16th Mar Esther 6:14-7:10 Who is the biggest and baddest?

The best laid plans o mice and men and all that. Haman had schemed so cleverly, so brilliantly that nothing could do wrong. Of course he didn’t factor God into the equation which was a bit of a mistake. We leave God out of our lives at our peril because ultimately it’s not about us. We are here to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. Are you trying to be too smart? Have you left space for God in your plans? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman ...
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15th Mar Esther 6:1-13 The truth will out

Like a good old fashioned crime mystery, the manipulator is not yet exposed. His plan for evil not yet complete but the sleeplessness of a pagan king who chooses to read about his own reign is the vehicle for truth to be revealed. Shakespeare introduce the phrase the truth will out in his play the merchant of Venice, where dodgy dealings appeared a plenty. Gods truth will always out. The darkness cannot hide or contain the light. Sometimes God uses the most unexpected people just like the pagan king to make his will and truth known. How open are we to that happening? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Emma ...
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Eco-Challenge for Lent #2

During Lent we will be encouraging everyone to take part in an Eco-Challenge. There will be challenges that we can all do together to reduce our carbon footprint. The first challenge continues - clothes swap - and we're now ready to start the second challenge! This is all part of our commitment as an Eco-Congregation in identifying small ways we can help tackle climate change and look after the environment, both as a church and individually. If you want to find out more, speak to our Eco-Ambassador, Catriona Jeorrett. THE SECOND CHALLENGE - REDUCE FOOD WASTE The second challenge is to eliminate food waste by freezing leftovers and weighing portions of pasta to avoid cooking too much. Find out how this can help Eco-fact: "A staggering 30-40% of the food produced in the world is never eaten. This says nothing of the gross injustice of wasting so much food while so many in the world go hungry." John 6:12 Good News Translation (GNT) When they were all full, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces left over; let us not waste a bit.” ...
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14th Mar Esther 5:1-14 Don’t forget your roots.

Being a Queen in Persia didn’t actually entitle you to any official powers (the King’s ex-wife could testify to that), so when the King offered Esther half his Kingdom she had the chance at real power. She could have thrown her people under the bus and become the most powerful woman in the world. But she remembered where she came from and chose to help her people. Have a think today about where you come from, and the people who helped you get to where you are today. Is there someone you could show your appreciation to? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from David ...
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13th Mar Esther 4:1-17 To speak or to stay quiet…..

Esther had a lot to lose. Although her people were in danger she was safer than most as queen. However Mordecai reminded her that she wasn’t truly safe and that she would have to have enough courage to speak up. When you have a lot to lose it can be difficult to speak up. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to bury your head in the sand. Where do you need to count the cost today and speak up? Who is relying on you to speak for them today? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman ...
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Lent Breakfast Studies – running now until 25th March

Lent Breakfast Studies start on Sunday 11th March and run for three weeks through to Palm Sunday. 9.00am start The studies will be held in the church and a light breakfast will be provided. These Faith Sharing Breakfasts are open to anyone - more details soon from Emma. Just turn up - no need to book a place ...
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12th Mar Esther 3:1-15

There have always been people who carry tales, who gossip with intent to mislead, cause trouble or slander others. There have always been people who use a person’s ignorance of a situation to create a false sense of reality. Gossip hurts people, it damages reputations, assassinates their character, it destroys friendships and marriages and communities. Jesus said “7 Your words will be used to judge you—to declare you either innocent or guilty.” Gossip needs ears to live. Today let’s choose not to be those ears. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Emma ...
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11th Mar Esther 2:1-23 Right place, right time.

Esther didn’t earn her place as queen. She just happened to look beautiful and be in the right place at the right time. And yet as we will see, she managed to do incredible and brave things as queens. Often life takes us to places by chance or accident, not by design. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t make a difference, especially with God’s help. Where in your life could you make a difference, even if you didn’t plan to be there? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from David ...
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10th Mar Nehemiah 10:28-39 The glue that binds.

After all their hard work the people gathered to dedicate themselves to God. Never again would they allow God to be so comprehensively forgotten or set aside. It is interesting that at the point where they have achieved everything they set out to do they made sure the glue that held it together was God. Have you ever sat down to think about how God holds your life? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman ...
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9th Mar Nehemiah 9:26-38

Can you imagine everything you wish you hadn’t done in life being made public? And not only public but broadcast on the evening news for all the world to see. It would be awful, because everybody makes mistakes. The people of Ezra’s time publicly recognised their mistakes, their sins but also recognised Gods mercy for not holding them against them. They choose to turn back to God and his ways. Whatever we do in life we will make mistakes, everyone does, but we can be confident in the knowledge that God is merciful, that he forgives. Today why not choose to give the mistakes to God rather than hold onto the guilt which keeps you further from him? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Emma ...
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8th Mar Nehemiah 9: 1-25 Know where you came from

To establish the new nation, Ezra held a national event to renew their covenant with God. He led the people in a history lesson, to remind the people of where they came from. It can be easy to forget our roots. For example, did you know that in the 17th century Scots inspired by passages like Nehemiah 9, wrote their own National Covenant? They thought that just as the Israelites had a covenant relationship with God, Scots could have that too. It is events like these that gave us the church we know today, so it’s good to know our history. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from David ...
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7th Mar Nehemiah 8:1-18 Do I know you?

