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Welcome to the website of our lovely little church in Tayport on the east coast of Scotland. We may be small but our warm fellowship and service reaches out to our local community and far beyond.

Beloved in Christ

I trust that this has been a good week and that you are looking forward to planning or meeting some special family or friends a little further afield. 'Normal' will be appreciated as never before wont it!

The bishops office is keeping us up to date with implementing Phase 2, and we are discussing re-opening the churches for private prayer at present. The Advisory Committee is looking into the future - phases 3 and 4. Bishop Ian has been in touch with priests and invited us to a preliminary meeting within Area Councils via Zoom. It will be sacred space to deepen our reflections on church services. I rely on what you think, and so our seemingly light-hearted Zoom meetings are critical. Please share your feedback and ideas with me by phone or email should you wish to. In England, for instance, weddings of up to 30 will be permitted, but no singing allowed. How important is singing to you and what difference do you think the lack of participating in hymns as against perhaps playing organ music or listening to a hymn will make? Much earlier, we discussed how we might adapt during the Eucharist and sacramentally… what do you think now? I am very aware that many ho have been shielding will be ultra cautious re-entering events and group meetings.

The vital question is: what kind of church does God need us to be now?

Church visits: as yet no one has asked to visit church. I fully understand and respect that many of you are being careful at this stage. What is right for you is right for our churches.

Home visits: It has been a privilege to visit some of you in your gardens. All of you are wonderful people and I am humbled to get to know you beyond the paper or screen we are accustomed to. Even a phone call cannot make up for face to face! May God bless you, those you love at home, and those precious to you as we move to being able to visit their homes!

Please pray for Bishop Ian as he is now additionally Interim Bishop for Argyll and the Isles. I wonder how he will manage this daunting task, as there are so many complex issues within our state of being, in Scotland now, as well as within our own diocese, and even congregation. ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’ (Shakespeare) and he is leading us through unchartered terrain with grace and facility. I wil send him an email wishing him well and offering our prayers. Bishop Kevin is now Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, so your prayers for him and his diocese now too please.

I have asked Bishop Ian to record a video of a service for us here in Newport and Tayport. It will be a treat to have aour Bishop’s personalised sermon won’t it? We will also have it on hard copy so that we can ponder it at leisure.

Following, ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’, let’s shift to a more personal reflection. YOU! There is a fourteenth century British proverb whish says, ‘Opportunity makes the man’. I wonder if we could reflect on the opportunity lockdown has given each of us – have we taken it as a time of gift, or have you discovered some gifts along the way? Has your behaviour, or attitude changed? Have others – even strangers, been different this lockdown? God has given every one of us unique gifts: this could apply to each of us, diverse as we are: (1 Corinthians 12 : 7 to 11) Ponder these gifts and see which one or more applies to you. In Genesis 12:22, we read that we are blessed to be a blessing, so shall we live into this actively this upcoming week? God had you in mind when creation began, Ephesians 1:11, and we are assured that we are here for a purpose: let us , if we have not done so already, identify what that purpose is, and live into it with clear focus.

Let’s look at the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12: 4 to 11. By recognising our gifts, or naming the gift we see in others, our unique purpose, let us share it actively with our church. Church, by the way, is, in Greek, 'ecclesia' which means 'the people'. I suspect that some of us, me included, has been gifted new depth in church friendships. Judging how easily you share parts of your lives with me, how much more must it be if you have deep friendships over the years? That means, our family, friends and our church. We are considering how church would be: should we now consider how YOU will be in church. What will you do to add something new? Perhaps an action, an initiative, a proposal – which we need now more than ever. I am not saying the church needs to change, but rather what you bring from your heart and experience, into this newness.

Here are some prompts for your thoughts and prayers (some were touched on during our Zoom chat).

At this phase 1 of lockdown:

What relationship, perhaps a new one, has been a change agent?

Has your home circle revealed some new aspects of relationship?

What gives you joy in lockdown

What, most of all, do you long for after lockdown?

Has your home space altered? Have you needed to create a study, or a pace for something you want or need to do? Has your relationship with God/ your prayer pattern/ your routines changed/ modified/ adjusted?

I hope you are looking at the SEC Sunday service at 11 am. They are indeed inspiring and varied. The Thursday evening Service of the Word is also recommended: I a. always peaceful when I share prayers with others further afield. What is great, is that you can view services at your leisure, and I’m wondering if this ‘convenience’ isn’t making a big difference to young families!

