Message from our MinisterAugust 24, 2016
The disciples’ encounter with Jesus as they walked along the road to Emmaus reveals a number of different things for us. Firstly the disciples were downbeat and maybe disillusioned; they had seen their Teacher and Leader die on the Cross and for them it seemed all over with nothing to do but to go back to where they had excitedly left to follow Jesus. For them, everything had changed and then had been cruelly snatched away from them as Jesus hung on that cross.
Secondly though, for us as it was for them, this encounter begins a promise of hope in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. That promise includes eternal life and forgiveness of sin. We can be, and are, new every morning through Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, should we just respond to God’s saving grace: “repent and believe in the Good News.” (Mark 1:15)
As the disciples walked, even as they walked away, God revealed Himself to these two disciples through Jesus. But it was in the familiar that they recognised Jesus; they invited this traveller to stay and eat with them at the end of the day. Recognition dawned as they watched Jesus take bread, give thanks and break it. And in that moment Jesus vanished from sight. The two disciples returned to Jerusalem to declare that they too had seen Jesus.
These two disciples were on a road remembering, a road taking them away from all that had been going on and consigning everything Jesus had done to some period of time. As they reflected on the journey, Jesus engaged them in discussion and it was after His revelation that they, like the other disciples, began to realise that this was not the end of a story but the opening of a new chapter – a time when Jesus had brought eternal life and forgiveness of sins: it was a time when Jesus had brought God’s love, grace and mercy to the world and redeemed His people.
Fast forward to 2016 and we find ourselves on a road remembering and reflecting on the story of what has been in the life of Maxwelltown West Church. As we celebrate that history of God’s faithfulness we can also explore how God is revealing Himself to us today.
Take the opportunity of a revised Alpha course at Max West between October and December. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done it before, you’ll not have done it with everyone else who will be there. Join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church building in the Emily Smith Concert or the Alistair McDonald Concert, or come to the Edenbank Hotel and listen to the Very Rev. John Chalmers speak about issues of membership in the Church of Scotland. And join us at 3pm on Sunday 20th November 2016 as we worship God and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the building with the Right Rev. Russell Barr, Moderator to the General Assembly.
We’ll remember all that has been, especially the ministry of Rev. Gordon Savage, and look to the future with Path of Renewal. There’s all this and more…
Every Blessing, Dave