From The Manse

 

 

Dear Friends

We are embarking on a new session in the life of the Church. It is a good time to recommit ourselves to God and to reaffirm the promises we made when we publicly confessed our faith.

One of the promises is to join regularly with our fellow Christians in worship on a Sunday and another is to serve God in our daily lives.

Coming together week by week should be something we look forward too. It is an opportunity to hear God’s Word and to praise Him. It also is an opportunity to be ourselves and to be open to what God can do for us.

I like this quote‘Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing’.

The bell in the tower of St Ninians dates from 1655. In the present tower and the one previous to it, the bell has called people to worship for over 360 years. In times of joy and sorrow, health and sickness, faith and doubt, people have come. In these times of challenge and change, let us keep the faith and gladly echo the words of the Psalmist;

I was glad when they said to me ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’

To serve God in our daily lives is part and parcel of our calling. In His parables, Jesus gives us insight into the lives He expects us to live. He calls us to be a good neighbour to all who are in need and to speak up for those whose voice is often unheard. His teaching with its focus on being kind and showing compassion is as relevant as ever today.

I would like to quote from a pastoral letter written by my good friend, The Rev Colin Renwick of Dunblane Cathedral;

To have the gift of a voice and the privilege of being heard is to be truly blessed, but it is a blessing that carries a challenge and responsibility. The words of the Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller, an outspoken critic of Adolf Hitler who spent seven years in Nazi concentration camps, have lost nothing of their force:

‘First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me’.

Let us be faithful to our calling and go into this new session with renewed commitment to serve God in the Church and in the World.

With warm good wishes,

Your Friend and Minister,

Gary J McIntyre

 

GOD’S BLESSING

May God’s blessing find you each day.

May the angels protect you as you travel on your way.

May heaven’s light shine upon you and fill your heart with song.

May God’s love heal you and make you feel strong.

May you always look with hope on the path that lies ahead and may friendship journey with you wherever you’re led.

May you always know the comfort of happiness and peace.

And may your faith in yourself and God never dwindle or cease.