Minister’s Message


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Aug 2017
Greenbank Parish Church. Minister's September message

As we come to the end of summer, there is a definite chill in the air; the leaves are beginning to fall and foliage is becoming rich and varied, signalling the beginning of autumn. The changing of one season into the next reminds me of how time keeps rolling on as Greenbank moves into another new session of church activities in my 15th year as your Minister. The years have flown since I first came to Greenbank. As one year has changed into the next there have been many changes in my......

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01
May 2017
Minister's May Message

Dear Friends On Easter Sunday as we gathered as a church family for worship, it was wonderful to see all the children excitedly running round the sanctuary making Easter bonnets before they went to search for Easter eggs in the halls. After the Easter egg hunt I saw one three year old running up the aisle, bonnet askew with one of the adult leaders running after him, both of them filled with the delight and happiness of Easter morning and oblivious to the rest of us watching. Perhaps it’s a small thing......

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29
Mar 2017

Dear Friends, Nature offers me a reminder each year that Easter is just around the corner. First there are the snowdrops and crocuses in the manse garden and then the cherry trees begin to blossom into wonderful new life in the church ground. The link between the new life of Easter and spring is one that is often made by people of faith, because it seems to point to how Jesus’ death on the cross (winter) was miraculously transformed into new life (spring). It’s a good illustration, but for it to mean......

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09
Mar 2017

Dear Friends, Since the earliest times of the Christian Church there is evidence of some kind of Lenten preparation for Easter. The early church father, Irenaus of Lyons (c.130-c.200) wrote of this observance but back then it lasted only two or three days, not the 40 observed today. It wasn’t until almost 150 years later that a 40-day Lenten season of fasting was customary throughout the Church. How those 40 days were counted varied depending on location. In the East, fasting took place only on week days. The western church’s Lent was......

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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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