A busy time ahead

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Well the summer months are shaping up to be quite busy. Between life and life and more life... aye will be busy.

Good news is we welcome Darren Dods to Brechin as the City manager. It will make for an interesting time ahead since he was last playing for our best mates in Forfar - can’t wait to beat them in the new season.

On a mixed feelings list, I add my best wishes to Rev. David Mumford as he leaves Brechin for his retirement years. We had a lovely Evensong Evening this past Sunday to say farewell and wish him the best. A well attended service and a fitting ending to David’s ministry here in our fair City.

I have felt blessed to call him my friend and colleague over the past several years. As I told the folk present I tend to be a get up and preach kind of Christian and David has pointed out the beauty and joy of stopping and meditating on the Word of God and spending time in prayer.

His sense of worship has encouraged me, and the times we have had community services his taking time to reflect has been a reminder that Psalm 46:10 about “be still, and know that I am God...” is as important as Psalm 47:1 about “Shout to God with the voice of triumph.”

So can I say Thank you David for your time here in Brechin and may God bless you in the next part of your life and in any further ministry may you declare Jesus to the Glory of God in all you do.

I would add that I shall be praying that someone of a similar heart will come and fill his place.

So with all the busy times ahead it was nice to take an evening and listen to the songs sung, the scriptures and the prayers of confession read.

It was different for me in that many of the prayers and responses were done as song, so made it a different way of doing things. I guess though one must recall that the scriptures ere sung in the sense that the Psalms were sung by the entire congregation. So maybe something I’ll have to consider. I am not a singer as such but children don’t usually go screaming out of the room as I sing and we do manage to have a good sing along at Christmas Eve on the Square.

I was reminded of the Singer Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73 as he sang the lament and glory of God. I will leave you to look it up to read the entire Psalm but the verse that was the pivot point was verse 17 as the first part was a lament of how bad life seemed for him “Until I went into the sanctuary of God” this was followed by an explanation of what was to come for those who missed out on that presence of God and ends in verse 28: “But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works.”

So thanks David for the reminders over the years for me to come to God’s sanctuary...