Sauchie & Fishcross UF Church

Newsletter Summer 2022

Dear Friends

If there is one thing we all share at this time it is the thought of endings.  I am writing this knowing that my time as your interim moderator is drawing to a close.  We look forward to the ending of the vacancy in the pastorate as we anticipate our new minister coming.

We are longing for the ending of the pandemic as not only restrictions end, but normality returns. Life will return to normal or is it the new normal?

Endings though can seem to suggest we view things negatively. Rather than endings we should look forward to beginnings.

A new ministry will begin in your midst and the life of the Church will recommence following all the restrictions. But will it be beginnings?  It suggests we are waiting in anticipation.  What about now?

The pastorate may have been vacant but the Church has not been.  Our activities may have been limited but fresh opportunities have presented themselves.

There is of course a time for waiting as we seek God's leading but that can become an excuse for inactivity.

In the book of Haggai the prophet challenged the people to get on with the task God had called them to.

This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'These people say, "The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord's house."' Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 'Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your panelled houses, while the house remains a ruin?'

Let us not fall into the trap of waiting for others but rise to the challenge of what God wants us to do now.

Are we as faithful at worship as we once were?  Are we in danger of seeing Church as a habit we have got out of the way of?  Now is the time for all of us to begin doing what we know God wants us to do.

Rev Martin Keane,

Interim Moderator