Newsletter 25 April 2021

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!

  • TUESDAY ECUMENICAL ZOOM at 7pm continues to be a great point of exchange, learning and friendship. Do join us! We are studying topical themes and their texts in the bible. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85601019298  Meeting ID: 856 0101 9298.  Should you have missed last Tuesday’s meeting, hereis the link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76668718011?pwd=NjQ1cjRGL29LSS9wYUVpTHhRak5ldz09
    Church at Home: Witness | BibleProject™ so do look at it yourselves in your own time.
  • 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! Christian Happy Birthday printable card | Christian Resource Ministry | Christian  birthday cards, Happy birthday printable, Christian cards

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

Kathy Barrable

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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

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