Bulletin – 7th April

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – D.J. Stewart (Elder, Kyle Free Church)

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – S. Mackinnon (Elder, Grace Community Church, Kyle)

Mid-week Meetings & Events

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Mid-week Bible Study

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 1:35-51 – Calling Disciples

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 1:18-20 – What to do with apostates?

Notices

Minister Away

Gordon is on leave until the end of the week.   The morning services today will be conducted by DJ Stewart (morning) and Stuart MacKinnon (evening).   In the event of any pastoral emergencies, please contact the elders in the first instance.

Evening Service

Please note the service this evening will be in the club room at the back of the stage in Broadford Village Hall.

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Cafe will be closed on Tuesday (9th April) due to other events at the Broadford Village Hall.

Bible Study Books / Monthly Prayer Meeting

The study books for our mid-week Bible Study on Nehemiah are available at the door.   Please put an extra £4 in the collection plate to cover the cost of these.

In connection to this, with most of our male members and office bearers away, it seems best to postpone our monthly prayer meeting session until later in the month.   This Wednesday’s meeting will therefore be a Bible Study session.

Food Bank Meeting

There will be a meeting on Thursday 18th April for Christians locally interested in setting up a Food Bank for South Skye and Lochalsh.   This will be at the Lighthouse Centre in Kyle at 7:30pm.   Representatives from Blythswood will be present.   Please give this your prayerful attention in the coming weeks, as interest and commitment shown at this meeting will determine whether or not we go ahead with operating a food bank in the community.

Hope and Faith School

There will be a fundraising dinner for the school on Saturday, 20th April in The Stables, Clan Donald, 6.30 for 7pm. Cost £16 for a 3 course meal, a drink on arrival and after dinner music by Margaret Stewart. There will also be an auction. Please book on 01471 833 255 or neacag@gmail.com

Communion

At the morning service on 21st April we will (D.V.) have communion.   Anyone wishing to profess faith in Christ for the first time, or join the congregation, should contact Gordon prior to this, to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.

Ben & Annette’s “Leaving Do”

A celebration of the ministry of Ben and Annette Johnstone is planned for Monday 29th April, at 7:00pm in the Kyleakin Village Hall.   A general invitation has been extended to our congregation. I’m sure we will want to join in showing our appreciation for Ben’s ministry, as we enjoy such good fellowship with the local Church of Scotland congregation.   Ann and Fay need an indication of numbers for planning, so if you would like to attend, please contact them on 822 300 (Ann) or 822 907 (Fay).

Briefing

Tithing

Tithing is the Christian discipline of giving one tenth of your income to supporting the Lord’s cause.   After reading Prof. MacIntosh’s article in The Record on tithing, I also read a blog post from Malcolm Maclean about tithing (http://greyfriarsreadings.blogspot.co.uk/).   Both are worth a read.   A few things occurred to me.

Firstly, do we tithe seriously?   In the Old Testament tithing was thought of as a test of our spiritual health (See Malachi 3:56-12).   God sent the prophet Malachi to remind the people that giving to the upkeep of his cause was a sort of spiritual thermometer.   What we privately, and freely give to the Lord’s cause, (and it seems clear that God considers a tithe an appropriate offering) says a lot about the state of our own hearts.   Nobody else can judge that – but God takes it seriously.   It’s tempting to think that these sort of money-issues are all “Old Testament only” or were somehow done away with in the New Testament, but the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) ought to teach us God still cares very deeply for the purity of our private giving to support his cause.

Secondly, do we tithe expectantly?   Tithing is not laid out in the Bible as a sort of trade – as if we give to God and he’ll give back to us a certain amount according to some sort of formula.   But clearly, in the Bible, God does promise to provide for his people’s needs.   We pray “give us our daily bread”.   But praying for God to provide for us, but then refusing to give God his share, is hardly an example of faithful living.    Tithing should be done with a faithful expectation of God’s blessing in our lives, but also through our lives.   Through tithing, the church grows, brings blessing to more and more people, and so on.   Perhaps our struggles with bearing fruit in our witness are because we do not honour God with our wallets.

Thirdly, do we tithe thankfully?   Giving God a tenth of our income is more costly when we do it grudgingly.   When we think about what God gave for us – his own Son, to experience human pain and taste death – we have to acknowledge that a tenth of our income is an appropriate expression of thanks.   One problem is when we give grudgingly we give thinking about the cost to us, not the benefit our offering will bring.   Our thanks in giving should not just be looking back at what God has done for us already, but also looking ahead to the good God will do with the money we are giving.   People will be saved because of our financial support – people who might not have been reached otherwise.   New churches will be planted, at home, or internationally – and new churches mean new Christians.   The church’s mercy ministry can go on bring relief to the suffering.   Our 10% makes a huge – eternal – difference in the lives of men and women all over the world!

Finally, do we tithe practically?   A tenth of our income seems like a lot.   The Bible often speaks of offerings coming from the first fruits – literally, the first of the harvest.   One practicality is to give to God’s cause first in your weekly or monthly budget.   Once it’s gone, you’ll not notice it the same.   But if you wait to give God only what’s left over in the budget, often you’ll find you have very little to give.   Money is still tight, and giving a tenth of our income can be a big change to make right away.   Often that’s not possible, but there are probably other options.   We can give a tenth of our working week to practical service.   I don’t mean the hours we come together for worship on a Sunday, or fellowship during the week – but giving 4 extra hours a week to doing practical things that serve the church, e.g. staffing the Mustard Seed Cafe, or the proposed Food Bank.

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