Friends in both Congregations and those who join us from across the
and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
so wrote St Paul in those far-off New Testament days to the early
Christian communities as the Christian message reached new hearts to
offer hope and salvation. Today our hearts need that re-assuring
Gospel affirmation, that Christ is beside us, to comfort and restore
our very different context I wish also to encourage you as you Go
with God into new ventures, new expressions of faith, new opportunities for
service, worship and witness.
March our Church buildings have been closed, but our victorious,
infectious Faith has continued to flourish. These recent months have
been different and uncertain but, as regards Worship, have allowed
flexibility as I have explored new avenues to enable online
worship to be available each Sunday since Mothering Sunday,
March. Many of you have spoken and written about this new way being a
pointer to the future: and all of this has happened without worship
in a building: surely, when one considers that there are seven Church
of Scotland buildings in Perth, there is food for thought.
July, the government’s view, as with the Church of Scotland’s
direction and guidance policies, was that Churches could be re-opened
for Worship and private prayer, after protocols and procedures were
put in place at local levels, through Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions.
St John’s and St Leonard’s in the Fields Kirk Sessions discussed
the re-opening of their respective Church building.