Notes from the Minister – Calm after the Storm

Out on the sea of Gallilee storms raised, the waves rose up with the power of Eagles wings: the storms were noisy. The disciples were afraid, fishermen or not, they may well have suffered from seasickness. There was nothing pleasant for them. This was no sail upon a mill pond. The disciples were truly afraid and perplexed that Jesus was at peace, sleeping with his head on a pillow at the back of the boat. His mind and his body were still.

Be still

Take time to think, it is the source of power
Take time to pray, it is truly a great power
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul
Take time to give, it is too short a life to be selfish
Take time to love and be loved by God and one another alike.

As the storm raged, Jesus was asleep with his head on a pillow. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get comfortable enough to fall asleep, when alongside you is someone whose head hits the pillow and in no time they are asleep. Even to have someone tell you that they have no problem sleeping, when sleep just does just not happen for you. But sometimes a comfortable pillow is what is needed. Jesus was obviously comfortable with his pillow. The disciples were frustrated when they found Jesus asleep when the last thing they could do was sleep: so they woke Jesus. And indeed were amazed when the wind and the waves obeyed him and the storm calmed.

Who is this man who can stay, be still and there was stillness.

Be still

The greatest pleasure of life is love,
The greatest treasure, contentment,
The greatest possession, health
The greatest medicine is a true friend
The greatest ease is sleep

Rev Marian Cowie

Notes from the Minister – Celebrating Church

On Sunday 24 March this year we set time as a congregation to Celebrate church: in Worship we saw that many people had known different churches the length and breadth of Scotland and as far flung as Malawi and visitors from Australia. In a sense this could have been any Sunday, as barely a Sunday goes by, but we welcome visitors from around the world. Sometimes too we welcome visitors and the good thing is that they are able to stay. All of this is happening to and for us in Kelvinside Hillhead and there is no reason why this should stop.

As part of our Celebrating Church we took time out from our coffee and hot cross buns, to write down what is good about our Church. People recalled significant life events in a congregation of young and old alike and across the generations. And so one lady recalled the memory of her youngest being baptised 52 years ago. Others said they enjoyed the baptisms of older children and adults.

All this is captured in a sanctuary that enlightens our spirits with colour and detail and the illuminating light shining through the stained glass. Young and old described it as a place of calm and tranquility. A place where people’s souls were fed spiritual fruits.

Underpinning all this was the social friendships that we enjoy with one another. Delight at home baking and the opportunity to drink cups of coffee. Examples of people’s skills at making jam and chutney and knitting church mice and more.

But ours is not a church that looks inward- we are here for our community and that may be you. So please do visit – and even come to stay!

Rev Marian Cowie