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Minister's Message

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LETTER FROM THE MANSE - Rev Janet Jackson  

Dear Friends

If I had a pound for every time someone said to me ‘you get it easy you only work one day a week’, I would be rich by now. I wonder if they think lay people only serve God one day a week as well. Let me assure you I know differently. As a minister I am on call 24/7, always willing to go out in an emergency, even in the middle of the night. This, fortunately has only happened once in the last 12 years. I was called out in the early hours of the morning to the hospital because a gentleman from one of my congregations was dying. It was a privilege to be at his bedside with his wife and their family when he breathed his last. His wife said it gave her comfort to know that he had gone with God’s blessing.

You might think I am the only one on call 24/7, but how many times have you responded to people in need, no matter what time of day it is? I am sure you have all done that for family and friends and even for strangers in this country and overseas. Being a Christian is a full-time ‘job’. We are all called to serve God in many different ways, but we are all called to serve every day, not just one day a week.

When I took Pierre out this morning I met some people on the way who belong to one of Colin’s churches and exchanged greetings with them. Further along the road three ladies were standing at the bus stop and I halted my walk to say good morning to them. It was a lovely morning with blue sky and whispy clouds, promising a warm day. I told them it was a nice day for a trip out and they told me where they were going and even where they had been the day before. I left them smiling and continued my walk. I think  people appreciate a friendly greeting as they live their day, perhaps you will be the only person they speak to all day, or for a few days, so it is important that we share with others the good gifts we have been given.

I know that you will give to charity (5p’s soon add up), support the food  bank and give to MHA, Live at Home, Church in India etc, but giving sometimes is a smile, a hug, a listening ear. Thank you for your ceaseless working for God’s kingdom. If no-one else knows what you do, God does and he is always pleased when his children follow the example of his son, who showed us how we should live.

Enjoy this month of June, relax and take pleasure from living in God’s world and as you count your blessings pass them on to others.

I am sure you must know the song about counting your blessings. Read it below and think what God has done for you.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.



Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God has done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.


Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.


When you look at others with their lands and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;

Count your many blessings - money cannot buy

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


So, amid the conflict whether great or small,

Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897 copyright - Public Domain


May God bless you and keep you as you live the life

he has given you.

Your friend and minister, Janet.


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