First Sunday in Lent February 21st 2021

Beloved in Christ

It has been a wonderful beginning to the Lenten season.  I think we are all feeling cheered at the statistics of the drop in CoronaVirus cases, the excellent progress of the Jab.  As well as that, the rain has cleared off the snow so our slipping around was minimised, and the days are longer and the weather milder.

For our communities, you supported the Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday services well, thank you and bless you.

All is in place now for Lent, so my emails will be news items of importance for a while, until we prepare for Palm Sunday and Holy week, and Easter! I trust that we will have more news on the horizon regarding lockdown and worship in churches in the mean time.

1.    You will have each received ‘LiveLent’ booklets, and we hope you enjoy the daily reflections

2.    On Sundays we are joining the Tayport and churches and St Mary’s in a pre-recorded, online worship service. It is a wonderful ecumenical initiative, and I for one, am very proud to witness the fruits of our planning and dreams! The readings are from the Lectionary, so you will be able to follow once you have joined us, or source them on the Scottish Episcopal Church website. (If this is difficult for you, let us know and I’ll send them to you).  This week it is hosted largely by St Margaret’s, but each week will follow more or less the same order of service, to embrace all of our traditions. The link will be the same throughout Lent, and it is:

3.    Tuesday evening Zoom meetings, for our various communities, continue to meet on the same link we have been using, at 7pm, the link being

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85601019298

4.    Wednesday evenings at 8pm on Zoom continue to meet on the sae link as before, the link being, as before

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2091141378?pwd=c0pJbXNqNWJUUDl4SnJUMXVBVVNEdz09

God bless, stay in touch and remain safe!

Kathy Barrable

07552 503859

Sunday before Lent February 14th 2021

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ

It is Valentine’s Day! In the midst of all the whiteness of dazzling snow, I hope you are overflowing with love, and able to share it with those around you and your special ones.  There are so many clichés, but it is good to express what you make of this most used word in the world. By the way, it is used 538 times in the New Revised Standard Version, which Bible translation most of us use! 

It gives me new energy to enter a vital season in our church, together. I think we are going to have a full and engaging 40 day journey of togetherness this Lent. Here are some of our initiatives: 

Our Lent booklets ‘LiveLent’ have arrived!  You will be receiving it, hand delivered by Tuesday. We think you will find it challenging and life-giving.  It has daily reflections so you can spend a little time each day in your personal, prayerful reflection

Together with LiveLent, you’ll be receiving two handouts:

1.   Shrove Tuesday, with a recipe for pancakes, so that you can indulge yourself and your family, enjoying the tradition we would have shared together, had we not been in lockdown. Our Zoom meeting continues at 7pm, for a relaxed virtual feast and open discussion. On Shrove Tuesday. If possible and even it’s a once-off, do try to join us. The link is through MoragAnne Elder https://us02web.coom.us/j/856-1019298

2.       A second handout in your pack will be for Ash Wednesday. It has an activity you can do in your own home. For those who can, do join us on for a Zoom service including a Eucharist at 8pm. The link is through Betty Evans, and it is:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2091141378?pwd=c0pJbXNqNWJUUDl4SnJUMXVBVVNEdz09

3.   Throughout Lent, the two Zoom groups will share a new weekly reflection and video in their usual Tuesday and Wednesday slots.  We will send you the link so that you can watch it on your own if you need to.

4.   On Wednesday, our Zoom group got to Chapter 15 of Mark’s Gospel.  We would like to finish reading it by Lent, so we will meet earlier on Tuesday, to read Chapters 15 and 16. We will be receiving a new link for this extra meeting.  If you’d like to come in with us, let us know.

Sunday services in Lent will be pre-recorded and online, from our own community. You will be receiving a link each week to watch the service. It will be comprised of contributions from the churches in Tayport and ourselves in Tayport and Newport. It will be a wonderful gathering of our communities.

World day of prayer is on Friday 5th March, and we will give you more details closer to the time.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY ARE:

2 Kings 5: 1-14; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27; Mark 1: 40-45

Two men with incurable ailments are cured.  Naaman finds it difficult to simply be obedient and accepting the power of God, being used to receiving the best of attention and indulgence in life.  He learned to trust and obey, as the old chorus says, ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.’ Are we capable of this simplicity in asking Jesus to cure us of our habit or dis-ease? The gospel reading takes us to a fascinating encounter.  Having asked to be cured, the blind man say that if Jesus is willing, he can be cured, as if the power, rightly, rests with Jesus.  Jesus assures him of his willingness, and cleanses him…  Then, friends, should we not be assured that Christ wants us to be aware of what needs healing, name it to him, and be assured that he wants to return us to perfect form and mind.  Let us do just that this Lent: bring our needs to the waiting and expectant Jesus, change our habits and live through 40 days in a new, refreshed and healthy way.

