Welcome to the online Fetteresso Church Service - Church At Home for this week. Many thanks to James Dickinson for leading us through this Service, and to the Rev Dr Bill Wallace for today’s Sermon. Thanks also to Ian Gillis our Choirmaster and Organist for the Musical interludes. Due to the current guidelines any music praise items in this Online Service have been added in from our extensive Fetteresso Digital Sound Archives.
The theme of this week’s Service is “Building” or to be more exact Architectural detailing.
We are in Matthew 21 and Jesus has returned to the Temple Courts and we have another parable to try to understand. Jesus is sitting in the temple and so is surrounded by stones
that make up the temple and at the very end of the parable says these words from Psalm 118-“The Stone that the Builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Another word for this is the keystone, and that is the stone that holds everything together. The skilled stonemason is always on the look out for the right stone to complete (cap) the building.
We stay in a very old house in the Kirktown of Fetteresso and this was an Inn or Ale house but was also where the Stonemasons traditionally lived. We not only have documentary evidence for this but more importantly we have the walls……> part of our restoration work over the past 25 years uncovered this interesting architectural feature a very rare straight arched fireplace: -
This fireplace has more that likely come from Fetteresso Castle and reused in the Stonemasons own house (the Old Inn) possibly as early as 1680. This was when major restoration work on Fetteresso Castle was undertaken after its partial destruction by the Marquis of Montrose. As they say, if walls could speak!!!!!! Well, curved arch or straight arch the important stone is the middle or keystone – as that is what holding everything together.
All too readily we follow our own plans and then wonder why things fall apart, see Mark Chapter 13 v 2. We need to return to following God’s plan and to recognise that Jesus is the keystone that holds everything together. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29 v 11.
Keep Safe Keep Singing Keep Building