A letter from the MinisterSeptember 7, 2011
For me, this is a time for giving thanks, taking stock, and looking forward. Among those who have helped me through the period of ‘phased return’ to work have been Alison MacDonald (Y-Max), Rachel Lyagoba (school services), Liz Mack who has recently joined the congregation, our new printing team for the weekly Order of Service, and not least, Sandy Geddes, whose help and support to me and to the congregation have been invaluable. Thanks to all of these, and many others.
‘Taking stock’ means trying to assess where we are as a congregation, and where I am in terms of my ministry. As a worshipping community of God’s people in Maxwelltown West, I believe we are carrying out a faithful witness to our Christian faith, and we are stronger when we help each other through times of difficulty. Saying goodbye to Sandy and Elizabeth Geddes will be very hard for us; as a congregation, we have been enriched by Sandy’s ministry among us. For myself, accepting that I cannot pack as much into each day or each week as I used to, has not been easy: but that in itself may be to our advantage as a congregation, for we are learning to share more.
September sees the start of another Church year, and there is much to look forward to: the Harvest Carnival (11th Sept), organised jointly by the Presbytery and the Dumfries Christian Network; Presbytery Sunday (18th Sept) with the evening ‘Songs of Praise’ at Sanquhar; and our own Harvest Thanksgiving (25th Sept) are all events which remind us that we are part of a much wider Church … and that’s important. As we seek to do our best to worship God and serve Him in our daily lives, we do so as part of the great worldwide company of Christian folk. In the coming months, I pray that we may all be strengthened by the knowledge that we are part of God’s family, and will come to know him better.
May God bless you all,
Gordon M.A. Savage