Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Clergy after service
Clergy after the service

Rev. Calum MacLeod, Rev. Dr Tom Wilson, Rev. Ada MacLeod, Rev. John MacGregor, Fr Joe Boyle, Rev. Lyn Peden are pictured here after the annual ecumenical service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year, the service was prepared by Germans to mark that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the nailing of 95 theses to the castle church door at Wittenberg by Martin Luther, an act that ignited the Protestant Reformation.

The clergy and congregation were welcomed by the Parish Priest, Fr Joe Boyle. Throughout the service, an Organist and Cantor led hymns and presented liturgical items with the most melodious music and clarity.

New to the group was Dr Tom Wilson, a Canadian, and the new incumbent at the Scottish Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. He led the prayer of confession along with the MacLeods, during which a wall was built of varyingly sized cardboard bricks representing different sins.  Later in the service, young people (from the congregations represented) dismantled the wall and reformed it into a cross.

The Old Testament was read by Mrs Sheila MacLaren, the Epistle by Mrs Marie Ferrari, and the Gospel by Rev. Lyn Peden.

The sermon on the theme of “Reconciliation — The love of Christ compels us” by Rev. John MacGregor, Minister of Hillington Park, was his swansong after twelve and a half years as a member of the G52 Churches Together, as he is soon to be inducted to the charge of Cadder, Bishopbriggs, within the Presbytery of Glasgow.  At the close of the service, after a very fitting speech, Mrs Hilary Gallacher, Coordinator of G52 Churches Together, presented John with a card, and the gift of a miniature rose bush plus gardening vouchers, as well as a confident prayer that in his new parish, his ministry would continue to flourish.

Afterwards, worshippers were fortified in the church hall with coffee, tea, sandwiches, and cakes.