Goodbye and Farewell
With the appointment of Rev Jim Dewar as the new Interim Moderator, my time with you at Liberton Northfield has come to a close. Sadly, I wasn’t able to convey these wishes to you in person, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to pass them on through the new Church magazine. Some of you are aware of the personal circumstances behind my decision to pass the reins to someone else, and so we would be grateful for your continued prayers as we face what 2015 has to bring.
The last fifteen months or so have seen a considerable amount of work behind the scenes with the Kirk Session and Nominating Committee, and I would like to thank these groups in particular for help given in order to fulfil the duties of Interim Moderator. Alistair, as Session Clerk, has kept me abreast of activities and helped guide me through the different situations that we have faced together. The NC has been worthy of the trust that you placed in it to seek a new Minister and its members have served diligently, with Jeff as an efficient Clerk. It has also been a pleasure to work with Amos as Locum. The disappointment of not being able to appoint someone has been mitigated by the knowledge that you were being served by someone with gifts and experience.
Now it is time to say Goodbye and Farewell – using both of these parting greetings in their original sense! May God be with you in these coming days and may you know his blessing as a congregation. I hope in the ongoing search for someone to lead your congregational life that you will fare well, and that I will be able to come and share in your celebration at the induction of a new Minister before too long.