Thought for the month

Autumn 2018

A message from Duncan:

“Here I am [Lord]; send me!” Isaiah 6: 8

In my last letter I wrote about the many ways in which we are enabled to follow God’s call and the teaching of Jesus to live out our Christian faith through acts of loving service – following in the wonderful model of witness that has always been part of life at St Christopher’s Church. And of course all the new building developments will support this call to action even more in the future.

But we must never forget that the Church is not a faceless organisation that magically does things, runs projects, organises social events and so on, just like that. The Church is made up of many individuals. And it is each one of us, as individual people of faith whom God is calling into active service in His name. Of course, when we come together as fellow Christians into the body of Christ’s Church, that is the most powerful witness, but it still remains that we each need to hear and respond to that call ourselves.

The Old Testament prophet Isaiah, in one of his early visions written nearly 3,000 years ago in the book of the Bible bearing his name, does just that. He hears the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” and even though Isaiah recognises all his own inadequacies, he replies to God, “Here I am. Send me!”

There are, and will be, so many calls to loving service from God for each one of us to follow over the next few months and years. And, like Isaiah all those years ago, and just like so many Christians down through the ages, despite being all too aware of our own inadequacies we too must be able to say to God, “Here I am. Send me!” And if we say that corporately as Christ’s Church here in the heart of this wonderful Parish of Thornhill, then the response will be even greater.

I look forward to joining you all at the many events and activities already arranged over the coming weeks and months at St Christopher’s and around the parish – all featured on the What’s On page. And please be on the lookout for yet more exciting and new ventures that God has planned for us in the loving service of all His people.

With every blessing
and sincere thanks for everything
that each one of you already does
in love and service,