Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk Greyfriars Kirk is a place of worship, a space to celebrate the arts, events, and exhibitions, as well as being a well-known historical landmark for all ages.

Greyfriars Kirk is a place of worship, a place to celebrate the arts, events and exhibitions as being a well-known historical landmark for all ages.

Operating as usual

31/08/2021

MEET GEORGE who, in addition to being a Welcomer, is also our go to source for fun and interesting stories... ๐Ÿ’œ

We asked George to share some of his favourite memories since becoming a volunteer Welcomer and this one is our favourite! When was the last time you met a Disney ๐ŸŒŸ?

#VolunteerOpportunity #VolunteerEdinburgh

You could make unique memoires like this too! Visit our website to find out more about becoming a Welcomer ๐Ÿ‘‰http://ow.ly/cCBO50FW6Ew

30/08/2021

As part of our search for Welcomers, we wanted to introduce you to some of the wonderful people who currently #volunteer with us. Without further ado, MEET MAGGIE ๐Ÿ’œ

Maggie has been a Welcomer with us for 3-4 years and we're extremely grateful for everything she does. Here's what she has to say about the role and what she gets out of it.

If you're interested in becoming a Welcomer or want to find out more about the role, visit our website for more details ๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/nert50FW6e8

29/08/2021

ITS ALMOST TIME for our Sunday Service. Whether you're tuning into our live stream or joining us in person, we're glad to have you. Enjoy!

Today we will be streaming the service LIVE ON FACEBOOK at 11am. Be sure to tune in๐Ÿ’œ

You can catch any services you might have missed on our YouTube channel.

Tomorrows Sunday Service is a special one. Following for the TLC Urban Pilgrimage with Herstory, Greyfriars are hosting ...
28/08/2021

Tomorrows Sunday Service is a special one. Following for the TLC Urban Pilgrimage with Herstory, Greyfriars are hosting a service OUTSIDE at the usual time of 11am.

You can still join us via live stream which we will be doing through FACEBOOK - keep an eye out for us going LIVE tomorrow๐Ÿ‘€

Tomorrows Sunday Service is a special one. Following for the TLC Urban Pilgrimage with Herstory, Greyfriars are hosting a service OUTSIDE at the usual time of 11am.

You can still join us via live stream which we will be doing through FACEBOOK - keep an eye out for us going LIVE tomorrow๐Ÿ‘€

Who's ready for the weekend? We're open today 11am- 3pm and from the famous Kirkyard to our Kids Zone, there is somethin...
28/08/2021

Who's ready for the weekend?

We're open today 11am- 3pm and from the famous Kirkyard to our Kids Zone, there is something for everyone! We look forward to welcoming you... ๐Ÿ’œ

Who's ready for the weekend?

We're open today 11am- 3pm and from the famous Kirkyard to our Kids Zone, there is something for everyone! We look forward to welcoming you... ๐Ÿ’œ

Gaelic services are also available through our friends at St Columba  Gaelic Church in Glasgow. You can't find these on ...
27/08/2021

Gaelic services are also available through our friends at St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow. You can't find these on their YouTube channel ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/gaelicchurch

Gaelic services are also available through our friends at St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow. You can't find these on their YouTube channel ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/gaelicchurch

As a Welcomer, you have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and make their visit special! Help people...
27/08/2021

As a Welcomer, you have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and make their visit special! Help people make happy memories and apply as a Welcomer here ๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/7svZ50FW5TI

As a Welcomer, you have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and make their visit special! Help people make happy memories and apply as a Welcomer here ๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/7svZ50FW5TI

26/08/2021

VOLUNUTEER WITH US...