READINGS FOR THE DAY

Last week’s readings (Pentecost 4). The SEC service focussed on the feast of St Peter and St Paul. Here are the continuous readings:

Genesis 22: 1 to 14. Psalm 13. Romans 6: 12 to 23. Matthew 10: 40 to 42.

This week’s Sunday readings

Genesis 22: 34 to 38, 42 to 49, 58 to 67. Psalm 45: 10 to 17. Romans 7: 15 to 25a. Matthew 11: 16 to 19, 25 to 30.

With every blessing. Thank you for all you are, and the way you love our Lord!

Kathy

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ

Today I am filled with gratitude: for your faithfulness and devotion to one another and to our ‘home’ in church. I look forward, as you do, to populating those sacred spaces, and to receive the grounding fact that the buildings have held tradition, and its peoples, through thick and thin. I hope that each of you will come and enjoy personal prayer there. Bring your favourite book, the bible, and something you would like to mull over with the God who always loves you unconditionally, and Jesus who will never leave us. Love is what has brought us through lockdown, and created the desire to be reunited with family, with friends and with each other. I am hearing that lockdown has in some ways been pleasant, that it has been very little different, that you have been able to live within its constraints comfortably. But, in your heart, it is sure to have raised some questions, and that is what you might like to ask God about now.

It is a great pleasure to be meeting you on a one to one, face to face basis. Thank you for your hospitality and welcoming ways. I know your voice, I know your face if we have met on Zoom, but it is very exciting to share space, discover our commonalities and be urged to move forward together. I pray for each of you every day.

We are starting, in Zoom anyway, to bring our stories into common sharing space, and this has gifted us times of recollection and laughter, at times poignant, at times sad. These strands will be plaited together in new styles as we deepen those bonds, allowing Christ to guide, inspire and mediate. With time, we will anticipate togetherness once again.

v Pray for us all, by name
v Forgive others as Christ forgives you
v Book your time to re-enter church
v I will be coming to visit you soon
v Think of any innovations you think might work in church – after lockdown
v Join us on Zoom on Wednesdays
v Celebrate how much God loves you
v Know that Christ comforts you – just re-look at tomorrow (Sunday)‘s reading in Matthew…’Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls’. Draw from this assurance!

Readings for Sunday

A golden thread that runs through the readings is that of choices. Not to forget, though, that although we might not make good choices, which bring an increase in faith, hope and love, that God is with us, wherever our choices land us, lovingly helping us to mend what was broken, forgiving us and enabling us to find new ways.

Genesis 24: 34 to 38 and 58 to 67. Isaac seeks, meets and marries Rebekah. It is a selection process in which God is consulted, guides, resulting in a blessed union. (I also love the part where it adds in that Isaac’s union with Rebekah comforted him in his grieving for his mother!)

Song of Solomon2: 8 to 13. I chose this rather than the psalm as it is a long time since we have pondered this wonderful metaphor of how God adores us: how God woos and seeks us, wherever we might be.

Romans 7: 15 to 25a. Paul speaks of his ‘natural self’, full of repetitious selfish behaviour, and by contrast, the life – giving spiritual self, motivated by the example of Christ: how difficult it is to break our base nature with its negativity, complacency and judgementalism, rather than consciously choose the way of Jesus. It is only through prayer that we can reflect on how we have succeeded in our daily deliberations and decisions. As we consider what our choice has been, and what the result was. Jesus offers forgiveness for the ways we have turned away from him, and, as he said to the woman at the well, urges us to ‘sin no more’, break our old patterns, and choose His way.

Matthew 11: 16 to 19; 25 to 30. Jesus speaks of his generation ignoring the invitation to New Life, and he would echo this to us – being offered the richness of the gospel, and a Way of living, with Christ as our guide, mediator, forgiver and motivation: in fact, our friend. Prayer and reflection as we have it on offer right now in our church will throw new light on stale situations and approaches. It is indeed an exciting time! Let us turn to the Son of Man for some new life!

Reflection: how many synonyms can you find or the word, ‘choice’? What choices are you making now, and how is God featuring in them?

I have mentioned the Ignatian tool called the Examen before. In our evening prayer, we are invited to review our day, and we start noticing which of our actions or encounters were ‘of God’ and which were ‘not of God’. Should you be interested in trying this out for a while, you might download the app on your cell or computer called ‘Re-imagining the Examen’. If you don’t like it, it can be uninstalled!

