Faith notes

Last Saturday it rained in Ceduna.

The weather forecast said there was a five per cent chance of less than one millimetre of rain.

Yet there was the lightest of rain for the whole day and we ended up with just over six millimetres of rain.

Interestingly, the next day, Sunday, all the Ceduna churches combined for worship.

Part of the reason for getting together was to commission Avril Luke into the position of pastoral support worker at Ceduna Area School.

However, we also wanted to ask for God’s blessing on our land, its farms and for the forthcoming harvest.

The rains are looking a little late and it’s been a dry summer.

That rain yesterday was a real encouragement to us all.

We had planned this service for some weeks, yet no-one could have planned the rain the day before.

What an encouragement.

It was as if God was bringing to life that scripture that says: ‘If my people will who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face . . . , then I will hear from heaven then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

I’m in no way indicating that we have been deep in sin, however, God does want to bless us, and on this West Coast, this means to a large extent, our farmers and their land.

The atmosphere in the service was amazing, filled with unity and joy.

Afterwards several people said we need to do this more often.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with individual churches, however, there’s a real power when churches combine.

Prayer and worship is a powerful thing.

When God’s people get together in unity, He absolutely loves it, “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony . . . for there the LORD commanded the blessing” Blessing flows through unity.

Guys, I want to encourage you to continue to pray for our farmers and, even more, begin to thank God for the blessing that He’s about to pour on this West Coast.

Pastor Stuart McIlwraith

Oasis Christian Church