Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold I cannot speak; for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Jeremiah 1:6-7
Jeremiah was young and felt a natural shrinking when sent upon a great errand by the Lord; but He who sent him would not have him say, “I am a child.” What he was in himself must not be mentioned but lost in the consideration that he was chosen to speak for God. He had not to think out and invent a message nor to choose an audience: he was to speak what God commanded and speak where God sent him, and this he would be enabled to do in strength not his own. Is it not so with some young preacher or teacher who may read these lines? God knows how young you are and how slender are your knowledge and experience; but if He chooses to send you, it is not for you to shrink from the heavenly call. God will magnify Himself in our feebleness. If you were as old as Methuselah, how much would your years help you? If you were as wise as Solomon, you might be equally as willful as he. Keep you to your message, and it will be your wisdom; follow your marching orders, and they will be your discretion.
Lord willing, at the Annual General Meeting in May, we plan to elect seven men to the Board of Deacons for the next three years. All members are invited to speak with Elder James Fraser to obtain a nomination form. Please return your form on or before Sunday, March 13, 2022. The Session encourages you to seek the Lord in prayer, asking for His divine guidance on this matter.
The Shorter Catechism
Q97: What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord’s supper?
A: It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body,1 of their faith to feed upon him,2 of their repentance3, love,4 and new obedience;5 lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.6
1. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (1Corinthians 11:28-29).
2. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. (2Corinthians 13:5a).
3. If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (1Corinthians 11:31).
4. When ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you. v20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. (1Corinthians 11:18, 20).
5. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1Corinthians 5:8).
6. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (1Corinthians 11:27).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q52: What great sin did the people commit while at Sinai?