Monthly Musings – September

What are you looking forward to?

The summer months are almost over and they often provide a time for thoughtful reflection and an opportunity to look forward to what autumn has in store. I am reminded of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians ‘But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another’ We have much to look forward to as a fellowship, and when we come together as a ‘people of God’ we strengthen and encourage one another. What are you looking forward to in the life of KURC this autumn?

Personally, I am excited about my forthcoming URC Educational visit to Israel and Palestine, to be in some of the places where Jesus was, and also to learn about the challenging situation in which the Palestinian Christians live their daily lives and how we as brothers and sisters in Christ can help and support them as they are caught between the Jewish and Muslim populations. I am really looking forward to being able to share with you about this visit on the evening of the 19th October – please do come along and see what I and the other twenty or so members of the group have been doing in Israel & Palestine and the people we met and things we saw. Your prayers for all those on the trip would be very much appreciated, particularly for safe travel and safety during the trip.

We also have our autumn housegroups starting very shortly – we will be looking at the ‘Holy Habit’ of Prayer based on the book ‘Holy Habits’ which the URC is using as part of ‘Walking the Way’ initiative. If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to attend, please speak to someone who has been before and they can tell you more about it – any of the Elders will be happy to talk to you about them.

The welcome team have lots of ideas to take both Harvest and Christmas out of the building into the community again this year – for some this will be the only time they hear about God’s love and grace.

There is much work going on in the background for our ‘Dine with Ace’ (formerly known as Mission Dinner) – this is your opportunity to invite your friends, from whom there will be no charge, to come and hear some of the amazing things God has done in the life of Warren Furman (Gladiator Ace from the TV show Gladiators) Please put 7 March 2020 in your diary and prayerfully consider who you can invite to join you for a three course meal and an excellent speaker.

Alan is obviously now on his sabbatical when he will be looking at how churches grow – please pray for him during this time that he will find it a blessing for him personally but also that he will be re-energised (not sure I can imagine Alan with more energy than he already has!) in his mission both to KURC and wider afield.

With all these different areas of fellowship within KURC, we have many opportunities to experience fellowship which exists because God has enabled it by his Grace. We can support and encourage one another. I look forward to sharing fellowship with you.

God bless

Alastair

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