Whilst the Kirk itself is the โค๏ธ of our operations, we also host arts and cultural events, are part of a growing community and serve as a historical landmark in the heart of Edinburghโ€™s Old Town. Be part of our team by applying as a Welcomer. Need more information? Find it here๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/N4BZ50FW5CZ

Join us today at the usual time of 1:10pm for Midweek Prayers ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’œ
26/08/2021

Join us today at the usual time of 1:10pm for Midweek Prayers ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’œ

Join us today at the usual time of 1:10pm for Midweek Prayers ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’œ

We're OPEN to visitors today from 11am - 3pm. See you there! ๐Ÿ’œ
26/08/2021

We're OPEN to visitors today from 11am - 3pm. See you there! ๐Ÿ’œ

We're OPEN to visitors today from 11am - 3pm. See you there! ๐Ÿ’œ

25/08/2021

WE NEED YOU...

Do you like interacting with people from all over the world? Are you passionate about Edinburghโ€™s history? You could be the perfect Welcomer to join our team. ๐Ÿคฉ

What is a Welcomer? Welcomers act as the first friendly face to people visiting the Kirk. They play an essential role in personalising the experience for each person or group, by sharing information relevant to their interests and offering a variety of โ€˜insiderโ€™ knowledge.

If this sounds like you, weโ€™d love to hear from you! Find out more here๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/ENRO50FW52O

Join us tomorrow  for a special Greyfriars At 12 concert with Richard Beauchamp who will be delivering a piano recital. ...
25/08/2021

Join us tomorrow for a special Greyfriars At 12 concert with Richard Beauchamp who will be delivering a piano recital. Did we mention it's free? ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽถ #GreyfriarsAt12 #EdinburghFringe21 #EdFringe

Join us tomorrow for a special Greyfriars At 12 concert with Richard Beauchamp who will be delivering a piano recital. Did we mention it's free? ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽถ #GreyfriarsAt12 #EdinburghFringe21 #EdFringe

24/08/2021

JOIN THE TEAM ...

In the โค๏ธ of Edinburghโ€™s Old Town, Greyfriars Kirk is deeply rooted in this wonderful cityโ€™s history. From our infamous foundation in 1620, being a representative for change and progression throughout the decades and of course our beloved Bobby and famous Kirkyard, there is something for everyone.

Immerse yourself in our community by joining our team as a Welcomer. What is the role of a Welcomer? Find out more on our website ๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/Q30N50FW4Xt

#ThoughtfulTuesday
24/08/2021

#ThoughtfulTuesday

#ThoughtfulTuesday

We look forward to welcoming Dr Jack and the Church Service Society for this event - all are welcome!
23/08/2021

We look forward to welcoming Dr Jack and the Church Service Society for this event - all are welcome!

Dr Alison Jack delivers her presidential lecture, 'Poetry, Prayer and Praise', to the Church Service Society. The event takes place on Thursday 26th August, 4.30pm in Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh. All are welcome to attend!

The lecture may be viewed online via Zoom. For joining details please email contact [email protected]

23/08/2021

#VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ...

Weโ€™re looking for new Welcomers to join us here at Greyfriars Kirk. Being the first friendly face to our visitors, Welcomers are a vital part of our team.

Weโ€™re seeking an enthusiastic individual with a friendly disposition, an interest in Edinburghโ€™s history and the role Greyfriars Kirk has played throughout itโ€™s time. Sound like you? See more about becoming a Welcomer here ๐Ÿ‘‰https://volunteergreyfriars.com/home/2019/1/25/volunteer-welcomer

Itโ€™s been a busy morning with @red_note_ensemble setting up their performance space here at the Kirk. ๐Ÿ“ธWe canโ€™t wait for...
23/08/2021

Itโ€™s been a busy morning with @red_note_ensemble setting up their performance space here at the Kirk. ๐Ÿ“ธ

We canโ€™t wait for rehearsals to get underway and host their show for #EdFringe2021 ๐Ÿ’œ
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#BTS #GreyfriarsKirk #GreyfriarsKirkyard #EdFringe #edinburghfringefestival #edinburghfringe2021 #NotForProfit #CommunityOutreach #socialenterprise #ChurchOfScotland #foreveredinburgh #historicedinburgh #edinburghcity #grassmarketedinburgh #grassmarketcommunityproject #edinburgholdtown #visitscotland

Itโ€™s been a busy morning with @red_note_ensemble setting up their performance space here at the Kirk. ๐Ÿ“ธ

