Last Sunday our visiting preacher was Alan Donaldson, general secretary of the Baptist Union.
Alan spoke to us from 1 Peter 2 : 4-10. The people Peter was writing to were feeling like strangers in their own homeland. A bit like us in Scotland today. The country has changed and is changing so much. Do we as Christians still fit in? If Scotland becomes independent what place will there be for the church then? The church is already marginalised. People go shopping rather than go to church. However, just as Peter’s words encouraged those early Christians they can encourage us today.
In verse 5 Peter speaks of us as “living”. We are “Easter” people. Jesus conquered death and is alive and thereby so are we. Is there evidence of that? Are we living? Is it the right type of evidence that we are alive, ie are we snoring or are we vibrant? Are we stuck in our ways? Do we need new life about the place?
Peter also said that we are living stones. Think of a dry-stone dyke. The stones are all different shapes and sizes yet they all fit together to form a wall. Each one of us is uniquely shaped to do what God has called us to do. We are all individually shaped but as a team we fit together.
NewS from St James’
The 10.30 Eucharist was conducted by the Rector, Rev Maggie Jackson, who also preached on the Gospel for the day, Luke 24.13-35 – ‘The Road to Emmaus’
She drew out from the account the similarities between the experience of the two travellers and our own. Cleopas and his companion were disappointed: they had been swept up with the disciples and others in the experience of fellowship with Jesus. They had believed in the new life he had promised them and their hearts had been filled with joy and anticipation – and they thought this would go on for ever.
But now, they felt that with the crucifixion their dreams were dead. They just wanted to leave Jerusalem and go back to Emmaus. Then, on the way, they met a stranger who told them what they had missed and when they sat down to eat, they recognized him in the breaking of the bread – the role accorded to the honoured guest at a meal.
They were so filled with joy that they ran all the way back to Jerusalem to spread the word that they, too had seen the Risen Lord.
Maggie explained that when we lose heart, Jesus will come to us and walk with us, and when we face disappointments, troubles, fears, anxieties – when we ‘just can’t take it any more’ – he will meet us there. Even if we depart from him, he will be faithful.
Dunnottar and South Churches
Celebrating the third Sunday of Eastertide, Rev Rosslyn Duncan welcomed all to worship as our thoughts were directed to the call of ‘Christ triumphant ever reigning.’ Having read to us Luke’s account of The Walk To Emmaus she explained how the congregation like the early disciples are on a Walk of Faith, a walk where our Risen Lord can be met through scripture, through prayer, through sacrament and through the fellowship of His Church. In this meeting all are called to respond .... a response which leads to the call to witness and the call to love.
Just as Peter could be empowered by God’s Spirit to preach such a powerful sermon proclaiming the Risen Lord so we also through Christ’s Spirit may witness to Him in the world. Reflecting on that call to love as written in the letter of Peter, Rosslyn explained how this love goes far beyond any feeling of romantic or family love. It is a universal love which will flow through us as we reflect Christ’s love for humankind and for God’s creation. The beauty of this love of which Rosslyn spoke in her preaching could be so clearly seen as she moved forward to lead her congregation in prayers for the needs of our broken world.
Next Sunday worship at Dunnottar Church at 1030am will be led by the Rev Rosslyn Duncan.
Focus on Fetteresso
This week’s sermon dealt with the theme of ‘Sticky Faith.’
Reading from Deuteronomy (6:1-9), we thought about the need to pass on faith from generation to generation. Fyfe reminded us of the old days when children were segregated in Sunday School and took no part in the ‘grown up’ services. This can happen in other areas of life too. Being involved in all aspects of life helps children develop however. An African proverb says it takes a whole village to raise a child. It also takes a whole church to raise a believer. The writer of Deuteronomy wants us to impress our faith on our children and everyone around us – leaving a lasting effect. If we base ourselves on the teachings of Christ and share them with the children and young people in our lives we will create faith that sticks across the generations.
May 11 – 18 is Christian Aid week. Theme this year is Fear Less. At this time, 42 million people are displaced due to conflict and war worldwide. Christian Aid is raising money to support work to restore peace so those families can return home without fear. The church will be collecting money to support this cause. Find out about all the activities by visiting our website at http://fetteresso.org/