Text word: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6–7.
Our bishop reminded us that we are a family and how wonderful it is when we can spend time together in the Lord’s house and also have fun.
When we read the bible; we can also read between the lines, when Jesus was in fellowship with the disciples, they were happy – just as we are in our divine services. Each one of us will be a key to the heart and soul of another, let us be aware of that and work with that knowledge.
It would be wonderful if we really could be anxious for nothing, but we are human and that is not always easy or possible. However, our apostle asks us to reflect on our circumstances.
Apostle Paul was in prison, but it was possible for him to be bold about his faith there and he could encourage others. He even sent an inspiring letter to the congregation outside and could witness the growing faith of his fellow inmates. All of this worked together for him to be thankful and full of praise for our heavenly Father.
Let us tell God everything – He is interested! We will obtain a peace that comes from a true trust and loyalty to Him, just as Jesus did.
Following the service, the congregation enjoyed a traditional Scottish experience – Burns’ Night – an annual event where Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns is celebrated. Burns’ Night is enjoyed by Scots all over the world on his birthday – 25th January. And it is a time when school children are encouraged to discover their Scottish language and heritage and learn and recite his poetry.
Haggis, neeps* and tatties* were served and our resident bagpiper, (from Austria!) piped in the haggis, which was followed by the traditional address to the haggis in Scots.
Although this was a particularly ‘Scottish’ evening – it was wonderful to see the many nationalities in the congregation enjoy time together in fellowship. We closed the evening by singing ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ penned by Robert Burns, and sung with great joy and emotion on a very special evening.* tatties are mashed potato- both traditional accompaniments to the haggi