What a busy place Edinburgh was on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd May! We had headed off after the service in preparation for grand-parenting duties on the Monday, but stopped to visit the Heart and Soul event which takes place in Princes Street Gardens during the General Assembly.
However, our arrival was delayed as the Edinburgh Buses heading towards Princes Street were on diverted routes because of another event taking place at short notice – the open topped bus procession for the members of the Hibs FC who had won the Scottish Cup Final. The roads were populated by supporters wearing green strips, scarves and waving flags.
They were obviously very happy and exuberant – some of them could even be described as a little merry! There were children of all ages, some in buggies, and there were adults of all ages, delighted that after 114 years of trying their team had at last got their hands on the Scottish Cup.
In Princes Street Gardens too, there were children of all ages, some in buggies and there were adults of all ages, sharing in worship in the Ross Bandstand and visiting the various stands illustrating the work of various congregations across Scotland, Christian Aid, the Bible Society, and the Councils of the Church of Scotland and many more.
We met a number of people we knew and it was a good opportunity to catch up on news of friends whom we had not seen for a number of years.
It struck me that there were similarities in these two different gatherings. In both, people came together with a common purpose – one for worship; one to celebrate a sporting achievement.
It is always good to meet together, and that opportunity is always available to us each Sunday. Paul makes it clear that God has given us spiritual gifts. But he also states unmistakably that these abilities are not provided to make us feel good; they are abilities to minister that should be used for the common good! We are commanded to use spiritual gifts to help each other. He also makes it clear that we meet with others at worship so they can use their gifts to strengthen us.
We look forward to having you join with us.