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2012 Assembly - Monday evening summary

May 21, 2012

The 2012 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland opened tonight in St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh.

Reverend James MacIver, the retiring Moderator, opened with worship and preached on Luke 5: 1-11 examining Simon Peter’s experience when Jesus told him to let his nets down for a catch.

Mr MacIver encouraged commissioners to take heart from Simon Peter’s response – despite him being a fisherman and Jesus a carpenter, Simon Peter was willing to lay aside his own expertise in obedience to Christ.

He concluded that God’s method using God’s word is always successful, arguing that the Free Church need not fear in spite of “a hostile world to the Gospel, humanistic philosophies and minority campaigning groups”.

Mr MacIver also led the Assembly in prayer as ministers and elders remembered the family of the late Reverend Kenneth Macleod, Thurso.

The new Moderator was then elected, and Reverend Dr Iain D Campbell said he “counted it a great honour to be called to this chair and occupy this office”.

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Reverend James MacIver with the new Moderator Reverend Dr Iain D Campbell

Elaine Duncan, from the Scottish Bible Society, presented Dr Campbell with a Bible to mark the occasion.

Although it was the sixth time she had presented a Bible to a Free Church Moderator, she said it was becoming increasingly symbolic as Christianity and the scriptures are pushed to the margins of our culture.

The protocols were agreed for webcasting during the Assembly, and the report of the Assembly Arrangements Committee was also passed. It was noted that keynote addresses would also be available online.

The Assembly reconvenes at 10am tomorrow morning.

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