Jack’s Back Page for Sunday 7 November

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The Lord be with you. And also, with you. I trust I continue to find everyone still in good health and heart.

Last Tuesday evening, the Presbytery met online to conduct a very full agenda, that included me answering questions for about 15 minutes!

The following day, a letter from its Moderator, the Very Rev Dr Derek Browning, of Morningside Parish Church, was sent out to ministers, Session Clerks, treasurers and congregations. I have printed his letter in full below for your interest, and so that you might realise that your on-going generosity is being recognised, applauded and appreciated:

On behalf of the Presbytery, I am writing to thank you and your Congregation for your financial generosity and hard work. Over these last eighteen months we have endured so many challenges in the life of our Church. No part of life was left untouched, each and every one of us isolated, cut off from others, forced to stay at home. It has been an exceptionally tough time, whatever our circumstances have been at home, and the normal struggles of life have been exacerbated by lockdown. My prayers continue with everyone who has found these months particularly burdensome.

Our faith gives us strength, the kind of strength that will help us endure and move onwards. We look forward and we hope, and we continue to pray for a better country and a better planet, more able to fight infection and disease, and that our scientists and our leaders will guide us through. We also continue to pray for a fairer society where the resources that we hold are shared generously and imaginatively.

I write to thank the Treasurers and Congregations across our city for the sterling work you continue to do on behalf of our Church, and for the good work that your generosity contributes towards and makes possible. Our Church survives only through the generosity of each one of us, however big or small the gifts we make.

The days ahead will continue to be challenging for all of us, particularly as we await the Presbytery Plan for the future shape of Church and ministries. On behalf of the Presbytery of Edinburgh, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you, and to assure you of my continuing prayers as we move forward together.

One of the decisions made by the Presbytery last week was to approve our intention to advertise and fill the post of Well-Being Director. If you were to visit the website Good Moves, which specialises in advertising jobs within the charity sector you will see our advertisement, https://goodmoves.com/vacancy/a4s3z00000SfDLDAA3/Well-Being-Director and on our website details of the job description and application form Post of Well-Being Director – Polwarth Parish Church. If anyone in the congregation is aware of a person that might make a suitable candidate for the post do direct them to Good Moves and also our website for further information.

At the time of writing, COP26 is underway, the world leaders have gone home, the financial leaders have spoken, and outside the demonstrations, theatre and art by various advocacy and pressure groups are taking place. But yesterday, Saturday, 6 November had been flagged as the Global Day of Action on Climate Chane with huge marches taking place across the world, in the hope of forcing nations to make the necessary changes to reduce the effects of climate change on the world. As advertised on our intimations roll, we held a prayer vigil in our grounds in solidarity with the concerned people of the world. I will announce in church today whether it was met with any interest.

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. Our service begins at the earlier time of 10.45am that day, so that we can join the nation at 11am in the two-minute silence. Because of the concerns over COVID, we will not be asking everyone to gather in the vestibule at the end of the service to mark the laying of the wreath at the John Ker memorial. Rather, we are asking everyone to stay seated, only allowing those from John Ker to go out with me; but my microphone will relay my words into the sanctuary while a picture of the memorial is on screen.

Everyone will then be invited to leave the building to stand outside for the laying of the wreath at the Candlish Church memorial.

Until next week…The Lord bless you and keep you.

Daily Readings for the week beginning 8 November.

Mon: *; Psalm 139:1-10; Luke 17:1-6.

Tues: *; Psalm 34:2-3, 16-19; Luke 17:7-10.

Wed: *; Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7; Luke 17:11-19.

Thurs: *; Psalm 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175; Luke 17:20-25.

Fri: *; Psalm 19:2-5; Luke 17:26-37.

Sat: *; Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43; Luke 18:1-8.

*The reading is taken from the Apocrypha:  The Book of Wisdom


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