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

We continue our journey with the Right Reverend Dr Martin Fair, following 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 “Agnus Dei – Dona nobis pacem (Grant Us Peace, Lord)” from the album ‘Joy on Earth’, Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, used with permission.

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

We continue our journey with the Right Reverend Dr Martin Fair, following 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 “Jesus your light” from the album ‘Jubilate’, Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, used with permission.

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.

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.

Lent Bible Studies 2021 – starts 16th February 7.30pm

Once again, Roger Sturrock is running his Lenten bible study. These run on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm and will start tonight, Tuesday 16th February, and thereafter on the 23rd Feb and 2nd, 9th, 17th* and 23rd of March.

(*Note that the 17th March meeting is on a Wednesday)

All meetings are via Zoom. Contact Roger by email, or on 0141 942 8001 for the meeting details.

The studies will be based around the film “The Way” starring Martin Sheen, and the group will be reviewing film clips as an aid to discussion.

Additionally, a bible study booklet is available from Amazon, both in print and in a cheaper Kindle edition. This is completely optional and you don’t have to buy it to participate, but it does contain a wealth of additional material.