We canโ€™t wait for rehearsals to get underway and host their show for #EdFringe2021 ๐Ÿ’œ
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#BTS #GreyfriarsKirk #GreyfriarsKirkyard #EdFringe #edinburghfringefestival #edinburghfringe2021 #NotForProfit #CommunityOutreach #socialenterprise #ChurchOfScotland #foreveredinburgh #historicedinburgh #edinburghcity #grassmarketedinburgh #grassmarketcommunityproject #edinburgholdtown #visitscotland

Hello and happy Monday! The Kirk is closed to visitors at the moment due to some filming for the Fringe BUT we're open a...
23/08/2021

Hello and happy Monday! The Kirk is closed to visitors at the moment due to some filming for the Fringe BUT we're open as usual from Thursday! See our website for our opening times ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://greyfriarskirk.com/visit/

Hello and happy Monday! The Kirk is closed to visitors at the moment due to some filming for the Fringe BUT we're open as usual from Thursday! See our website for our opening times ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://greyfriarskirk.com/visit/

Did you know that our friends over at St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow also offer their Gaelic service online? You ca...
21/08/2021
Online Gaelic Church - YouTube

Did you know that our friends over at St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow also offer their Gaelic service online? You can find them here ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/gaelicchurch

This channel is an initiative of two Gaelic churches - St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. Here you will find services, hy...

A MESSAGE from our Friends at the Grassmarket Community Project. Welcome Kevin ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ’œ Grassmarket Community Project ________...
20/08/2021

A MESSAGE from our Friends at the Grassmarket Community Project. Welcome Kevin ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ’œ Grassmarket Community Project

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This is Kevin, our new Volunteer Coordinator. He has taken on the great privilege of supporting our incredible volunteers and wants them to know and feel they are a vital part of the team.

Kevin is dedicated, approachable, with a โ€˜no problem too big or smallโ€™ attitude and is looking forward to being there for this part of the GCP community.

Please contact him at [email protected] or on 0131 225 3626 / 07562627989 if you would like to get more involved with volunteering at the Grassmarket Community Project.
#GCP #community #volunteercoordinator

A MESSAGE from our Friends at the Grassmarket Community Project. Welcome Kevin ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ’œ Grassmarket Community Project

________

This is Kevin, our new Volunteer Coordinator. He has taken on the great privilege of supporting our incredible volunteers and wants them to know and feel they are a vital part of the team.

Kevin is dedicated, approachable, with a โ€˜no problem too big or smallโ€™ attitude and is looking forward to being there for this part of the GCP community.

Please contact him at [email protected] or on 0131 225 3626 / 07562627989 if you would like to get more involved with volunteering at the Grassmarket Community Project.
#GCP #community #volunteercoordinator

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Greyfriars At 12 concert this afternoon. A special thank you to George Gilli...
19/08/2021

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Greyfriars At 12 concert this afternoon. A special thank you to George Gilliow (piano) and William Harris (cello) for a wonderful performance that kept us all entertained. ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽป

Join us in the same place, at the same time next week for a piano performance by Richard Beauchamp.
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#GreyfriarsKirk #GreyfriarsKirkyard #EdFringe #edinburghfringefestival #EdinburghFringe2021 #NotForProfit #CommunityOutreach #ChurchofScotland #foreveredinburgh #historicedinburgh #edinburghcity #grassmarketedinburgh #grassmarketcommunityproject #edinburgholdtown #visitscotland

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Greyfriars At 12 concert this afternoon. A special thank you to George Gilliow (piano) and William Harris (cello) for a wonderful performance that kept us all entertained. ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽป

Join us in the same place, at the same time next week for a piano performance by Richard Beauchamp.
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#GreyfriarsKirk #GreyfriarsKirkyard #EdFringe #edinburghfringefestival #EdinburghFringe2021 #NotForProfit #CommunityOutreach #ChurchofScotland #foreveredinburgh #historicedinburgh #edinburghcity #grassmarketedinburgh #grassmarketcommunityproject #edinburgholdtown #visitscotland

