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La Romagnola, 13 Triq Is-Sieqja, Misrah Kola, Attard BZN05
Tel: 21 415 465 email:djlmorris@onvol.net
From the Minister’s study………..

Dear Friends,

A few years ago, I was listening to a lecture at the Truro
Theological Society by a theologian who, amongst other
things, raised the question of „who owns the text?‟. By that he
meant that when different people read the same passage from
the bible in different ways, who has the last word on its
interpretation? His answer was that God has the final word
but we may well not know what that word is until the end of
all things. His question has stayed in my mind and it seems to
me that we can apply it, or something like it, to ourselves as
individuals and as a church.

Take a good look at the account in Genesis 32 of Jacob
wrestling all night with an unknown opponent at the ford of
the River Jabbok. The opponent is identified in one tradition
as an angel; in another he is God in human form. Whichever
we follow, the point is that Jacob is meeting an embodiment
of the divine. In his struggle, Jacob is learning something
about God - he believes he has been wrestling with God
though he isn‟t quite sure because the stranger will not reveal
his name. Jacob also learns a fresh sense of his own identity
and is crippled in the struggle.

This sort of experience might be familiar to you. Sometimes,
often quite unexpectedly, we have to wrestle with the great
questions like love, sickness, death and bereavement. In them
we know we are dealing with forces much stronger than
ourselves; on these occasions we meet God as perhaps we
meet him seldom elsewhere. And in the process we learn
something new about ourselves and we usually come away
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bearing the marks of our struggle. After our struggle, we are
somehow different. We have been changed by the experience,
not so that we lose all continuity with our former selves but
so that we are developed. We „know‟ more even though we
may not be able to say exactly what we know.

There are sometimes similar experiences in the life of a
church. Periods of settled identity come to an end and a new
way of being church has to be discovered. As a church we
have to struggle to find out who God really wants us to be –
how do we show him to a world which is itself constantly
changing and developing? This really has very little to do
with the outward appearance of the church. The struggle takes
place in the common life of the church and in the hearts and
minds of the people who make up the church. If they duck the
issue, it doesn‟t much matter what the church looks like to the
world, it won‟t be fulfilling its potential for God.

So in the end, who are we? Who owns us and where does our
final identity lie? Only on the other side of all those
experiences in which we grapple with the living God, never
quite sure what we are doing or what will become of us, and
always marked by the process. In the end, we are who God
will make us and we are all engaged in the struggle. Let‟s
help each other along.

I hope you all have a very good summer.

David
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       All writing comes by grace of God – R.W. Emerson



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FROM THE EDITOR……

Dear friends,

Welcome to the summer edition of the “Crossroads”
magazine! Hope you enjoy reading the magazine. In many
ways this magazine is about keeping in touch, sharing what‟s
going on and spreading the good news. It is your magazine
and an opportunity to have your say (within the boundaries of
libel laws etc!!!)

 I don‟t think that “Crossroads” could ever contain but a small
fraction of what is happening in the life of our church and in
the experience of individuals. But, read between the lines of
this magazine and surely you will want to join in and say
“The best of all is, God is with us”.
I pray that this will ever be the case for each of us here at St.
Andrew‟s Scots Church.
Have a good summer!

I would like to share this beautiful poem with you written by
Lilian Cox…….

God of the seas, to you I pray
Bless unto me this holiday.

From these wide seas give unto me
A larger heart of charity.

May these strong tides wash out my mind
From all that’s bitter and unkind.

With the broad beat of seabird’s wings
Lift up my soul to heavenly things.




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By the far sight of hills untrod
Call me to undared ventures, God.

Grant that these holidays may be
Your holy days indeed to me.

As ever we have a wide variety of contributors, but we are
always looking for more. This is the opportunity for you to
have your say.

God bless you all
Vee
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Of all articles of furniture surely the most unsatisfactory is the
pedestal, so many people fall off it!




Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were
sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang and talked out
loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough.
“You‟re not supposed to talk out loud in church.”
“Why? Who is going to stop me?” Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said,
“See those two men standing by the door? They‟re hushers.”

