After our time of singing our Airdrie group spent some time in prayer for two folks who are in the midst of ill health and bereavement. There came a very real sense of unity as the comfort of God's love drew near.
Following this, Rae spoke on the way of faith and how we should be able, under all circumstances, to triumph by our confidence in God (2Peter 1:1). This also tied in very nicely with the new year word for this year. We can rely on our Lord and completely trust Him amidst all our trials if we excercise the faith He has given to us.
We will meet again in 2 weeks after the Easter holidays.
A good number of us gathered in Motherwell this week.
Mark began with a time of song before Diana opened the meeting for up to date reports. One lady shared about the difficulties she had experienced losing two family members over the last year. She said that despite all the difficulties she felt closer to Christ at the end of it all.
Pauline then led the bible study on the gift of miracles. She related some stories from the Old and New Testament before relating some more up to date ones from Hugh Black's book Gifts of the Spirit. She then opened it for the company to share and there were some amazing miracles related both in the public meeting and also afterwards on a one to one. It was great to see faces light up as they began to speak about the wonderful things God had done for them. We closed with a short but happy time of praise and thanks to God.
Our meeting started with a time of intercessory prayer before Carol spoke on Luke 24 - about the power of the resurrection and the wonder of the living Christ within us. Christ can draw near to us as we go about our daily routines, just like the two people on the Emmaus Road who asked the Lord to abide with them. In addition Carol also referred to the gentle restoration process that Christ uses on Peter by asking him three times if he loved him.
We closed with a lovely time of prayer and worship, Our final thoughts centred on "we should all be living in the joy that comes from embracing the power of the resurrection".