It's almost time for Midweek Prayers. See you all at 1:10 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’œ
19/08/2021

It's almost time for Midweek Prayers. See you all at 1:10 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’œ

It's almost time for Midweek Prayers. See you all at 1:10 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’œ

Join us tomorrow for our Greyfriars At 12 concert. Admission is free! ๐Ÿ’œ #GreyFriarsAt12 #EdFringe #EdinburghFringe21
18/08/2021

Join us tomorrow for our Greyfriars At 12 concert. Admission is free! ๐Ÿ’œ #GreyFriarsAt12 #EdFringe #EdinburghFringe21

Join us tomorrow for our Greyfriars At 12 concert. Admission is free! ๐Ÿ’œ #GreyFriarsAt12 #EdFringe #EdinburghFringe21

Sharing these enlightening words from Alexander Graham Bell as some mid-week motivation ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ "The sun's rays do not burn u...
18/08/2021

Sharing these enlightening words from Alexander Graham Bell as some mid-week motivation ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ

"The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."

Sharing these enlightening words from Alexander Graham Bell as some mid-week motivation ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ

"The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."

Sunday Service on a Tuesday? Just in case you missed one, you can find all our Sunday Services on our YouTube channel! ๐Ÿ‘‰...
17/08/2021

Sunday Service on a Tuesday? Just in case you missed one, you can find all our Sunday Services on our YouTube channel! ๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/duNM50FN83z

Sunday Service on a Tuesday? Just in case you missed one, you can find all our Sunday Services on our YouTube channel! ๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/duNM50FN83z

THIS WEEKEND, WE HOST AN EVENING OF REFLECTION AS WE MOVE FORWARD. After months of loss, fear, and isolation, it is time...
16/08/2021

THIS WEEKEND, WE HOST AN EVENING OF REFLECTION AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

After months of loss, fear, and isolation, it is time to heal; to share times of lament and to look forward. Our sanctuary is always a place of welcome to all.

We have planned a series of special evenings of quietness and reflection โ€“ a time for sharing our loss, for healing and hope.

Join us on Sunday 22 August from 7pm. ๐Ÿ’œ

#EdFringe21 #NonProfitOrg #Reflection #GreyfriarsKirk

THIS WEEKEND, WE HOST AN EVENING OF REFLECTION AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

After months of loss, fear, and isolation, it is time to heal; to share times of lament and to look forward. Our sanctuary is always a place of welcome to all.

We have planned a series of special evenings of quietness and reflection โ€“ a time for sharing our loss, for healing and hope.

Join us on Sunday 22 August from 7pm. ๐Ÿ’œ

#EdFringe21 #NonProfitOrg #Reflection #GreyfriarsKirk

The wonderful Grassmarket Community Projectโ€™s new venture. Support and sanctuary, through social enterprise. And great c...
15/08/2021

The wonderful Grassmarket Community Projectโ€™s new venture. Support and sanctuary, through social enterprise. And great coffee! โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜‹

13/08/2021

It's Friday - we made it! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ’œ

Join us in watching the services put together by our friends at St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow. To watch the servic...
13/08/2021
Online Gaelic Church - YouTube

Join us in watching the services put together by our friends at St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow.

To watch the service or to catch up with ones you might have missed, visit their YouTube channel, here๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/gaelicchurch

This channel is an initiative of two Gaelic churches - St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. Here you will find services, hy...

Hopefully we can get back dancing soon! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ•บ
13/08/2021

Hopefully we can get back dancing soon! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ•บ

Join us in the Sanctuary today from 1:10pm - 1:30pm for Midweek Prayers, led by Ruth Halley ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™Œ
12/08/2021

Join us in the Sanctuary today from 1:10pm - 1:30pm for Midweek Prayers, led by Ruth Halley ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™Œ

Join us in the Sanctuary today from 1:10pm - 1:30pm for Midweek Prayers, led by Ruth Halley ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™Œ

