Minister’s Message


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Mar 2020
Ministers March 2020 Message

Dear Friends, Since early times Lent, which begins on 26th February this year, has been a time of preparation that looks forward to Easter and a time when people give things up, such as chocolate, cakes, sweets or alcohol and sometimes something different like watching television or buying something new to wear. The idea of giving something up is meant to be a way of identifying with Jesus experience in the wilderness for 40 days as he prepared for his public ministry. Giving things up, when we have plenty of things available......

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Feb 2020
Ministers February 2020 Message

Dear Friends, On the final Sunday of 2019, I referred to the song ‘So, this is Christmas’ by written by Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1971. The song like the other Lennon song “Imagine” was a protest song against war and terror but it was also a song of hope which asked people a vital question “What have you done?” “So, this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over And a new one just begun” “What have you done?” is a question many ask, as one year closes......

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Dec 2019
Ministers December 2019 Message

When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth. That is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings.” Genesis 9:16-17 Dear Friends, In these Advent weeks when advertisers on TV keep telling us it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s not actually the most wonderful time of year for everyone: not when there is going to be an empty chair at a Christmas dinner table; not without a familiar voice......

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Nov 2019
Alasdair Gray Mural at Greenbank Parish Church Clarkston

Dear Friends, In his book, ‘A Life In Pictures’, a book donated to Greenbank by one of one of our late elders, Ken McKenzie, Alasdair Gray records his life as an artist.  For those interested in looking at it, the book can usually be found on the organ in the sanctuary.  In one part of the book, Gray writes about being homeless and working at Greenbank for months, spending his nights in a sleeping bag on the vestry floor, until he was ejected when he broke the toilet there after trying to......

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Sep 2019
Ministers September 2019 Message

Dear Friends, Every September, I am always reminded of how so much more goes on at Greenbank than what is seen on a Sunday morning. Hundreds of people come through the doors of our church and halls in the autumn and winter months and the many activities in which they participate are listed at the back of this Good Neighbour. The majority of those activities are dependent on volunteers; like the Lunch Club which takes place on the last Friday of the month, the Saturday night Youth Club and youth organisations such......

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Jun 2019
Minister's June 2019 Message

Dear Friends, In these weeks after Easter we remember the question Jesus asked Peter after his resurrection, ‘Do you love me?’ Three times Peter answered, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you” and Jesus final words to Peter were: “Follow me” . Peter’s affirmative response meant that he had to turn himself from a focus on the past and commit himself to a way of living that made his love for Jesus the central and guiding principle of not only his own life but also the central and guiding......

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May 2019
Ministers May 2019 Message

Dear Friends, I can’t believe that we have reached May already. It feels like we have gone from Christmas to Easter at an alarming rate this year. Whilst the months seem to be speeding ahead, some plans that I had at the beginning of the year seem to be moving very slowly, much slower than I had anticipated. Perhaps that’s because nowadays I am so used to immediate results, like taking photographs at events and celebrations that I can share with friends and family straight away, or sending text messages expecting an......

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Apr 2019
Minister's April Message

Dear Friends, The Apostle Paul wrote, ‘When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways’. . I don’t know who he was referring to but I happen to know lots of adults who still hold on to childish ways. I am thinking especially of all the people here at Greenbank who are getting ready for our annual holiday club for P1 to P7 children in the second week of......

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Mar 2019
Forty days - Forty Items at Greenbank Church

Dear Friends, The season of Lent, which begins on 6th March this year is the period leading up to Easter in which we are encouraged to focus our attention on the self-sacrifice of Jesus and rid ourselves of those things that make us fall short of what we are meant to be as His followers. For some, this simply means fasting or abstaining from luxuries. For others, rather than giving something up it means taking something on. Recently I came across a ‘Forty Days Lenten Challenge’ called ‘Forty Days – Forty Items’.......

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Feb 2019
Minister's February Message

Dear Friends, At our Christmas watchnight service, it was wonderful to be reacquainted with the many familiar faces of so many of the children who have attended our Sunday Clubs during the time that I have been the minister here at Greenbank. Although I was really happy to see them all again, meeting them made me think about how time moves on so quickly and the future, which once seemed to stretch out before me in the distance, is now beginning to seem much shorter than I once imagined.......

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