Weekly Update - 9th April
Dear sisters and brothers
On Easter Sunday afternoon 25 of us had the joy of gathering in Cairncry Centre for what we hope will not only be the first of regular Sunday afternoon services, but will also be the start of a slow return of more and more people worshiping together, not only in the Centre but eventually in Woodhill Court and Stocket Grange as well. It is, of course, fitting that Easter Sunday should feel like a new beginning because that is exactly what Easter represents to us. The resurrection of Jesus was a new beginning for the whole world and the events of Easter mark a new beginning for those of us who put our trust in him.
At Sunday’s service a new cross designed and made by Graham Douglas was used for the first time on the Communion Table. There is a story behind it. A little while ago we helped run regular youth evenings in the community with some of our more challenging young people. One evening a boy turned up with a long piece of metal that he had found and was threatening to do some damage with it. Graham managed to get a hold of the metal and took it home at the end of the evening so that he could dispose of it. It inspired him, however, and using his skill as a craftsman and welder he has been able to fashion a beautiful work of art. Graham managed to take something old and discarded, except when in the hands of someone bent on destruction, and transform it into a reminder of all that God has done for us. On the cross this is exactly what Jesus was doing, taking that which was broken and even dangerous, and transforming it into something wonderful: taking our lives and making them new.
And let us not forget that God is still doing that work through Jesus. That young boy, with all his challenges, is deeply loved by God. Each one of us, with all our flaws, is deeply loved by God. God is making all things new. As spring arrives and as the Covid 19 restrictions continue to ease, we have a little more hope and are glad of new beginnings: but our real hope and our real new beginning is always and only found in Jesus. Perhaps we can let that truth inspire us. Through prayer and loving our neighbours, each one of us can be involved in God’s skilful work of making beautiful new creations and transforming the world.
Don’t forget that if you would like to attend one of the Sunday afternoon services it is best to reserve a place by phoning Fiona on 01224 72345.
I want to thank all those who felt able to generously respond to the Church financial statement that was put out a few weeks ago. I also want to thank all those who continue to reach out to offer care and support to one another. If you are in any sort of need at all, or would simply like to talk, please do get in touch with me. May you continue to know the life transforming power of the resurrection at work in your life and be filled with the glorious love of God.
With love from Sarah and myself,
Rev. Ian Aitken
52 Ashgrove Road West
Tel. 01224 686929
Aberdeen: Stockethill Church of Scotland
Scottish Charity Number - SC030587