West Kirk Weekly
Thanks to all who attended our services over Easter and thanks to those who helped in any way with the lunch on Easter Sunday.
This Sunday is the next in our monthly prayer meetings. It will be held at 12.30 in the Old Session Room. This will be led by Anne Scott and Dave Kendall. Please come along after tea in the hall to support the elders leading our prayer meeting.
Remember that you can find out times, dates of all events and organisations on our website and on our Facebook pages. One of pages is a closed group which is only for those in our congregation.
Scripture: Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." John 20:24-25
There is a very interesting book. It's called "Believe It or Not" and it was written by Robert Ripley. Mr. Ripley enjoyed collecting strange and amazing bits of information which, although they seem unbelievable, were true. He first published his amazing facts as cartoons in the newspaper, but they became so popular that they were published in book form, made into radio and television programs, and there is even a chain of "Believe It Or Not" museums. Here are some examples of some of the amazing things you will find in his book.
Joann Barnes, a fifteen-year-old from California, once swung sixty-eight hula-hoops on her body at the same time! Can you believe that? I can't even keep one hula-hoop going and believe me I have tried many times. I think I would have to see that to believe it!
A man by the name of James Cook once had a chicken that laid a perfectly square egg. I have seen white eggs, brown eggs, even spotted eggs, but I have never seen a square egg. Have you? I think I'd have to see it to believe it!
The world's largest sausage was over 3000 feet long, weighed 885 pounds, and took 103 butchers to carry it? I don't know if I believe that or not. In fact, this book is filled things that are very hard for us to believe. But do you know what? If it's true, it's true, whether we believe it or not!
On the Sunday that Jesus rose from the grave, he appeared to a group of his disciples. One of the disciples, whose name was Thomas, was not with them. When the disciples told Thomas that they had seen Jesus and that he was alive, Thomas said, "I won't believe it until I see it with my own eyes. I want to put my finger in the nail-prints in his hands - and place my hand where the spear was thrust into his side.
A week later, Thomas saw Jesus. Jesus invited Thomas to touch his hands where the nails had been. He told Thomas to put his hand in the wound in his side. Then Thomas believed! Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
A lot of people today won't believe that Jesus really rose from the grave because they haven't seen him with their own two eyes. Do you know what? It is true whether they believe it or not! You and I have never seen Jesus, we accept him by faith. The question is, will you believe it -- or not?
Heavenly Father, help us to accept by faith that Jesus has risen from the grave and that he is alive. Help us to believe, because it is true, whether we believe it or not. In Jesus' name we pray.
Continue to pray for Vena and for Kay. Pray for all those in our congregation who would love to be able to join us for worship each Sunday but are unable to. Please this week pray for my Aunt and cousins as they cope with the death of my Uncle Bob in Canada. Pray for Dave and Anne as they prepare for the prayer meeting on Sunday.
Laura Fleming- Session Clerk