Locum’s LetterNovember 20, 2013
My Dear Friends in Max West
Well, at last, as a result of much perseverance, persuasion, prayer and the backing of some new members of the Committee, the Ministry and Resources Committee changed their recommendation to Presbytery from a 7 year Reviewable Tenure to an Unrestricted Call and well done to the over 40 of you who made the journey to Twynholm in support of that recommendation. Thanks be to God we are at least now on a level playing field with all the other vacancies here and around Scotland.
We are under no illusions that finding a Minister will be easy with around 200 vacancies Scotland wide, but we have to believe that what we are offering in Maxwelltown West is an attractive package – a (rare) single charge with manse and hall on site, within easy walking distance of a pleasant country town, a church in an acceptable financial state and with a loyal and hardworking congregation. But now the work can get under way and we must seriously all pray for the right people on the Nomination Committee and the right minister to apply.
As I write, we have just celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving and after several wet, long, lean years for the farming community, this year harvest in the main has been abundant and a source of true thanksgiving. Maybe a parable there for us as we have waited long for the chance to move into the next stage in the life of our Congregation. Maybe it is also time for us to look at ourselves and see what kind of harvest, we as people can offer to God.
Hebrews tells us what to do. In chapter 10 we are encouraged to persevere and hold tightly to the hope we have in Christ, to think of ways to encourage one another, to let our good deeds be seen as our witness to others of our faith and to continue to worship together and not fall away as some are tempted to do and to be assured that all this is promised as we wait for Christ to Come again.
We look forward to Christmas, the manifestation in the flesh of God’s promise of hope to all mankind. Let us rejoice and be glad together in His service and with love,