this meeting a priority.
Starting Thursday 7th February (7:00pm at the manse), we are beginning a follow up to CE – informal, bible based, geared for people seeking the truth – called CEplus. If you are interested in this group, please talk to Gordon.
Communion & Membership Class
We hope to Prof. John Angus Macleod from the denomination’s training college with us for our next communion weekend, last Sunday in February (24th), in Sleat.
We will organise an optional membership class over two weeks on Monday nights prior to the communion weekend (i.e. 11th & 18th February). These short sessions will look at what’s involved in membership: both the privileges and responsibilities of membership, as well as looking at the biblical basis for “church membership”. This class might be ideal for people who have recently become members with us, as well as people thinking about becoming members of a church for the first time. We expect to run this class twice a year in future.
Last week we noted that our midweek meeting is steadily growing – this is a good thing. It is sensible to ask how we might ensure that they remain central in binding together our fellowship as a congregation, without becoming “just another meeting”. To continue to benefit our fellowship, we saw that we must come prayerfully, depending on God, and sacrificially, looking to bless others.
The third thing that will help our fellowship is remembering the example of Jesus. He did have the 12 apostles as well as the group of women who followed him, and they were close. We can think of that as a sort of little “congregation”. But within that he also had a closer bond with Peter, James and John. There are some important lessons in that for how we think about our fellowship as a congregation.
- Small groups that are closer within a fellowship are not bad things. Jesus’ special friendship with these three disciples was in no way sinful or wrong.
- Small groups within the congregation need to be about support and encouragement. Mark 14:34 tells us how Jesus took Peter, James and John to be near him while he prayed in Gethsemane. He longed for their support. This is in stark contrast with Mark 10:35ff where James and John assumed they enjoyed special status within the fellowship; that their closer friendship with Jesus entitled them to special treatment. Jesus reminds this small group that “whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” Small groups are much more about support and encouragement.
- It’s important to note that Jesus never allowed the small group of friends to take priority over the needs of the larger group of disciples. The compassion of Jesus seen in Mark 6:34 show us that he placed the needs of the larger group first, even when he longed for some time apart.
Small fellowships can be very helpful in bringing people on in discipleship, and they can be a great place for mutual support and encouragement. But that group is always in addition to the wider congregation. Membership in the church has many privileges, but one of the responsibilities of membership is to pray together with the congregation. That’s why we are taking time to specifically encourage all of our members to try to make a commitment to the monthly prayer meeting held the first Wednesday each month. Even if this is the only Wednesday you can come, the rewards and benefit will be great.