A word or two from Mairi

From "The Link" Parishes Newsletter, January, 2021
 

John Chapter 1 v 1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the

Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all

things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light

shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

I think this is one of the most powerful verses in the entire Bible. Here we see creation, the birth of Jesus and the trinity and we are not even passed verse five of the first chapter of John. As we draw 2020 to a close and look to the light of 2021 these 5 verses serve as a steadfast foundation as we move forward.

2020 is a year that we are still to find the exact words to portray what it has meant to each and every one of us, our thoughts, our feelings and how we understand life in all its joy, pain and complexities; today we stand on the threshold of a new year with everything that lies before us.

As our church doors were closed, our churches never closed but rather they flourished as we found new and exciting ways to “do church”. Skills we never knew we had emerged and grew into Zoom conferences and meetings, online church with music and videos that we have always wanted to use but never could, Zoom communion and so much more. 

We have found ourselves writing letters, picking up the phone and actually talking to people we never knew, although we really should have. We engaged more with the needs of our community rather than just church members and we have shared food, time, love and compassion. Our youth have come into their own with some amazing additions to our services throughout Advent and Christmas with a freshness, sincerity, strength and resilience we can all learn from. Boundaries have been pushed to their limits and so often we have found ourselves daring to go “off piste.”

As 2021 unwinds why don’t you dare to trust God more, read your Bible more, pray more and praise God more?

Join us in 2021 as we step out afresh in Christ and go where we have never dared go before

May I wish you much love and every blessing for 2021

Rev Mairi Perkins

01786 880948

mperkins@churchofscotland.org.uk

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Mairi with her husband Tony

and son Eoghan.