Good morning.   Welcome here to worship for Lenzie Old Parish Church.

My name is Alastair Munro and I am currently a candidate in training for

Ordained Local Ministry with the Church of Scotland, in placement at Lenzie Old.

Call to Worship

Psalm 130   Verse 1-2  – Out of the depths I cry to You ‘Lord

 Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy

Gospel Reading              John 11: 1-45

My full time job is that of Advanced Nurse Practitioner within primary care, therefore I am very aware of the current situation with regard to health and wellbeing of society.

I receive many calls daily from those concerned, upset and anxious at the changes due to Corona Virus and the impact it is having, not just the worry of keeping safe, but the mental strain and stress in coping with the way in which we are having to live, or try and live, our lives.

The essential basic shopping.

The social distancing.

The self isolation.

The stories we hear and read cause alarm and fear.  Who knows where and how it will all end.

However, let me take you back to our rock and foundation of our faith.

Jesus tells us throughout the Bible.  In many verses we find words of comfort.  However, today in John’s Gospel:

“If you believe, you will see the glory of God”

 Just like the passage tells us, Jesus comforted Martha and Mary at the loss of Lazarus.

Just as Jesus comforted the two sisters, so he comforts us.

When in times like these, the current times and situation we are facing, our faith can be at risk of being shook.  We must stay strong and indeed use this situation to strengthen our faith and hang on to our hope and put all our trust and faith in our Lord Jesus – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Pray – yes, BUT practically also :

Phone our family, friends and neighbours.

“Do not be afraid”

Trust and God will bring us through.

Yes, pray.

Pray like you have never prayed before.

Remember, several weeks ago I preached about being faced with situations where we felt exhausted, drained and in despair. Times where we felt we could not take it anymore.

Well, these times are here.

“When you feel you can’t take anymore, take it to the Lord”.

 No fancy words.

Just tell him from your hearts.  Your fears, anxieties and he will hear.

He will take us, Guide, Guard and Shield us.  Just as he did with Martha and Mary.

He gave them comfort.

Let us Pray

Prayer

Loving God,

Draw us close to you at this time of trial and despair.

We pray for all of our families, friends and neighbours and those known or not known who have Corona Virus.  We are all affected through social distancing and social isolation.

The stresses and strains of frontline workers – the Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and those who work in the shops to ensure the shelves have food for us.  We remember them.

Help us to remember your words, of which there are many to provide comfort to us in these times.

Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.

In these anxious times, may God grant us all his peace. Peace that passes all human understanding.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen

Loving God,

Draw us close to you at this time of trial and despair.

We pray for all of our families, friends and neighbours and those known or unknown who have Corona virus.

We are all affected through social distancing and social isolation.

The stresses and strains of frontline workers – The Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and those who work in the shops to ensure the shelves have food for us.

We remember them.

Help us to remember your words, which there are many to provide comfort to us in these times.

“Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you “.

In these anxious times may God grant us all his peace.  Peace that passes all human understanding,

In Jesus name we pray.

AMEN.