Category: A word from our Minister

Christmas is coming!

At a recent Chaplaincy Team meeting for our Bishopbriggs Academy Christmas Service, the Chaplains were planning what to do this year. Each year it seems to me that Christmas comes around ever faster, and I have to begin my preparations earlier than I would like. We always like to review the TV ad campaigns of […]

Acceptance

Sometimes my opening article provokes a reaction from our readers, but not always. Last month having read about radical acceptance, a few members shared with me their experiences and difficulties in accepting the circumstances of their lives. One of our members has kindly agreed to me sharing their personal aphorisms which they have found helpful […]

…radical acceptance.

There is a prayer of thanksgiving for life which has the line, “We acknowledge with gladness that ever gracious love of God which with the gift of life freely gave also the greater gift of acceptance…” I have been thinking a lot about acceptance recently after I heard of a man who had undertaken a […]

…here’s looking at you

In my old barbers, as I sat in the barber’s chair looking at my reflection in the mirror, there was a small notice pinned to the top right corner, which read something like this: “Everyone brings joy to this shop some when they enter… others when they leave…” On Wednesday mornings during my Vestry hour, […]

We lay our broken world

In Church Hymnary 4 there is a lovely hymn (721) by Anna Briggs, entitled, “We lay our broken world” which is also the opening line. The hymn opens with a reflection on the state of our world, and an understanding that we must bring our brokenness to God. Looking around our present world, it would […]

In my spare time…

In my spare time I like to listen to popular music and occasionally still go to the odd ‘rock concert.’ Recently I was at the SSE Hydro to see Take That and I was recounting my concert experiences to one of our Elders who was explaining that after a Coldplay gig he’d been at (who […]

Worry

The original deadline date for articles for this magazine was the 23rd of April. On that day the 37th London Marathon was held. In the lead up to this event there was a lot of press coverage around issues of mental health. The principal charity for this year’s race was The Heads Together Campaign. The […]

We are watching?

Sunday night time TV viewing in the Manse has recently been dominated by two ‘medical’ drama programmes whose current series ended on March 12th. In “Call the Midwife”, all of human life is played out through the adaptation of the memoirs of Jennifer Worth set in East London in the last century. In the “The […]

Faith in humility

Recently I attended a meeting where we were asked to share memories of a friend and colleague who had died after a very short illness at the end of last year. Michael was a man whom I had not known for terribly long, but during our friendship he made a lasting impression upon me. He […]

Welcome Home

The picture above was the image that greeted my return to your midst on January 1st. 2017. What a wonderful, colourful welcome you extended to me as I came home after a four month absence. Included on the welcome banner, were a series of luggage tags with personal messages inscribed by many of you, members of the congregation.