Love is in the air – as I send this to you – the heavy rain has been replaced by dazzling bright sunlight: a perfect end to another day along the Tay.

Blessings

Kathy

Dear families in Christ

There is growing, fullness and joy in the air this perfect day! Our churches will be inviting you to prayer time within their hallowed walls, walls which have sheltered generations of believers. And now it is our turn to ease out of lockdown in that sacred space. It would be useful to each of us to consider how we have been in heart mind and soul for these months; how that experience has changed us, our way of living and possibly, even the way we look at life. We have been made one – for the virus has affected all of us, regardless of who or where we are. Whatever our personal story, our home story, our world has taken a knock; medical science been pushed, human rights have taken a new shape in the ‘black lives matter’ upsurge, politics have worn a new mask!

I have enclosed 2 pictures taken in March/April, in our churches, where I sat alone, celebrated mass, on your behalf, but feeling a great sense of sadness on turning to look at empty pews. The moment our Bishop has approved our plan for phase 2, hopefully next week, you will be able to make a time with our vestry secretaries Christine and Betty, or me, to spend personal solitary time in church. I know that those buildings will hold your prayers and regain its own life and add another skin of prayer to those hallowed walls. These times are like those in the Ezekiel 27 passage about the valley of dry bones. It is you who will be enfleshed to new movement and propose, and God will slowly renew us in ways we will tell the history of to our children and grandchildren. Each phase will be treasured, and we will grow strong.

It is my first Scottish summer, as a resident rather than visitor! I am filled with joy and often laugh at the antics and habits of the birds and animals foraging or paying in gardens; amazed at the ever-changing sunsets over the Tay, the late light evenings, and the growth spurt of summer in the plants and flowers. I too feel a quickening within myself in alignment with nature. The beauty of lockdown has been that appreciation through the freedom to have time and choice of when to walk, talk or be.

Zoom on Wednesday evenings has been fun. We are delighted that the numbers are growing, so once again YOU are invited to join this week. In a relatively unstructured way, we continued to reflect on the 4 questions from last week, then to recount an anecdote about our personal church memories. Janet, Betty and Mike retold their story, all poignant, some hilarious, some personal, some historical, some about people and events. More of us will do so this coming Wednesday. Perhaps if you can’t join, email me your unforgettable church story please. My memory takes me back to early childhood. All the children and their families gathered in St Dunstan’s church hall for the Christmas service. Father Christmas galumphed down the aisle, greeting children benevolently. All was at a heightened pitch of excitement until my older sister yelled, ‘It’s DADDY, because TIGER (our dog) is following him!’ A riot ensued, breaking the myth forever not only for our little family but for every child in the church! Many years later, giving the eulogy at a friend’s Dad’s funeral, it was really nostalgic to return, see my dad Tiger, us as children, and the coffin, and our bereft friends.

The Service of the Word is aired every Thursday evening, thereafter whenever you would like to watch it, on YOU tube. It is well worth a watch: Thursdays seem to be good times to just STOP and LISTEN, JOIN IN to devotions.

Sunday services at 11 are well received, last week showing Primus Mark leaning on his crozier and blethering with us. One always feels so safe and unthreatened by him! Someone told me that they prefer the Shepherd in the bible to the Scottish shepherd! The Scottish shepherd uses his sheepdog to round up the sheep, whereas the biblical one does the rounding up himself. (probably herself now). Sometimes we are both – going out when called to do so, and sometimes, initiating the journey ourselves. Both ways, it is the Spirit’s prompting which urges us to go and find others who might be in distress, or lonely. I think we shall all be busy after lockdown! I certainly am looking forward to outdoor visits to you!

Readings for tomorrow

Did you notice that I used the Pentecost 2 readings and the Primus used St Columba? ( I liked the way he addressed and banished Nessie! If you watched that video, you would have had a double dose like I did!

Do read these selections, asking God to show you a word or phrase which stands out to you. Write the words down and pray into this week, as they will lead you to Godly action and speech.

The overarching theme is to be courageous, as God is with us, guiding to build others, our church and community up, in new ways.

Genesis 21: 8 to 21. A story of rejection, insecurity and isolation, following the pitiful plight and flight of Hagar the Egyptian and Isaac. ‘God was with the boy’ verse 20, is memorable to me. No matter what happens to us, or to someone we know, God is there: God can deliver us, God can show us a way forward, differently from what we can perceive, but life-giving and meaningful. Perhaps it is about trust. Do we really believe God will find a new joy and healing for us after lockdown and loss?

