The new Mr. and Mrs. Campbell about to drive off, in the sunshine, to their Wedding Reception in Lochgreen House Hotel, Troon, after their Wedding Ceremony in Auchincruive Church, St. Quivox .
Another thoughtful message from Rev. Ken Yorke
A pen from Ken
Jesus told us not to be worried about tomorrow.
If we are wise enough to heed this advice it helps us to come to terms with today!
What do I mean?
Jesus’ advice reminds us that life has an end.!
Our days are limited ! Our life is measured in days and years!
So nothing that ought to be done today should
be left until tomorrow.
We cannot be sure we will have a tomorrow .
So we shouldn’t be nursing a grudge against someone. We shouldn’t be holding back forgiveness.
We shouldn’t fail to take action now that we know we ought to take.
Today is the only time we can be sure of so we should live as if it were our last.
When Jesus talked about not worrying about tomorrow he also knew that our life here ought to have a purpose. If your aims and interests are all worldly you will worry about tomorrow. The goals may be money, knowledge, prestige or position. Of themselves and in their place not bad objectives but if they become sole aims they will make us always anxious about tomorrow.
When our aim is to be like Jesus anxiety about tomorrow disappears.
Also when Jesus talks about not worrying about tomorrow he is reminding us that life here isn’t finished until we come to the end.
Many people have given up thinking their life is finished and suddenly they have found a new lease of life. It us the one who endures to the end who is saved.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Eternal watchfulness is the price of honour.
We must keep on going to the end.
Jesus would also have us note that the ultimate end of life is meeting with God.
The end of time is eternity. The end of life is God.
The last step of life is a step into the very presence of God. So the great essential of life is that we should prepare ourselves for entry into the presence of God. And it is certain that only people who have tried to live with God in this world will enter without fear into the world to come.
Do not be anxious about tomorrow.
Accept today the inevitability of life’s end,
Live in the present enjoying and using to the full the time you have been given.
Live in the knowledge that one day you shall enter into the very presence of God.
If we live like that there is no need to be worried about tomorrow.
Our future is in Gods hands.
The Crypt at Auchincruive has just been given a new lease of Life.
Members of the Fabric Committee led by Gwyn Williams have adjusted and re-carpeted the floor and re-decorated, making the room more comfortable and user friendly.
Gwyn has also added a very interesting historical pictorial exhibition relating to the Oswald's of Auchincruive and their connections with the Church, the Americas, the ending of the War of Independence and Robert Burns.
Ian Fulton and David McMahon were on hand just to keep Gwyn right!
The Weather Forecast was not very promising, but on the day of our outing to Arran, the winds had dropped, the rain had stopped and blue skies were everywhere - much to our surprise.
With Ian, our trusty driver at the wheel, we arrived in plenty of time to board the Ferry for Arran and very soon the Bus was on-board. By the time we had reached the Cafeteria, the ship was on it's way and we were able to enjoy our teas, coffees, toast or filled rolls. The sea was flat calm and we had a very smooth crossing, arriving in Brodick just before 11 o'clock. Once on dry land we set off for a bit of retail therapy at Arran Aromatics and the Cheese Shop - and a wee chance for Ian and Rev.Ken to have a seat on a Fergie Tractor.
Smelling lovely and topped up with some tasty cheese samples, we continued on through some beautiful scenery around the top of Arran to Lochranza where, in brilliant sunshine, we visited the historic Castle and enjoyed some healthy sea-air.
To keep the Forecasters happy, we had a heavy rain shower as we travelled down the west coast, past the 'Twelve Apostles' at Catacol, through Dougarie to reach the tea-room at Machrie Golf Club where all on board enjoyed a nice lunch as we watched the weather clear and the Sun re-appear.
Lunch over we drove on through Blackwaterfoot and carried on around the south of the island, enjoying a different view of Aillsa Craig, before calling in to the Arran Foods outlet shop at Lamlash for a jar of Musard! We completed our Arran tour back at Brodick with a visit for some health food at the Hand-made Chocolate Shop before re-boarding the Ferry back to the mainland and the final drive back home..
Grateful thanks to our driver for the day, Ian Fulton for making arrangements for the Mini Bus and seeing us all back home safely. Thanks also to Gwyn Stone for his 'sponsorship'. A good day out which I think was enjoyed by everyone.
Making the best of it.
On Saturday morning two car-loads from our Walking Group set off, full of optimism, for the village of Darvel, in the Irvine Valley.
Vickie Mutch, our Walk Leader had put a lot of thought and effort into planning a not too difficult and enjoyable walk in the area of The Lanfine Estate. Unfortunately, Vickie had no control over the weather, and light rain began to fall within minutes of us starting off and we headed uphill into the mist.
As usual, the chat was good, and the stop for a hot cup of tea and a sandwich was a good opportunity for some good- hearted mickey-taking before carrying on through the woods and back through the Estate and home to dry out.
Although a wee bit damp, we made the best of it and enjoyed good company - hopefully it will be drier on our next Walk.
It was a wee bit damp with a stiff breeze blowing on Saturday morning and Rosie waited nervously for the all-clear from the Big Slide and Bouncy Castle people to go ahead and erect them in the church grounds, rather than inside the Hall. And what a success they were as the local kids were ready and waiting to bounce and slide to their heats content.
There were plenty of attractions inside the Church - a Tea & Coffee stall with delicious Home Baking and delicious home-made Raspberry Jam and Tablet for the sweet tooth, a Baby-wear stall, Hand-made Necklaces, Bracelets and Jewelery Book Stall, Bric a Brac, Face Painting,Pet Stroking, Sand Painting, Putting and a RSPB Stand all added up to a great day and helped the Church at Dalmilling establish contanct with the local Community. Well done Rosie and Pat and to everyone who worked hard behind the scenes to make the day a success.
Our Walking Group enjoyed some good weather to explore Crawfurdland Estate near Kilmarnock. A good day out!.
Love your enemies!
It's far from easy to even like folk who don't seem to like you or who oppose you and at times despise you.. Yet according to the Bible Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies.
How on earth can we do that. It seems natural to at the very least dislike them let alone love them.
So what did Jesus mean?
The Greeks have different words for our one word love.
Eros can be physical sexual love.
Philia can mean ‘like’. I love/like the Beatles. I love/like chocolate.
Agape is a love which reaches out to help or to heal.
It is the word agape that Jesus used when he said, love your enemies.
So Jesus is saying that to love our enemies is an act of will!
We have to positively go out of our way to ensure that despite our enemy’s apparent hatred for us we wish him/her nothing but their ultimate good!
That is hard to do but it works.
Empathy can change attitudes. Empathy can bring about healing in relationships.
There should be no bearing of grudges in the life of the Christian.
Don't think that this message of Jesus only applies to someone else!
It applies to you and to me!