Just the Job for Christmas

Every Partick Thistle Nil supporter should have one of these!

Tears are our first words. The first way we have of communicating is through tears. Is there anything that gets a baby more attention than tears? Is there anything that can command complete, immediate devotion more than a torrent of tears.

In earlier cultures, before PTNFC, the tears of mourners were gathered into something called a lachrymatory, or “tear-catcher,” a specially created container for human tears of grief or sometimes of joy. In fact, a company is now bringing them back and selling them online. Tear Catcher

Parish Day

This has been set for Saturday 5th December from 10.30 – 3.30pm. Anne Tomlinson, the Ministry Development Officer for the Diocese will help us through the day, when we will be looking at “where we are” and “where we want to get to” now that the Hall is up and running.

Please try to attend.

Completion at last!

The Local Cooncil have had a look around the New Hall (at last) and passed us fit for human habitation! So we’re up and running! So soup on Friday in the hall, although the joiners are still making us lockers for Community Groups in the big meeting room at the back!

Bartimaeus – Sermon Trinity 20

A young man, blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got to know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm and wit. A beautiful friendship developed between them.
But then, one day, a so-called friend told him that the girl wasn’t very good-looking. In fact, in Glasgow parlance, she was hacket! From that moment on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad!! He had been “seeing” her very well up until that point. It was his friend who was blind!

A blind person doesn’t judge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight, and then there is insight!!

In biblical times, blindness was very common. Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and we have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinary glasses, bifocals, magnifying glasses, telescopes, microscopes…… We can see more and further than ever before in our history.

In fact the miracle which Jesus performed for Bartimaeus happens regularly in our local hospitals on a daily basis.

Because we are not blind, we might be tempted to think that the Gospel story has no relevance for us, but it’s because most of us can see very well, even with our specs on, that it HAS relevance for us! You see, the question for us really is, “How well do you see?” “How well do you see?”
Bartimaeus was suffering from physical blindness. But there are other forms of blindness! We acknowledge this when we say things like “I was completely in the dark”, or “It suddenly dawned on me”, or “It was right in front of me and I couldn’t see it!”

Is it possible that a blind person could have more faith than a sighted person? Is it possible that a blind person could even “see” more than a sighted person, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding?

I had Bobby Simpson in the new hall last week, and he became, in a few short minutes, more aware of his surroundings and what was where, than most of the Wednesday congregation sitting round the table in the corner. They probably didn’t see half the things Bobby saw, and he’s completely blind!
St Mark certainly thought that a blind person had more insight and understanding than most of us! In fact, this seems to be the whole point of his story! Bartimaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his disciples who had perfect eyesight! Bartimaeus has no doubts, whereas the disciples are full of doubts and hesitation.

One of the saddest things Jesus said about his contemporaries was this: “They have eyes but fail to see.” They witnessed the great things he did, yet had no faith in him. And maybe, just maybe, lack of faith is a more serious kind of blindness than physical blindness.

There is a darkness worse than that of Bartemaeus – the darkness of unbelief, which can lead to total despair!

Physical sight is a great thing, a gift which we should never take for granted, but spiritual sight is even greater.

The Gospel story is more a discipleship story, a “calling” story, than a story of healing. When Bartimaeus was cured he could have gone off to live his own life, forgetting about Jesus. Instead he became an immediate and enthusiastic disciple of Jesus. He followed Jesus along the road, and that is the climax of the story. Bartimaeus didn’t run off and become a proof reader for the Jerusalem Echo!

From a mere believer, Bartimaeus became a disciple. There is a big difference. Being a disciple means living as a Christian. His willingness to follow Jesus contrasts with the disciples misunderstandings and hesitations during the journey to Jerusalem.

Bartimaeus was in darkness until he met Jesus. We are in darkness when we doubt, when we hate, when we live in error or prejudice or when we choose evil over good. Hatred and loathing over love.
So we should be making the prayer of Bartimaeus our own prayer, “Lord, that I may see”. “Lord that I may have insight” That we might see what is really important in life, and above all that we may see with the eyes of faith, and have insight that is based very firmly in the teachings of Our Lord.

Charity Night

Organised by Jean Richford, Connie & Gavin, a wonderful night in St Pat’s which you miss at your peril. Ask them for more details!