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YOUTH MISSION TRIP

July 9 - July 15, 2017

If you are interested in the youth mission trip this summer, please contact Pastor Gillian as soon as possible. All youth aged over 12 years are welcome to come on this trip to South Carolina.

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First Presbyterian Church February 14, 2017

Mid-Week Evotional

Dear Friends:

We hope this week's E-votional brings you all the news, information, and insight you've been wanting. Please feel free to comment on or share your weekly message with friends, family, and co-workers.

A Red, Red Rose.

O my Love's like a red, red rose

That's newly sprung in June:

O my Love's like the melodie;

That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair thou are, my bonnie lass,

So deep in love am I;

And I will love thee still,

my dear,

Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi' the sun;

And I will love thee still,

my dear,

While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare-thee-well, my

only Love !

And fare-thee-well, a

while !

And I will come again, my

Love,

Tho' there ten thousand mile.

Robert Burns.

As I write this poem, beloved of Scots the world over, I can hear its hauntingly beautiful melody playing in my mind.

Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, wrote this poem over 200 years ago. Burns was an ordinary plowman with an extraordinary ability to write soul-stirring poetry. In his personal life he was all too human, but he also understood, and was able to speak to the deepest longings of the human spirit.

Bob Dylan once said that Robert Burns, and specifically this poem, was the greatest source of creative inspiration in his life.

This poem speaks to a love that is fresh, like a red rose that has newly bloomed, with all the excitement that young, new love brings.

But it also speaks to love that endures until all the seas go dry, until the rocks melt with the sun. It speaks of a love that is not daunted by any distance, even ten thousand miles. These are poetic ways of saying that the love of which Burns speaks is ever new and also everlasting.

On this Valentine's Day, we celebrate the many ways in which love has come into our lives. We remember those whom we have loved who have now gone from our sight but whose love continues to warm our hearts and inspire us. We exchange gifts with those whom we love and whose presence in our lives brings much joy. We give thanks for the love shared within families, friendships and faith communities.

And then there is the love that is God.

In the first letter of John:

"Beloved let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love........beloved, since God loves us so much, we also ought to love one another."

May God's love, that is new every morning and that will endure to the end of time, fill our hearts and inspire us to love one another.

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Gillian

Prayer Points

Please pray for all who grieve and mourn, whose hearts are broken by loss of any kind and those who struggle with addiction, unemployment, hopelessness or illness of body, mind or spirit.

Prayers are requested for our mission partners in Cuba, pastors Ary and Beidy and the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church in Matanzas.

Prayers are requested for Peg Rendall,Nancy Tobias, Bonnie Eastman, Lissy Blandford, Alex, nephew of Shelley, Mary Larscheidt, sister of Carrie Massey, and Marlene Wilson. Please also pray for Karen Schneider who faces cancer treatment. Karen is a friend of Bill and Lissy Blandford. Prayers are requested for Phyllis Powers, a friend of Denise Park. Phyllis is undergoing surgery for lung cancer. Prayers are offered for our world, and for its security, peace and for a brighter future.

Remember that you can contact the church office any time with prayer requests, and our church secretary, Shelley, will pass them along to our faithful and confidential Intercessory Prayer Group and/or publish the names of those needing prayer here and in the Sunday bulletin.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

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