On Sunday we met in a tent! Not as far-out as it sounds! After all, God “dwelt‟ in the Tabernacle tent as the people of Israel journeyed to the Promised Land – constantly erected then packed away as the nomadic life carried them across wilderness and desert. Symbolically this reminds us that God wants to journey with us and dwell with us whatever we face, whatever our needs.

Our readings on Sunday reflects that concern for our needs. Jesus knew the needs of those around Him and acted to make a difference.

As we gather for our Joint Gala Praise(s), the place doesn‟t matter, the mud doesn‟t put us off, the rain doesn‟t dampen our spirits, because we come to meet with God, acknowledge our need of Him and ask for His help in the days ahead. After all, the Holy Spirit brings Jesus into our hearts and minds, dwelling within us by faith … if only we ask.

Whatever your need, bring it into the tent as we meet the God of Grace who wants to help us.

God Bless,

– Rev Mark Smith, Dunscore Parish Church


Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”


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Father, we praise You for being You –
beyond our understanding, yet made known to us
through Your prophets pointing to Jesus Christ,
through Your Word by the Holy Spirit within us.
We thank You for Your mysterious ways,
which are always working for our good,
leading us to grow in knowledge of You,
meeting our needs for our life of faith.
All praise be to You, now and for ever

Prayer theme: Bring your needs before God, trusting Him to meet them as is best for you.


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