God bless you richly

Kathy Barrable

07552 503859

Second Sunday before Lent , February 7th 2021

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ

May you feel the living Christ accompanying you on your journey. Let us pray:

Gracious God,
as we remember before you the thousands who have died,
surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.
Be gentle with us in our grief,
protect us from despair,
and give us grace to persevere
and face the future with hope
in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

Amen.

As we travel through each day, let us lean in to a budding season, absorbing this day’s rain, just like your Word and Presence, to strengthen us for the best springtime of our lives, when slowly we will be able to move, meet and gather together.  Let us encourage one another as we do this.

During Wednesday evening’s Zoom meeting, we have read up to Chapter 11 of Mark’s gospel.  Do join us even if you are at home.  We are enjoying the continuous reading, and many interesting questions are raised in terms of the content and also of the different translations we are using. The link is: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2091141378?pwd=c0pJbXNqNWJUUDl4SnJUMXVBVVNEdz09

In 10 days’ time we will start the season of Lent, and here are our plans:

On Shrove Tuesday, you are invited to join the Zoom group at 7pm for a special service.  We plan to have pancakes to share virtually. The link is through MoragAnne Elder https://us02web.coom.us/j/856-1019298

On Ash Wednesday, you are invited to join us on Zoom for a service at 8pm. The link is through Betty Evans, and it is:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2091141378?pwd=c0pJbXNqNWJUUDl4SnJUMXVBVVNEdz09

LiveLent is a booklet with daily reflections, which we will purchase and distribute to you, and it is free!  We can travel through the days and hold each other in prayer, or if you would like, choose a friend to chat to about what your experience is. We intend delivering the booklets to your doorstep.

Through Lent, the two Zoom groups will share a weekly reflection and video.  We will send you the link so that you can watch it on your own.

Sunday services in Lent will be virtual, and you will be receiving a link each week to watch a service.  It will be comprised of contributions from the churches in Tayport and ourselves. It will be a wonderful gathering of our communities.

World day of prayer is on Friday 5th March, and we will give you more details closer to the time.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY ARE:

Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Cor.9:16-23; Psalm 147: 1-12; Mark 1:29-39

Jesus’ ministry of healing is in full force.  People seem to wish for healing of their afflictions and ailments before understanding and the teaching of the gospel.  Jesus heals a range of ailments, yet he makes time for lengthy and personal prayer.  How could this apply to you and to me?  One view is that our world, country and neighbourhood, our friends and neighbours need prayerful nurturing whilst the rest of our lives might show the wear and tear of Covid and lockdown.  Let us stay in touch, healing where our prayers lead us, led by what comes from our personal prayers to God who walked the earth in the form of Jesus.  He is our first point of conversation, and that soothes and inspires us to do God’s will.

May God bless you richly

Kathy Barrable

07552 503859

Revd Katharine Ann Barrable M Ed., M Th

Grace and Peace be with you

Newsletter January 30th 2021

Beloved in Christ

Greetings in the name of our Lord. As it says in one of the week’s readings, ‘Grace, Peace and Mercy’!

It is a brighter day – and a beautiful one.  The sun is rising and setting higher in the sky, and there is crisp frost on the ground.  Everyone is walking their dogs, and greeting one another.  I don’t know of one 80+ year old who hasn’t been notified about, or received their jab! There seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Numbers of Covid cases are dropping, and there is even talk of children returning to school in March.  I am with my grandsons twice a week now, and re-learning how little minds work, sharing their delight in capering, climbing and clawing wetness and cold, and of course learning how clever they are to know terms about bears go into torpor, and male otters being called boars! Mostly, I rediscover the simple joys of childhood when one is invincible, immortal and all-powerful (and all loving!)  Bless you and your families, and let us take heart and pray for one another!

I have recently downloaded an app on my phone called, ‘Pray as you go’. It is about 12 minutes long, starts with music, a lectionary reading, and a reflection. I recommend it highly. Do ry it!

‘Join the Conversation’ Ecumenical Zoom on Tuesdays continues very well

This Wednesday’s Zoom will be moving to Thursday at 8, for this week only.  The link is:

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Should you be following from home, we read up to Mark Chapter 8.

Lent is coming up in February and we plan to purchase a booklet for every one of us, with contemporary reflections.  More news of that later!

Here is a prayer by Thomas Merton, Cistercian monk:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Not do I really know myself,

And the fact that I think I am following your will

Does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you

Does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire

In all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything

Apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this

You will lead me by the right road,

Though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always, though I seem to be lost

And in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,

And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Readings for Sunday are:

Deut. 18:15-20; 1 Cor.8:1-13; Psalm 111; Mark 1:21-28

The demoniac shouts, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus..? Many of us call that out now, as our world is also turned upside down, and challenging our normal ways of thinking and being.  Jesus wants, should we ask, to heal us, make our lives right itself, communicate with us, journey with us, and listen to us.  Let us turn to him in prayers and petitions.

God bless you in every way

Kathy Barrable

07752 503859