Kirkin’ o’ tha Tratans

Don your kilt and tam and bring your tartan out of the closet. On Sunday, January 28th, we will celebrate Scottish heritage and especially symbols of various clans or families that have contributed to the life of this congregation.

One of the best stories of the power of families comes through in the book of Ruth. Dramatic plays have been based on these 85 verses.

Ruth's family treeChapter 1 sets the stage for this play. A famine in a town known as the House of Bread has forced a family from the clan known as Fruitfulness to flee to the fields of Moabites. God had warned the faithful to “never promote [the Moabites] welfare or their prosperity as long as you live.” Yet it was to these fields that a man known as God-is-King had taken his family. It was in these fields that their sons Sickness and Wasting married Moabite women. Faithful followers of God would not have been surprised that all three men had died before producing heirs having lived so closely with the Moabites. The widow, Pleasant, urged her widowed daughter-in-laws, Stiff-Neck and Companion, to return to their mothers. Companion resisted saying: “… Where you go I will go; … your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God. Where you die, I will die …” Thus Naomi and her Moabite daughter-in-law Ruth returned to Bethlehem not knowing how they would be received or if the famine in Bethlehem had ended.

Chapter 2, the focus for this Sunday’s sermon, demonstrates the power of family.

Come join us for pageantry and families at 10 AM on Sunday, January 28th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

A Tip for Parents

How we care for our families is a primary way that we demonstrate our faith to children.

People who don’t take care of their relatives, and especially their own families, have given up their faith. They are worse than someone who doesn’t have faith in the Lord.
—1 Timothy 5:8

I learned this from watching my mother care for her mother. When I had grown older I learned that they had a strained relationship from the time of my grandfather’s death. If my father had not invited my grandmother into our home, she might not have lived with us. Yet I never saw any open hostility between my mother and grandmother, only persistent care, even into their old age.

Talk with your children about how you take care of relatives, and especially those in your own household.

Robert Shaw
Pastor