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       Eloquence may be a windbag; stammering lips may be
        loaded with the very fullness of God.
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BOOK REVIEW……..

„The Heavenly Man”

(The remarkable true story of a Chinese Christian Brother
Yun with Paul Hattaway)

The latest Christian book I have read made me think, challenged
and humbled me when I looked at my Western style life. “The
Heavenly man” is the intensely dramatic story of how God took a
young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan Province and
used him to preach and live the Gospel despite horrific opposition.
Brother Yun was born Liu Zhenying in 1958. In 1974 Yun
became a Christian whilst the Cultural Revolution was still raging
throughout China. Yun wanted a bible but the Word of God was
scarce in that land at that time. Yet Yun got his bible and he began
to memorise it. This was so useful later when he was often
imprisoned without a bible.
Yun married Deling in 1981 and eventually had 2 children but they
didn‟t have much “normal” family life because of God‟s call to
Yun to be a travelling preacher. Many people came to the Lord
through his witness and many more people knew of him and his
work and prayed for him. Yun became a terrible embarrassment to
the Government. By the time he was 39 years old he was in prison
for the third time. Each time he was tortured and persecuted. For
74 days he went on hunger strike. At times he questioned God but
always he came back to accepting God‟s work for his life,
evangelizing where he could, even in prison praising God
whenever and wherever he could.
In 1997 he left China with a false passport and came to the West
where he found a very different church - read the book to find out
what he thought!
Brother Yun is one of China‟s housechurch leaders, a man who
despite his relative youth has suffered prolonged torture and
imprisonment for his faith. His account challenges any

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complacency about the situation in China, where international
economic investment ignores the brutal fact that religious
persecution is still a daily reality for millions. Instead of focusing
on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun
prefers to emphasize the character and beauty of Jesus.
I echo the remarks of Rev. Dr. Mark Stibbe when he says, “This
book is like reading a modern day version of the Book of Acts.
Prepare to be deeply encouraged as well as rudely awakened. An
absolute must for the sleeping churches of the West.”

This book review was lovingly done by Doreen Dimmock whilst on
holiday in Malta!




ABBA FATHER
Your life, in me
Your life, through me
Your life, with me……we are one
To love, to live, to be
You never take, You give,
You never ask, You answer
You never seek, You find
You never hide, You appear
You never withdraw, You stand firm
what You are
Is what my heart desires to be
ABBA FATHER
I am your servant.
                                             ………Hayley Doran

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Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17

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                     LILAC,

              O were my Love yon lilac fair,
            Wi' purple blossoms to the spring,
               And I a bird to shelter there,
            When wearied on my little wing.
           How I "wad" mourn when it was torn
           By autumn wild and winter rude,
            But I "wad" sing on wanton wing,
           When youthfu' May its bloom renew'd.

              Robert Burns 1759-1796


 The Lilac is a member of the olive family but it used to be known
 as Blue-pipe in allusion to the hollow stems which were used for
 pipes. The name comes from the Greek word "syringa" meaning
 tube and it is probable that the plant originated in Greece or
 Southern Europe. But it has become a great favourite in England
 and has been widely planted here since the time of Henry V111.

 Country people call it May Flower and Lily-oak and many are
 superstitious about bringing it indoors, particularly the white
 variety whose meaning is Youthful Innocence. Like many white
 flowers it is also associated with death and indeed it refuses to
 bloom if another lilac is cut down in the garden.
 It is curious that in the Language of Flowers the Lilac should
 symbolise such pure sentiments, for in some villages a lilac branch
 is said to signify a broken engagement.


                 ……..submitted by Ellie Bates




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 KIDS IN CHURCH…….




      After a church service on Sunday morning a young boy
       suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I‟ve decided to
       become a minister when I grow up.”“That‟s okay with us, but
       what made you decide that? ” “Well”, said the little boy, “I have
       to go to church on Sunday anyway and I figure it will be more
       fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”

      A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon. How
       do you know what to say?” he asked. “Why , God tells
       me.”“Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?”

