Week beginning: Sunday 17th May 2020
In these days when many are working from home, using Facetime or Zoom to see loved ones, the Church of Scotland has had to be inventive this week as it marked the installation of our new Moderator.
This year’s Assembly in Edinburgh was obviously cancelled but yesterday, Saturday 16th May, when it should have been beginning, a service was streamed online. With only a skeleton media crew, the outgoing Moderator, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair and his wife, our now new Moderator Rev Dr Martin Fair and his wife, and the Principal Clerk were present to mark the changeover.
Martin Fair is currently the minister of St Andrews Parish Church in Arbroath but he is a dear friend of one of our neighbouring churches, Thornliebank Parish Church where his father was an Elder, his mother was heavily involved in the Guild and he himself attended the Sunday School and youth fellowship. So he is a well known face to many in the southside!
Speaking ahead of the service, which is still available to view on the Church of Scotland website, Rev Dr Fair said: “Taking on the role was always going to be a challenge. But at least I had many others to follow and there was an established pattern. But no one has been this way before so I’m going to have to step out into new territory without a map. So for me, trusting in God to lead is where I’m at personally. And that perfectly mirrors the place of the Church as it looks toward a yet unknown future. I guess that’s what my year is going to be about, not what was planned.”
And so it is for us all, not being able to engage with the things we had planned – holidays, weddings, family gatherings, moving house etc however, in Jeremiah 29 v 11 we read 11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
This promise brings us comfort in these uncertain days. Our ways are not God’s ways and He is sovereign, He is in control.
If you are struggling emotionally or spiritually and find it difficult to trust that God is loving you, watching over you and has a plan for you or you are struggling in any way please do not hesitate to contact either Douglas, Kirsteen or Naomi simply to talk or for prayer. All calls/texts/emails will be treated in complete confidence. Please do not struggle alone. We have all experienced a huge range of emotions since lockdown started and sharing these concerns or fears can be hugely beneficial.
We mentioned last week that the grounds in Priesthill Road have been given a new lease of life thanks to some volunteers. We have since learned that all of this work has been done by Kim and John O’Donnell, Davie, our caretaker, and Heather Owens, and we are so grateful to them for undertaking this project. We look forward to the day when we are all back and can admire their handiwork.
We continue to celebrate our church family’s birthdays and anniversaries. Many happy returns to Ross Diamond who celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday, 11th May. Congratulations to Alan and Diane MacDonald who celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, 12th May.
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