Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

From the Rector

Revd Christoph Wutscher

Dear all,

It is exactly one year ago this September that Ulrike and I moved to Scotland and made a home among you in Stirling. I have enjoyed my first year of ministry at Holy Trinity tremendously and I am looking forward to finding out what God has in store for us as a worshipping community in the years to come.

September is also the time when we prepare for our Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM), this year to be held on 1 October. This will be a chance for looking back and for thanking all those who have contributed to the life of our church - and it will also be a chance to look ahead to the future.

It is, of course, difficult to know where God will lead us, as the very nature of how God seems to work in our lives is full of surprises. But that doesn't mean that we can't prepare a little bit for the future of this place!

One way of preparing would be by giving a thought as to why we are here and where we would like God to take us. And to think about how we might contribute best to the life and work of our community. It is important to realise that we all contribute differently (depending on our available spare time, skills, state of health etc.), but that all contributions are important.

A prayer said or a few pounds of extra donation are as crucial as serving on the vestry or helping hands-on with the running of the church. So it would probably be worth reflecting on these questions:

What is my/our contribution to the life of this congregation?

Where are my talents and skills? And how could I use them to the glory of God?

And as we offer our answers to these questions into God's hands, we pray that God may use what we have to contribute for the common good and God's glory!

Yours in Christ