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The June edition of the Non-Subsribing Presbyterian Magazine is available.  The Table of Contents and Editorial appear below. 

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Contents 

Editorial 2 
Article: In Transit 3 
News of the Churches 5 
Children's Corner 8 
Just for Fun! An NSPCI church quiz 9 
Video Reflections and Meditations: 11 
A Reflection from Rev Brian Moodie 
A Sunday Service from Mrs Lynda Kane 
A Reflection from Rev Paul Jeffrey 
A Sunday Service from Rev Chris Wilson 
A Reflection from Rev Colin Campbell 
A Reflection from Rev Dr John Nelson 
 
The Hymns We Sang Together: Top Ten Countdown! 23 
Daily Reflections for Worship at Home 25 
Online Ministry 34 
 
Editorial 
I have been thinking a lot about time recently. Perhaps you have noticed how lockdown' makes one day roll into another? Maybe it's just me. Even before this new `routine' was enacted however, it seemed that some days seemed to go by in a blink, and others seemed to stretch out for endless hours. It took me once again to the wisdom of Peter, who wrote in his second letter that "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day" (2 Peter 3: 8). 
 
I wondered which days Peter was thinking of. Did the days of travelling seem endless? The stormy nights at sea so filled with adrenaline that time passed in a blink? What of the feeding of the 5,000 - moving between the groups of fifty, seeing everyone sated, returning to the Master with more than they began? How long did that day seem? Yet how short a time between their entry to Jerusalem with songs and shouts of `Hosanna' to that darkened courtyard with accusations and a cockerel's cry. Yes, Peter knew that the sense of the passing of time was subjective, and ultimately used for the glory of God, even if the larger plan was invisible to those within it. 
 
The important thing, as far as Peter was concerned, was not to grow weary as the days stretched out, but to consider them a gift brought about by God's patience. A time of 'home-schooling' for the soul. At the end of that section of his letter, he exhorts us to `grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ' (2 Peter 3: 18) Some lessons are learned quickly, and become ingrained in our lifestyle, our theology, our faith. Others take time and repetition; and of course, there are many styles of teaching and learning which resonate with different individuals. God does not grow weary in His joint role of parent and teacher. He is patient with us, and presents His lessons in different ways, and at the pace we need. I think that's why God chose such a variety of disciples to surround His Son. If Jesus could reveal God's character to the prim and proper Nathanael (Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?' - John 1:46) and the hands-on fishermen, to the well-educated tax collector Matthew, and the questioning Thomas (lord, we don't know where you are going. How can we know the way?' - John 14: 5) then he can present Him in a way that can reach all people with God's compassion, strength and hope. 
 
Each of us can see ourselves in one of Jesus' followers. Their stories are shared with us to help us grow in grace and knowledge; just as Peter hoped, and had experienced himself. If you are feeling that 'out-of-synch' feeling of time standing still, or rushing by; days bleeding into one another or endless, sleepless nights, why not return to those familiar stories and ask God to teach you in new ways? Perhaps you could read a different translation that your usual text, listen to an audio-version or watch a signed video. The differences might shed new light, or simply reinforce your understanding. Be involved in God's lessons: as teachers, learners, and friends. Together we can grow in patience, understanding and grace. 
 
Yours in Christ,
Heather. 
 

 

New Uploaded Resources

Three new resources have been uploaded to the Resources Page: 

1. Rev. Dr. John Nelson's booklet "Edward Brice and the Origins of Irish Presbyterianism".

2. A Handbook for Elders

3. An Illustrated Children's Catechism

RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES - NSPCI GUIDELINES

The Moderator and the Clerk have sent out documents to assist with the opening of Churches / Meeting Houses for services of worship: 

PLEASE FIND RELEVANT DOCUMENT LINKS BELOW: 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We appreciate your patience, understanding, support for your church and for one another. Thank you.
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As we move towards the reopening of our buildings for worship etc we wish to assist you with further guidance, much of which is based on recommendations outlined by the PCI.

When you have completed the checklist, we strongly recommend that you provide your Clerk of Presbytery with a copy of  the completed checklist prior to the resumption of Services etc.

Blessings on all that you do.

Yours in the Lord

Rt Rev Chris Hudson (Moderator of General Synod)
Rev Colin Campbell (Moderator of RSU)
Rev Robert McKee (Clerk of General Synod)
Mr Paul Jeffrey(Assistant to Clerk)
Attachments:-