Minister's Thoughts


Then let us pray that come it may,

(As come it will for a’ that,)

That Sense and Worth, o’r a’ the earth,

Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.

For a’ that , an’ a’ that,

It’s coming yet for a’ that,

That man to man, the world o’er,

shall brithers be for a’ that.

The song was written by Rabbie Burns in 1795 and probably reflects the egalitarian mood of the time.  Interestingly he chose to begin this verse with the words “Then let us PRAY that come it may…”  We must be careful not to read more into this than there really is, but Burns was no stranger to the Kirk and perhaps he recognised that some of our highest ideals such as the worldwide brotherhood (and sisterhood) of men and women can never be achieved without the help of God.

Almost 2,000 years before Rabbie Burns wrote this song, the Apostle Paul wrote to the churches in the Roman province of Southern Galatia in AD48 or in the early 50’s AD.  The main thrust of his message was that people, no matter where they are in the world, no matter their gender or class, are justified by faith in Jesus Christ and nothing else.  This letter to the Galatians was to play a big part in the development of the thinking and theology of Martin Luther and the formulation of his views on the development of the Protestant Reformation.

In his letter to the Christians in Galatia Paul said in the Chapter 3 and verse 28:  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, Neither slave nor free, Nor is there male and female, For you all are one in Christ Jesus.

Pray for everyone who is persecuted, tormented, ostracised, insulted, ridiculed or excluded because of the nationality, or their ethnicity, or their class, or their gender; or their appearance.  Pray for people all over the world who are terrorised for these reasons, driven from their homes, beaten and murdered.  Pray for everyone who is a victim of racial hatred.  Pray for such people in our own country.  Pray for those who incite racial hatred that they may be cleansed; pray for those who seek to exclude women or who incite division between different classes of people that they may be delivered from their blindness.  Pray that we shall all live and breathe and plan and work in the knowledge and belief that all are one in Christ Jesus.  For by this all people know that we are Jesus’ disciples, that we love one another (John 13:35).

Rev. Bob Anderson


  • Reading 1 – Exodus 2:1-10
    Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.  But when she could hide him no longer , she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch.  Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.  His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.  Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank.  She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it.  She opened it and saw the baby.  He was crying, and she felt sorry for him.  "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.  Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" "Yes, go," she answered.  So the girl went and got the baby's mother.  Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you."  So the woman took the baby and nursed him.  When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son.  She named him Moses, saying "I drew him out of the water.                   


  • Reading 2 – 1 Samuel 1:20-28 & John 19:25-27

    Reading Two For the Week:

    John 19:25-27 - Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her "Woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother."  From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.