Newsletter – 7th March 2021
“The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.”
The opening verse of the psalm set for this weekend, the 3rd Sunday in Lent. A reminder to look up and be astonished at the ever-changing canopy above us.
We sometimes use the words of the poet E E Cummings as a prayer:
Newsletter – 28th February 2021
We are now well into the first full week of Lent. Last Sunday, the Lent Appeal on behalf of Play for Progress www.playforprogress.org was launched by the charity’s co-founder, Dr Anna MacDonald, outlining the work with unaccompanied minor refugees and asylum seekers. She spoke about the importance of giving stability to children who have often experienced trauma of various kinds, have very few adults who they can trust, and operating far from home, in English, which may be their third or fourth language. Anna reminded us of the importance of having someone to speak up for them, especially when interacting with the care and legal systems, as well as the joy that emerges from their music and creativity. The Appeal Tree, prepared by the Mission Committee, at the front of the sanctuary, is a reminder of the season and opportunity to respond.
Newsletter – 21st February 2021
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. At this morning’s Zoom Coffee Morning, discussion centred on, what is Lent for? And, how should we participate in Lent? The consensus was that for the majority of those raised Church of Scotland, Lent played very little part in people’s upbringing or faith journey. Historically, there was an unfortunate presumption that Lent was in some way “suspicious;” something done “by Episcopalians and Roman Catholics!” Fortunately, we are generally more open to other traditions these days.
Newsletter – 14th February 2021
Outside, the sky was almost brown The clouds were hanging low.
Then all of a sudden it happened:
The air was full of snow.
The children rushed to the windows. The teacher let them go,
Though she teased them for their foolishness.
After all, it was only snow.
Newsletter – 7th February 2021, Fifth after Epiphany
This week we took down the Nativity set, crafted some years ago, by staff and students of Hill House School. Normally, we do that immediately following Epiphany, on January 6th (Twelve Days of Christmas etc.) This year it felt appropriate to keep it throughout the season of Epiphany, letting its warmth and colour act as a focus, during our live stream services.
The official season of Epiphany concluded on Tuesday, February 2nd; in some traditions known as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or more usually, Candlemas. It celebrates the story, recorded in Luke 2:22-40, of the elderly Simeon in the Jerusalem Temple, taking the baby Jesus in his arms and recognising the infant as: “A Light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.”