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A long weekend

Posted: October 28, 2017 in education, Employment, life, quotes, work
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Doesn’t that sound fantastic?

However, that depends what the statement ‘long weekend’ means to you. Here’s a few thoughts about what a ‘long weekend’ might mean to you:

  1. A busy weekend filled of tasks, work or events, meaning you have no time for yourself.
  2. Not only are you not working Saturday and Sunday, but you’re also off on Friday and/or Monday.

Whether you’re having a relaxing weekend with extra days off work, or whether you’ve got loads to do over the weekend, it’s still the weekend, which means it’s time for you!

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, enjoy yourself!

Do you go to church each week?

If so, do you go because you want to go, or do you go out of habit?

Do you go to church to worship or to receive from God?

Church is not a one day a week thing. It also is not for one reason in isolation. I read the following description of church somewhere recently, which seems to sum up what church should be about:

Church is not just about the weekly gathering to worship and hear the Word. Church is 7 days a week because the people are the true Church. The Sunday thing is to gather, empower and send out. Then we need to go and ‘be’ Church in our community.

Are you ‘being’ church in your community, or are you lives just as a Sunday christian?

Be the church for God.

holy-week

We are now into what many around the world call Holy Week. Holy week is the last week of Lent and is when remember the last week of Jesus’ life.

As Easter is one of the most important times in the Christian calendar, many churches will hold various services this week.

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, is followed by Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and then Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

 

Today is Palm Sunday, but do you know and understand why Christians celebrate Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honour Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Jesus rode into the city on a donkey (in those days, a symbol of peace), the crowds paved his way with palm branches (this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph) is significant because it fulfills a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah, in Zechariah 9:9.

These days, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death.

 

Matthew 21:9-11 (NIV)

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosannain the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

So today, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant arrival into Jerusalem, we praise Him and continue to spread His message of eternal love.

I’m sure we’ve all come across people who say they are Christians but whose day to day words and actions, do not reflect their claims. These are people who, in my opinion, think that going to church is all it takes to be Christian. That’s why I had to share with you the following quote:

christian inspirational quotes

It really says it all doesn’t it! There is so much more to being a Christian than just going to church every Sunday. As I said in Growing earlier this week, to be a Christian we have to grow more and more like Christ each day. i.e. We don’t just act as Christians on a Sunday, we must grow more like Christ each day. We don’t fool God if we aren’t 24/7 Christians so don’t fool your yourself into believing you’re a Christian if you aren’t living like Christ 24/7.

 

time for godYou would think that someone who takes the time to get up on a Sunday morning and go to church, would want to be there wouldn’t you?

Well, I recently heard of someone who did exactly that, but then 45 minutes into the service started making comments to their neighbour that it was “going to be a long meeting” all because the meeting had been going for 45 minutes and the leader hadn’t started the sermon yet. They finished by adding that “this was ridiculous”!

Personally I find it ridiculous that someone who had obviously gone to church of their own accord not only thought those things, but that they actually shared their thoughts with their neighbour! The meeting in question was apparently one in which everyone there (or almost everyone!) felt God’s presence right from the start of the service, and that the comments from this individual were an unwanted interruption to their neighbour’s spiritual experience with God that day.

Maybe this individual had gone to church that morning out of habit or duty, which isn’t in itself wrong – I myself admit that I’ve attended meetings (Salvation Army services) sometimes just because I felt I should, rather than because I’ve wanted to be there. However on many of these occasions I have been glad I made the effort to go as God has drawn very close to me during these times.

I just don’t understand why someone who obviously didn’t want to be at a service felt it acceptable to disrupt other people’s experience of God? Were they so self-absorbed that they didn’t notice their neighbour felt God’s presence very close to them, or did they simply not care what their neighbour was experiencing?

So please, if you take the time to go to church, even if you don’t necessarily want to be there, be sensitive to those around you, God may be speaking directly to them, and passing comment about how long the service is  or even about what is being preached really is not helpful.

It’s funny isn’t it, how quickly things can change – one minute things are going well, then the next you hit an all time low…it’s rotten isn’t it?

Well in the last few days I’ve felt just like that, as this last weekend I was away with Bellshill Salvation Army Band at Guisborough where we lead the praise and worship meetings at the Salvation Army there on Saturday night and then Sunday morning and afternoon. What a fantastic weekend that was with the band playing brilliantly; the spiritual challenges given by both the music and those who lead the various devotional periods both before the meetings and during them.

Life-Mental-HealthBy the end of the weekend though on Sunday night, things were beginning to turn for me as, as I had expected my pain levels were starting to go through the roof with my pain killers not making any difference to my pain at all, plus extreme fatigue was taking over again.

Then today, Monday, it was a struggle to get out of bed as between pain and extreme fatigue it took a great effort. Thankfully I had planned today would be a day of nothingness as I anticipated I would be feeling like this after a long busy couple of days. If only it had continued as a day of nothingness…

First of all, just after lunchtime, my husband got a phone call from one the guys from work that he’s good friends with, to tell us that one of the other guys at work that they are friends with had been found dead in his home this morning. We were both shocked and stunned by this news as it had come completely out of the blue…

Not long after we’d received that first bit of bad news, we received a second bit of bad news…my Aunt Mabel, my Dad’s sister had died yesterday. She, like my Dad had dementia and, just like Dad had, had a fall, and had never really recovered from it.

What a rotten year this has been, that’s now 3 of my close family members, my Dad, then Aunt Mae, and now Aunt Mabel died, plus one of my husband’s cousin’s also died at the start of the year. How quickly the great highs of a fabulous challenging weekend and be put to one side when death strikes.

