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  • Apocryphal Bible Sudy?

    Today we had our first Bible Study exploring aspects of the apocrypha - it was, as it almost always is, the highlight of my week.  Five of us were able to gather and look at a few examples of writing from the apocrypha that have inspired hymn-writers...

    On the basis of our explorations we are ditching Psalm 151 and keeping Ecclesiasticus... next time one of the group members will lead a study looking at aspects of Tobit - should be good!

  • "I love my church"

    OK, ok, I know it isn't "my" church, it's Christ's church... it's the church of which I am part, and I love it.

    As we shared worship this morning people were loving, gracious and 'business as usual' with those they were pretty confident had voted differently from themselves because we know, we really know, that we are still who we are and we can do this.

    It's funny the things that stick in your mind, and I still carry in my heart a kernel of truth from the sermon at my (our) induction service - be kind to each other.  We do our best - sometimes we suceed, sometimes we fail but we know it's a good aim, so we keep on, keeping on.

    Another thing that came to mind this week, was something someone said to me on hearing of my cancer diagnosis four years ago which was, to the effect of "the only thing that has changed is that now you know".  Which was true.  And was not true.  Because knowing changed everything.  This morning "the only thing that had changed was that we knew the outcome of the referendum" and that changes everything... not suddenly and earth shatteringly, but now we know (as we would have done with a different outcome) where we are at this point in time.

    After the service several people thanked me for what I had shared (every prayer I used was borrowed, I wanted to avoid my biases (except in choosing) from emerging, or badly chosen words causing offence).

    I love my church because on the first Sunday after the referdendum, 'ayes' and 'noes' were distributed throughout the congregation, and two new students, who look like they might be settling with us, saw us at our best - loving, sincere, thoughtful, diverse, slightly eccentric (apparently, I've never noticed) aiming for inclusivity and trying our best to follow Jesus.  What's not to love?

  • Post Referendum Meditation

    This from here will be used in morning worship...


    A Post Referendum Meditation

    The cases were made, the arguments honed

    with anger, commitment, emotion, enthusiasm, passion, reason ...


    Promises and threats:

    the body personal and politic pummelled, enervated, engaged,

    strained by social and inner divisions and stretched by honest differences.


    The people of Scotland have voted: we have voted. I have voted.

    For our own many reasons we placed our crosses in one box not another

    For my reasons I placed my cross in one box not another.


    Some of us came to our decision with ease, some only `after long struggle.


    Reasons constitutional, emotional, historical, moral, political, religious, social

    Crosses placed angrily, economically, enthusiastically, fearfully, generously,

    hopefully, patriotically, rationally, regretfully ....


    ... and here we are today, tomorrow,

    living in the light and shade of this decision that we have made

    and others are witnessing.


    People have watched on as the votes were cast and counted, result delivered

    We are taking stock of our decision,

    We are responding emotionally, politically, personally, as individuals,

    families, neighbourhoods, nations, countries.


    We are feeling .....

    We are thinking ...

    And now? What next?

    We have voted

    Where do we go from here?

  • Glasgow 20th September 2014...

    It is true that a small number of extremists behaved extremely badly in Glasgow last night, and the media were there to ensure the world saw.  This is my response, after I went into town this afternoon.


    So where were the TV cameras, huh?

    I mean, there I was in central Glasgow this afternoon and...

    The sun was shining
    Some amazingly good buskers, busking
    People, shock horror, laughing and joking
    Doing their shopping (or getting their messages)
    Chatting to folk they knew
    Streets bustling with all kinds of people
    Going about their normal,
    Saturday lives

    A group of guys got on the subway train
    A little bit merry for early afternoon
    One carried an inflatable flamingo
    (No, I don't either)
    A mother explained to her excited son
    They were going the long way round
    Rather than just one stop

    Shocking! A normal, natural outbreak of humanity
    So where, I ask again, were the TV cameras?

    Don't let the actions of a few extremists colour your views

    "People Make Glasgow"

  • Grace

    That ill-defined, wonderful, tranformative entity...

    You can't own it

    You can't buy it

    You can't earn it

    You can't seek it

    You can't make it

    You can't measure it

    You can't bottle it


    You can, however

    Experience it

    Exude it

    Discover it


    Right now, what we need is to slow down, close our eyes, open our hearts and allow grace

    In whatever minisucle






    Form it takes


    And to let it








    us to move on


    May the grace of God be ours, today and everyday... Amen!