View FromThe Manse
From the Minister of St James’- Peter Webster
Those of you with a free bus pass no doubt feel it is a great benefit to you.
The other day having gone to my destination I was returning and saw that I had ten minutes to wait on the bus. I chose to walk and by the time the bus passed I was nearly home. The walk certainly did me more good than standing waiting.
Our situation as we head towards union in Portobello and Joppa gives us choices too. We can stand still and wait to be carried to a destination that may not satisfy anyone or we can get involved in choosing what and how we are going to be Church for the area.
The three congregations will make choices after informed research helps to reach decisions on the way forward. If we have the faith to trust that God will guide us we too could find we are nearly home and ready to do what we can to be an effective witness for Christ in our local area.
God Bless you all on the Journey
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Wimbledon is on as I write this and Laura Robson is doing what we British are experts at; that is putting us through the wringer. She lost the first set 6 games to 1 before digging deep to win the next two sets and progress to the fourth round.
One of the good things about tennis is that until the last point is played either player can still win. This is unlike football where if you are 6 goals down with 1 minute to play it is impossible to win.
Tennis gives us a good example of how no matter how difficult a situation is if we stick with it we can still come through.
The Christian Faith tells us that same message. Keep faith in the God who made heaven and earth and who loves each of us. He is always with us through thick and thin and if we keep faith in him we cannot lose even if we’ll only realize this in eternity.
The future of the Church (that’s you and me) is perhaps uncertain but keep the faith and see where God takes us
God Bless you all
The bowling season has started again and I hope to have my first game before you read this. It is a league match against Tramways Bowling Club. This club originally drew much of its members from those who worked on the trams, the drivers and conductors. Perhaps my grandfather was among them as he was a conductor.
Strange but to many in the future this will relate to the new tram system and they may not realize that there have been trams in the past. So much of life seems to go in cycles.
We see it as schools are built and the demolished as numbers decline only for a new school to be built when the numbers of children increases again. The Church of Scotland is facing the possibility of the biggest split since 1834 when it experienced the disruption over the congregation’s right to call the minister of their choosing.
The Christian Church must try to remember that it is supposed to be following Christ and I don’t believe he ever went round in circles. He would want us to constantly be looking forward, doing what we can to progress God’s Kingdom in a world that needs direction.
May we all have faith to believe that where Jesus leads we will not stumble or fall