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Bible Focus - 23rd August 2015

posted 18 Aug 2015, 12:39 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks
In keeping with many churches in the Church of Scotland, we are, this morning, starting on a new series of preaching on the theme of Stewardship. In churches where there is a disciplined, running, stewardship programme, there is evidence of numerical, spiritual and monetary gains.
Generally, over a three-year programme, it is wise to consider stewardship of time, talent and money. This year at St Serf’s we consider our use (or misuse!!!!) of “Time”.
Those on our Stewardship team are putting in a lot of their own time to encourage regular worshippers, those who are, for various reasons, less often with us at worship, and some approach to the wider community.
If, at St. Serf’s, we are fully supportive of the continuous efforts of our Nominating team to keep our parish in the fore-front of publicity, then we must take seriously every effort to promote every aspect of our church life.
For their part, the Nominating Team are putting in many hours of prayer, commitment, research, and dedication for the good of this congregation.
There is no room for any negativity in our continued show- casing of who we are and what we are doing in the Lord’s name.
The present work on Stewardship of our time is part of that same on-going commitment.
Alongside the original, which reveals a calm, reassured used of time, consider the frenzy, the tensions, the frustrations in this adaptation of the 23rd Psalm.

The Clock is my Dictator 

The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.
   It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
   It leads me into deep depression.
   It hounds my soul.   It leads me in circles of frenzy, for activities sake.
   Even though I run frantically from task to task, I will never get it all done, 
   For my ideal is with me.
   Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
   They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.
   They anoint my head with migraines,
   My in-basket overflows.
   Surely fatigue and time pressures shall follow me
   All the days of my life.
   And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration 

   (Author Unknown)

(Rev Bill Izett)