Some of you might remember the songs on the beach in Summer Mission led by the late Very Rev Sandy McDonald. Summertime was spent spreading the message at the seaside in word and song.
The Gospel song, ‘Love is a Flag Flying High‘ came back to me after seeing our new banner displayed at the front of Naseby.
Remember the words …
‘Love is a flag flying high from the castle of my heart, from the castle of my heart… that the King
is in residence there…’
Banners and flags are there to proclaim a message and our new banner speaks of the resumption of worship in the Naseby Park Sanctuary.
On August 23, for the first time in 5 months, we worshipped in the building. It has taken a long time to get there – too long in my opinion. Not the fault of our Risk Assessment Team but there are hoops to crawl through and hurdles to jump to satisfy a very restrictive and over-the-top government policy.
We worshipped well, despite the nonsensical limit of 50 people.
Now we are trying to build momentum in the Kingsborough Gardens Sanctuary, principally to allow us to worship on a Wednesday
However the same process that applies to the Naseby Park Sanctuary will apply in the most part, with slight variations: it will have to be approved by the Kirk Session and be passed by Presbytery.
Again these are only to allow us to worship.
The opening of the halls will follow on but I am sure you will understand the difference between opening for worship followed by a cleaning process in a space that will not be used for a week and a set of halls used by many different groups.
Our Zoom service has moved to 7pm. Please support what we are trying to do which is Sunday worship at 10.30am and the evening slot to try and meet everyone’s needs. I know the time is not suitable for everyone but we need to be flexible. It wasn’t that long ago that churches had an evening service – we’ve re-introduced one.
At the end of the day, we will get there and for one main reason, ‘There’s a flag flying high in the castle of my heart’, (and not on a building), ‘Christ is in residence there.’
Your friend and minister,
Click to download weekly reflection for Sunday 30 August 2020 (PDF):-
Rev Mackay’s weekly reflection is also accompanied by a piece from our musical director, Razvan Luculescu. This week, Razvan is playing The Living God.