Letter from our LocumSeptember 4, 2013
My Dear friends in Max West,
You will see from the update from our Interim Moderator the ongoing problems and processes our Session is faced with as we seek to find, with Presbytery, an acceptable way forward for Maxwelltown West in calling a new Minister.
With the huge dearth of Ministers and continuing financial constraints in the Church in general, all kinds of measures are being considered to resolve the problems. Things sadly “ain’t what they used to be!!”
The reluctant acceptance by Session of the only real offer by the Ministry and Resources Committee of a 7 year reviewable tenure may not be what we hoped for but after all this time of stalemate it is perhaps our best hope of proceeding on our own to try to call our own Minister. And hopefully after the next meeting of Presbytery at the end of September, if approved, we might begin that process. We accept that in the future adjustment may have to be made. So, with a glimmer of light on the horizon to lift our spirits we can go forward in faith.
Perhaps it is appropriate that this summer series has been looking at the beautiful letter from Paul to his beloved Church in Philippi. It is a letter of joy and there are so many parts of it that we might take and hold for ourselves. Let me pick out just a few.
Chapter 1: “I thank my God every time I remember you; in all my prayers I pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel.” Is this not the very essence of our commitment – to be partners in spreading and living the Gospel? Then a word of great encouragement – “being confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” Christ is not going to walk away from us as He will bring His work in us to completion.
Then in chapter 2: ”If you have found encouragement in being united with Christ then try to imitate His behaviour.” Our attitude should be as His. And at verse 12, the great exhortation of John Calvin – ”work out your own salvation for it is God who is working in you according to His good purpose.” We need to keep active in faith and service – our part in God’s agreement.
In chapter 3: ”Forgetting what lies behind and straining to what lies ahead to win the prize in Christ.” We dare not harp back to the past, but strive to our future.
“Be anxious for nothing but take everything in prayer, with thanksgiving, to God.” He alone can give us the strength we need and finally the wonderful Blessing we will find “the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
There is nothing I can add to these wonderful words. Read them often, pray consistently and let us together work towards the goal Christ has in mind for us.