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As we approach May, it is perhaps the most important month in the life of the national church. For it is during May that representatives from across the church convene in Edinburgh for the annual General Assembly. Here we will listen to the reports and findings from the church’s national committee’s, and hopefully we will hear how their work fits into the vision the Church of Scotland has to continue to bring the good news of the gospel to her people.

There is no doubt that certain headlines and debates have caught the public and media’s attention over recent years with sensational headlines claiming the church was being torn in two over theological differences.

It always saddens me that these seem to be the only stories the media are interested in now when it comes to reporting the church. Because, for those of us that watch or read the media, the headlines “Church decides to increase its work with the homeless or vulnerable.” Or “Church continues to preach the good news of a risen Jesus Christ” rarely makes the front page

And yet these are the very things that should be making the headlines. The good work that the church does in both reaching out to and supporting the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society and continuing to nurture and grow the faith of her members is what Jesus calls us to do as we continue to try and be more like him in our faith journeys. These are the real stories about the church that should be heard.

In today’s increasingly fractured society, it is more important than ever that the church focuses on what draws us together as a people not what divides us. And after the recent joint Holy Week services where the local Newton Mearns churches held a number of joint services across the grouping there was a real sense of belonging and togetherness as we came together to remember and celebrate what unites us, our love of Christ and of one another.

So, as some of you may sit and listen to, or watch online the daily business of the General Assembly, my prayer is that this year it will be a General Assembly that brings the Church of Scotland closer together, and allows us to continue to focus on the work each of us are called to do as part of the body of Christ here in Newton Mearns and Scotland.

Blessings
Rev Stuart Crawford

 
     
 
   
 

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