Locum’s LetterMay 28, 2012
My Dear friends in Max West,
It was a year ago, on Palm Sunday 2011, that I was asked to step in to Max West on the departure of Rev. Colin Sutherland. The passage of time has not made the Ministry situation any clearer. Our prime care and concern is for the health and wellbeing of Gordon and we continue to hold him and all the family in our most ardent prayers. Our next care is for the wellbeing of the congregation and the life of the church here.
I am perpetually thrilled by the willingness of the congregation to rise to the many challenges which present themselves. With the loss of Rev. Sandy Geddes, over 40 housebound members were without a regular visitor. My suggestion of a Parish Visitors Group was readily agreed by the Session and my call for volunteers brought around ten offers. By the time this magazine goes to print, this scheme will be up and running and those housebound members who wish a visitor will have a new parish friend. It is right that we continue the church’s love and care for those no longer able to attend worship.
Our Good Companions Group has also reached out to our neighbours in Roseland House and a two-way friendship is being built up there. Residents are warmly invited to attend the Good Companions meetings. (Does anyone have, or know of, a small keyboard we might donate to Roseland?)
We also lost the services of Rachel Lyagoba, though happily for me, Rachel still shares the Assemblies at Laurieknowe Primary school. However, the young children in our midst at K-Max and J-Max are being wonderfully well served by Dawn, Chrissie and Sharon, helped when possible by Mary and it is a joy to have them present in Church and sharing in Family Services.
Sadly, with Alison being off, Y-Max is not in evidence in Church, although happily they still meet under the guidance of Sarah, whom we congratulate in being selected as Presbytery Youth Representative at this year’s General Assembly. I would welcome input from our teenagers, vocally or musically! Please encourage them to come to church.
This month we had the joy of having our new organ installed – made necessary by the prohibitive cost of restoring the old pipe organ. The new instrument is wonderful and we are so fortunate in having Stephen, ably backed by Alistair, as our organist. ‘Boys’ toys’ springs to mind as Stephen has to be forcibly dragged away from it!! The cost of £30,000 has been met from church funds and while fund raising will take place, if anyone would care to make a contribution towards this it would be hugely welcomed.
So Max West is moving onwards and outwards in many wonderful ways and I feel privileged to be part of it. Sharing in worship together Sunday by Sunday is a perpetual joy.
The beautiful Hymn we sang on Easter morning tells of the wonder of new Life in Christ.
“Now the Green blade riseth from the buried grain……
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.
When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again.”
This is the promise of the resurrection. In Christ there is always renewal.
If we put our faith and trust in Him, we move forward in hope and joy.
May God bless us all.