On the evening of Sunday 24th March, Peebles, Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk Baptist Churches came together to celebrate the BUS Tri-Jubilee: 150 years of Baptist ministry in Scotland! We met to worship the God of Life; to look back briefly and say “Thank you Lord!” but primarily to look forward, to intercede for fruitful years ahead.
Our Border towns are bound together by rivers: Teviot Water and the Ettrick, flow into the Tweed. Our relationships are birthed way back by living springs coursing through the souls of men and women brought together in Jesus. It seems more than right then, to echo Achsa’s request of her father Caleb, “Give me also Springs of Water,” to pray for living connections, Holy Spirit life, bubbling to the surface in the hearts of our neighbours who have yet to meet Jesus.
Our General Director, Alan Donaldson, gave us some insight into alarming trends in the nation, where the church’s significant contribution to the fabric and social wellbeing of our society is being dismissed and our voice marginalised at the highest levels. As a nation, we are not merely drifting. We are steering the course with our backs to God.
Lord God, water the gospel seed we have sown in our communities and the seed we will yet sow, for eternal life. “Make roadways through the wilderness; rivers in the desert!”
We worshipped. We prayed for ourselves, for our nation and our neighbours…and also for the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. We signed the Prayer Baton scroll and we shared fellowship, just like “the good old days” when Borders churches regularly met together. Here’s looking forward to a further 4 scheduled prayer gatherings: Galashiels 26th May, Kelso 7th July, Hawick 1st September and Peebles 3rd November.