I’ll go (in the strength of the Lord)
Shortly before I left home yesterday morning to preach at New Stevenston Methodist Church in Motherwell, the television news showed Theresa and Philip May also going to church. This made me pause and wonder what I would want to preach if I thought they were going to be in my congregation! Somewhere in Berkshire there was a preacher who had that opportunity… and I wonder very much how he/she used it!
Of course yesterday was also Trinity Sunday and so I further wondered whether there was anything particular in that doctrine, which speaks of unity, diversity, equality and respect all held together by love, which might have special significance to our current chaotic political scenario?! We are living in “interesting times” (and I am still holding out hope of seeing Jeremy Corbyn in number 10).
Earlier last week – in those pre-election days of which Theresa May must dream – I spent three days in London in a variety of meetings in preparation for the Methodist Conference 2017, which, everyone tells me, is approaching rapidly (as if I didn’t know!) Most of these meetings were in conjunction with Rev. Loraine Mellor, who will become President, as I become Vice-President, on 24th June.
It has been great getting to know Loraine better over this past year and we are excited about working together and about being only the third all-female team in the church’s history. Amongst other things we underwent excellent training in radio and TV interviews (offered through the Church of England), met with the communications and media office of our own church, worked with the Secretary of Conference on the contents of the agenda and then (while Loraine went off to see “Take That” at the O2 arena!) I met with the Methodist relief and development charity, All We Can for a briefing about the visit they are organising for me in August to Ethiopia… There are a lot of fascinating, exciting and downright terrifying experiences ahead!
Yesterday evening I was singing with the band at a circuit service held in the East End of Glasgow. We have a great circuit band and I love joining them when I am around. We finished the service with a rousing rendition of the old Salvation Army song “I’ll go in the strength of the Lord” which did much to encourage me into the year ahead and, as we sang the chorus, with its repeated words “I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go…” I did wonder, with a smile, whether that had been chosen for the morning service in a certain church in Berkshire! Jill