SECOND DONEGORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
I shall see Him, but not now:
I shall behold Him, but not nigh:
There shall come a Star out of Jacob,
And a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel…
Numbers 24 v 17 (KJV)
For Gods Little People
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 2:1–5)
Have you ever thought what an amazing thing it is that God ordained beforehand that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem (as the prophecy in Micah 5:2 shows); and that he so ordained things that when the time came, the Messiah’s mother and legal father were living not in Bethlehem but in Nazareth; and that in order to fulfill his word and bring two unheard-of, insignificant, little people to Bethlehem that first Christmas, God put it in the heart of Caesar Augustus that all the Roman world should be enrolled each in his own town? A decree for the entire world in order to move two people seventy miles!
Have you ever felt, like me, little and insignificant in a world of seven billion people, where all the news is about big political and economic and social movements and outstanding people with global significance and lots of power and prestige?
If you have, don’t let that make you disheartened or unhappy. For it is implicit in Scripture that all the mammoth political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without their even knowing it, are being guided by God, not for their own sake, but for the sake of God’s little people — the little Mary and the little Joseph who have to be got from Nazareth to Bethlehem. God wields an empire to fulfill his word and bless his children.
Do not think, because you experience adversity in your little world of experience, that the hand of the Lord is shortened. It is not our prosperity or our fame but our holiness that he seeks with all his heart. And to that end, he rules the whole world. As Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” And he is always turning it for his saving and sanctifying and eternal purposes among his people.
He is a big God for little people, and we have great cause to rejoice that, unbeknownst to them, all the kings and presidents and premiers and chancellors and chiefs of the world follow the sovereign decrees of our Father in heaven, that we, the children, might be conformed to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ — and then enter his eternal glory.
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8th DECEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS 2019
Sunday 8th December
11.30am Good morning and a warm welcome to our Service today
conducted by Rev Jonathan Boyd.
The reading will be taken from Psalm 119 v 97-112
Tuesday 10th December
7.00pm - 8.00pm Junior C.E in the Stables.
7:30pm Choir Practice
Wednesday 11th December
12noon – 2.30pm Friendship Hour Christmas dinner with special
guests David and Edith Reid.
Thursday 12th December
8.00pm Tardree Prayer Union. Everyone welcome.
Saturday 14th December
8 .00 – 10.00am Presbytery Prayer for Revival in Templepatrick
3.00 – 5.00pm Sunday School Christmas Party
in the Church Hall.
All Sunday School and Crèche children
Sunday 15th December
11.00am Prayer in the School House
11.30am Service conducted by Ben Johnston
(assistant minister in Hamilton Road)
Lunch in Hall for all those going Carol Singing.
Monday 16th December
8.00pm PW Meeting. Speaker: Hazel Gilkinson