Our Pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be attending the Assembly of the APC in Inverness, Scotland. This annual gathering of all the member churches in our denomination serves as an opportunity for sharing how the Lord is building up His church, reviewing the challenging circumstances that we face, and renewing our passion for service in Christ's kingdom.
As part of the Assembly's business, a 'Loyal Address to Queen Elizabeth' has been prepared and it reads as follows:
To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty
The Loyal and Dutiful Address Of the General Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Canada
We, the General Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Canada, which met in Inverness this 22nd day of May 2018, desire to express the warmth of our humble devotion and loyalty to Your Majesty, Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and
in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (1 Tim 1:5)
We give praise and thanks to God our Heavenly Father for His grace and favour extended towards your Majesty during your long and faithful reign over us. Your tireless service and selfless devotion to the Country and Commonwealth from the time Your Majesty took your coronation vows and throughout your reign, till the present day have been a wonderful example of dedicated Christian service to God and man. As Christians we constantly look to the Lord Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8) So too, in our service of Christ, as we bear the cross, may we do so looking forward in certain
hope to that day where we shall wear the eternal crown.
The anniversary of Your Majesty’s 70 years of marriage to your beloved Consort, the Duke of Edinburgh, have also served our nation as a testimony to God’s divinely appointed institution of and intention for marriage as between one man and one woman for life. The love and commitment shown to one another through all the pressures and challenges of relentless public service and exhausting royal schedules over the years have also been a tribute to your Majesty’s dedication to God and commitment to uphold his Holy word. Therefore our prayer for Your Majesty, in both public and family life is that God would continue to give you daily grace and strength to clearly, faithfully and fearlessly bear witness to the gospel as a servant and disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even King David - described as a man after God’s own heart – prayed, “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my
hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4,5)
The country recently rejoiced over the birth of your latest great grand-son Louis, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the marriage of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We pray that God would bless their homes and marriages and that all within the extended royal household would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and increasingly come to love and serve Him - Whom to know is Life eternal. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) And so, may the Gospel of salvation by “grace alone” through “faith alone” in “Christ alone” shine forth as the hallmark of Your Majesty’s household and be a light to our nation as we actively await the coming of the King of Kings and LORD of Lords.
Now may the God of peace … through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21).
On behalf of the Assembly,
Donald Ross McFarlane