      3-year-old, Reese: “Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
       Harold is His name. AMEN”




WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?
Some keep their organizations strong
While others join, just to belong.
Some volunteer and do their share,
While some there are who barely care.
On meeting days, some always show,
While some there are who never go.
Some always pay their dues ahead,
Some get behind for months instead.
Some do their best, some build, some make.
Some never do – just sit and take.
Some lag behind, just let things go,
And never help their group to grow.
Some drag, some pull. Some don‟t , some do.
Consider: which of these are you?


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TRAIN A NURSE - SAVE SIGHT.

Many St. Andrews members and other friends will recall the
appeal some years back that was launched locally to raise
sufficient funds to train and maintain a student nurse at the St.
John‟s Opthalmic Hospital, or as it is now more simply
named the St. John Eye Hospital Jerusalem. The appeal was
so liberally supported that the full sum required to train one
nurse was reached in under one year.
The Applicant student selected whom we sponsored through
this appeal was a young Palestinian man from a northern
Israeli town and his name is Malik Ebretom. In due course
following the two year training programme we were all
encouraged to learn that Malik had not only successfully
passed all his examinations but that he had come out first,
equal with another student in the class.
In 1997 on my last visit to Jerusalem I had the pleasure of
meeting Malik Ebretom at the hospital and discovered that he
is a very pleasant and communicative man who had turned
into a most dedicated nurse.
Years have passed and just recently someone in Scotland
remembered our connection with Malik and so, most
thoughtfully, sent me a copy of the latest report on his
progress.
“Staff Nurse Malik Ebretom.
Since completing a conversion course from LPN to Staff
Nurse, Malik has also finished firstly an opthalmic updating
course, and then a more intensive Opthalmic Nurse
Practitioner training, at which he excelled. He is now
working in the primary care department where he works
alongside the doctor, diagnosing and treating simple cases,
and making the preliminary examination for more difficult
cases. As always he remains dedicated and motivated.


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Malik is now one of the most reliable senior nurses of the
hospital.”
This was something wonderfully achieved through your
generosity and this young man‟s devotion. Thank you all,
once again.

C.A.W



PRAYER OF A SLEEPY LITTLE BOY

After a day at the beach my grandchildren (3,4 & 5) stay with
me for the night and that night when I tuck them in they are
exhausted.
One by one they say their prayers. Charlene and Davina
pray lengthily for family, teachers, friends and the poor lad
with one eye. Nicholas, patiently and yawningly, with eyes
threatening to close any moment, listens and promptly, as
soon as they stop, says his prayer: “THE SAME FOR ME,
AMEN”
I smiled but had no doubt that his prayer, short as it was, was
sincere and heard.

Submitted by “ Ouma” Ria den Heyer


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One step won‟t take you far……………you have to keep on walking
One word won‟t tell folks who you are… you have to keep on talking
One foot won‟t make you very tall ……. you have to keep on growing
One trip to church won‟t tell you all …… you have to keep on going




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                  The Lamp

This is the 2nd of the stories of Ibn bin Ibn and tells us of a
journey and of a warning.

And Ibn bin Ibn set off on a journey of two days from his
home in order to pay his taxes at the regional capital, as was
the custom set out by law.

As he walked along the dusty road he was met by a fellow
traveller who, it was agreed, would join him on his journey, it
being safer to travel in pairs, the road being a long one and
fraught with danger.

As evening fell, the two came to the house of a poor but
honest man who had long been an aquaintance of Ibn bin Ibn
and where Ibn had planned to seek shelter for the night and
on being welcomed into the house the poor but honest man
extended the welcome also to the fellow traveller.

The poor man, not expecting guests, had little food to offer
but once again, as is the custom of the land and in accordance
with all that is demanded of you in the eyes of the Lord, what
little he had was divided and the three sat down to share in
the evening meal.

