Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October
There was focus at the service on giving thanks for Harvest and for God’s provision for us. We were invited to bring along donations for Highland Foodbank.
Judith, who was leading the service, talked to local Foodbank Manager Lorna Dempster about the work of the foodbank, which is managed by Blythswood Care. There was a big pile of bags of donated food, and also some financial donations – Lorna is very grateful for everyone’s generosity. Watch the blog tomorrow for a photo of the donated food!
The readings for Sunday were:
Judith’s sermon was the second of the series on the book of Job, based on Chapter 23, where Job in his deep grief seeks contact with an elusive God. Judith read a couple of stories from elsewhere in the world about people facing trauma as a result of the impact of climate change on weather patterns.
So many people are facing anguish today: Job’s life is a encouragement to all who suffer. The earlier chapters in the book explore the arguments of the friends who kindly came seeking to comfort Job, but perhaps they were seeking more to comfort themselves in the face of inexplicable pain by pinning its cause on Job himself. ‘It must be because of your sin.’
But Job remained true to himself (he knew he hadn’t sinned) and true to God despite the sense of divine absence. Thus he is a lesson to us as we face arbitrary suffering in our own lives and in the lives of others: hold on to God, knowing that God holds on to us.
This is the naked faith which proclaims ‘I am not silenced by the darkness.’ (Job 23:17) Do listen to the sermon!