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2012 Assembly - Friday summary
May 25, 2012
The Friday session of the General Assembly began with the singing of Psalm 138.
The main item of business was the minute anent deceased ministers and elders, presented by Professor John McIntosh. The Assembly marked the passing of the late Reverend Albert Sleip, Reverend Alistair Montgomerie and Reverend Kenneth Macleod.
There were also the reports of the Nomination Committee, the Committee on Visitation of Records and the Committee on Printing Acts of Assembly.
Mr Donald Matheson gave a vote of thanks, paying tribute to the work of all who helped during the Assembly week. This included the “doormen”, the technical team, the communication team, the ladies doing the hospitality at St Columba’s, the Free Church office staff, the Assembly precentor Evan Macdonald, the Senior and Junior Clerks, and finally the Moderator.
Mr Matheson complimented Dr Campbell on his Moderatorial address, and said that commissioners will take away “the message of the communion of the saints”. He continued by saying it was “strengthening and comforting” to him, and that it pointed the way ahead “not just how we behave with others in the denomination, but outside it too”.
The Moderator thanked commissioners for the prayers for his mother and father who have been unwell, and reported that his father was now out of hospital. He also thanked his wife for her support throughout the week.
The Assembly concluded with the singing of Psalm 122 verses six to nine, and it was announced that next year’s Assembly begins on Monday 20th May 2013 at 6pm.