Sunday 5th May saw the Prayer Baton arrive in Shetland along with our General Director, Rev. Alan Donaldson. Of course, this is the furthest north it can travel within our family of Scottish Baptist Churches. “It’s as well we had it made in two parts,” Alan quipped in Dunrossness Baptist on Sunday morning, “so that it could fit into my suitcase for the flight here!”
Alan’s message to the Dunrossness Church family was powerfully challenging, based on the hugely relevant question so clearly put in Ps.137.4: “How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?” He encouraged us to live in hope and with hope firmly rooted in Christ.
The Shetland-wide gathering was held in Lerwick Baptist in the evening with folks from all four Shetland Baptist Churches. We heard the story of the commissioning of the Baton from 150 year-old yew and beech. Alan shared his personal journey in deepening stages into the meaning of the verse inscribed on the Prayer Baton “Give me also springs of water” (Judges 1.15), finally encouraging us to split into small groups in the service to pray for the work of the Gospel, not just in Shetland, but in the whole country.
And so, another two names have been added to the scroll within the Prayer Baton as it continues on its nationwide journey ……
Rev. Dr Ian H Thomson (Regional Pastor for Shetland)