A message from our new MinisterDecember 12, 2014
It’s been a strange few years with a lot of change happening, even just thinking about the journey I’ve been on since retiring from the Police in January 2010; although maybe I need to include Maureen in this and say “we”. In the last few years, I’ve commuted to St. Andrews University to study, travelled to Perth to complete a part-time training placement, we’ve spent a summer on Islay as work experience, spent Christmas 2013 in the manse on Jura to conduct their services, stayed in Aberfoyle whilst I was locum there and then moved to Glasgow for 15 months as probationer at Balshagray Victoria Park Parish Church otherwise known as BVP. We’ve left behind the house in Dundee where we stayed since November 1986 and now I think we’re quite happy not to move furniture around for a long time (apart from the stuff we’ve not sorted out yet!).
My induction meant much more than just another service: for me, it marks a season where we can say “we’re here” and put behind us these last few years of travel and moving and spend a season with you all at Max West. I’ve no idea how long the season is, but I feel sure that, God willing, we won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. But I also know that in all this time of movement, God has been working within me and around me to lead us to you and that He’s been working in and around you to lead you to us.
Change and transformation is happening whether we like it or not but I hope we can “gently evolve” together. This will take time while we learn to understand who and whose we are. It’ll be a journey where we can all learn together and share together the joy and delight of being able to worship God in His grace and through His Spirit.
I give thanks to God for the ministries which have gone on before me. They are part of your story, chapters in the life of Max West and all those who are church here. We don’t start from scratch but we move from where we are now and journey forward knowing that Christ is walking alongside us and has gone ahead to show us the way. We can face that journey with certainty and confidence because of all that God the Father has done for us through His Son and in the gift of His Holy Spirit. As we move towards Advent and Christmas, let’s rejoice because we have a Saviour who leads us.