New Year Message from our Interim Moderator – Rev John Morrison

New Year message January 2021

The beginning of a new year is always a time of reflection and forward thinking.  We look back at what we have achieved, enjoyed and endured in the year just past and look forward to what we eagerly anticipate in the year to come.

For us as Christians that should always be done bearing in mind that, no matter how we view or interpret what has happened, the one who created and is indeed still in charge of this world is working out his purposes as he weaves the tapestry of life around us.

As a congregation, a nation and indeed as a world we have endured and experienced much this year that has been to a large extent alien to us before now.

Yet in and through it all the patterns of life continue.  Children are born, people get ill, some recover and some do not.  We give thanks for recovery and mourn our loss.

The stresses and strains of everyday existence are with us, though in this particular year much magnified by the impact of this pandemic upon us.  Pressures over wealth, wages, jobs, homes all there day by day and their impact on health, relationships and so on affecting us all one way or another.

Yet in other ways it has enabled us to reflect on what is important to us in life; what means most to us when we take the time to realise how fragile our grip is on all things material and worldly.

Bearing all that in mind I would suggest the most important thing we can do is to remember that God is constant, unchanged by pandemic or mood; as trustworthy today as he was yesterday or centuries ago.

What he has promised he will fulfil.  No matter how bleak a picture society paints of itself, no matter what science says the lord our God promised salvation in Jesus Christ to all who would believe in him as saviour.

The celebrations of his birth are a reminder to us that this promise was fulfilled and it is a reminder to us also that he will never fail to fulfil what he has said will happen.

Because of this we look forward in trust and in the sure hope that Jesus Christ will return to claim this world for his own and to take all who believe and trust in him into his father’s presence.

This time will be according to God’s divine will and none other can change that.

So while we recognise our need to follow the rules, to do the right things in our daily life we do so trusting in and believing in the God who knows us, loves us and will lead us when the time is right into his glory.

Isa 12:2

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

I wish to you all every blessing for the New Year

Rev John Morrison

Interim moderator