23 Mar

Changing seasons, unchanging God

Taken from intimation sheet – 22 March 2014

As I write it’s 20 March, the rain has just stopped, and the sun broken through the clouds. Heavy rain to glorious sunshine in a moment, it seems fitting for the first day of Spring! The winter has gone and the summer is on its way.

This is exactly the imagery that the young man uses in Song of Solomon when he addresses his girlfriend:

“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

As the young man looks forward to marriage and life lived together he compares their situation to Spring – the ‘winter’ of loneliness has passed and the ‘summer’ of marriage is to come.

Maybe you feel ‘spring-like’ – the clouds have cleared, the sun is shining, you sense that better things lie just round the corner.

Maybe summer has arrived – all is well and your sky is filled with joy and sunshine.

Or it may be that you are facing the cold harsh wintery storms of life.
In any church family, at any given time, people are in different stages and seasons of life. What security and comfort is to be found then, in knowing that God never changes.

Whatever the season, He is faithful.
Whatever we are facing, He is faithful.
Whatever we are feeling, He is faithful.

We can be utterly assured that the God who was faithful yesterday, will be faithful today, and tomorrow. He will be true to His Word and true to His people: with him there is “no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).

In every stage and season of life, his faithfulness, his mercy and his love are perfect and constant.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been,Thou forever wilt be.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Let’s praise Him for his unchanging faithfulness whatever stage or season of life we find ourselves in today and always.

Yours in His service

21 Nov

Opportunities to serve with Glasgow City Mission

Plans are quickly coming together for an emergency night shelter for the winter months. This will be opening at the old Glasgow City Mission building on McAlpine Street from 4 December 2011.

They are recruiting the following staff and volunteers to man this exciting and essential service.


3 x full-time staff for three months:

  • 38.5 hours/week (average)
  • £9.50/hour
  • shifts 11 hours each, 9.30pm – 8.30am

2 x part-time staff for three months:

  • 14 hours/week (average)
  • £9.50/hour
  • shifts 4 hours each (9.45pm – 1.45am


They are looking for people who:

  • can commit to a regular night shift each week for the three months
  • can commit to at least three night shifts
  • can organise a team from their church to provide all the volunteers needed for a week of night shifts (2 volunteers per night)

Expressions of interest or questions should be directed to:

Andrew Low
0141 251 0976

They are also urgently seeking volunteers to help at their Child and Family Centre in Govan at least a day a week, 9.30am – 1pm, Monday – Friday.

A variety of roles are available, including classroom assistants, help with administration and cleaning.

To express an interest or for more information, please contact:

Susan Robertson
0141 251 0979