Beloved in Christ. Trust you have had a good week: I hear most of us have had a second jab, and so our spirits are high as we await the weather to reflect some higher tempreratures now that May is here, bringing its ‘darling buds’. A quick note to give you some links, and our support of the Diocesan initiative on climate change.
If you are able, join Margaret Gray for a meditation session/ non-communion service on Wednesdays at 10.30am at St Margaret’s
2. CLIMATE CHANGE The attachment is taken from the Ad Clerum, for your information and we have returned the questionnaire to show our willingness to be aware of the critical nature of climate change. : ‘At General Synod 2020 a resolution on climate change was approved which has set us on a course to have net zero emissions by 2030.This is a big task but one that can be achieved if it is taken in small steps to reach the target.To begin our journey on this road a Climate Group has been created to set the route and to assist us all to take those first steps. This group will report to Bishop Ian and the Standing Committee’.
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow and, if you would like, to sharing a cup of coffee together afterwards!
Readings: 25 April Acts 4: 5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3; 16-24; John 10: 11-18 2 May: Acts 8: 26-40; psalm 22: 24-30; 1 John 4: 7-21; John 15: 1-8
Alleluia Alleluia Christ is risen
He is risen indeed replies this spectacular earth, growing apace, budding and blossoming. We live in a beautiful part of the world, and we cherish it as we walk in it and plant and now: socialise in it in our own gardens!
Little did we think we would experience lockdown or the fear of a global pandemic. Little did we know of the dramatic initiatives discussed now at the World Summit on climate change. Little did we think we would pay attention to an eighteen year old activist, Greta Thunberg, or a 94 year old David Attenborough.
Perhaps we should look a little more quizzically at our complacency, and see if we are willing to start making changes in our own lives, in our home consumption, transport and industry. Our Diocese is starting, in its way, by asking us to consider how we as church buildings could start making changes and adjustments. I am looking at any ways I which I can modify my own home, lifestyle outlook and habits. Around that I sighted as you probably did, an Orbiter, to generate electricity from wave action, made in Dundee, to move to its destination the Orkney Isles, where it will generate enough energy to use in 140000 homes! Good on us and blessings on them!
Church has been granted dispensation to extend their numbers in services. It might not apply to us with our smaller congregations, but it will make a difference to our Episcopal and ecumenical friends, thinking of Newport Catholic church and other smaller venues. However the best news is that, AS FROM NEXT WEEK WE WILL BE HAVING COFFEE AFTER SERVICES! As a celebration, do bring some eats, so we can munch and chat!
By the way, MANNA COFFEE SHOP reopens on Tuesday so let us make time to share!
WEDNESDAY ZOOM at 8pm continues. We hope that those of you who haven’t been able to attend will re-join us.
WEDNESDAY MEDITATION SERVICE at 10.30am continues weekly in Tayport at St Margaret’s
SUNDAY THEMES. This week and next week we are looking at three of the I AM sayings of Jesus. I am the Good Shepherd and I am the Gate on the 26th reveals the nature of Christ, the Christ who was there in the beginning, and spoken of in Exodus to Moses. Now resurrected, this Christ is universal, timeless, and there to co-create with every part of our lives, whole and shining or broken and dull. Should you wish to have a copy of the sermon’s highlights please just ask!
BIRTHDAYS! ALL BLESSINGS TO THE APRIL BABIES! Margaret Gray 6 April; Beartrice Burns 20th April, and Judith for the 27th.
And, thank you for mye beautiful birthday card, St Margarets!
If you’re not on the birthday list, please give us your birthday date.
Thank you for sharing your appreciation of this newsletter, especially those of you who cannot attend worship on Sundays and receive printed copies. I will continue with them, on a bi-weekly basis. It is the place for you to share YOUR news as well, so please do send me your thoughts to share.
I have enjoyed meeting several of you over the last weeks, and apart from the sheer pleasure of your hospitality, gardens, walks and friendliness, I believe we are growing a people of power and prayer in our togetherness.
God bless you in every way. Alleluia, Alleluia. Go in peace to serve the Lord
We are surely blessed to be able to worship together and respond to one another and keep each other ‘top of mind: to enjoy our beautiful churches full of flowers and sunshine. Our churches are open and filling up. Some new folks are joining us, and have been part of worship when their own churches have not yet re-opened.
Easter this year was particularly special, and the warmth of the congregations and engagement in scriptures has made it so, thank you!
Perhaps it is partly the weather: sunshine dispelling the cold; stillness replacing noise. We are feeling as if Lockdown is passing and whilst so very aware of its consequences, each day is allowing us a little more space and freedom.
I will continue to send out e-newsletters when the need arises. However, should you wish to receive them more regularly, or a copy of a sermon, or prayers, more regularly, let me know.
Our Zoom meetings start again this week – tonight being the first. It would be lovely to have more of you with us.
Tuesday Zoom at 7pm ‘Join the Conversation’ through Lent was a wonderful time shared ecumenically. The group wished to continue and we will start again this evening. The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85601019298 Meeting ID: 856 0101 9298
Wednesday evening Zoom meeting at 8pm: the link is the same as we have used, but, to save you scrolling way back….
I have been thinking of each of you as I pray for you.
We have had a wondrous Palm Sunday, Stations of the Cross, and Maundy Thursday service. Travelling a short length of the Tay in Spring and Neap tide has been in keeping with the ebb and flow of my spiritual energy. This year IS different! Compared with my only experience of last year in Scotland, when we were in lockdown believing it would be over, that it was one of those temporary inconveniences, and bolstered by innocent cheer: now to this year, when everything is more precious than ever (partly because winter was pretty extreme, and spring is slow and chill in coming!) There is a brightness to our spirit, a heartening warmth, and a glow of anticipation at worship and family togetherness is real. Let us step forward with care and respect.
Our Easter joy is not with us yet, as the next three days are the Triduum, the passion of Christ. In its own way this brief journey is wondrous, and we move from the Lord’s amazing gesture of washing our feet, the lowliest of all tasks, for him to demonstrate how we should love one another in practical menial ways, as he did.
I would like to attach the Maundy Thursday sermon, as a base for your reflection, and leading you towards the dramatic stripping of the altar, leaving the church bare. I also include the Good Friday reflections: I think you will find them exquisite. Should you wish too, to pray through the very contextual Stations of the Cross in the pandemic, please ask Margaret Gray for those (email@example.com): thank you Margaret for your magnificent display of the stations outside the church.
We hope to see you on Sunday, but if you are not there, I will visit or call. Do keep in touch, and make a phone call to someone in church: I received a beautiful Easter card, and it was much appreciated and marks a first in Scotland.
Bless each of you. Special prayers of joy when you can say ‘Alleluia, Christ is risen!” may you too feel raised from dormancy and the death of the pandemic. It is an Easter with a difference. Feel his strength and hear Him call you by name.