Message 17 March

To God’s people

This evening as a Kirk Session we met to pray and to look to our God, in the midst of what is an uncertain time. The Covid-19 pandemic continues daily to grow in severity, we sense fear is also growing in our own community of Crossgar.

We have been confronted with the truth of the psalmist speaking in Psalm 139:16 (NIV) “…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” God in his providence has laid out our entire lives, everything that has happened and everything that does happen in this world is not a matter or mere chance or luck, nor is it a matter of blind fate. Instead the living God, is the God who governs and rules over all. He has a perfect plan, and he makes everything fit together to fulfil this plan no matter how hard it is for us to see.

At this stage, we have had to come to the decision, after much searching and after being advised to, that all congregational organisations and activities will cease until further notice. This includes corporate worship on the Lord’s Day. We are convicted that the sixth commandment requires all lawful endeavours to preserve our own life, and the life of others (WSC Q68).

This is an unprecedented situation so it is not possible to ascertain a realistic end date for these measures which we have taken. We do not know when we will meet next as God’s people to corporately worship him.

Because of this, we would encourage you this Lord’s day and every Lord’s day as would be our normal practice to worship in your own homes. We will endeavour to provide you resources to help you to do this in the coming days and week.

The Lord is at work, and as his people we need to humble ourselves before the Lord, seeking his face, turning from our sin to Him (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Let us continue in the midst of all that goes on, to look to the Lord who is our refuge and our strength Psalm 46:1-5.

Yours in the Lord’s Service

Alan Burke