The Guild

Here's a few snippets from the latest Guild Newsletter from the Church of Scotland Website.

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10 Days of Prayer for World Day of Prayer and Vanuatu

Starting on Tuesday 23 February, and every day thereafter up to the World Day of Prayer on Friday 5 March, there will be one of a series of articles about the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

The women of Vanuatu have written this year’s World Day of Prayer service. Leaders of most of the Christian denominations in Scotland will be offering a daily 'Thought for the Day' about Vanuatu and the wider world and this will be followed by a prayer led by a member of the Scottish committee.

You can watch them each day on the World Day of Prayer Scotland Facebook page. You can also get more information about the Zoom service taking place on Friday 5 March using this link:

Journeying through Lent

'After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.' - Matthew 4:2

When we are tired or stressed, where do we turn for comfort?

Some of us find this in a nice cup of coffee, others may lose themselves in television or a good book, but for most of us, I think it may be food - or specifically chocolate. After all, a nice piece of home baking or sweet treat never hurt anyone’s feelings.

The reality is that we all have something that we use to try to soothe our wounds and renew our strength.

Lent is a time when many Christians choose to deny themselves this comfort and, instead, focus on prayer and other spiritual discipline. For instance, instead of reaching for our morning cup of tea and maybe a biscuit, we reach for our Bible.

It’s quite common for people to fast from social media or the lovely cakes or biscuits. Why? To let go of an earthly comfort in order to come closer to our Lord.

Prior to being tempted by Satan, Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting. In His day fasting would have meant a denial of food. So it’s understandable that Jesus felt very hungry at the end of the fast. Satan might have thought this would make Jesus weak, but not so. By denying Himself physical nourishment, Jesus was better equipped to handle temptation.

Could it be that hunger is good for us? In Psalm 107:9 we read that the Lord fills the hungry soul with good things. When we enter God’s presence hungry, we are putting ourselves in a position to be filled, so during this Lenten Journey let us enter God’s presence hungry and allow Him to fill us with good things.

Stay safe everyone and let us travel these days together in God’s love.

Blessings to you all

Margaret Muir, National Vice Convener

Moderator's quiz a huge success

Thank you to our Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, for hosting his quiz on Saturday night. Everyone taking part seemed to have a great night and enjoyed the chance to find out more about our amazing Guild projects. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Pray this week

Monday: remembering children and staff who return to school today. Asking God to watch over them and protect them.

Tuesday: thinking especially of those who have lost Guild members in the past year, giving thanks for their fellowship and friendship.

Wednesday: for the Scottish World Day of Prayer Committee in the run-up to this year's World Day of Prayer, as well as our Guild representative on the committee, Janet Whyte.

Thursday: giving thanks for the work of the Scottish Bible Society.

Friday: bringing before God the Assembly Trustees who are preparing for the General Assembly in May.

Saturday: thinking of our Guild project partners who have enriched our lives and broadened our horizons in so many ways.

Sunday: for friends and family who are sick at this time, that God will place His healing hand on them.

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