The day having been long and tiring and, the prospect of a
second day‟s journey ahead, the travellers laid their blankets
on the floor and sleep came easily.

Now although the honest man was but a poor farmer he had
in his possession one thing of great value and of great beauty
which had been in his family from before the days of the Lord
were counted.
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This thing was a lamp, and it burned both day and night as a
living sacrifice to the generations that had gone before and
the light it gave off was the light of the Lord and it lit the path
of righteousness for all who would follow it.

And as he slept, comforted by the soft glow of the lamp, Ibn
bin Ibn felt his companion stir and awoke to see his fellow
traveller standing over the lamp, transfixed by its beauty and
by its value, the envy and the greed aglow in his eyes, the
eyes of the one who would be the thief in the night.

And as he reached out to take the lamp, his hands on the
glass, Ibn placed his own hands over those of the thief and
held them firm to the glass and the glass began to burn the
hands of the one who would be called thief.
And as he struggled, he called out in pain as the heat seared
the very flesh that would have carried the prize away.

“ Why do you burn me so and cause me such pain? ” the thief
asked Ibn bin Ibn and he answered ….. “ The pain you feel
from the heat of the lamp is worldly pain and the heat of the
lamp itself is a worldly heat. But the heat of the fires of hell
and the eternal pain that follows awaits all who break the
laws of the Lord and it is a thousand thousand times as strong
as any pain you feel here and now and will last for a thousand
thousand times as long. The light of the Lord is a bright light
for those who would follow it but like our road tomorrow it is
easy to stray from the correct path and fall victim to the
dangers that lie in wait. ”

“ Let us sleep now, for we must rise early and be on our
way.”
Written by….John Lejman


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SPOTTED ON A CHURCH NOTICE BOARD:

When you were born, your mother brought you here.
When you were married, your partner brought you here.
When you die, your friends will bring you here!
So why not try coming on your own?!!!!




                       WORSHIP RESOURCES
                       As you know, we have been seeking
               contributions to our Bible fund for the last year
               or so. The fund now stands at LM715; the new
               bibles cost the church LM1500 in round terms.
               So the first thing is to thank all those who have
               made contributions to the Bible fund over the
               last year. Worship resources are a bit like
               buses – nothing comes along for a long time
               then they all come together. We have a new
               Church of Scotland hymnbook, Church
               Hymnary 4, being issued towards the end of
               this year. The Kirk Session has decided that
               our church needs a replacement for our CH2
               hymnbooks which date from 1929 and now
               urgently need to be replaced. We will let you
               have more details of the new hymnbooks as
               we get them but for the moment, we would ask
               you to consider prayerfully what support you
               might be able to give to the Hymnbook fund
               when it comes along. In the meantime, if
               anyone would like to give a donation to the
               Bible fund, please give your gift to any Elder
               or to our minister.


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JUNIOR CHURCH ACTIVITY PAGES




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„THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT‟


                 T   N   W   O   N   R   A   H   B   E   L   W
                 H   D   H   A   V   E   N   T   E   D   L   I
                 I   E   E   O   B   V   D   U   C   I   A   L
                 S   N   N   C   J   E   I   R   A   U   F   L
                 S   I   J   S   L   T   A   T   U   G   A   L
                 P   M   T   P   R   A   S   R   S   L   T   L
                 E   A   O   I   E   H   R   I   E   O   H   I
                 A   N   N   R   A   W   N   E   H   R   E   T
                 K   Y   N   I   S   T   H   E   M   I   R   S
                 E   K   A   T   O   T   A   H   T   F   O   R
                 C   H   C   S   N   R   S   V   M   Y   O   U
                 C   O   M   E   S   G   N   I   H   T   U   B



READ JOHN 16: 12-15

“I have much more to tell you, but now it would be too much
for you to bear. When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals
the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will
not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he
hears, and will tell you of things to come. He will give me
glory, because he will take what I say and tell it to you. All
that my Father has is mine; that is why I said that the Spirit
will take what I give him and tell it to you”



