Saturday at GA
14 hours at the General Assembly today!!!
Time flies when you are enjoying yourself!
The day started with the Election of the new Moderator, John Chalmers and a welcome to Prince Edward the High Commissioner. Both spoke well and with real feeling about a vision for the national and international work of the CofS especially in relation to the relief of suffering and poverty – – often within our own communities.
Elaine Duncan for Scottish Bible Society spoke esp about the secular / spiritual divide. (She has 3/4 million Penny Gospels to give out at the Commonwealth Games) and the challenge to be real salt and real light in our world.
The report of the Panel on Review and Reform brought views on how to reach the whole of Scotland with the Gospel in different ways individual churches could choose. A “call to prayer” being fundamental.
The Council of Assembly who visited us recently about our contribution to our M&M allocation, re-iterated their desire to help congregations financially and pastorally. It was good to have the opportunity to thank them for their visit and support publicly – – my maiden speech!
An evangelical message and raison d’etre was apparent in many speeches both from Commissioners and the Conveyors of councils giving reports.
Somewhere there was a brief lunch and the late afternoon and evening were taken up with a service in which the retiring Moderator Lorna Hood reviewed her experiences visiting key areas where the church is actively at work both at home and abroad.
An interesting and eye-opening day! Met several people from Presbytery and elsewhere.