Pastoral Letter September 2013

You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing.

– Psalm 65 v11-13

Dear Friends,

We have so much to bless the Lord for! This month we will be holding our Harvest Services — and what excellent weather there has been for so many crops this year. What an answer to prayer for many who struggled after last year’s droughts and floods. We are reminded, year on year, of God’s faithfulness and goodness. We have just finished our series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and one of his final sentences is the assurance: ‘My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ (4.19).

It is true. Those who know and love the Lord can affirm that He does provide for us, and not just in a minimal way. The rich language of Psalm 65 is something to revel in — but we need to notice that it is Hispaths [that] drip with abundance.’ We will not know the fullness of God’s blessing unless we are walking in His way. That is what we are seeking to do here at Morton, and perhaps if we wish to pursue ‘His paths’ further there will be a price to pay. Perhaps those who may come to worship here for sentimental or nominal reasons will be offended, and go somewhere else. We might lose some support, financial or practical.

But our God does not rely upon our weekly collection! So far, this year, we have received two large gifts from outside the fellowship from those who wish to identify with our work and encourage us. As much as these are tokens of love from our friends, they are , even more, tokens of love and encouragement from our God to keep on in the gospel work.

And what is true for our fellowship is true for each one of us, too.  When we seek to walk God’s way there is always a cost. But the compensation is far greater than any loss. Remember — His paths drip with abundance!

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