“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”
(Luke 1: 30-32)
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your community church at the heart of Blairgowrie
Waiting for God
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26)
According to our culture waiting seems to be so contrary to the path of progress. Today we are generally convinced that doing anything is better than doing nothing. Waiting, however, is not doing nothing. It is a positive action that prepares for the right choice in the future. It is awaiting God's timing which saves us from tragic mistakes. "There is an appointed time for everything," wrote Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes. Awaiting the right time is never easy, but as Martin Luther wrote, "He who waits on God wastes no time."
Waiting on God's timing--is not wasted time but running ahead of God’s timing can bring ruin. It brings our restless hearts into conformity with the divine and prepares us for what He has before us. Jeremiah, the prophet, wrote, “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26).
Advent is a season of waiting and preparation. In all the busyness of the run-up to Christmas, we can forget that we’re waiting and preparing ourselves for more than the festivities of Christmas Day itself. It can be so easy to go through the motions of Advent and Christmas without considering the incredible gift we were all given when Jesus was born. We count down the days on our advent calendars, but how often do we reflect on what we’re actually waiting for?
When Jesus arrived as a baby, He was coming into a world which had been anticipating His arrival for hundreds of years. All through the Old Testament, we see people prophesying the birth of Jesus. In the book of Micah, it says: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” (Micah 5:2). We might wonder why it took so long for Jesus to arrive, but God’s timing is perfect. He knew exactly the right time for Jesus to be born. And He knew exactly the right person to be His mother.
When God promises us something, do we wait patiently? Or do we become disappointed when the wait is taking longer than we thought it would? The longer we have to wait, the harder it can be to keep trusting. Doubts rise up and we wonder if God really spoke to us at all. The Bible says: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14). Waiting expectantly for God requires us to be courageous. We have to choose to push aside the doubts and disappointments and believe that God’s faithful. We need to trust that God will come through at the right time, in the right way.
My dear friend, what are you waiting for this Advent? Healing? Freedom? An improvement in your circumstances? A clear vision for your future? Jesus came to bring healing, freedom, purpose, joy, peace, and salvation to those who had waited for so long for Him, but many people missed out because they were expecting someone different. Are we waiting patiently for God, trusting Him to provide what we need, or are we trying to find what we need elsewhere?
This Advent, whilst dealing with the current crisis and all its implications, let us focus our thoughts beyond this world with its many limitations and spend less time focusing on the calendars, present buying, food and the host of many other things, and spent more time focusing on the One who came to save us and reconnect us with God.
Remember that one day He’ll come again, not "as the meek and mild little child," but as the Risen Saviour and King of Glory, to judge and to reign for all eternity. And He will do so – at just the right time. Not a minute too soon, nor a minute too late; but on time! His time. Until then, let us make sure we wait patiently in prayer, faithfulness and devotion and be ready!
With blessings in our Saviour's name,
Dear God, it is not easy for us to wait, but that is what this season is about. Waiting is what Advent calls us to do. Help us to wait patiently for you. As we wait, help us not to remain stagnant. Guide us to the top of the mountain to see the beauty of the world and aid us in running down the mountain to proclaim Your handiwork.
During this Advent season of waiting for the birth of Christ, be especially with those in need of your healing and your comfort. Let them feel that you are waiting with them, strengthening them. Help us know your loving presence, help us feel your gracious peace.
God of hope, God of peace, God of joy — as Advent moves forward, our minds are filled with thoughts of Christmas. During this emotionally charged season of Advent, we wait in anticipation for a baby born in a stable. We anticipate true living in a hope that only you can provide, O God of joy. We pray this Advent that as you created the world, you might yet again create the hope, peace, joy and love that our hearts need immediately.
This season of Advent offers us so many signs of hope in Christ our Saviour. Open us now, O God, to one another. Open us to hope that others bestow upon us. Open us now, O God. Open up our hearts to the joy that awaits us this special season. Open our hearts to the real joy of Christmas — a joy that doesn’t come in the presents we find under our tree, but in the presence of your light in our lives, the presence of your grace and the presence of your love.
We wait, not so patiently, for your arrival into the world once again, O Emmanuel, for we, desperately need your love, grace, mercy and hope in this divided hurting world. Come Lord Jesus and bring healing.
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