We began our General Synod in Edinburgh today.
Stuart Muir, who is Pastoral Musician at our Cathedral in Dundee, created the usual wonderful and very congregational music for the opening Eucharist.
This is how my Primus’ Charge began:
‘The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.’
When you read the Synod papers – if you read the Synod papers – you will have found yourself immersed in words and figures, information about what our Boards and Committees have been doing, challenges which face us in our membership, in training, in mission, in pensions, in human sexuality questions and many more. The question is whether that is business – just business – or whether the Spirit continues to remind us of all that Jesus has said to us. It is either ‘things that we do’ or ‘things which lead us to think about Jesus and his teaching.’