Locum’s LetterSeptember 4, 2014
My Dear Friends in Max West,
If I learned anything by sitting for 7 hours a day for a week in June it was just how BIG a country Canada is. I could have gone to John O’Groats and back each day just travelling from one east coast city to another. Scotland could probably fit into Ontario alone about 3 times!! I suppose living in a small country tends to make us a little insular and it’s not easy to see the BIG picture of life beyond.
Could it be that we also have a tendency to do that in Church and even in our faith? We forget that we are a part of a world-wide Movement of Christian Believers in every part of the globe.
I visited the Chalmers Church in Quebec to see where it was the first Minister of Maxwelltown West had been tempted to leave here for (see the separate article and pictures for more details.) It made me realise what a small world it is but what a huge part in its development Scots people have played. Every time I opened my mouth, the Canadians latched onto the Scots accent and proudly claimed a Scots ancestor. How willing our forebears were to step out bravely into the unknown and what an impact so many of them made.
It makes us ask ourselves what kind of impact we are making as a Church in our community and beyond. Are we willing to put our faith on the line and go beyond our comfort zone to be missionaries for Christ wherever we have the opportunity?
This summer we have been looking at some of the Psalms. These wonderful, openhearted conversations with God, where joys and sorrows, hurts and heartaches, hopes and fears, praise and worship, the whole BIG picture of human living, is spelled out without censor! God so knows the BIG picture and amazingly He wants us to play our part in it, but He needs us to talk to Him and listen to Him and be prepared to act for Him.
Let us prayerfully open our minds and hearts to His Calling and His Guidance as Lively Living stones in Maxwelltown West. We truly believe He needs us all here to further the work of His Kingdom.
Let us look forward with courage and commitment.
As ever, with love and prayers,