When Ezra read the law it became clear people had forgotten how the law was there to foster a relationship with God. On rediscovering that relationship they wept because they now knew what they had been missing. It might be that you are finding more space between yourself and God these days? Perhaps it might be worth taking a moment to remember the difference having a close relationship with God makes. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman ...
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Swap your clothes for Lent!!

SWAP RAIL IS NOW WELL UNDER WAY The rail in the coffee area is now well stocked and ready for folk to find their new clothes. Remember: Although it's called a "swap" you don't actually need to exchange garments If you see something you like, just take it. If you have something to give, just give it. If you think something would be nice for a friend, just help yourself, and if it doesn't fit or suit, just return it Happy clothes hunting! During Lent we are encouraging everyone to take part in an Eco-Challenge. There will be challenges that we can all do together to reduce our carbon footprint. We’re ready to start the first challenge! This is all part of our commitment as an Eco-Congregation in identifying small ways we can help tackle climate change and look after the environment, both as a church and individually. THE FIRST CHALLENGE – WARDROBE SPRING CLEAN Have a spring clean of your wardrobe, pick out anything that you haven’t worn for ages, doesn’t fit or you don’t like (but is still good and wearable) and take it to church to start our new swap shop. Eco-Fact: Reusing 1kg of clothing, instead of buying new, can save around 35kg of CO2, the same as flying to Amsterdam and back! If you want to find out more, speak to our Eco-Ambassador, Catriona Jeorrett ...
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6th Mar Ezra 9:1-15

Ezra echo’s the thought of the Psalmist in Psalm 130:3. They both knew that God is righteous, they both knew that as humans we often go our own way rather than God’s way and that can have consequences for individuals and communities. But they also recognised God’s great mercy. In Jesus we see Gods great mercy, a God who chooses to engage with us rather than turn his back, we see a forgiving God, a God who has done for us that which we couldn’t do for ourselves. Today why not take a moment to consider Gods great mercy in Jesus and what that means for how we each should live. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Emma ...
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Stated Annual Meeting – 15th April

We're having our Annual Stated Meeting of the Congregation during the Service on 15th April. At the service we'll look back on the past year and look forward to our plans for the next 12 months. A great opportunity to get involved in church life ...
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Easter Breakfast – Sunday 1st April

As in previous years we'll be serving a cooked breakfast before the service on Easter Sunday, 1st April ...
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5th Mar Ezra 8:24-36

Ezra was an incredible entrepreneur: he managed to convince the King of Persia, his lord and the people of Israel to finance his project to restore Jerusalem. He raised the equivalent of millions in gold and silver. But he made sure not to touch it until it had been brought to the temple to be weighed. A good steward knows what they have so they can best use their resources. How in control of your finances do you feel? Are you sure of what you have, or do they feel out of control? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from David ...
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4th Mar Ezra 8:1-23 Remembering what’s important

Ezra had a huge task, rebuilding not just the physical town of Jerusalem but the Jewish nation state. Whilst doing that he made sure God was at the heart of everything because he recognised that without him none of the rest mattered. That’s why he made sure to have Levites (priests). With everything you have to do today, how can you make sure to keep God at the heart of it? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman ...
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3rd Mar Ezra 7:1-28

Ezra was very much a man of his time, Located firmly in history. He was a scribe, a teacher of the Law of Moses. Scribes became messengers of the will of God, they took the place of the prophets, but instead of receiving new revelations, they explained and applied the old. By the time of Jesus scribes had moved from the original ideal of a scribe as established by Ezra and we find them actively opposing Jesus, from their perspective maybe with the best of intentions, upholding the Law Sometime things started with the best of intentions, actually work against the will of God in our lives. Sometimes it’s good to take time to pause and consider what practices we have adopted in our living and whether they speak of God or just us whether they help or hinder Gods will for our lives. Why not take time today to do just that? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Emma ...
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2nd Mar Psalm 82 The Divine Ombudsman

When we think of God as Judge we usually picture a courtroom judge, weighing an individual’s soul by their good and bad deeds. But Psalm 82 shows us a different kind of judge. In it God judges the ‘gods’ of the world – (i.e. Kings, Nations, Empires) based on whether they have done their duty to take care of the poor and vulnerable. He is like a divine ombudsman, holding the powerful to account. How often do you see people misusing their power? What ways can you respond to that today? Today’s thought-for-the-day is from David ...
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1st Mar Psalm 79 Where shall I find hope?

At this point in his life the Psalmist was going through a really tough time. He felt everyone was against him and that God wasn’t listening. Some people refer to this as the dark night of the soul when it seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel, only more darkness. All the Psalmist can hope for is that God hears their cry. If this resonates with you do not give up hope! God does hear his people’s cry and he does answer. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman ...
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