Online worship 11th April 2021

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

Karen says “The sun is shining today and there’s no hailstones falling from the sky, unlike yesterday. Our weather just now seems so odd, doesn’t it? It makes me look out and wonder at the sight.

We join the disciples wondering also this morning as they look on the resurrected Jesus. Did they wonder at the sight of him? Did it seem so odd as it does to us, like having hailstones and sun on a spring day?

We, along with those first disciples come to realise that Easter isn’t a one-off event that happened one day and is gone the next but is a way of being present to the signs of wonder in the world around us and taking notice and smiling at the sight to behold.

May your day be full of Easter surprise.I hope that the sun has brightened your world in more ways than one.”

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 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.

Online worship 14th February 2021

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

Karen says “Today is Transfiguration Sunday, a day when we look deeper into the reality of our lives.  And among us there are signs a plenty of the love and grace that unites us with one another. May this be for you a blessing that lift your spirits during the days that can be difficult when we can sometimes be impatient for this time of lockdown to end.

Know that you are loved and precious in God’s sight and may that be something that is continually revealed among us as we hold with another in prayer and Christian 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 7th February 2021

During these times where we are unable to meet in person, our Interim Moderator, Rev Karen Hendry, hosts a short service of worship for the Yoker and Kelvinside-Hillhead congregations via Zoom on Sunday mornings.

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.

Karen’s opening reflection for this week is recorded and available to view here:

Notes from the Minister – Calm after the Storm

Out on the sea of Gallilee storms raised, the waves rose up with the power of Eagles wings: the storms were noisy. The disciples were afraid, fishermen or not, they may well have suffered from seasickness. There was nothing pleasant for them. This was no sail upon a mill pond. The disciples were truly afraid and perplexed that Jesus was at peace, sleeping with his head on a pillow at the back of the boat. His mind and his body were still.

Be still

Take time to think, it is the source of power
Take time to pray, it is truly a great power
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul
Take time to give, it is too short a life to be selfish
Take time to love and be loved by God and one another alike.

As the storm raged, Jesus was asleep with his head on a pillow. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get comfortable enough to fall asleep, when alongside you is someone whose head hits the pillow and in no time they are asleep. Even to have someone tell you that they have no problem sleeping, when sleep just does just not happen for you. But sometimes a comfortable pillow is what is needed. Jesus was obviously comfortable with his pillow. The disciples were frustrated when they found Jesus asleep when the last thing they could do was sleep: so they woke Jesus. And indeed were amazed when the wind and the waves obeyed him and the storm calmed.

Who is this man who can stay, be still and there was stillness.

Be still

The greatest pleasure of life is love,
The greatest treasure, contentment,
The greatest possession, health
The greatest medicine is a true friend
The greatest ease is sleep

Rev Marian Cowie