If you are a praying person, can I make two request of you please: firstly that you pray for the family and friends of my work colleague who has passed away suddenly; and secondly, can you pray for my family as this is our third family bereavement this year, and my Mum in particular is taking this hard.

Thank you.

After a fantastic inspirational weekend at the Salvation Army UK Territory’s congress in Glasgow, what else could I blog about tonight!

I watched the Saturday night and Sunday morning meetings from the comfort of my house via the live webcast, but I have to say I still felt as thought I was part of the meetings even though I wasn’t actually there in person. So well done to all involved in broadcasting the webcast.

On Sunday afternoon our band, Bellshill Salvation Army Band were playing from 2.30 – 3pm on stage in the Clyde Auditorium, so I was there for that and then stayed for the BugleTweetafternoon meeting.

The afternoon meeting was a whole new experience for me, as I wasn’t just there to listen, I was also there to Tweet! Martin Cordner, a Salvation Army Officer & brass band composer, created BugleTweet, on Twitter and Facebook, to post updates from SA band and other concerts from around the world. So it was a privilege to be asked by Martin to Tweet for BugleTweet. I just hope that I was able to give those following the tweets, a good feel for what was happening in the Sunday afternoon meeting, even though I lost signal for about 20 minutes at one point!

Back to the meetings themselves..All those who took part in the main meetings of the weekend as well as pre meetings in the foyer and main auditorium were great – the staff songsters, staff band, various corps bands and songsters, youth band and youth chorus, puppets and kids club – all were fantastic and I know blessed many through their message.

And then there was our leaders for the weekend, Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams, what an inspiration! The recurring message throughout the weekend was transformation, challenging us to transform our world, our nation, our communities and ourselves! Quite a task, but as they said, if we let God start the transformation from within us, anything is possible! Thank you Commissioners Clive and Marianne you inspired so many of us to get out there and start the transformation.

Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams

The congress is now over, so let’s make sure we keep the momentum going by getting this transformation going – Are you up for the challenge? I am!

You’re probably wondering what the title of the blog post is in relation to…well it’s in relation to where we worship!

bellshill cultural centreAs you may know, I worship at Bellshill Salvation Army, and a couple of months ago we moved out our own hall for about 9 months so refurbishment work could be done on our hall. In this interim period we are holding our Sunday morning worship meeting in the Bellshill Cultural Centre.

When I first heard where we would be holding our services, I thought this would be really strange and wondered if it was possible that our new temporary home could really feel like a place of worship.

Well almost 2 months on, and the Cultural Centre is home! It doesn’t matter that the building we are worshiping in was not built as a place of worship. It doesn’t matter that during the rest of the week other activities take place in the hall we use for worship on a Sunday. What matters is that God is there with us when we worship Him!

Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them

Why was I ever surprised that our new “home” wouldn’t feel like a place of worship!

You may think I’m already crazy, or, by the time you’ve read todays blog post, i may have confirmed to you just how crazy I am…

Why? Because if you’ve never had a pet, you will probably not understand just how attached you get to them, they become just another member of the family. I’m sure every pet owner would agree with me in saying that our pets are just members of our family…so I’m not the only mad person around!

TiggerOver the last 3 weeks our cat Tigger, who will be 18 next Sunday, has not been too well, so we’ve had to take him to the vets a number of times. initially we went too concerned as he was just a wee bit off colour, but last Sunday everything came to a head, when, from first thing in the morning he just lay on our bed, not getting up for food or to go to the toilet, and other than turning over every little while, there he stayed, the whole of Sunday…In fact by Monday morning when woke up, Tigger had still not moved from the bed, and was now very weak and listless. We were very worried.

We called the vet as soon as it opened on Monday morning, and were told to take Tigger straight down. If you’ve never had a pet you will not understand just how worried we were about Tigger…we really thought it might almost time to say goodbye to him…and that would be no less difficult than with any other member of our family.

The vet was very concerned about Tigger too, so kept him in for to do some tests and to try to get him rehydrated again. To cut a long story short, after various blood tests it was confirmed that thankfully, Tigger’s liver and kidney functions were fine (this had been a major concerned as liver or kidney failure are common problems in cats), however they did show that Tigger has pancreatitis.

thCAO2MEKGApparently there is no known cause of pancreatitis in cats, but unfortunately there is no cure or specific treatment for pancreatitis in cat. Thankfully though, it need not be a life ending illness for a cat, as if they are closely monitored to ensure they are take on enough food/liquids, as the illness can make them feel like they do not want to eat/drink, and that is obviously a problem. The other potential problem is it could be a tumour in his pancreas…although the vet tells us he thinks this is unlikely, it’s still a major concern, because I fit is a tumour, it would be kinder just to say goodbye to Tigger.

For now, it’s just a case of trying to make sure Tigger eats and drink, although this has already been proving difficult, as having got him home on Wednesday night, he hardly ate anything Wednesday night or all day Thursday, so ended up back in the vets on Friday to be rehydrated again.

We got Tigger home again yesterday, and while he ate a little bit yesterday we were concerned he wasn’t eating enough again. Today however, he’s seemed a bit more back to normal and eating more, albeit we’ve been offering him fish and turkey rather than his usual cat food. So today we are much happier.

Tigger is obviously not out the woods yet, as things can very quickly take a turn for the worse if we can’t get him to eat anything. Although this weekend having had pain medication as well as antibiotics to get him, there’s definitely been a bit of improvement, so we are hoping there is nothing more sinister going on and by managing his condition he will be ok for a while yet…we’ll see what the vet has to say on Monday!

Pet are just like members of our family, we love them and they love us in return, when they are in pain, we feel for them, when they pass away we will mourn for them, just as we mourn the loss of any family member.