#GreyfriarsAt12 ๐Ÿ’œ Join us for a special, FREE lunchtime concert in the beautiful sanctuary of Greyfriars Kirk, featuring...
11/08/2021
Greyfriars at 12: Henry Wallace (Organ) - Greyfriars Kirk

#GreyfriarsAt12 ๐Ÿ’œ Join us for a special, FREE lunchtime concert in the beautiful sanctuary of Greyfriars Kirk, featuring an organ recital titled โ€œBach and his Reviverโ€ from Henry Wallace, Greyfriars Kirkโ€™s own organist and choirmaster.

https://greyfriarskirk.com/events/greyfriars-at-12-henry-wallace-organ/

Join us for a special free lunchtime concert in the beautiful sanctuary of Greyfriars Kirk, featuring Greyfriars Kirk's own organist and choirmaster, Henry Wallace.

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Why be enterprising? Entrepreneurial impacts for churches This workshop is about sharing experiences of enterprise through stories and tips from practitioners. Richard Frazer (Greyfriars Kirk) will explore how church and commerce can be realigned to generate finance while creatively extending mission with Jaime Edwards-Acton (Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church Hollywood), Catherine Jones (Grassmarket Community Project), David Neita (Entrepreneur) and Stephen Norrish (Milton Keynes Christian Foundation).
Garrison and Guard Our Hearts with These Truths These verses in I Thessalonians Chapter 4 take us into areas where each of has to visit at some time โ€“ areas of life and death and bereavement and grief and sadness But in Verse 14 we learn that death does not have the last word. Jesus Christ has! Jesus who died and rose again is one of the central themes of Paulโ€™s preaching and teaching and writing. It was central to Peterโ€™s preaching too, and it must remain central today. Verse 15 โ€“ The Lord revealed it to Paul. Jesus is still revealing truths to men. He says it all here with such assurance. Verse 16 โ€“ Paul goes on to speak about that day when Jesus Christ will return. The Lord Himself will come down and there will be a shout, and there will be the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Do you see how important it is to be โ€˜in Christโ€™? Verse 17 โ€“ Then those who are alive will be caught up with them. โ€œCaught upโ€ indicates that there will be a sudden swoop and of such a force which cannot be resisted. On that day, nothing will be able to hold me or tie me to this earth. This may sound so fantastic that it is beyond belief โ€“ but it will happen. Some believers will never die. There will be a meeting with Christ in the air, because no auditorium on earth will be large enough to hold everyone who will be present. This is what is popularly called the Rapture. Rapture has that sense and meaning of โ€˜being seizedโ€™ โ€“ to plunder โ€“ a thing retained with an eager grasp โ€“ or โ€“ eagerly claimed and conspicuously exercised โ€“ to take away by force! We shall be with Him and with His. We shall be caught up in a similar manner as he was caught up in Acts Chapter 1. How else are we going to get up into the air? God will accomplish this at the correct time โ€“ and we will be away from all pain โ€“ sorrow โ€“ tragedy โ€“ suffering โ€“ fear โ€“ sin โ€“ and away from all this for ever. This is the next great world event โ€“ an everlasting indestructible body โ€“ the details of which we are not given. Jesus was raised with a new body โ€“ the first of its kind โ€“ and the only one of its kind in the whole universe. It is not like the body of the raised widow of Nainโ€™s son โ€“ or that of the resurrected Lazarus โ€“ these were mortal bodies which would die again - and which did die again. Verse 18 โ€“ Encourage or comfort or fortify one another with these words. With this knowledge from the Scriptures, our aim now is to get on with living for Jesus Christ. Earthly words at such a time are weak and pathetic and that is why we are to speak divine words. Let this inspire your heart and increase your faith in Christ and his word. This is one of the central doctrines of our Christian Faith. There are some 300 references to this in the New Testament. There are also some 300 references to the Cross. There is not a word here about those who fall asleep outside of Christ. Our faith looks back to the Cross, and our hope looks forward to His Coming, and we live in love right in the middle of these two events. Death is like an anaesthetic which God uses to put us to sleep, while He changes our mortal bodies into immortal. Garrison and guard your heart with these truths. โ€œLord our God โ€“ we thank You for revealing the wonder of these truths โ€“ we thank You that when we need to know we can know โ€“ and we trust you totally for these matters that as yet we do not know. We thank you for such a complete and comprehensive and satisfying faith โ€“ all available to us through the grace and mercy and love of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.โ€ (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)
