Dear Congregation of Erskine
Last night your minister, the Rev. Dr. Ian McPhee preached at the Presbytery of Hamilton meeting hosted at your church – his last stated meeting before his retirement, 31 August 2016. 24 years ministering God’s grace at Erskine! Congratulations Ian and best wishes for your retirement.
It is was my pleasure also to be appointed as your Interim Moderator. This means that I will Moderate your Session meetings, as your Session leads this congregation to where it discerns the Spirit is leading.
I am delighted to announce that Mr. Matthew Lingard will be responsible for preaching and leading worship at Erskine all the Sundays from September-December 2016. Your minister-in-association The Rev. Willard Pottinger will lead in Holy Communion when celebrated, and Matthew Lingard will officiate and preach those services.
Matthew will also be available to the congregation of Erskine for some pastoral care through the week with coordination through your Shepherding committee, and perform funerals, with my supervision.
Of course, anyone is welcome to reach me directly through Central Presbyterian Church, contact details at www.cpchamilton.ca or call 905 522 9098.
I will be preaching at Erskine on September 25th, 2016, and I truly hope to meet all of you then. Please would you remember each morning in this time of vacancy, between ministers and ministries, to offer this prayer or one like it
Lord in your mercy guide Erskine
by your Spirit
into your good will.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I hope to post these Notes (2.0, 3.0 etc.) as the year goes on as a way of keeping touch with all of you.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
The Rev. Dr. J. Gregory Davidson, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Div., Ph.D.