For Sunday 24th October 2021, 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
As I write this, Glasgow and the rest of the United Kingdom are preparing for the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and I suspect we can all see why it is usually abbreviated to COP26!
However, the rather wordy title of this conference serves to underline how serious the subject matter is and I suspect it may prove to be the most significant international gathering in the history of the United Nations Organisation. At the same Prince William has launched the “Earthshot Prize” to encourage scientists. entrepreneurs, voluntary organisations, and others who are trying to find practical solutions to the various environmental problems currently facing our planet.
For Sunday 17th October 2021, 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Chewing the fat...
With his permission, I share reflections made this week by retired Church of Scotland minister, Revd David Donald Scott.
For Sunday 10th October 2021, 20th Sunday after Pentecost
For over forty years Prisons Week has prepared prayer literature for the Christian community to use as they pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons: prisoners and victims, their families, their communities, those working and volunteering in prisons and the criminal justice system. Those who organise Prisons Week request that we pray each day during Prisons Week but also ask ourselves whether there is one thing that we as an individual, or as a church, can do to help any of the people that we are praying for.
For Sunday 3rd October 2021, 19th Sunday after Pentecost
In the opening devotions at the Kirk Session last Friday evening, we heard the following questions in relation to our lives of faith – offered not as a manifesto, but as something to ponder:
“What could we say no to? If we didn’t do something, would that activity cease altogether, and if it did, would that be a problem? Or would it give a breathing space out of which something else might emerge?”
For Sunday 26th September 2021, 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:2
In August the Presbytery of England ordained Rev Dr Allan Wright to a pioneering ministry to the veterinary community of the Northeast of England. One definition of pioneer is, “a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.” This week I received the following thoughts on pioneering ministry.