How Character and Ministry Go Together We move on to I Thessalonians Chapter 2 โ€“ โ€œYou know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.โ€ It was not for nothing that we came โ€“ it was not for nothing that all this has happened. Are there not times and occasions when we do wonder if our work and service and ministry has achieved and accomplished much? v.1 โ€“ God owned and honoured the ministry. Paul was able to see how God had been present throughout all their efforts โ€“ and it had been tough. v.2 โ€“ What happened to us did not affect what we were nor what we did. There is no limit to what men will do against the Gospel. These chapters in Acts 16 and 17 indicate just how difficult circumstances had been. Various questions arise here. Was Paul being accused of being a criminal on the run? We almost have to expect much contention as the Gospel is contested โ€“ for some it becomes a contest โ€“ and nowhere is that more clear than in certain moral matters within our own nation just now. Was Paul being misrepresented? Misrepresentation is part of the cost of exercising a faithful ministry. Suffering seemed to sharpen his witness. We see the pressures and persecution facing Paul and the team. This was a successful church and the enemy detests successful churches. If he can, he will attack the message being preached, and the message has not changed in 2,000 years. v.3 โ€“ My motives were pure. When we consider what had been happening the whole work appeared to be a stake. Was Paul being accused of being deceived and deceiving? Sometimes the enemy attacks the messenger โ€“ and that appears to have happened here. Error has that meaning of deceit โ€“ and impure motives has the underlying meaning of uncleanness, and has that hint of being a womaniser โ€“ and trickery has the meaning of guile. It is the word used for โ€˜angling to catch with baitโ€™ โ€“ offering as a lure something that is not what it seems to be โ€“ a confidence trickster โ€“ exploiting truth. These were big accusations. Satan means slanderer โ€“ or liar - and he is the father of all lies. People were saying terrible things about Paul after he had left Thessalonica. v.4 โ€“ He writes about their calling. It was God who entrusted us with His holy Word here. They had been tried out by God, and then trusted for service. No Master is going to commit such a ministry to us, without first testing us, to see if we are fit to do the work, and remain faithful with such a responsibility. Can God trust us and depend upon us? Paul is a God pleaser. He is responsible to God and he knows he has to answer to God. This is why it is so pointless to seek to please men. We are to please God. After all, God tests our hearts. People had been trying to put these new believers in Jesus and disciples of Jesus โ€“ off Paul โ€“ and thereby off the Gospel, which he preached. He had experienced suffering in Philippi and now in Thessalonica โ€“ but suffering did not deter Paul from his work and ministry. Suffering did not even deter him from returning to the synagogue. He was no failure โ€“ and the fact that there was a church in Thessalonica indicates that he was no failure. He came โ€“ having been sent by God โ€“ and his integrity is obvious to all who have eyes to see. This letter also reveals the power of God that motivated this man โ€“ and suffering seemed to sharpen his witness, rather than blunt it. After Paul came to Christ Jesus, he went off into the desert to work things out โ€“ perhaps even to count the cost as he prepared and trained for his calling. After his apprenticeship and preparation and training, he was soon sent out in the name of Jesus, and this mighty ministry began. After you pass the early initial tests, you are sent out. In this passage we see how character and ministry go together. What we are is as vital as what we are doing. Even then, people can point the accusing finger at our work and our character โ€“ and sadly sometimes with good reason. โ€œDo not let what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.โ€ Romans 14: 16. We cannot avoid misrepresentation, opposition, criticism and persecution โ€“ but we must not hand people ammunition. โ€œLord God โ€“ help me to see Your Hand in all I do in the service of Jesus Christ. Guard my heart โ€“ guard my mind โ€“ protect me from the tempterโ€™s traps and snares. Teach me from this passage. Help me, risen and living Lord Jesus. Amenโ€ (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings, in Christ Jesus.)
