Readings for Lent from 26th Feb – 4th April
From Anne McHolm
26th Psalm 23 v 1 The Lord is my shepherd I will not want.
27th Psalm 42 v 1 As the deer pants for streams of water so my souls pants for you my God
28th Isaiah 40 v 31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.
1st John 3 v 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes, in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
2nd 2 Cor 5 v 17 We are a new creation therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has Come. The old is gone and the new is here
3rd Eph 2 v 5-6 We are saved through salvation, we are in Christ and have a new life (God) made us alive with Christ even when we were Dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been Saved.
4th Eph 1 v 19-20 The power that rose Jesus from the grave is the Power that can raise us from sin (Paul prays) His (God) incomparable great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty Strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the Dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms
5th Ps 33:20-22 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
6th Gal 5:5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope
7th Ps25:4-5 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.
8th Phil 3:10-11 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
9th Joh 3:14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him
10th Hosea 12:6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
11th John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full
12th John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
13th John 6:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
14th Ps 25:4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths
15th Isia 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
16th Ps 33:20-22 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
17th Gal 5:5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.
18th Ps 130:5-6 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning
19th Phil 3:10-11 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead
20th Joel 2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand
21st Ps 91:1-2 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust
22nd Ps 91:9-11 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways
23rd Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
24th Ps 63:1 You are my god, I shall seek you earnestly. My soul thirsts for you, my flesh yearns for you in dry and weary land where there is no water
25th John 17:1-2 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
26th John 17:9 I pray for them; I pray not for the world, but for them whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine.
27th John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
28th John 17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
Homeless and Foodbank Collection
Thanks to everyone in Dalserf Church who donated money or items to give to those who don’t have anywhere to stay over Christmas. Special thanks and Anne and Iain McHolm for organising this. Final stop on the way to delivery was for tea, coffee etc. for the soup trolleys.
We have again been overwhelmed by the donations which the foodbank has received from everyone during 2019. These have come via supermarket trolley donations in the Co-op and Asda in Larkhall, Sainsbury’s in Strathaven and Tesco in Lesmahagow as well as regular and harvest donations from various local churches and businesses. Some schools have also given their harvest collections and then there are people who just knock our door and hand in their donations. You have all truly become like the Wise Men and followed the Star bringing your gifts and you have helped so many people in crisis. We pass on to you their grateful thanks for all your gifts throughout the year. God bless you all
Shoebox Appeal Report
On Sunday 32st October 44 shoe boxes for the Blytheswood Christmas Appeal were dedicated during the morning Service by Revd John Stevenson. The boxes were gifted by members of the Guild and Congregation.
These boxes are sent with our love and prayers to less fortunate men women and children in circumstances we can only imagine. Thanks to all who made the appeal such a success.