NOW SEE HOW MANY WORDS YOU CAN FIND IN
THE WORDSEARCH ABOVE. WORDS RUN IN
STRAIGHT LINES IN ANY DIRECTION
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                   The Junior Church
As we approach the end of the session a number of people
have said to me that they are encouraged by the state of the
Junior Church. There are a good number of boys and girls,
and there is a lot of enthusiasm. The young people take part
in the first part of the service by listening attentively to the
minister, by answering his questions and by offering their
“extra remarks”. Its great fun for us adults, and especially for
the parents, to listen to what they have to say. There are no
secrets and all the time the whole church is in suspense
wondering what the children are going to say next. Quite a
number of characters have been discovered. Their behaviour
during the services is excellent and it‟s great to see how the
older children get on so well with the younger ones. The
leaders are especially grateful this session to two teens,
Carmen and Matthew, for their commitment to the others and
to the Church.

During their time in the hall the leaders try to develop the
theme introduced by the minister in church. There is singing,
praying, bible stories, discussions and crafts. While the
leaders like to keep the members active, some time is
normally found for them just to talk to each other and to be
friends.

As well as the weekly Sunday meetings the minister, and
Frank and Judy Wilmot, have met with the teens for a video
series on Jesus. The teens have also met for pizza and for
keep fit with Sarah Sproul. These meetings have also been
encouraging, but there remains a need to further develop our

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activities with this age group both during and outside church
services.
There have been some other extra activities and, at the time of
writing, the leaders are preparing for a “Crafts and Games”
afternoon on Saturday 29th May. A sports meeting and
evening picnic is planned for Friday 18th June on the
cricket pitch at the Marsa Sports Club from 6 to 8 PM.
All members, their families and their friends are welcome.

Due to these encouraging signs the Kirk Session have decided
to upgrade the out-of-use rooms under the church hall into an
area for the young. Here the young people and children will
be able to meet informally outside of the church service
times. The mid-week toddler group, recently formed by Lisa
Bonello and Anne Andrew, will also use the rooms. Please
see Lisa if you would like to help with the decorating.

Our activities with children and young people are on the
increase. Let‟s keep it going!

Lisa Bonello, Diane Vella and Norman Alexander (the leaders)




JUMBO SALE……..
THE ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY WILL BE
HOLDING A „JUMBO‟ SALE IN THE
CATHEDRAL UNDERCROFT FROM 9.30A.M.
TO 12.00 NOON ON SATURDAY 12TH
JUNE…..ENTRANCE IS FREE


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Properties, the Fabric of St. Andrew‟s Scots
Church
Our present church building was built in 1857 through the
efforts of a Presbyterian minister, Dr. George Wiseley and it
is a building of which we can be justly proud. At the same
time the adjoining building, St Andrew‟s House, was erected
as the Manse.
This house is now the home of the beautiful church hall
which was re-decorated last year, the office and the hall used
by the Andreas Gemeinde for their services.

Further down Old Bakery Street one will find No 206, which
is Wiseley House, consisting of 3 Flats with a shop and
garage at street level. The flats Nos 1 and 2 are rented out,
Flat 1 at a rental applicable in 1955 and Flat 2 at a very
acceptable commercial rental. Permission has been obtained
to convert Flat 3 (the old Manse) into two offices and we are
negotiating to alter the permit to enable us to rent to third
parties. Wiseley House is intended to be a major source of
income which will be essential when we are required to
become self-supporting by 2007 and not reliant on the COS
or Methodists.
Three plots at Addolorata Cemetery for the interment of
members are also part of the property portfolio.

We presently lease the Manse in Attard at a very reasonable
cost and it is our intention to continue doing so. Those of you
who have attended functions there will know that David and
Jacky have made it into a comfortable and welcoming home.

 In addition to the conversion of Flat 3 Wiseley House into
two offices, the budget for 2004 makes provision to re-furbish

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a ground floor room in St Andrew‟s House for use by the
Youth Group. Pew racks for bibles and hymn books will be
installed and glass panels will be inserted in the internal
entrance door. The bamboo blinds outside the East windows
require replacement this year.

