The words of the Lord, spoken to the Disciples in the Upper Room, now heard by the disciples afresh in the Easter Season are words of intimacy, inspiration and empowerment. The words of our Lord take a new meaning and purpose and the intimacy between the Lord and His disciples reaches a higher level. The Disciples, as branches of the living and life giving, crucified and risen Lord are immensely glorious for they no longer rely on themselves to bear fruit but on their risen and glorified Lord and Master. You and I are invited to that new life today.
The secret behind these incredibly beautiful fruits is where we find ourselves today. There can be no luscious fruits without pruning. And we as People of God at St Andrew’s and as People of God in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, we have been praying, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. And God answers our prayers in the most mysterious way and it seems like a season of pruning for us now. We therefore hold our Bishop, the Officers of the Diocese, the Clergy the and whole Priesthood of God in our prayers. We are pray for Prof Iain Torrance who is walking alongside us in this journey.
Pandemic has been a time of pruning to make us fruitful. We will look back on this period not with a reminiscence of how we survived but how God was with us to make us more fruitful, removing all that hindered us from being fruitful and making us the Splendour of the Church. May God strengthen you as you remain faithful and strong, firm in the hope God has set before us.
The coming week is an important time for us here in Scotland and in Aberdeen as we go to vote to elect the next government. We pray for the People of Scotland and all those who have committed themselves to serve this city and this nation as Members of Scottish Parliament.
The candidates for our region are as follows: Aberdeen Donside: Harriet Cross (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party), Isobel Davidson (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Jackie Dunbar (Scottish National Party SNP), Lucas Grant (Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition), Heather Herbert (Scottish Labour Party).
Aberdeen Central: Barry Black (Scottish Labour Party), Desmond Bouse (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Guy Ingerson (Scottish Green Party), Douglas Lumsden (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party), Kevin Morrice Stewart (Scottish National Party SNP).
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine: Stephen Jamieson (Scottish Libertarian Party), Liam Kerr (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party), Audrey Nicholl (Scottish National Party SNP), Lynn Thomson (Scottish Labour Party), Ian Yuill (Scottish Liberal Democrats).
There are several others who regional candidates. We remember them all in our prayers. And within the St Andrew’s family we pray for Liam Kerr and Douglas Lumsden.
God bless you and keep you blessing as you remain strong and steadfast in your call to a fruitful life in the family of St Andrew’s.