WHO WILL CHANGE THE WORLD?

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With the UK in lockdown and churches told to avoid meetings we are attempting to live stream our Sunday morning worship and teaching from our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CCFCumbernauld/ .

As we’re unable to meet and join together in worhip, Craig created the following praise setlist this week. He writes: “I know quite a few of the songs may be unfamiliar, however, I have tried to find songs that are kind of all-rounders and a bit more contemporary than we would sing on a Sunday morning. That is, songs that are great for driving to, good for in the background while pottering about the house and on your daily 30 minute walk, but also suitable for a time of worship and soaking in God’s presence. It wasn’t the easiest task in the world so I’m sure not all the songs will be to everyones taste but hopefully there will be a few that draw you closer to God.

“I’ve provided an Apple Music link, an Amazon Music link and a YouTube link below. If someone else out there has a Spotify account or another music subscription feel free to make the playlist up on that and send it out too. I’ve also attached a PDF of the words in case you want to sing along.

http://www.cornerstonecf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Cornerstone_Praise_March_2020.pdf

“If you want to use the songs to deepen your faith, then use the words of the songs to spark prayers from your heart, investigate the words or theme of the songs and try to find scriptures to match or just listen and see what God has to say to you through the words.

“There is an instrumental song, I’ve included a couple of scriptures and a prayer that could be spoken over the top of it but feel free to praise in your own way.

Craig <>< “

Apple Music link:

https://music.apple.com/gb/playlist/march-2020/pl.u-76oNNy7FWkKDzB

Amazon Music link

https://music.amazon.co.uk/user-playlists/b53efc5e14904cabb9d3a5e00df93289engb?ref=dm_sh_Xqj905O9ydPfogypjjjCKNzyT

YouTube Playlist link

Transcript from teaching this week from our Pastor: Alan Welsh, Sunday 29TH MARCH 2020: Who will change the world?

THIS MORNING I JUST WANT TO SHARE A SHORT MESSAGE TO ENCOURAGE YOU, THAT WE CAN STILL DO CHURCH TOGETHER.

DURING THESE DAYS OF ISOLATION, WHO WILL CHANGE THE WORLD?

IN MANY WAYS THE CHURCH HAS BECOME MORE VISIBLE BEHIND DOORS (IF THAT SEEMS POSSIBLE), I WANT TO THANK SO MANY OF YOU FOR GIVING YOUR TIME TO CALL, TEXT OR EMAIL OTHERS, ALSO FOR THOSE ENSURING THAT FOOD AND MEDICATION FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT, IS RECIEVED.

AND FOR THE MINISTRY OF THE FOODBANK WHICH CONTINUES IN THESE TIMES WHERE RESTRICTIONS ARE PLACED UPON ALL, REMEMBER THEM IN PRAYER AS THEY CONTINUE TO SERVE WITH THE RISKS OF BEING IN CONTACT WITH OTHERS, PRAY THAT THE PROTECTION OF GOD WILL BE OVER THEM.

THE CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY AS A CHURCH, ENABLES US TO CHANGE THE WORLD AROUND US IN A VERY SIMPLE WAY. (WHICH I’LL COME TO IN A MOMENT)

WHILST FOR MANY THE ISOLATION IS STILL A NOVELTY, BUT FOR OTHERS IT IS FRUSTRATING, NOT SEEING YOUR FAMILY, OR IN SOME CASES PERHAPS SEEING TOO MUCH OF THEM, WHICH LEADS TO ANNOYANCE, BEING PICKY, ARGUMENTATIVE (THAT’S JUST GRACE AND I).

WHEN YOUR NORMAL DAY TO DAY LIFE IS HALTED, WHEN YOUR ROUTINE IS CHANGED AND YOU CAN’T GET TO DO THE THINGS YOU WOULD WANT TO, MANY OF THESE CIRCUMSTANCES CAN LEAD US TO BEING FEARFUL AND WORRIED.

I WONDER IF YOU ARE WEARY THIS MORNING, THINKING ABOUT ANOTHER WEEK AHEAD, PERHAPS DISSAPOINTMENT OF HOLIDAYS CANCELLED.

WHEN OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WOULD NORMALLY BE LOOKING FORWARD TO ENJOYING THE EASTER HOLIDAYS, WITH WHATEVER ACTIVITIES YOU HAD IN MIND, THE PLANS HAVE ALL CHANGED.

SO, WHO WILL CHANGE THE WORLD WHEN IT SEEMS IN DISARRAY?

IT’S YOU AND I.

AT THIS TIME, GOD DESIRES US TO GIVE A WORD FOR THE WEARY.

THE PROPHET ISAIAH (CH 50:4) SAYS “THE SOVEREIGN LORD HAS GIVEN ME AN INSTRUCTED TONGUE, TO KNOW THE WORD THAT SUSTAINS THE WEARY.