The properties are at present looked after by four Elders and
we would ask any member who believes they would like to
serve on this committee to contact David Smith. The other
elders, Norman Alexander, Ria Den Heyer and John
McLauchlan, are all involved in other major church aspects
and we would welcome assistance from anyone who has
specific expertise.

David Smith




TO GOD FROM THE DOG……

Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things
I must remember to be a good dog:

    1. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
    2. The cat is not a squeaky toy: so when I play with him
       and he makes that noise, it‟s usually not a good thing.
    3. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before
       entering the house.
    4. My head does not belong in the refrigerator.

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Your yesterdays are gone forever, so use your todays to build your
tomorrows!

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TOGETHER FOR EUROPE
“Together for Europe” is the title of the Congress which I attended at the
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, in Stuttgart, Germany, on the 8th May,
2004.
The Congress brought together 10,000 persons, representing 150
movements and communities of several Christian denominations. It was
followed live by satellite transmission by around 100,000 persons all over
Europe.
Political, and religious leaders addressed the crowd, amongst whom we
can mention Pastor Friedrich Aschoff, leader of the Evangelical
Charismatic movement, in Germany, Chiara Lubich, foundress of the
Focolare movement, Prof. Romano Prodi, President of the European
Commission, Prof. Andrea Riccardi, founder of the St. Egidio
Community, Ulrich Parzany, Pro-Christ leader-International
Evangelisation Association, Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Dr. Johannes
Friedrich, Bishop of the Bavarian Eangelical Church, Helmut Nicklas,
former Vice-President of the YMCA World Urban network.
The speeches urged the promotion of unity in the different political,
social, religious spheres, and were interspersed with song and dance
representing the cultural riches of Europe.
The whole event was for me a profound experience of living unity. I felt
the call to do all that I can to promote unity not only amongst the peoples
of Europe, but with the rest of the world, especially with Africa, the
continent just beyond our borders. We were one body. Unity was strong
also amongst us, a group from Malta of 9 persons from different
movements.
The whole congress was followed live in Malta through direct link-up at
the University auditorium, at Tal-Qroqq.
I realize that living profound moments like this, gives us the courage to
continue to foster unity in all its forms, to truly repeat Jesus‟ words:
“That they may all be one.”

Anna Caruana Colombo.
(Anna serves as a member of the Malta Ecumenical Council)


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Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Fanny Crosby was probably the most prolific hymnist in history.
Though blinded by an incompetent doctor at six weeks of age, she
wrote over 8,000 hymns. About her blindness, she said: “It seemed
intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all
my life, and I thank Him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly
sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not
have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by
the beautiful and interesting things around me.”

Best known for her song writing, Fanny was also a teacher at the
New York Institute for the Blind where she was a student and a
teacher. As well, she worked tirelessly with the poor and needy,
supporting this work with the fees from her writing.

Her best known hymn is probably Blessed Assurance, but my own
favourite is He Hideth My Soul:

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

Refrain

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life with the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away;
He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.

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With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God
For such a Redeemer as mine!

When clothed in His brightness, transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love
I’ll shout with the millions on high.

“ I will bring the blind by a way they knew not… I will make
darkness light before them.” Isaiah 42:16

submitted by: Judy Wilmot




TITHING ENVELOPES

“Thank you” to those that have responded so well to the envelope
scheme.
One senses that this has already lifted the morale of many of us,
showing us what God can do. We feel sure that God will bless you
in this committed response. One also senses that the Spirit is
moving. It is indeed a great privilege to give to GOD‟S work!

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 A sports meeting and evening picnic is planned by the Junior
Church for Friday 18th June on the cricket pitch at the Marsa
Sports Club from 6 to 8 PM. All members, their families and
their friends are welcome.

