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Easter 2 2021

Beloved in Christ

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….

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76668718011?pwd=NjQ1cjRGL29LSS9wYUVpTHhRak5ldz09

For your interest, here is the announcement of the appointment of the Revd Canon Elizabeth Thomson as Provost in DundeeCatherdral: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/2124028/oxford-graduate-and-doctor-of-philosophy-selected-as-new-provost-of-dundees-st-pauls-cathedral/
God bless you in all you do

Kathy Barrable07550 503859

Easter 2021

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 (margarettayport@aol.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.

Blessings and joy

Kathy Barrable 07752 503 859 

Lent 5 March 21st 2021

Beloved in Christ

Yesterday morning we finalised all the wonderful services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday services.  We have a programme which will keep you very active spiritually in our churches, and in our local community.

I remember this time last year very clearly, never dreaming that we would only meet up so fleetingly. It will be very moving, special and holy to meet again on Sunday, and the symbolism of moving towards Jerusalem together will be traditional yet with a new poignancy this year.

I attach a list of the services, at both churches, so that you can attend one or the other to have a full spectrum. Perhaps we might have been able to hold all services in our own churches, but we have to take into account that the churches need to be cleaned and sanitised between every service. We ask visitors to book their place with Betty or Christine.

This year we have a different set of services on offer in our Ecumenical community, and I attach those activities and services as well, for your planning. I must say that our interdenominational friendship has deepened and blossomed in the Wednesday Zoom meeting, and that is a source of delight. Do keep fellow Christians in our prayers. You will notice that St Margaret’s will have a special outdoor display on the theme of Stations of the Cross, so that anyone can come in and reflect at any time. St Margaret’s garden has had a pruning and we are very grateful to Ronnie Redpath for that.

Zoom meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are on hold for the upcoming two weeks whilst we are immersed in the passion and Resurrection of Jesus the Christ, our Lord!

It is wondrous to experience the burst and speed of life opening up, in the northern hemisphere springtime, and equally wonderful to see the way in which so many people are marvelling at and revelling in its beauty. We are indeed very blessed!

Should you have missed the Sunday online local community service, you can find it on you tube on https://youtu.be/1GxbDd9LYxY

2021 March 21st Tayport onlineJoin MoragAnne Elder (Church of Scotland reader) and Martin Cunningham for a short online worship service including music and readings from the Tayport churc…youtu.be

Should you have any queries, needs or thoughts, please share them.

Meantime, God bless and see you on Palm Sunday, if you are comfortable coming to church.  Otherwise, we will visit you!

God bless in all you do

Kathy Barrable

07552503859

Lent 4 March 14th 2021

May you be blessed as your mum blessed and continues to bless you.   

May Mary be blessed for birthing our Saviour! 

Mothering Sunday | Pagan Calendar

Let’s spend today reflecting on our mums, those who gave us the gift of life and the way I which we too gift others life. 

The ecumenical online service can be viewed on Youtube from 11am, and I will be preaching.  
https://youtu.be/0OvX4hWP35g

It has been a great privilege to share our Christian journey with our new friends in Christ.  I pray that our friendship may deepen and blossom into the future. St Margaret’s has always had a deep ecumenical link and I remember sharing one beautiful Easter feast with them three years ago! 

Our weekly Zoom discussions continue this week and we will take a break of 2 weeks thereafter. Tuesday evening Zoom chats continue – here is the link. 

Join Zoom Meeting 

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

The Wednesday evening Zoom meeting link is 

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

NEXT WEEK, praise God, we should be holding Palm Sunday service in our churches.  It is tentative yet we are in planning mode and I’ll be sending you updates as we receive them.  It is an exciting prospect, but please do what you find comfortable. If you would prefer to wait, that is fine: it is a personal decision, and many congregations and individuals will choose not to attend a live service.  

We plan to take a few minutes of your time afterwards please. As I mentioned last week, we would seek your input on election of a Bishop, by the Electoral Synod, or by an Electoral Council. Thereafter we can let the Diocese know our view.  

Our Holy Week programme is in a planning stage and we will let you know when we have permission.  

God bless, enjoy the glorious spring and feeling that blossoming is within us and in our glorious country! 

If you are out walking, do go to Tay Road Bridge. There is a smiley face of crocuses in the grass embankment.  I think it is beautiful! I also pray for whoever thought to do this, and give us all such joy! 

Purple Flower

Blessings and peace! 
Kathy Barrable 

07552 503 859