Cadzow Parish Church
Intimations 26th March 2017
Readings: Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:1-20 Today’s reader is Moira Eadie
Kirk Session Meeting
There will be a meeting of the Kirk Session on Tuesday, 4th April at 7.30pm in the Session House, principally to discuss the implications of the Heritage Lottery Fund Award.
The Worship team will meet at the home of the Session Clerk, Alistair MacRae on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 7.30pm. All members of the team are encouraged to attend.
The member s of the Women’s Group are reminded that the AGM of the Group will take place on Monday 27th March, followed by home grown entertainment and a good chat. Following on from the talk from Morven McAndrew on the work of Vision Africa you are invited to bring small items of stationery (pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners) and personal hygiene products (soap, deodorant, flannels, sanitary towels) to be taken out this summer.
Monday (Law): Numbers 13
Tuesday (History): 2 Kings 4
Wednesday (Wisdom): Psalm 122
Thursday (Prophecy): Ezekiel 15
Friday (Gospel): Matthew 14
Saturday (Epistle): 1 Peter 4
Number 13—Moses sent some ‘leading men’ of the Hebrew people ahead, into the land that God had promised them. They were sent to spy, but a better is reconnaissance. All but Caleb brought back tales of a strong people in fortified towns, impossible to attack. It was Caleb who had the vision to see what no one else could see, and he trusted in the Lord for that vision. As we press ahead with the grant we’ve received at Cadzow, are you able to see what God sees, to grasp the vision and the future in faith? Consider how you will contribute to the new projects: critic or encourager?
2 Kings 4—Classic miracle stories of Elisha’s new ministry. Gifted with twice the Spirit that was in his recently departed master, Elijah, he could do what only God could do. The miracles were provided as signs of God’s presence and power at work amongst the people. Have you ever needed a miracle? Have you ever asked for one? Think back on God’s provision in your life, and give thanks.
Psalm 122—Jerusalem, and especially the Temple, was considered the navel of the ancient world, the centre of the centre of everything. It was therefore the destination of every faithful pilgrim, a like Mecca is today for the Muslims. When the Holy Spirit of God was poured out at Pentecost (Acts 2) God became available to us everywhere. Still, we are human beings, and there are some places that are holy to us. Where do you go for solace? Can you find time to go there this week?
Ezekiel 15—Grapevines look a bit like wood, but have none of its useful properties. It doesn’t burn well, is useless for building and is good for nothing but the tip. More than once in scripture God uses that image to describe his faithless people (see for example Psalm 80:7-13 or Isaiah 5:1-7). Jesus uses the image as well in John 15. Read it again yourself. Are you tapped into the life-giving vine of Jesus Christ? Without him, you are nothing and can do nothing for God. Joined to the vine, though, you can bear the fruit of good works in abundance. Take time this week, perhaps in your holy place, and reconnect with your Saviour.
Matthew 14—Classic miracle stories of Jesus! Reread them today and consider the details you may have missed before, or have forgotten. What do the stories tell you about Jesus’s unique identity and ministry? Which one is your favourite, and why? Tell the story to someone else today and share your feelings about what Jesus did, and is doing in your life today.
1 Peter 4—Peter contrasts the life of the church with the life of those outside its bounds. He writes, “The Gentiles (non-believers)…are surprised that you no longer join them in dissipation,” (debauchery, decadence). In other words, Christians are supposed to live a different lifestyle from non-Christians. How is your life different from your non-Christian friends? Or is it? What do your life choices say about your faith? Consider ways in which you have changed, or might change for the sake of Jesus.
Mission Praise 1008
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want,
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters
His goodness restores my soul.
And I will trust in You alone
And I will trust in You alone.
For Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home
He guides my ways in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.
And I will….
And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know.
And I will….
Cadzow Parish Church of Scotland, Hamilton. (SC006611)
Minister: Rev. John Carswell