Time to Say Good Bye
Sadly, it seems the time has come for me (Dan) to write my last letter in the monthly bulletin. It was 18 months ago that Penny and I moved to Inverness and started our ministry in the Free North and Madras Street. Since then, we have been encouraged, supported and loved by the congregations and we are so thankful to everyone for their friendship and support over this time.
We have learned a lot over the last year. It has been a time of God’s refining hand as he has taught us about full time pastoral ministry. These are lessons we will definitely carry into our future ministries. So we thank the congregation for calling us to be their assistant minister. We had no experience and you were willing to bring us into the flock and allow us to serve Christ among you.
Working alongside Colin and Jessie has been a real delight for us. They are hard working and dedicated to the work of God. They have given us clear guidance and biblical teaching and we will forever be in their debt for the time they have spent with us. Take care of them, pray for them and carry on encouraging them. They are good servants of Christ with a love for you all.
It has come as a surprise for many of us that now is the time God has changed the direction of our feet and called us to the Wild West! We are bound for the shores of Poolewe and Aultbea. We did not expect a move this quickly or this suddenly. However, we are always reminded that God’s plans are best. So Sunday the 29th March is our last day but I hope we will be back!
We would like to thank everyone for your generosity, kindness and love shown to our family since we arrived. We will forever hold the church here in our heart and we join with Paul when he says:
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Rev Dan Paterson