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Gordon MacDonald reads the first lesson

Fiona Hutcheson reads the second lesson

John McCulloch reads the history of our vacancy time

Rev John Urquhart signs the Formula

Rev Neil Dougall welcomes John to St. Mungo's

Margaret Webster presents a practical gift of a snow shovel. Essential for the winter
weather in Penicuik

Ian Cathcart welcome

Rev John Young relates his experiences of John

Rev Lynsay Downs welcome

Listen to all the elements of the Induction Service

Rev John Urquhart Induction  - 10 August 2017

The Rev John Urquhart was officially inducted into his new charge at St. Mungo’s on Thursday August 10th at 7.00pm. The Rev Neil Dougall led the service with members of the Presbytery joined by a congregation with members of for all the Penicuik churches, and Craigmillar Park.

St. Mungo's church was filled with a congregation from across Penicuik, Edinburgh and beyond. Presbytery was well represented with the lead team consisting of Rev Neil Dougall who would lead the service and formal induction, Rev Anikȯ Schütz Bradwell, preaching the sermon, and John McCulloch, Clerk of the Presbytery of Lothian.

This happy occasion was the culmination of over 5 years vacancy, since the Rev Geoff Berry departed to become an army chaplain.

'God the Father of Creation'. Neil continued with our The Rev Neil Dougall started the service with the call to worship, followed by Hymn 113prayer of approach, before we heard scripture readings, first from Matthew 7: 7-11, read by Gordon Macdonald, and then Romans 12: 4-13, read by Fiona Hutcheson.

The church was then filled with our praise, singing Hymn 559 'There is a redeemer'.  

The Rev
Anikȯ Schütz Bradwell, then took to the pulpit to preach the sermon. We heard of the new beginning, of a new chapter, not only for the people of Penicuik St. Mungo's, but for John Urquhart and his family, moving out from Edinburgh.

Referring to the scripture readings 
Anikȯ reminded us that if we but ask we will be answered, if we but seek we shall find. however the scripture reading did not specify a timescale. Finding a new minister for a church is was not about being quick to fill our vacancy, rather finding the right person for the right place. The reading reassures that in God's time we will find what we are looking for, and john has found us.

Aniko continued with some of the practicalities that John will be faced with. Identifying and remembering which name goes with which person, which dentist to register with, where to get your hair cut, and of course where to get the best fish and chips! While not life defining, they help in making this new place a home.

There will be a lot for the congregation to find out. About John and how he works. We can then go forward together, in this new chapter of our church. We will bring together the congregations many talents and gifts with those of John, wife Rebbecca and son David, to step forward together into the future. In the words of Paul's letter to the Romans, let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good, love one another with mutual affection, outdo one another in showing zeal. Be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, and extend hospitality to strangers.

We said together,The Apostles Creed, before singing Hymn 485 'Dear Lord and Father of mankind'.

The formal Induction commenced with 
John McCulloch, Clerk of the Presbytery of Lothian, summarising the activities during the vacancy period following the departure of Geoff Berry in April 2012.

The Rev Neil Dougall then explained the process of induction, before asking Rev John Urquhart to profess his faith, answering a number of questions put to him. John then signed This was followed by signing of the Formula of Subscription, sealing the vows he had made, John McCuloch read the formula to the congregation.

The congregation then answered a series of questions, accepting Rev John Urquhart into our church, offering him our encouragement and support, share the responsibility to follow and serve Jesus Christ, and to give our time, talents, and money to the work of the Church in the world.

There followed three signs of Shared Ministry,
  • Janis Hogg presented the bible
  • Bill Webster presented water, as a symbol of the holy Spirit
  • Margaret Webster presented bread a symbol of united as His body in Holy communion.
The Rev Neil Dougall prayed for both minister and congregation that we work together in His name. 

Members of Presbytery and St. Mungo's were then asked forward to welcome John into our church, offering him the hand of friendship and fellowship.

Closing the service we sang hymn 396 'And can it be that I should gain'.

The formalities concluded the gathering met in the church hall to celebrate with John Urquhart and his family, friends and colleagues this joyous occasion.

the celebration meal
Our interim moderator, Yvonne Atkins, now standing down from her role, opened the gathering, introducing Deputy Session Clerk Margaret Webster to lead the thanks. Margaret welcomed john into our church and community, and was followed by Rev Ian Cathcart and Rev Lynsay Downs from Penicuik South and St. James the Less churches offering their welcome and support.

John Urquhart then replied before Mrs Pauline Weibye, Session Clerk at Craigmillar Park Church spoke of her time with John, and how their loss was our gain, wishing us the very best on our new journey of faith. The Rev John Young also provided further insight into John's skills and talents and how these would help us all in our journey.

Finally St. Mungo's Gordon Macdonald offered a vote of thanks to all who had worked tirelessly to reach this moment of celebration.

Rebecca receives flowers from St. Mungo's member Betty Macmillan 

John thanks us for all our support

Yvonne 'hurrah' that we have successfully reached our destination
John will be 'preached in' to his new charge by Rev Shirley Fraser on Sunday 13 August
Published 13 August 2017
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838