“Oh that you would bless me indeed”
1 Chronicles 4:10
Today is the start of our long awaited ‘Bless Fest’ weekend. The planning of Bless Fest took place over nine months ago when a team got together to think about how, as a church, we could be more outward looking and ask for God’s blessing on our local community. And so the idea of “Bless Fest’ was born.
A variety of events have been planned so that many people will know God’s blessing. We start this afternoon with a cream tea for the over 60s, this is followed by sports activities, free BBQ and a concert in Coronation Park for young people. On Saturday we aim to bless our community with breakfast in the wonderful Café Vista and then celebrate the blessing of animals with a pet and dog show. The talent show on Saturday afternoon promises to entertain, as young and old amaze us with their talents.
On Saturday evening we want to raise money and bless the work of the Samaritans, to help us do this Ashton Lane a popular country band from Glasgow will be joining us. Finally, on Sunday morning in our 10:45am Parade service, we will come together as a community to share stories from the ‘Bless Fest’ weekend.
Words like “bless” and “blessing” occur over 400 times in the Bible. From the moment God created the universe He has wanted everyone to enjoy all his blessings: “life in all its fullness” (John10:10). These blessings are material, emotional and spiritual. But we only begin to enjoy them as God intended when we choose to accept him in our lives, which means asking for forgiveness and putting our trust in Him. Sounds too simple and it is, but it’s a choice each of us has to make for ourselves. Do we want to accept that we have a God shaped hole in our lives or do we chose to turn our backs and go our own way.
There are many people who can testify that following Jesus and experiencing his blessing is the best way to live life in all it’s fullness. This weekend we would love to see lives transformed and for people to come to know God’s unconditional love for them. Make sure you don’t miss out on the blessing that God wants to give to you.
‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26