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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…….Love your neighbour as yourself.”  (Matthew 22: 37 & 39)

From our Interim Moderator

Dear friends,

At mid-day on Tuesday 4th October, I was given the privilege of leading worship in St. Giles’ Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh.  It’s something I never imagined I would do in my ministry, and it all seemed a bit surreal.  The occasion was the 133rd anniversary of the founding of The Boys’ Brigade by Sir William Alexander Smith.  It was a huge honour to be involved as Chaplain to B.B. Scotland.

As I looked around, I witnessed the splendour and grandeur of this ancient sanctuary, and was impressed by so much.  Did you know that the Communion Table is made from a single block of marble, which was specially imported from Italy?  So concerned were they that it would crack or chip when they laid it in place, they devised an ingenious way of gently allowing it to come to rest.  It was lowered on to a bed of ice.  As the ice melted, the Table came to rest so very gently and safely.  Yet, as captivated as I was with the building, for me, the day was truly about people. To stand in the pulpit (picture attached) and speak in the church where John Knox had preached was an awesome experience.  Aware that God’s people have worshipped on that site at The Royal Mile for almost 900 years was quite a humbling, yet uplifting, thing.  To welcome representatives from B.B. Companies around Scotland, including 2nd/4th Motherwell, as well as a B.B. Captain and his wife over from Hong Kong, not forgetting the chance to remember the pioneering spirit of Sir William Alexander Smith – all of this was very meaningful.

You see, ultimately, people are the most important thing in God’s Kingdom, not buildings.  Of course, bricks and mortar have their place.  They are a context in which worship and service are offered to the LORD.  Elsewhere in this magazine, you will see that the Elders of Airdrie: Cairnlea Parish Church made a decision on buildings at our most recent Kirk Session meeting.  It was an outcome, which resulted from much thought, prayer, consultation and discussion.  There is a sad aspect to that for those who were formerly part of Broomknoll Parish Church.  But, I trust we can all agree that there is also a hopeful side, and a future dimension?  The LORD is leading us forward, as His people and on His mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those in the wider community.  We are to be, as Scripture teaches, “living stones.”  Together, God is building us into a temple that will bring glory to His eternal name.


Yours in Christ,  

Derek W. Hughes