PRIESTHILL & NITSHILL PARISH
Week beginning: Sunday 3rd May 2020
Welcome and thank you for taking time to read our latest newsletter. We pray that you and those whom you know and love are keeping safe and well in this difficult time. We would ask you to continue to pray for our church family and we particularly think of the households with children at home and trying to make sense of schoolwork. We pray for their parents and carers trying to juggle their own responsibilities as well as suddenly taking on the role of teacher.
Some of the Sunday School children and families in the community have been blessed by gifts distributed by Kirsteen and Naomi, allowing the children to participate in craft projects. Kirsteen and Naomi continue to do vital work sustaining links with the young people and families and we would ask you to pray for their strength and wisdom as they minister in a whole new way.
Although there are no formal meetings in the life of the Church, as well as preparing for a Sunday, Douglas is keeping busy with conference calls and Zoom meetings. Some of the Healing Group were able to get together this way for a time of worship, prayer and encouragement. If you would like to meet up with Douglas, Naomi or Kirsteen via zoom or would like a chat and/or prayer over the telephone, please do not hesitate to ask. It would be a privilege to pray with you and discuss any fears or concerns you have at the moment. This would of course be done in confidence.
Douglas has also been asked to participate in a Friends of Nitshill War Memorial Watch Party on Facebook to commemorate VE day on Friday 8th May between 2 and 3pm. There will be a series of videos from Humza Yousaf MSP, Chris Stephens MP, and Councillor David McDonald as well as Douglas’s contribution and short clips from members of the community.
There will be a tribute in memory of all the Service Personnel from across the Greater Pollok area who died during or shortly after the Second World War. The virtual event will end with a live video from the Nitshill War Memorial where Piper Iain Grant of Barrhead and District Pipe Band will play ‘Battle’s O’er”, joining pipers up and down the country paying tribute to pipers who gave their lives.
We hope that you have been able to enjoy the recent sunny days and admire the beauty of God’s creation. It certainly seems as if the birds are singing louder these days and we should join with them singing praises to God. There are many many resources to listen to for Christian worship – some of us are enjoying Songs Of Praise on TV, some enjoy YouTube videos from Hillsongs and other worship leaders but for a quiet time of peaceful worship we would recommend looking up Lynn De Shazo. We have listened to and sung some of her songs in Church on a Sunday morning and at the Healing Service. There is something beautiful about the way she sings and the lyrics she has written that make one feel close to God as you sit quietly and allow the music to wash over and minister to you. We are reminded to worship God in all circumstances. Worship songs are not just for when all is well – the Psalms show us that!