The Weekend Away, 2017


The weekend away has been a highlight of the Grace Church Leith calendar since our early days, and this year didn’t disappoint!

84 of us altogether travelled up from Leith to Pitlochry, staying in Faskally House. The weekend ran from Friday evening till Sunday lunchtime before we returned home to worship in Leith.

Once again, it proved an excellent time to grow closer as a church family and be refreshed under God’s word.

This year we were joined by Dr Sinclair B. Ferguson— preacher, theologian and wonderful friend of Grace Church Leith— who gave talks on Romans 5:1-11 and 8:31-39, together entitled 'The Crown Above Your Head'.

Dr Ferguson spoke about our tendency to 'live below the level of our privileges' as recipients of God's rich grace, his free gift, in Christ.

The title reflected this theme well, recalling a scene from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress in which a man is found raking around in the muck, never looking up to see the celestial crown held out above him.

As Christians we can still find ourselves asking, ‘how do I know God really loves me?’, but we were pointed back to the ultimate answer: not in life’s circumstances, but in Jesus’ death on the cross we see the fullness and freeness of God’s love for us—‘in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8).

Dr Ferguson went on to say that the joy and security we gain in the gospel is not only ours already, but is also eternally.

Again, as Christians we can still feel defeated, accused, condemned and separated from the love of God, when really none of these things can be true of us anymore in Christ. Jesus’ death assures us that our salvation is a done deal in God’s sight, and nothing will be able to separate us from His love.

Indeed— ‘If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?’ (Romans 8:31-32)

After an encouraging morning, Saturday afternoon was an opportunity to explore the Perthshire countryside before fun and games later in the evening.

We gathered again on Sunday morning to share and pray for each other. It was a great encouragement to hear one of our long-standing members speak about how God had brought him to a living faith in Jesus, and how He is currently working in our friend’s life.

After this was a time given to thank God for our weekend together and pray for one another, before returning home to Leith for our regular 4pm service—a fitting end of a special weekend for our church family.

We’re very thankful to Sinclair Ferguson, Faskally Christian Trust, and also to members of Niddrie Community Church for their amazing children’s work throughout the weekend.

The talks from the weekend are now available here.