Weekly Update 29th May
Dear sisters and brothers
This coming Sunday is the great Christian celebration of Pentecost. It is often called the birthday of the Church and, like the best birthday parties, we would have been planning to come together to celebrate, rejoice and give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit who was given to the Church. On the first Pentecost the disciples were all together in one place in prayer. They were no doubt anxious and uncertain about what the future held, but they were also waiting for God to keep the promise Jesus had made. And when the Spirit came they were sent out into the streets and then scattered throughout the world to proclaim the good news in the power of the Spirit.
Like the disciples, we are experiencing a time of anxiety and uncertainty. How we long to be able to come together for such things as birthdays, celebrations, church services, or even just a nice cup of tea with a friend. But do we also long to be sent out to proclaim the gospel: do we long to be scattered far and wide in the power of the Holy Spirit?
We cannot be together just now, but we can still pray together. The attached Prayer News is designed to help us to pray collectively as a congregation and I would encourage you to use it. I would also encourage you to pray that God would continually fill us with the Holy Spirit and that in this time of waiting we would be being prepared, as a congregation and as individuals. Pray that we would be being prepared for the time when we will be able to come together again in worship; but also pray that would be being prepared for the new work which God may lead us into. And while we are waiting and praying, despite our anxiety and uncertainty, be assured that God keeps his promises, and that we need not be afraid.
To celebrate Pentecost we will be joining with congregations from across Scotland in a united Sunday morning service led by the Moderator of the General Assembly. Although it will be broadcast in several ways and at different times next Sunday morning, we will be broadcasting it at our usual time of 11am on our YouTube channel and on the phone. All you have to do is tune in as you normally do and, after a short introduction by myself, we will be able to join in with the service together.
Once again I have attached the songs that will be being used at the service, along with the Bible readings for the week and the events taking place in the church. As always, if we can be of any help at all, please contact me or one of the elders.
Paul writes in Ephesians 6, “Pray for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Let us keep one another in prayer, and be assured that Sarah and I are praying for you.
With our love,
Rev. Ian Aitken
52 Ashgrove Road West
Tel. 01224 686929