A message from our MinisterFebruary 24, 2015
Jesus said to two of John the Baptist’s disciples, “Come and see” when they asked where He was staying. Philip was found by Jesus to whom He said, “Follow me”. Philip spoke to Nathaniel and told Nathaniel that they had found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law and about whom the prophets also wrote. Nathaniel asked Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” to which Philip replied, “Come and see”. This is all related in John 1:35-51.
So here’s the thing: we can find out what it is that Jesus was, and is about, what it is that God is doing in Dumfries, in Maxwelltown West Church, and in each of our lives, if we but come and see. That’s my focus for this year. As we explore Lent through a study series, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, we have the opportunity to come and see: see what Lent means, understand more of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension to be at the right hand of God the Father and to marvel at the grace of God who fulfilled His promise of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. As we come and see, we can also begin to know the grace and love of God and experience how we are continually transformed in and by His grace and love.
Our pattern of worship has grown and as we sit and see what God is doing, we will experience the blessing of our Heavenly Father who will nurture us and build us as church, the people of God.
Some may have noticed at the December celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper that the order of serving was different from what you have experienced. It’s simply because I believe that those who have the privilege of serving, should serve first and then receive. The Kirk Session recently agreed that two of the “carded Communion” services should be family services, so that the whole family can sit through the service and be ministered to by God through His table. Therefore the Communion services in March and September will be family services. Children of the church will also be able to receive the elements but only if they are sitting with their families and those who have responsibility for them allow them to take the bread and the wine, that is, grape juice.
I will be speaking more about this and what admission to the Lord’s table means and also enabling us to realise that there is a mystery at the table, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, which none of us can begin to fully understand.
At the beginning of this year, I am excited about what God is doing here. Come and see for yourself.
With every blessing,
There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the Scripture Readings and Sermon each Sunday through Lent. It’s a chance to dig a bit deeper into the Scriptures and discuss some of the points. It will start about 15-20 minutes after the close of the service, meeting in the Centenary Hall depending on numbers. Please take this chance to explore the scriptures a bit more.