We heard about โ€˜Lockdown Bobbyโ€™ on Radio 4 this morning and as with the rest of the world Bobby is a much loved character in our home. He was taught to us in primary school in Scotland so weโ€™ve had a go at recreating Bobby with mashed potato! Bobby will be reformed tomorrow as a topping for a Shepherdess Pie. My wife Dorrie is the arty one so guess which one I made..........
Following Preaching and Teaching in Thessalonica โ€“ They Pray We turn to I Thessalonians Chapter 1 โ€“ having read in Acts of how this Church was birthed. This is a letter from Paul and Silas, or Silvanus, and Timothy, and it is sent to the Church, and the wording is most specific and precise. It is some title โ€“ written from Corinth โ€“ and there is a strong suggestion that both letters were written within a week or two of each other โ€“ or a few months at the most. We have been dealing with themes and topics recently โ€“ all biblical and biblically based โ€“ but it is good to take a letter โ€“ part of Scripture โ€“ a portion of the Word of God โ€“ and feed upon it. And if you like reading other peopleโ€™s letters then enjoy Thessalonians. These are significant opening words. God without Christ can give rise to a question, and Christ without God is nothing but heresy, but God and Christ is power and these people knew the power of God the Holy Spirit. There is a double emphasis here. The Church belongs to Christ and to God. When we belong to God we belong to Christ, and when we belong to Christ we belong to Almighty God. There is another double emphasis โ€“ Grace and Peace to you โ€“ which speaks of the unity between the Father and the Son, and of course, the Holy Spirit. There is perfect unity and perfect harmony and perfect agreement. From that unity flows grace and peace. Grace and peace flow from a source which knows no disunity or disharmony. No matter what shortages there are on earth, there will never be a shortage of grace and peace. The Church of Jesus Christ is universal, but this letter is written to a church in a particular place. Thessalonica was named after the sister of Alexander the Great. It was on the main road from Rome to India โ€“ west to east โ€“ and we know it was governed by a democratically elected Assembly โ€“ and we think this is the first such place to which the Christian faith had come. What happened in this city could be transported and take root elsewhere. This was another strategically important area for a different reason from the Roman colony of Philippi. Alexander the Great came to conquer for Greece. Paul came in a different direction to conquer for Jesus Christ the King, and with very different methods. Everywhere Alexander of Macedonia went, the people spoke Greek, and as Paul preached in Greek, the Gospel of Jesus Christ swept through the Greek and now Roman Empire. Although we regard this letter as one of Paulโ€™s, do note that there are three names in the opening greetings. They had had a good mission in the sense that there was spiritual fruit for Christ Jesus and Paul gave thanks for what happened when he visited Thessalonica. This is being written to real disciples of Jesus Christ just like you and me. This team was praying for these believers, and they never forgot their very real faith. Think for a moment of this letter being read โ€“ again and again From our reading of the letter we learn that this was not a church with a lot of people and it did not have a lot of money. It was not what might be called a โ€˜busyโ€™ church โ€“ with not a lot of meetings โ€“ but with a lot of faith and hope and love. This community of faith had the marks which mark the family of God. It was a faith that acts โ€“ we are speaking of work that is produced by faith - and a love that labours โ€“ and love that holds on. They had worked at being disciples and being lights for Christ. Their endurance is inspired by hope, or assurance. Love has very little to do with how we feel โ€“ love is what you do as consequence of your faith in Jesus Christ. It is what you do about it that matters. The love of these people saw them toil until they were tired โ€“ and then some. Faith and love and hope are all to be found in Jesus Christ. โ€œLord God Almighty โ€“ prepare us for what You have to say to us and teach us through this part of Scripture โ€“ may that grace and peace fill our hearts and lives and overflow from us , as we serve. Enable us to toil until we are tired โ€“ and then some โ€“ so help us, Father โ€“ in Jesus name.โ€ (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings to you, in Christ Jesus.)