Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

From the Rector

Revd Christoph Wutscher

Dear All

"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these."

These words (here in the version from Mark 12.28-34), spoken by Jesus in response to being asked which of the commandments are greatest, feature in most of our services here at Holy Trinity. For these lines contain what we have come to know as the great commandment, encapsulating the most fundamental of Christian teaching. These commandments may well serve us as a basis as we set out to deepen our journey of Christian discipleship - which is also the topic for our Lent groups this year.

In the introduction to Being Disciples, Rowan Williams writes: "So 'being disciples' means at least two things. It means very simply going on asking whether what we do, how we think and speak and act, is open to Christ and Christ's Spirit; developing the skill of asking ourselves the difficult questions about our consistency and honesty, about how seriously we take what we say. And it is also about how we as a church go on being a learning community, how we grow in depth of relation with each other and God."

This is a continuous and life-long process; but I am glad that we have been called to walk a bit of this path together as we renew our acquaintance the great commandment and continue to learn about ourselves, one another and God.

Yours in Christ,

Christoph