We were delighted to hear that our friend Rev Dr Michael Paterson has been short-listed for election to the office of Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway. The Electoral Synod meets on Saturday 9 March, with the election of the new Bishop on Saturday 16 March, and we ask your prayers both for all the candidates and for those who have to discern God’s will for the future direction of their diocese.
We were so pleased that the announcement linked below recognises Michael’s service to St Margaret’s, where he encouraged and inspired us during our inter-regnum, and preached many memorable sermons. Enter Paterson in the search box, and you’ll find some of them used in our Thoughts for the Month!
Do come along at 6.00pm this coming Sunday (7 October), when our special Sunday@Six service of Sung Evensong with a Harvest theme will be led by a small choir of doctors and consultants working across the Forth Valley. Don’t be put off by the term “Evensong” … we’re using the traditional words, but instead of Anglican chant by the choir, we have modern hymn settings for psalms and canticles, so there will be more opportunity than usual to raise your voices in praise. Bring your friends!
We are pleased to announce that at a meeting on 19 June, chaired by our interim bishop, the Right Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, members of both vestries interviewed and appointed the Very Rev Kenny Rathband as the new rector of Holy Trinity, Dunfermline and St Margaret’s, Rosyth.
Kenny is Dean of our diocese and rector of St Catharine’s, Blairgowrie, St Anne’s, Coupar Angus and St Ninian’s, Alyth. He also has pastoral care of St Michael’s, Ballintuim.
We look forward to welcoming Kenny to serve St Margaret’s, probably later in the autumn after the consecration of our Bishop-elect Ian on 20 October. Further details will be posted here later. In the meantime, we hold Kenny and his wife, Ruth, in our prayers.