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          Fumbo HIV/Aids Mission, Zambia
            Dar Tereza Spinelli, Valetta
              Refugee Fund
Our church continues to give generously to our local and overseas
missions and to our new initiative, the Refugee Fund – here‟s an
update.
 The local mission, Dar Tereza Spinelli in Valletta, is a short-term
residence for homeless women and their children who have ended
up there as a result of some form of domestic violence. The
HIV/Aids Mission in Fumbo Zambia is our overseas mission.

The „Dar‟ residents are always so grateful for the St. Andrew‟s
Church weekly donations of food and supplies. The make-up of
residents is constantly changing, (sometimes there are babies,
sometimes older children, sometimes refugees and at other times
longer term women) and we aim to be responsive to these varied
needs by posting notices accordingly alongside the donation
baskets at the back of the church. With funds accumulated we have
purchased one new sewing machine and a second machine has been
kindly donated by a church member. Use of the machines has been
demonstrated and the residents are learning to apply new sewing
skills. With the approach of summer, we plan to purchase another
electric fan with the accumulating funds.

The HIV/Aids Mission in Fumbo Zambia has 144 home-based
patients and 70 Care Givers who care for the sick. Sister Catherine,
who runs the Mission, recently wrote that the “goat” project is
underway whereby individuals raise goats, with our assistance, and
are able to use the goats as a currency to meet costs when major
emergency situations arise. The care receivers and supporters
responded to our giving by saying, “thank you dear friends for your
love and your care for us” and that they are united with us in prayer
and invoke God‟s blessing on us all. Donations to mid May 2004
total 250 MTL. This represents about 25% of the total donated to
the HIV/Aids Mission for the Year 2003.

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During April, our Refugee Fund was started in response to the
growing needs in Malta of individuals who have been provoked to
leave overseas homes due to horror, indignities and personal
violations suffered there. Remembering that Refugees are on our
shores in a struggle to avoid persecution at home, this Fund is
initiated to assist in overcoming some of their struggles here –
whether it be financial or whether it be with further humiliation to
convince others of the legitimacy of their claims.

When starting this Fund, regard was given to some issues to be
wary of. Considering that a Refugee has typically left family and
dear friends, left country of birth and ease of communicating in
mother tongue, left without means of financial support and often
left here in a legal quandary, more than a „monetary fund‟ was
really needed to overcome this loss of humanity and dignity. The
concern of easily becoming involved in support of a Refugee
whose status is regarded as illegal under Maltese Law was also
recognized. With this in mind, the Fund is prayerfully launched.
To date funds total about 150 Maltese Liri, of which 100 Maltese
Liri is a „seed-money‟ donation from St. Andrew‟s General Church
Funds. Monies of the Refugee Fund will be dispensed on a
discretionary basis with guidance of the Kirk Session

We are reminded of the continuing needs and of the commitment of
our church to support these Missions. As we pray for these
Missions, let us remember the needs of individual persons – their
financial and physical needs and their need for dignity, peace,
justice, friendship. In our giving, let us remember that giving is of
ourselves (our time, our talents) and of our resources, as unto the
Lord Himself.
“We are more the people He wants us to be, by this outworking of
our faith in the context of His church. This is our demonstration
that we are the people of God”. - Rev. David

Frank Wilmot


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Am I my brother‟s keeper?
Some of the most disturbing sights to have come out of the
catalogue of recent events in Iraq have been the photographs,
acknowledged to be genuine, showing the gross mistreatment
of Iraqi prisoners by US forces. Underlying the outcry is the
question, how is it that normally civilised human beings can
behave towards people in their power in the way that those
photographs depict? Does Christian faith have anything to say
to such a situation?

When we ask men and women to go to war, we ask them to
step outside the normal constraints on behaviour and to adopt
an abnormal frame of moral reference. We ask them to
change their view of some other human beings so radically
that what is normally totally unacceptable behaviour, i.e.
killing them, is not just sanctioned but is even encouraged.
This new attitude has to be shared by those not immediately
under threat, such as civilian populations and prison guards,
and unless it is strictly controlled by civil and military
authorities it leads to excesses. The problem is that to
overcome our normal constraints we have to depersonalize
our enemies. We have to turn our opponents into caricatures
and thus try to dehumanize them; think of fascist ideological
rantings about Jewish people. Once we start to think of our
opponents as somehow subhuman, as animals, it isn‟t long
before we feel able to treat them as such. Then it isn‟t long
before we can feel justified in dragging naked prisoners
around on the end of a leash.

