20 October 2019

This morning we delighted in the baptism of Moira Jean McGarry, daughter of Janice and Steven, shown here with her parents and siblings. The McGarrys have said how much they have been made to feel so welcome since they began attending St. Cuthbert’s. Although the day was about Moira’s baptism it felt to them like ” it was our family now becoming a real member of your church’s family.”

Today’s readings were from Exodus 3: 1-14 and John 14: 1-7. The sermon focused on some of the trials of childhood and parenthood as related in the Old Testament including Jacob and Esau, twin brothers born to Isaac and Rebekah and the unfortunate naming of the many children born to Hosea and Gomer. We also thought about Moses and the desperation his mother felt that led to the baby being left amongst the Nile reed beds so that he might be found by the pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was banished from Egypt when he was an adult and came across the burning bush referred to in the Exodus reading (the burning bush has since been adopted as the symbol for the Church of Scotland). The minister explained God’s name “I AM WHO I AM” and also the repeating of I AM in Jesus’ words to his disciples “I am the way and the truth and the life“, affirming that Jesus and God are one.