Last weekend I spent an enjoyable time with Revd William Young and his two churches in the Glasgow area: Clydebank Morison Memorial Church and Drumchapel Essenside Church. The previous weekend had been the 125th Anniversary for Morison Memorial, celebrated with the help of Douglas McAllister, the Provost of West Dunbartonshire, and Revd Dr David Pickering, the Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland. I guess they might be feeling moderatored out!
An honour certainly, to be invited to a reception for Church Leaders given by Prime Minister, Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. Before attending, I had opportunity to attend Eucharist at Westminster Abbey. I prayed in the garden of St. Catherine’s, where in the former monastery, where Henry III committed himself to Magna Carta, and then I looked up to see Big Ben above the roof-line – here is the close relationship between our Christian Faith and the history of government. Just before the service, I spoke with the presiding minister, telling him I was going to the reception. In the prayers for the world, he included special prayers for the P.M. and for the denominational leaders. I thought that was very special, and I felt like so many people do, when they hear we have included them in our church services. As prime minister, Mrs May needs our prayers, and Scripture calls us to pray for our leaders.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people —for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
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Recently I spent an enlightening morning with the Rural Ministries team based in the Arthur Rank Centre just outside Coventry. I was impressed by the work they do to help Christians rejuvenate rural churches in a holistic way; covering everything from mission to economic development: returning the church to its position as the centre of the community (and hopefully returning Christ to his position in the centre of our lives also). Despite being a small team their work is really high quality. Some of you may already know that the URC and the Methodist Church jointly fund a full time post (the National Rural Officer) supporting rural ministry as part of the Germinate organisation (www.Germinate.net). At present this role is fulfilled by Revd Elizabeth Clarke, a Methodist minister.