GORDON CHAPEL – CHURCH DIARY

Look on this website (3rd column) for the Church Diary to keep up to date on what is happening in our church.   This diary is only as good as the information that is received so if you know of anything happening (or spot an error) let me know so I can quickly bring it up to date and make amendments.    Thank you.

Jeff L

CONCERT ON GORDON CHAPEL 29 JULY

Once again Gordon Chapel will receive wonderful musicians from around the world thanks to The Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF).  They will give a concert in the Chapel on Saturday 29 July at 7.30pm.

The concert features two international soloists;  Tatiana Serova (Russia) on the Dorma string instrument  accompanied by accordionist Alex Kazakov and  Flautist  Tim Kadlec (Czech Republic) who returns to the AIYF after a successful visit as part of the Moravian Wind Quartet in 2016.

Tickets @ £8.50 will be available at the door.

EUODIA AND SYNTYCHE – WAS IT THE TONGUE?

Paul tells of two people who worked in the church but fell out.  Perhaps as often happens it started as a small argument but eventually grew until it began to affect the whole congregation.  Paul doesn’t give much detail but he says ” I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other (Philippians 4.2).

This happened about 2000 years ago and it still happens – we have rifts in our church don’t we.    This short plea speaks to us today Continue reading “EUODIA AND SYNTYCHE – WAS IT THE TONGUE?”

GORDON CHAPEL – A HISTORY AND GUIDE

Do you want to know all about Gordon Chapel – would you like a guide book so that you are better informed.

Well, it’s here now and can be purchased for the very reasonable sum of £4.50   What is it?   Only the latest book produced by Peter Reid.   Peter has spent a long time researching, compiling and editing this book so that we now have a quality product all about Gordon Chapel, it’s history and information about many of the people connected with it.

To buy a copy just go to Gordon Chapel where copies are available in the church.  It is hoped to shortly have buying options on this website.    Do buy copies for your friends – the proceeds will go towards covering the cost of production and profits will be added to the New Lift Fund.    Thank you Peter for your enterprise.

Below is a photograph of the book cover in an appropriate setting.

 

Jeff L

DIGGING FOR RUBIES

I saw the script of this mornings ‘Pause for Thought’given on Radio 2, by Bishop Nick Baines, liked it and thought you might like it too. He said:-

“I came across a great line the other day. A hundred years ago GK Chesterton wrote: “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” And can you blame them, we ask?

Well, I actually have no idea if any of the greats ever expressed themselves on the matter of dairy products; but, I do know that nothing is out of bounds when it comes to words teasing the imagination and sending the mind off in directions it didn’t know were there. As I once said to Billy Ocean: “When the going gets tough, the tough write poetry.”

The point of this is that some people are gifted in being able to look at the world differently – then to shine a light on it from a new direction.
We have just had a group of students from a German university staying with us in Leeds. They all study theology, but, shaped by their own experience of living not in England and emerging from a cultural memory that is coloured by a century of unspeakable violence, they look at things differently. And the gift of it all is that by looking at God and the world through their eyes – filtered through their perceptions – I get the chance to see differently. It is wonderful – as are those students.

And, believe it or not, that is the point of reading ancient texts like the Bible. You enter a different world, and then have to work hard at looking through the eyes of people from a different age and world in order to catch the glint of a glory too easily hidden behind the familiarity and busyness of ‘today’.

I have heard it said that if something is too hard to understand at first glance, then it isn’t worth bothering with. Well, I beg to disagree. Precious stones do not pop out of the ground and on to a jeweller’s display tray. Novels don’t leap effortlessly onto the page and appear in a bookshop. Wisdom does not drip from the Magic Meaning Tree, but has to be learned and dug out and refined and learned.

So, I go with the poets on this one. Nearly three thousand years ago one of them wrote: “The price of wisdom is above rubies.” I say: “Get digging.” ”

Well, I think that Lynne (my pearl of great price!!) must have heard the above broadcast for she has had me digging in the garden – but no rubies yet (grin)

Jeff L