Minister’s Message


01
Feb 2017

Dear Friends, The bible reading we read in church on New Year’s Day was the story of Simeon and Anna from Luke’s gospel. The example of Simeon and Anna urges us to keep trusting, confident that God is at work and that, in the fullness of time, his will shall be done. Simeon and Anna trusted in an outcome they would never see. They trusted Mary and Joseph to raise Jesus to be caring and loving; they trusted the world to accept the truth of Jesus’ identity; they trusted God’s purposes in......

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01
Dec 2016

Jeanne is away for a few days well-earned rest before the onslaught of  Christmas,  so we have decided to publish the following New Year message; This was written 100 years ago by the Rev James Fraser the Minister of Greenbank whose three sons were away at war. He wrote this, his 1917 New Year Letter: My Dear Friends, Just a word to wish you all the old, old wish “A Happy New Year”. But some may say in these troubled days of war when thousands of homes are in sorrow and anxiety is......

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01
Nov 2016

Dear Friends, As the clocks go back and the days become colder and darker we move into November which is the month of remembrance. On the first full weekend in November, here at Greenbank we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus. The cross and resurrection are the ultimate faith memory for those of us who are Jesus’ followers. In Jesus, God reveals the truths on which our faith and life is built. Yet, in spite of the importance of these truths, sometimes we forget them and that is why......

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01
Oct 2016

Dear Friends, On 1st October a candidate for full-time ordained ministry is coming to Greenbank to commence his first placement as part of the training requirements of the Church of Scotland. Every candidate for the full-time ordained ministry is required to complete four placements during their training. Two of these placements are part-time during the academic session (i.e. October to Pentecost); one is a 10-week full-time summer placement and the final placement, which commences after the completion of academic education, is a 15-month full-time probationary placement. The student coming to Greenbank is......

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01
Sep 2016

Dear Friends, This morning I visited Williamwood High School for the first time in this new session. This year I am the 4th year chaplain and our chaplaincy team have chosen the theme of “Better Together” for our series of Religions Observances in the school this year. At the morning assembly I spoke about the excitement and inspiration of the Rio Olympic Games in the last few weeks and how, apart from the medal winning performances, I had been drawn to the team spirit exemplified by many of the participating athletes. The......

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30
Jun 2016
Good Neighbour is Back!

Dear Friends, Summer holiday time is almost upon us and if you are having a holiday at home or away from home, I hope you have a lovely time this year. For the church, summer brings a change of pace as well as a change of seasons. Most of the organisations and groups that meet in the church halls during the winter months stop until the autumn. The summer weeks provide opportunities for leaders and helpers to look back and think about the success of their group and consider where changes could......

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31
May 2016

Dear Friends On Sunday 10th April I spoke in church about the loneliness that is an everyday fact of life for many people in our parish and how we, as a church, rarely think about or talk about loneliness even though the consequences can be alarming and even harmful. In our community, no age, marital or family stage is immune to loneliness. According the census statistics, 22% of the homes around our church have one person living in them and 15% of the parish population is elderly. These facts, along with the......

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30
Apr 2016

Dear Friends, When I returned from the Holy Land two years ago I was given a beautiful book called “The Cross – Meditations and Images”. Of all the world’s religious images, the Crossis the most enduring and widespread and it has been an inspiration to millions for over two thousand years. One of the reflections on the cross contained in the book which I found inspirational was written by a man called Richard Hobbs. Are you afraid to follow me to Calvary in case you are involved in something you cannot......

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01
Apr 2016

Dear Friends, When I returned from the Holy Land two years ago I was given a beautiful book called “The Cross – Meditations and Images”. Of all the world’s religious images, the Crossis the most enduring and widespread and it has been an inspiration to millions for over two thousand years. One of the reflections on the cross contained in the book which I found inspirational was written by a man called Richard Hobbs. Are you afraid to follow me to Calvary in case you are involved in something you cannot......

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28
Feb 2016

Dear Friends, One of my favourite books is ‘Pillars of the Earth’ written by Ken Follet. The story is set in the middle of 12th century England. Set against historical events, the book explores the development of the medieval architecture and building work which produced the great European Cathedrals. Ken Follet writes about the architects and builders taking a lifetime to build the Cathedrals without the technology we take for granted today. Most of the architects and builders didn’t live to see their buildings completed but many future generations, including ours, have......

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