Author: Ian Taylor

20 + C + M + B + 20

The more observant worshippers on January 5th 2020 may have entered the Church and noticed a chalked ‘code’ on the threshold to our building. “But what does it mean?” one of our members asked me. At the meeting of the Presbytery of Glasgow in December 2019, the Moderator, Rev. Dan Carmichael (Minister of Lenzie Union […]

Future Focus

In September of this year, office- bearers and members of the congregation attended a series of three meetings with our Parish Grouping friends from Cadder and Kenmure Churches, led by Robbie Morrison, a Mission and Discipleship Facilitator. The purpose of these meetings was to look towards our common shared purposes and to create a vision […]

Letter from our Minister

“The Lord may give you the bread of adversity and water of affliction, but he who teaches you will no longer keep himself out of sight, but with your own eyes you will see him.” (REB Isaiah 30:20) Just before I went off on my summer holidays, a dear friend who should have been looking […]

Proverbs 26:17, 20-22

17 Like somebody who takes a passing dog by the ears is one who meddles in the quarrel of another. 20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarrelling ceases. 21 As charcoal is to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling […]

Letter from our Minister… USA

Recently, some of the local Ministers from Bishopbriggs Churches Together were meeting in our Church to plan our Easter Assembly for Bishopbriggs Academy as the school Chaplains. As we chatted over tea and coffee and shortbread, discussion centred on birthdays. One colleague told us that his birthday was 4th. July. “Get away, “said another colleague, […]

SPF

After Christmas all I seemed to notice once the January sales were over, were TV advertisements for summer holidays – often promising warmth and sunshine in foreign climes. Amid the January blues and chills, coughing and spluttering people, I could see why the advertisers were selling their wares, so to speak. Then amid the neaps […]

Bake a cake

A colleague who was originally a Minister in South Africa before settling in Scotland was recounting a story of a parishioner who following bereavement had lapsed into a very deep depression. Nothing he said or did seemed to help the lady recover from the death of her mother. In desperation, he contacted an old colleague […]

It’s getting dark again!

As we approach the end of British Summer Time, and we prepare for the clocks to go back, I am conscious that as my granny used to say, “the nights are fair drawin’ in.” Of course, we will all soon enough experience the darkness of winter nights, but I am aware that there are many […]

Bread and water of adversity

You will be familiar with the expression, ‘when life throws you a curved ball’ to indicate an unexpected event or series of circumstances that you experience. At times our lives can be quite settled and smooth and then something occurs to jeopardise our equilibrium. That might be hospital tests, bereavement, a change of job, or […]

Words from our Minister…

I have been watching an Australian-New Zealand comedy drama TV program, entitled ‘800 words.’ In it, George Turner is a popular columnist for a top selling Sydney newspaper, writing an article which he insists must be exactly 800 words. After his wife dies, over the internet and unseen, he buys a house in New Zealand […]