Being aware of this insidious process, Christian ethics at its
best requires us to remember that our enemy remains our
brother. As is often the case for Christians, we are expected to
have the courage to be different and not to be swept along

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with the crowd. We are also asked to stand back and
remember that we are commanded to love our neighbour in
war as well as in peace. This is not to say that Christians have
to take some form of pacifist stance – some do but there is a
long and honourable tradition of Christians bearing arms and
fighting in wars. It is to say, however, that Christians who are
soldiers are expected to be soldiers of a different sort. If we
think there is some inherent paradox here, almost a
contradiction in terms, then we are right – there is.
Nevertheless, our enemy remains our brother and, as Cain
discovered, in God‟s eyes we remain our brothers‟ (and
sisters‟) keepers, however difficult it may be.
D.M.

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*Martin Luther said : “Nothing good ever comes to
violence.”
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PEACEMAKER

J.R. Miller calls the beatitude of Matt. 5:9 “an overlooked
beatitude.
“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called children of
God”
There are many people who are strife-makers rather than peace-
makers. They do not seek to heal estrangments between others.
Too often, when they find in anyone a grain of suspicion or dislike
of another they stimulate the evil growth.
Is it not time that we should become PEACEMAKERS in a world
where beauty is marred by so much strife?
May you experience the happiness of a peace-maker today!




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   THE PENSIONER‟S LAMENT

   Just a line to say I‟m living,
   That I‟m not amongst the dead,
   Though I‟m getting more forgetful,
   And more mixed up in the head.

   Sometimes I can‟t remember,
   When I stand at the foot of the stair,
   If I must go up for something,
   Or if I‟ve just come down from there.

   Before the fridge, so often,
   My mind is full of doubt.
   Have I just put the food away,
   Or come to take it out?

   At bed-time when it‟s dark outside,
   And I‟ve curlers on my head,
   I don‟t know if I‟m retiring,
   Or just getting out of bed.

   When it‟s my turn to write to you,
   And haven‟t – don‟t get sore,
   For I thought that I had written,
   And don‟t want to be a bore.

   So remember that I love you,
   And wish that you were here,
   But now it‟s nearly mail time.
   So I must say goodbye, my dear.

   Well, here I stand before the mail-box,
   With a face so very red,
   Instead of sending off your letter,
   I‟ve opened it instead.


   TAILPIECE….. (Let‟s hope we‟re not quite like this yet!)   Editor




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          PRAYER FOR PEACE.


Our Father, up in heaven,
Hear this fervent prayer……..
May the people of all nations be united in thy care,
For earth‟s peace and man‟s salvation can come only by thy grace,
And not through bombs and missiles and our quest for outer space…..
For until all men recognize that “the battle is the Lord‟s”
And peace on earth cannot be won with strategy and swords,
We will go on vainly fighting, as we have in ages past.
Finding only empty victories and a peace than cannot last……
But we‟ve grown so rich and mighty and so arrogantly strong.

We no longer ask in humbleness –
“God, show us where we‟re wrong”……
We have come to trust completely in the power of man-made things,
Unmindful of God‟s mighty power and that He is “KING OF KINGS‟….
We have turned our eyes away from Him to go our selfish way,
And money, power and pleasure are the gods we serve today…
And the good green earth God gave us to peacefully enjoy,
Through greed and fear and hatred we are seeking to destroy….
Oh, Father, up in heaven,
Stir and wake our sleeping souls,
Renew our faith and lift us up and give us higher goals,
And grant us heavenly guidance as war rages on.
For, more than guided missiles,
All the world needs guided men!

AMEN.




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