|Celebrating Women of Faith|
|Written by Peter Johnston|
|Tuesday, 15 March 2011 22:52|
On Sunday night at Hillhouse Parish Church we had a delightful evening led by women of faith in celebration of women of faith. Singers from the local churches under the guidance of Yvonne Watson joined in song and led the worship with some beautiful songs, most of which I knew, but there was a new arrangement of the Prayer of St Francis (Make me an instrument) which I had not heard before and found very worshipful.
We heard about four women of faith during the course of the service, three of whom we know from the Bible, Ruth, Sarai, and Mary, mother of Jesus, and the fourth being the more contemporary Mother Teresa. Charlotte Craig, lay assistant at Hillhouse, Rev Fiona Wilson of Livingstone Memorial Church, Rev Karen Harbison of Trinity Parish Church and Yvonne Watson, organist at Hillhouse, each gave us a varied and encouraging message from the lives of these four women as they lived out their faith in their own situations. [There's more...]
It is always a pleasure to be able to enjoy spending time in worship within the "body of the Kirk" which can be rare these days for me, and I appreciated the service on Sunday evening a lot.
Just today in a discussion I was having in a different part of presbytery mention was made of the passing of the 40 year anniversary of the ordination of women within the Kirk and that while it is the law of the Kirk that women should be afforded every opportunity to serve there are still congregations where women are denied the opportunity to serve God in ordained roles, whether as elders or ministers.
The stories of these women of faith, explored for us on Sunday night by other women of faith whose ministry is an example to all of us, is a reminder of what a blessing it is when both women and men have an opportunity within the Church to serve Christ.