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Lochgelly Band Christmas Concert

This concert is one of the highlights of the St Serfs Calendar. Come and join us for a wonderful evening of music from Lochgelly's best.

Pamela's ponderings

Mark 6: 30-34

Read the reflections of our Parish Assistant Pamela Scott for October.

“The apostles gathered round Jesus and reported to him all they had done and

taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not

even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet

place and get some rest.”

So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw

them leaving recognised them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there

ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on

them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching

them many things.”

When I read this passage one sentence jumped out at me, so, I thought if it speaks

to me maybe it is relevant to others.

The sentence is "he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place

and get some rest.'"

Rest. A break from all the bustle and activity.

Rest. A chance to renew, to stop, to slow down.

Rest. An end of work, if only for a little while.

Rest. An opportunity to stop doing, so that you may simply be.

Rest.

What a beautiful word!

So much is packed into Jesus' simple invitation and I have been a little surprised at

my own reaction to it. The only way to explain it is that I have filled my life – maybe

for years but especially lately -- with so much activity, so much work, so many

obligations that the very idea of rest is completely alien to me. Don't get me wrong:

this isn't a complaint.

I love my life and would rather be busy than not. It's more an observation

that somewhere in all that I do, I think I've forgotten how to rest.

I go to bed to read my book on my Ipad but when I have finished I check emails

or check out things on the internet that might be useful for a school assembly, an allage

talk or the Care Home Service that is to be organised…

none of which are so important that they can’t wait until the morning.

And I suspect that I'm not alone.

"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."

This is not just an invitation to take an afternoon off or go on holiday –

though those may be important – this is an invitation to loosen our shackles

and climb out of the cages we've constructed from a culturally-fed belief

that more is the ticket to happiness and that work is the ticket to more.

Rest, invites a chance to step back and stand apart from all the things that usually

drive and consume us so that we might detect God's presence and blessing,

experience a sense of contentment, and give thanks.

I would suggest that you think of one thing you will not do this week:

one evening where you will shut down your computer or turn off your mobile phone,

one appointment that you will refuse to make, one night where you read a real book,

not one on your Ipad, and then put it down.

But don't stop there;

Think of one thing you will actually do in order to rest:

one walk you will take, one game you will play with a child or neighbour, one

opportunity you will take to sit, alone or with others, not in front of the television

but simply to contemplate your blessings and abundance that you may go to bed that

night content and grateful.

Try to do what you have thought of so that you can get a bit closer to Jesus

and accept his invitation to

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

 

An Evening with East Fife Male Voice Choir

Celebrated 60 years as a Choir

on Saturday 7th October at 7pm in St Serfs Church Lochgelly. The church was packed and the audience were treated to a wonderful concert with a range of musical genres.

 

 

 

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