In South Australia the community talks about "Mad March", with such a variety of entertainment and other activities, but at Scots Church recently the Minister was heard referring to “Marvellous May”. What a month we had!
May is History Month in this State and Scots had its share of history. As always there were people who came to look at our historic church and learn something of its past. For a week McGregor Hall was the venue for “The Trenches, the Home Front and the Protestant Church Community”, a collection of artefacts, post cards, letters, photographs, newspaper and church magazine reports and much more provided by the Uniting Church SA Historical Society, presided over by a slightly larger than life model of a digger in WW1 uniform. Then in contrast to this we later hosted "The Voice of Dissent: the Quaker witness to non-violence in a time of war". This was a most interesting display of banners, posters and other material providing an insight into the challenges faced by a Christian community whose commitment to non-violence and peace-making set them at odds with the majority of Australian society in WW1.
On Sunday 3rd May we celebrated a piece of our own church's history as we marked the 150th Anniversary of the union of the variety of Scottish Presbyterian Churches in early South Australia to form the one Presbyterian Church of SA.
The church building was alive with jazz music on 17th May when we held our "Gospel Service with Marilyn Keller". This exciting American singer of jazz, blues and gospel music (see May TALK page 3) and a four-piece music group enriched our worship. Dr Don Hopgood AO, President of the South Australian Jazz Archive (based upstairs at Scots), former politician and past Moderator of the Uniting Church in SA, was our guest preacher. Marilyn Keller entertained us with more gospel songs at morning tea time. It was a great morning appreciated by both our own congregation and a good number of visitors.
Sunday 24th May, the Day of Pentecost, was the day the current Moderator of the Uniting Church visited Scots. Dr Deidre Palmer is a lecturer in the School of Theology at Flinders University and at the College of Divinity. She was our Guest Preacher and also dedicated the new plaque installed in memory of the Rev Ian Tanner.
The last Sunday in May was chosen as our Frontier Services Sunday and we are looking forward to the visit of Pastor Gary Ferguson who is the Patrol Minister serving isolated families and remote communities in the Parkin Patrol in northern South Australia, based at Hawker.
Truly a Magnificent May! Rev Norah Norris
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