“For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.” (Proverbs 2:6-8)
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church, your community church at the heart of Blairgowrie
When the Current Culture Conflicts
with Your Christian Faith
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15)
When you don't, in a world that generally does, you stand out like a sore thumb! In other words, when almost everybody cheats, and you don't, you are penalized. When almost everybody lies to get ahead, and you feel compelled to tell the truth, you are at a distinct disadvantage. When almost everybody uses company time for their own personal business or pleasure and you don't, you are thought strange or even stupid.
What makes you feel compelled to tell the truth, to be faithful to your husband or wife, or to give your employer a full eight-hour day, and not to use the Internet to do your shopping or kill time? Integrity, honesty, honour, and work ethics are extensions of your personal faith. You have some old-fashioned ideas that breed a sense of responsibility, and this makes you different and often leaves you feeling isolated, lonely, and completely out-of-sync with life today. Correct?
If I have described where you are, then stand tall and realize you are not alone, and that you may march to the beat of a different drummer, but your head can press your pillow at night as you say, "Dear Lord, I did Your will today, and no matter how difficult it was, I know I did the right thing."
Long ago William Shakespeare said, "To thine own self be true, and it shall follow as the day the night, thou canst not then be false to any man." But a far greater than Shakespeare stood against the trends of His day and the power structure of corruption and paid the price of being nailed to a Roman cross. Truthfully, there is always a price to pay for distancing yourself from the corruption of the culture which surrounds you, whether it is an Athanasius who stood against the religious establishment of his day or a Martin Luther who voiced his dissent at practices which had corrupted the church, or the parents who stand before the school board and says, "My son is been taught certain subject matters which are not suitable for a young child nor compatible to our faith as Christian Parents."
One of those who walked with Jesus, the apostle John, put it like this: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). The more corrupt our culture, the more you will stand out in contrast when you abide by your convictions, yet the more secure will be those who sleep in your home, who look to you for strength and guidance, and who will follow in your footsteps.
Deciding ahead of time which side you will come down on makes the moment of decision a lot easier. You don't have to think about it. You already know what you are doing and then do it regardless of the consequences.
Morality, honesty, and decency are not issues which you decide in measures. The man who cheats on his wife only two per cent of the time is still immoral. The employee who cheats only occasionally is still dishonest. You are never only partly moral or 87 per cent honest. You either decide that you are committed to doing what is right or find yourself constantly torn between your convictions which you can't abandon and pleasing your culture.
Long ago Joshua drew a line and stepped across it. He said, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15). And when you say that, the issue is settled.
Therefore, my dear friend, in a world where morality, honesty and truth have been eroded, we need faithful Christians to stand to what God commands and stand firm in our witness and commitment to the teachings of Scripture. Faithfulness to God and to our faith must never be compromised. As Martin Luther once said: “Here I stand, I can do no other.”
In our Saviour's name and for His glory,
Loving Father, thank you for Christ Jesus our Lord, who was the perfect example of a man with a godly character and integrity of spirit. Lord, we long to be more like Jesus in all our actions and attitudes. We pray that You would guard our hearts, strengthen our characters, teach us Your ways, uphold us with Your righteous right hand and develop in us the grace and integrity that only comes from being in Christ.
Help us to be true to Your Word and righteous in all our doings, and enable us to conquer the temptations, tests and trial that will inevitably come our way, in a manner that is pleasing to You. Help us to be diligent in our work, faithful in our witness, helpful to those with whom we come in contact and be ready to wait on You for Your right timing and for Your best direction.
Give us we pray, more of Your grace so that we may speak the truth in love. Enable us to grow in sincerity and wisdom and in the light of Your perfect love, search out any dark area in our hearts that needs to be cut away or pruned back, so that we may be fruitful in Your service, grow in grace and be increasingly conformed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ,
in Whose name we pray,
PRAYERS AND WORSHIP RESOURCES
OUR CHURCH IS NOW OPENED FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
Phone: 01250 874715 or 07716 510605
As part of the easing of restrictions in Phase 3, churches are now able to open for Sunday Services. I am pleased to advise that we are now ready to open for Sunday Worship from 27th September, at 11 am.
Openings are subject to Scottish Government guidance and legislation, so, unfortunately, those who have COVID-19, display COVID symptoms or who have been asked to self-isolate as part of ‘Test & Protect’ should not visit until clear.
As there is an absolute maximum of 50 allowed in the building for each service, we have decided that the fairest way to manage demand is to have a ‘reservation’ system for households. Seating will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis. However, if we have reached our maximum when you make contact then you can opt to reserve a place for the following Sunday.
To reserve seats please contact Pamela Howat by either phone on 01250 874 715, 07716 510 605 or by email at email@example.com. If possible please contact out with 9 am to 5 pm, or leave a message with the required information. Please ensure you leave your name, contact number and how many in your household will be attending.
Reservations can be made from Wednesday before each service until 9 pm on Saturday. Online worship reservations will be available through www.ticketsource.co.uk/blairgowrieparishchurch.
There is no charge for reserving seats. If you choose to appear on the Sunday without a ‘reservation’ we will have to decline access, unless spaces are still available
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church's website.
We’re a Christian community in the beautiful Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
We are a church family of ordinary people who have experienced God’s love in Jesus. We seek to live and teach the Christian faith so that people can understand it and respond to the message it offers.
Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or baptism; exploring faith or simply planning to visit the area – come and visit us, we'd love to welcome you.
Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo