Journeying with John to the Cross, Holy Week 2021 – Monday

Join the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend Dr Martin Fair as he embarks on a journey with the words of John’s Gospel throughout Holy Week 2021. The Moderator invites friends to read scripture and pray as he offers a thought for the journey and space for reflection and contemplation with music to help you prayerfully pause and ponder your own journey.

Music includes “Bless the Lord” from the album ’Laudate omnes gentes’ and “We Adore You, Lord Jesus Christ (Adoramus te o Christe)” from the album ‘Joy on Earth’, Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, used with permission.

Online worship for Palm Sunday, 28th March 2021

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday (Lebanon, 19thC

Our Interim Moderator Karen Hendry’s opening reflection for this week is recorded and available to view below.

Karen says “I hope that you are doing well.  We certainly have had another week of mixed emotions and corresponding news. Some of our community are not feeling their best at present so we remember them. The journey towards Easter is full of all the ups and downs of emotion as is true of our living also. 

Easter is coming, thank God, right where we need it today. Right into the heart of that it is we are experiencing.”

As well as the usual chat and quiz times (2pm Wed), Karen plans to hold short times of reflection on Maundy Thursday at 7pm and Good Friday at 3pm (contact Karen for the link to join).   

If you wish to take part, please come on Thursday with something from your kitchen cupboard to be the communion elements, you are allowed to be creative – a cuppa and a choccy biscuit will also suffice.

Online worship 21st March 2021

Our Interim Moderator Karen Hendry’s opening reflection for this week is recorded and available to view below.

Karen says “I hope that the sun has brightened your world in more ways than one. 

Spring is here and creation is once again responding. There is constancy to be found there.

The human race may be struggling with the scale of challenges we have known before, yet the birds of the field and garden (and the squirrels too – I have an abundance of them lining up on the fence every morning waiting to be fed) are showing us that life continues in all its abundance and calls out to us to open our eyes and take it all in.

I hope the sight of the recent sun and the beauty of the natural world renewing itself again around us brings healing to you.”

As always, if you would like to join in the service, which includes breaking out into rooms for coffee/tea and chat afterwards, please contact Karen who sends out the link on a weekly basis. All are welcome.

Online worship 14th March 2021

Our Interim Moderator Karen Hendry’s opening reflection for this week is recorded and available to view below.

Karen says “I know that some of you have had celebrations this past week, while some have had less joyous times.  Some are recovering at home from hospital, some are still there hoping to get home soon.  Some have begun a new phase of their life.  Some are grieving the loss of family and friends.

Among us it is clear that the fullness of life is being revealed.   You are Christ’s Body on Earth, be assured of that.  And together with him you are walking towards Easter.

I wish you well for the coming week.”

As always, if you would like to join in the service, which includes breaking out into rooms for coffee/tea and chat afterwards, please contact Karen who sends out the link on a weekly basis. All are welcome.

Online worship 7th March 2021

Our Interim Moderator Karen Hendry’s opening reflection for this week is recorded and available to view below.

Karen says “Even across the constraints of Zoom gathering together still holds a special quality for us as members each of the Body of Christ.

We know that to be true each time we sense the nearness, even in these virtual occasions, of one another united through the common purpose of honouring God’s love and naming the signs of God’s presence around us.

I hope that you draw comfort from one another and the life you share in together.

Easter is coming, be sure of that.

As always, if you would like to join in the service, which includes breaking out into rooms for coffee/tea and chat afterwards, please contact Karen who sends out the link on a weekly basis. All are welcome.

Online worship 28th February 2021

Our Interim Moderator Karen Hendry’s opening reflection for this week is recorded and available to view below.

Karen says “The Lenten path is not an easy one and has many twists and turns of doubt and fear that beckon us to take a wrong turn off the road. 

In Jesus’ call to compassionate and empathic living we learn to carry not just our own but one another’s burdens too, taking it in turn to offer a helping hand when we are strong and trusting ourselves into such a living into the Body of Christ.

May you have a good week that is blessed by such an awareness of the companionship of love.”

As always, if you would like to join in the service, which includes breaking out into rooms for coffee/tea and chat afterwards, please contact Karen who sends out the link on a weekly basis. All are welcome.

Online worship 21st February 2021

Our Interim Moderator Karen Hendry’s opening reflection for this week is recorded and available to view below.

Karen says “I hope that you are continuing to bear up under these difficult circumstances.  On this first Sunday of Lent the readings for today, of the rainbow promise and Jesus’ journey in the wilderness, seem for me at least to have echoes with our present times.

As Jesus found sustenance in God’s Word in a wilderness place, I hope that you have found something that sustains you through these months that have turned into almost a year now since the beginning of lockdown way back in March 2020

May whatever it is that so encourages you be as a blessing that points you towards the enduring love and presence of God through all circumstance.”

As always, if you would like to join in the service, which includes breaking out into rooms for coffee/tea and chat afterwards, please contact Karen who sends out the link on a weekly basis. All are welcome.

Sunday Evening Services for Lent 2021

Our joint evening services at 7pm take place at the moment via Zoom. Everyone is welcome – contact Helen to join the mailing list for the links.

During Lent, our evening worship will rely on the Lent course Still Standing by Rachel Mann. The study is based on the film Rocketman which depicts the life of Elton John. A controversial choice some may think. Rachel starts from Matthew 18:3 (“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.) and introduces her book as follows:

“Rocketman, the biopic about rock superstar Elton John, might strike some as, at best, a surprising and, at worst, an outrageous choice as the basis for a Lent course. There are no two ways about it, Sir Elton Hercules John has lived a life full of excess and naughtiness that few, even in the world of rock and roll music, can match. It is worth saying, at the outset, that the film on which this course is based is 15 rated, and contains language of the strongest, earthiest sort, and depicts scenes which some will find challenging. So why select this film for a Lent course, if it is likely to upset many people? We, perhaps, because underneath the drug-taking, the bad language, and the random sexual encounters, Rocketman arguably presents the story of a person seeking not only redemption, but what it means to become a little child.” (p. 7)

We hope that you will take up the challenge of this Lent course. There is no need to buy the book (unless you want to) and we will show relevant film excerpts during the evening worship so it does not matter if you know the movie or not.