HE AWAKENS ME MORNING BY MORNING, WAKENS MY EAR TO LISTEN LIKE ONE BEING TAUGHT”

THERE ARE MANY WEARY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT NEED A WORD THAT SUSTAINS THEM, A WORD THAT GIVES THEM HOPE.

BECAUSE WE ARE SO BLESSED, HAVING EACH OTHER, WE CAN EASILY FORGET THAT SO MANY HAVE NO-ONE AND NO HOPE.

WE HAVE A GOD WE CAN LEAN ON, TALK WITH, WALK WITH, HE SUSTAINS US BY HIS WORD, HE LIFTS US BY THE BREATH OF HIS SPIRIT GIVING US HOPE FOR TODAY AND ETERNITY.

WE HAVE THE PRAYER SUPPORT OF ONE ANOTHER, WE RECIEVE STRENGTH KNOWING OTHERS ARE THERE, OUR WALK IS NOT ALONE, EVEN IN TIMES OF ISOLATION.

WE COULD ALL SO EASILY GET CAUGHT UP IN LOOKING AFTER OUR OWN AND BECOME COMPLACENT AND ACTUALLY FORGET THAT THERE ARE WEARY PEOPLE OUT THERE.

PEOPLE WHO NEED WHAT WE CAN GIVE, A WORD THAT SUSTAINS THE WEARY.

MATTHEW 9 TELLS US, WHEN JESUS SAW THE MULTITUDES, HE WAS MOVED WITH COMPASSION FOR THEM, BECAUSE THEY WERE WEARY AND SCATTERED, LIKE SHEEP HAVING NO SHEPHERD, HE THEN SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW, THEREFORE PRAY THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SEND OUT LABOURERS INTO HIS HARVEST.

WHO IS JESUS SPEAKING TO?, IT’S YOU AND I, THAT WE WOULD HAVE COMPASSION FOR OTHERS.

I READ A QUOTE THAT SAID “THE WORLD HAS YET TO SEE WHAT GOD WILL DO THROUGH YOU AND ME”

I’M NOT SURE WHY WE WAIT!

ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES WE HAVE AS DISCIPLES IS BEING CONVINCED THAT GOD WANTS TO USE US TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

NOT JUST TO MAKE A DENT, OR BE GOOD PEOPLE, RAISE OUR FAMILIES, HAVE A HEALTHY MARRIAGE, BUT TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

IT IS A CHALLENGE TO CONVINCE ANY CHURCH THAT THEY CAN PASTOR AND BLESS A COMMUNITY, I BELIEVE GOD HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO JUST THAT.

WE DON’T HAVE TO GATHER TOGETHER TO GET THE WORD OF GOD OUT THERE, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE VISIBLE IN A DIFFERENT WAY, TO BE HEARD, TO DISTRIBUTE HOPE WHERE THERE IS NONE.

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING WE CAN SHARE WITH OTHERS, LET’S PERSONALISE THE SCRIPTURE I READ EARLIER,

ISAIAH 50: 4 “THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU AND I AN INSTRUCTED TONGUE TO KNOW THE WORD THAT SUSTAINS THE WEARY…HE AWAKENS MY EAR TO LISTEN LIKE ONE BEING TAUGHT”

WE NEED TO PASS ON THAT WHICH GOD HAS GIVEN TO US, IT’S GOD WHO WILL CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT BY HIS GRACE HE WILL USE YOU AND I, THAT WE WOULD HAVE COMPASSION ON THE MULTITUDES…THOSE WHO ARE SCATTERED AND WEARY.

MY PRAYER FOR ALL OF IS, THAT GOD WOULD PROMPT US BY HIS SPIRIT, THAT WE WOULD HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPART HIS WORD, (HIS TRUTH)  WHERE HIS POWER LIES (NOT US).

BE ENCOURAGED.

THE WORLD HAS YET TO SEE WHAT GOD WILL DO THROUGH YOU AND ME.

THIS WEEK DURING THE FAST, I WAS REMINDED OF A SONG BY DON MOEN CALLED ‘GOD WILL MAKE A WAY, WHERE THERE SEEMS TO BE NO WAY’

AND THE SCRIPTURE THAT CORESSPONDS WITH THAT, WAS AGAIN FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH 43: 19.

“SEE, I AM DOING A NEW THING!

NOW IT SPRINGS UP; DO YOU NOT PERCEIVE IT?

I AM MAKING A WAY IN THE DESERT AND STREAMS IN THE WASTELAND”.

GOD IS DOING A NEW THING IN THESE DAYS, WE ARE BEING CHALLENGED TO BE CREATIVE IN OUR COMMUNICATION, LET’S CONTINUE SEEKING HIM THAT WE MAY BE PART OF HIS ONGOING WORK TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM HERE ON EARTH.

BLESSING:

THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU, MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU.

MAY THE LORD TURN HIS FACE TOWARDS YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE.

AMEN.

I LEAVE YOU WITH DON MOEN’S SONG TO ENCOURAGE YOU. ‘GOD WILL MAKE A WAY’

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE IN THE COMING WEEK,