2016

Parish Magazines: March – April – May 2016

Parish Magazines: March – April – May 2016

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Curate’s Corner: June – July – August 2016

Curate’s Corner: June – July – August 2016

This year as many of you will be aware, has been designated in our Diocese as a year of opportunity. A year when we pay special attention to mission, children and generosity. So what opportunities do you and I have this year? For me, children have become very important, especially one small boy born just outside Glasgow, as Marlyn and I have become grandparents to wee Jack. Over the years we will have the opportunity to help shape a new life, along with the parents and many others of course. We are very excited as I am sure any of you who have experienced the birth of grandchildren will understand. I am also about to retire after almost 44 years as a Civil Servant. Less pay but more time to do other things and be generous with my time! I am looking forward to what God has in store for me and my family as I try and do what he knows is best for me. Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes what initially can seem like a problem can become an opportunity. So for example miss a bus and end up talking to someone who you are able to help with a problem. Or getting sick – but see a TV programme that guides you with an issue you have had difficulty resolving. Simple things like helping a neighbour, giving folks a lift to church and so on can make a big difference to our neighbours. Opportunities to be generous, to help children or to talk about our faith will always crop up, if we are open to recognising them and acting on them. So this summer, look around and seize opportunities as they arise. Use your own special gifts and talents to engage with the world and spread the word. This is God’s world and we are an integral part of it. As we show God’s love, others will be drawn to faith and our community will be enriched. Lives given over to God will also of course be guaranteed to be with our Lord forever. May you feel blessed this summer....

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From The Rector: June – July – August 2016

From The Rector: June – July – August 2016

What a difference it would make if we were to genuinely and regularly surrender to the joy of generosity and I am not just speaking about financially. I love this quote by someone called Camilia E Kimball : Never Suppress a Generous Thought. Are we a big hearted and unselfish people or do we just do, trust, or carelessly expect other people to do the right and considerate thing? We do not have to be materially rich to be an imaginative, kind and loving human being. Many people have a deep hunger for love, acceptance and genuine care and if we love God as we claim to do then we have a calling and mission here and now. Our God is deeply concerned for those in the deepest need and either ask God to show us our part or we step out of the way, so we do not get in God’s way. Our Parish Development Team has been working and praying together through the themes of Mission, Generosity and Children and the result, at least in the short term, is a series of different events/activities. We hope these will capture all our imaginations. We also pray all of us will choose to be involved in whatever way we can. If you would like to support these different initiatives in any way please speak to Adam or myself. I want to also take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, challenge, wisdom, counsel, prayers and love. We all know that Social Media can be a mix of blessing and frustration but amongst others one image and quote stood out and I feel that it is worth sharing: “On the darkest days, when I feel inadequate, unloved and unworthy I remember whose daughter I am and I straighten my crown.” Unknown Be generous to yourself and to others, we need one another and have a responsibility to one another in Christ. With deep love, the Rectory family...

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Curate’s Corner: March – April – May 2016

Curate’s Corner: March – April – May 2016

It was Valentine’s day not so long ago and like many people my thoughts turned to love. More importantly, what should I get Marlyn? For the first time in my life I settled on a bunch of 12 roses, and as I write this wee note they are still alive and looking well. Love is a funny old thing though. On the soaps, people seem to fall into and out of love virtually every day and undying love lasts for a very short time. In real life, many people have fallen in love, got married only for things to go wrong. And so often our love seems to depend on how our other half responds! But imagine a love that has no boundaries, is endless, and absolutely unconditional. Imagine someone who loves you so much he will literally do anything to make it possible for you to have a relationship with him. No matter what you do or how you behave, you will always be loved. Right at the very beginning of time, when God made the universe and created mankind, he set in motion a plan to make it possible for us who are imperfect, to be made perfect and thus be with him forever. The plan is simple yet complex, easy but extremely hard. It involved God sending his only son to live a perfect life on earth and be put to death, then rising from the dead as a perfect sacrifice for all our failings. What love that is! And all we have to do is accept him as our Lord and Saviour. The bible tells us that if we confess with our mouth and believe with our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead we will be saved. ALL who call on the name of the Lord will be saved! No if’s – no but’s, no maybe’s. Simply a guarantee that we will be in paradise forever with our creator, the one who loves us so much he literally died for us. What a love, what a promise — how can we possibly say no? And when we realise how much we are loved, we can face anything the world may throw at us, because nothing can separate us from the love of God. What wonderful reassurance that is and I hope and pray you accept his love and then show that love to those around you. God bless,...

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From The Rector: March – April – May 2016

From The Rector: March – April – May 2016

Over the past few weeks I have listened to over 200 chapters of the bible from Genesis to the book of Joshua. Listening to David Suchet, (the actor Poirot) read has been a fantastic blessing – I love it. I love getting into the car and picking up the next part of the amazing journey with God and humanity. It is brilliant but it is challenging and particularly reading about the sacrificial system. All I can say is thank God for His precious son the Lord Jesus. Listen to the words of the book of Hebrews 5: 19ff. “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Lent, Holy week, and Easter presents us with still another window of opportunity to re-examine our priorities in this life. We are given an invitation to come and enter into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus the living Lord. No longer, like those living in old testament times, do we need a mediator. Christ through His death and resurrection has opened the way to God who is holy. This is a lovely time of year, Easter, Spring time moving into summer time. Please make the most of this life by seeking first the kingdom of God, in other words, sorting our priorities. Blessings for a Christ centred Easter, the Rectory family....

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