Lent 3 March 7th 2021

Beloved in Christ

I pray you have had a Sabbath today – set aside for the Lord, to give thanks, worship, listen and now are guided as to how to act it out this week.  I pray too that you are finding interest in your spiritual life this Lent, and that it is different for you, not only because of |Covid and lockdown, but because you are growing in different ways.

On a Diocesan level I, with Margaret Gray and Ann Bridges spent yesterday at Synod: very different from last year! Throughout this year we have developed and sustained initiatives and built camaraderie.

Some highlights are:

*    Climate change considerations – our individual duty is to be aware and proactive in becoming carbon-free by 2030! We start in our own homes and in the church building.

*    Pilgrimages – across the land and in our Diocesan area, there are lovely ancient footpaths to follow: hopefully we can journey together and variously on some!

*    Suggested options on how to elect a Bishop.  Shortly our vestries will be grappling with this.

*    And, for when we have some youth, the network of young people is alive and well in the Diocese

I must say that Bishop Ian is a superb, empowering and insightful leader, and one who has the love of you and our congregations at heart.  We have a great and efficient team to help and support us

I am sure some of you watched the Ecumenical service this morning.  Mike Baxter did the readings. If you would like a catch up, here is the link for every Sunday.

Tuesday evening Zoom chats continue – here is the link:

Time: Mar 2, 2021 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

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

The Wednesday evening Zoom meeting has the same link.  It is

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

And just for a treat. ‘Pray as you go’ A prayerful 13 minutes of reflection on a bible reading.  If you like it you can download the app and watch daily. I love it! Today’s theme: ‘Where has God been this week?’ https://pray-as-you-go.org/p/o/3119

God bless you in unexpected ways this week. 

Kathy Barrable

07552 503 850

Lent 2 February 28th 2021

Beloved people of Christ

It is the last day of February and a positive way to turn to the new month of March – springtime, daylight saving, Covid jags, and our own spiritual awakening. What a welcome break to have a wash of brightness, sunshine and the assurance and promise of the season of Lent. I trust you are all well, strong and positive – full of hope and joy as Christians are! May you feel Christ walking along your path with you! We also trust you are enjoying the #LiveLent booklet.

Our ecumenical Sunday service, Zoom links on Tuesday and Wednesday are as before, and hope to see you on line then.

Two items this e-newsletter:

1.   World Day of Prayer

From Tayport, Christine says, “This year it is the turn of St Margaret’s to host the ecumenical World Day of Prayer service on Friday 5th March on behalf of the Tayport Churches.

Due to current restrictions, this will be a Zoom service and the link is as follows:

Topic: World Day of Prayer
Time: Mar 5, 2021 02:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83527272931


Meeting ID: 835 2727 2931

.” As we will be unable to take a collection towards the work of the World Day of Prayer during this service, please give any donations to Christine Barker at The Old Manse, 6 Queen Street, Tayport DD6 9NS. Christine can also deliver booklets for the service if you contact her. Any cheques for donations should be made payable to ‘WDP Scottish Committee’

We will have more news on the Newport WDP as soon as we get it, so that you can link in.

2.   Monday is the Feast Day of St David, patron saint of Wales.  I asked David Smith if he could recommend some music for us and here it is, so enjoy a home concert.

The first link below is to ‘Cwm Rhondda’ – Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah. (scroll right down for music and words)

Number two may not be what you want but it is a man singing about St David.

Three and four are R V Williams arrangements of the Welsh hymn tune ‘Rhosymedre’ – ‘March on, my soul, with strength’.

He arranged this piece for orchestra (3) and organ (4). It is one of my favourite pieces to play.

https://www.godsongs.net/2012/01/guide-me-o-thou-great-redeemer-jehovah.html

God bless you and keep you.

Kathy Barrable

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