The CWM Council held its opening worship at Hamilton URC on Sunday 16th June 2013.
Hosted by the United Reformed Church in Scotland, the Council received warm welcomes from the Scottish Synod Moderator, Rev John Humphreys, Provost of South Lanarkshire Council, Eileen Logan, the minister of Hamilton United Reformed Church, Rev Derek Corner and greetings from Rev Roberta Rominger, URC General Secretary.
The congregation, which included a number of ecumenical partners in Scotland, heard from Mr Joseph Milner, Director of CWM Council from the churches of Christ in Malawi, of the legacy of David Livingstone in the country that he spent so much time in.
CWM Moderator, Rev Samuel Tikeri Tialavea, spoke to the congregation about the theme of the 2013 Council ‘Hope: Impulse for Mission’. Taking his principle reading from the book of Lamentations chapter 3:16-24, Rev Tialavea spoke on the hope of Christ that can come from deepest despair. Lamentations ch 3:22 – 24 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I hope in Him’.” For Rev Tialavea, the writer of this passage reassures the reader of the faithfulness and compassion of God and invites us to put our hope and trust in the Lord with all our heart. God met the writer in the midnight of his despair and gave him hope. The Moderator offered a prayer that in the lonely place in our lives God will meet us there.
CWM believes that its mission is influenced and inspired by hope; there is no obstacle that can prevent us from singing God’s love to the corners of the earth. Hope is the source of energy for those who know the love of God. Rev Tialavea calls those gathered here and the whole CWM family to embrace the fact that there is no relationship so broken that cannot be healed by the knowledge of the hope in God’s love.
Hope is not wishful thinking; it is a call to action, it is the fuel for liberation of the downtrodden. As it was for David Livingstone, so should it be for CWM. Hope as an impulse for mission.
Written by DAVID CRUCHLEY, edited by SHIREEN LIM