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"This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it — the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
(Jeremiah 33:2-3)

Blairgowrie Parish Church

Annual Accounts 2021

 

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Annual Stated meeting in  May 2022

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Bible Study.

Wednesday at 7.30 pm  via 'Zoom.'

     

David Howat 

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Guild News

'Whose we are, and Whom we serve'

 

February 2022

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Blairgowrie & Rattray 

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Magazine

Summer 2022

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'This Week at Home'

Family Worship

 

7 - 13 August 2022

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Resting In the Lord Who is Our Rest

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalm 37:7)

When someone gives you advice, one of the first issues that you face is this: “Does he know what he’s talking about?” You want to know if the one telling you what to do has had any experience. Is he an “armchair” expert, or has he been on the ground where the battle takes place? There’s no expert on parenting like the nanny who has never had a child of her own. She knows it all. The only problem is that her advice hasn’t been born of experience.

Thus, when you read the words of Psalm 37 where David told us we are to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him, his advice takes on significance when you understand what the author went through himself.

David, the eighth son of Jesse, was anointed by the prophet Samuel to be king, yet the path to the throne wasn’t an easy one. Following his victory over Goliath, the Philistine giant who vexed the army of Israel, David had a few brief moments of peace, then became a fugitive and had to flee from Saul, who was intent on killing him. Thinking that David was trying to usurp his throne, Saul hunted David for seven long years.

 

Towards the end of that difficult period, David became so depressed that he actually went to the Philistines, Israel’s perennial enemy, and volunteered to fight on their side. How far can you go towards giving up your dream?

David had known repeated confrontations with evil, yet his heart was not filled with hatred towards his enemy or bitterness with God. Instead of blaming God, he turned to Him as his refuge, his hiding place, and his strength. So, when David says, “rest in the Lord,” you know it comes from a man who had learned to do this through great times of testing. The word which is translated “to rest” is an interesting one. It means, “Quiet down,” or “be still and stop your striving.”

You can do that when you believe that God—neither chance nor fate—is in control, and that He, in His time, will honour His promise and see you through your trouble. Elisabeth Elliot tells of a woman who was going through a divorce which threatened her future. Of course, she was disturbed. She couldn’t sleep or eat. Repeatedly she cried out for God’s peace and tried consciously to turn loose and let the whole outcome rest in His strong hands. It’s the only way you find real peace amid the storm.

 

“Rest,” says Elisabeth Elliot “is a divine gift. But it’s up to us to enter into that rest as an act of our will and volition. It isn’t something which God does for you; it’s something you do as you refuse to let worry take your peace of mind from you and put your welfare in God’s hands.”

Let me ask you a question: If you were adrift on a tiny life raft on a stormy ocean somewhere, and a boat, sails filled with fierce wind, came alongside you, and Jesus cried out, “Come here! Take my hand and get in our boat” would you hesitate? That’s the step of faith that is necessary to leave the frail refuge of worry, allowing ourselves to be lifted to the place of His rest.

My dear friend, in a hurried world like ours, almost nothing is more precious than genuine rest.  We long to have anxieties lifted, comfort provided, peace restored, and joy in abundance. God provides rest for the Christian who knows where to find it. Making time for ourselves, engaging in favourite activities, and going on holiday, these all have their place, but they do not provide the depth of rest that the human soul longs for and needs.
 

On one occasion, Jesus explains how divine rest comes, by His grace, through purposeful action.  In Matthew 11: 28-29, Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  

 

My prayer for you and myself is that we will place our lives in God’s care and rest in Him. Why worry when you can put your worries in His hands and find rest? Why be buffeted by the storm when you can enter into His peace? Think about it, and “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 37:7)

With every blessing in Christ's name, 

Benjamin

 

Prayer

Gracious God and Father, many of us are overwhelmed with things to do throughout the day. Sometimes our daily activities list is long and overwhelming. Often we feel drained of energy, strength and sometimes our attitudes are affected by the pressures of life . Thank You for the responsibilities You have trusted us with and thank You for the ability to do them. We pray that we would find time to rest in You, our God!  We know that resting in You refreshes our soul and fills our cup overflowing. Amidst all that we do, may we be consistent and devoted to spending time resting in You. Holy Spirit, we invite You into our lives to guide us and show us how to approach everything we do with a righteous attitude! We pray that what we would be done with a grateful heart and that our lives would grow into a more beautiful, deeper and stronger relationship in Jesus’ name.

 Amen.

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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.

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