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Well done to all our Boys’ Brigade boys who gained lots of badges and won lots of cups and medals at the Display on Friday night! Lots of photos of the boys and Hugh Strickland ,who presented the awards, on the Church website.

Our Girls’ Brigade are holding their prizegiving night next Wednesday, 31st of May at 7pm. Please come along and support our young people on this special night.

Just a reminder that 4th of June is Communion Sunday. Come and worship with us at The Lord’s Table.

Our next prayer meeting will be on 11th of June at 12.30 in the Old Session Room.

Scripture: "I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name-the name you gave me-so that they may be one as we are one." John 17:11 (NIV)

If someone handed you a single stick of wood you would probably find it quite easy to break the stick. If however they asked you to break a bundle of sticks you would probably find that a much more difficult thing to do.

When sticks are bound together, they are much stronger than they are when they are by themselves. Even the very strongest person could probably not break a bundle of sticks.

Sticks can teach us an important lesson about the church. Sometimes when we think of the church, we think of a building where we come to worship, but the church isn't a building. The church is made up of men, women, boys, and girls who have chosen to follow Jesus. You, me, all of us together -- we are the church.

I am sure you have heard some people say, "I can be a Christian without going to church" -- and that may be true -- but by ourselves we are not very strong. When Satan tries to tempt us to do something that we know is wrong, it may be difficult to resist him if we try to go it alone. But if we stand together with others who follow Jesus, they will be a source of strength and encouragement. We will be much stronger than we would be by ourselves.

One day, Jesus went off by himself to pray. He prayed for his disciples because he knew that his disciples had to live in the world and that they would be tempted by the evil things of the world. He also knew that if his disciples would come together as one, they would be much stronger than they would as individuals. So Jesus prayed and asked God to protect them and to help them to be one, just as he and his Father were one.

When Satan tempts you to do things that you know are wrong, remember the lesson of the sticks -- there is strength in unity.

Father, protect us and help us to be one with other believers, just as you are one with Jesus. In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen.

This week pray for Sue, Dave, Thomas and Emma after the death of Sue’s mum. Pray also for Hector and Lesley as they move to start their new life in Hertfordshire.

Continue to keep in your prayers Hugh, Vena and anyone else in our congregation who is ill at home or in hospital.

Pray for any of our young people as it comes to the end of the exams.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk

E-mail: sessionclerk@ek-westkirk.org.uk