Psalm 86: 1 to 10 and 16, 17. ‘Show me your way O Lord, and I will walk in your truth’; let my heart delight to respect your name.’

Romans 6: 1b to 11. ‘…we too should begin leading a new life… realising that our former self was crucified’. This urges us to allow ourselves to be lifted up by God to new levels of life, looking with new eyes at opportunities and new fortitude and appreciation, allowing God to work through new ways on ourselves and community

Matthew 10: 24 to 39. Jesus, having chosen his disciples, tells them there is ‘no need to be afraid’, that open and fearless speech is what we should use, in building God’s ‘kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven’, as we say in the Lord’s prayer.

Blessings and joy

Kathy

Dear friends

I trust that you are doing well and looking forward to a little easing up of lockdown. It has been wonderful to stagger seeing family and a friend, outdoors, and I see some more shops are preparing to open, so that those of you who like retail therapy will be getting your lists prepared!

I have enjoyed our telephonic conversations this week: it is fascinating to reflect on a different level of companionship by telephone. I find that we are introducing ourselves to each other by speaking of common interests, we would not have shared over a cup of coffee after a service. We have a rich and diverse congregation, and I am proud to be with you, and feel affirmed that God has called me here and that we will grow together, and through each other. The church worldwide is being encouraged to enjoy live streaming and watching online services. Our Episcopal Sunday services, conducted by our bishops, and the Thursday Service of the Word, on You Tube are wonderful examples of our church fellowship and diversity. Each service tells the story of its community and the Gaelic prayers and Our Father last week, were exquisite.

The Zoom video chat last Wednesday was heartening, as we are growing in numbers, and anticipate more this upcoming week. Let us encourage and help one another to join. The world which is emerging, phase by phase by phase, taxes us to acquire as many mediums of communication as possible.

We discussed 4 questions and I give them to you here and invite your feedback please. The questions invite us to probe the origins and development of our particular community, as well as our own personal involvement and evolution. (It is NOT a history lesson but a personal prayerful reflection!)

1. What stories formed our church community?
2. How has that story changed, or has it?
3. What are the anchors in our church community?
4. Why does and Episcopal presence matter in that story?

I have been asking you for cell phone numbers and will try to send a message to you weekly, using wassap if possible. It will be a bible verse or reference and prayer.

Livestreaming services are being encouraged by the Diocese, and church world – in fact the whole world. Judging from your response to last week’s service, I am seeking a way of recording a weekly service, and I need your help. My request is for someone to take the recorded video and post it on YouTube or Facebook. It does not have to be someone from church or even living in our district, but someone reliable and with that skill. Could you help?

I also encourage you to follow a link or two as listed, in your own time. I have taken it from the Resources page on the Diocesan website:

· The following link follows the line of thought in our 4 questions, on our place in the unique history of our church. Lutheran theologian Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber picks up on some of the themes we were exploring in the Diocesan Mini Conference and writes ‘when people ask me, “why are you still connected to the institution of the church?” I can only answer, “because I believe that scripture and theology and liturgy are too potent to be left in the hands of those who only use them to justify their dominance over another group of people”. I also believe that God is powerful enough to guide us in the dismantling of the evil that has been done in God’s name; that this is holy work and that God’s Spirit will accompany us. https://nadiabolzweber.com/
· Before we get ‘back to normal,’ we need to grieve and pray writes Methodist Bishop Scott Jones
· Covid 19 and Climate Change. If COVID-19 frightens you, you should be terrified by climate change. In this ‘Faith Seeking Understanding’ article, Daniel Horan writes: ‘If you don't like the current reality of widespread illness, death, economic collapse and rolling lockdowns, then you should really direct your energies toward combating climate change.’ Instead of a 'return to normal,' let's pursue a profound transformation by Elise D. García. Even before the pandemic, we understood that we were entering a make-or-break decade for humanity to act to avoid catastrophic climate change and global suffering. Now the call could not be clearer. (Did anyone follow the Michael Dowd ‘Post-Doom conversations in one of my earliest emails to you, in which Michael Dowd interviews people who are living, and thinking beyond the, ‘we have messed up the world irretrievably’, to rather, ‘this is what I think, and live up to in the world that has been messed, but, is full of hope and regeneration’. It’s on YouTube).

Our readings for tomorrow are: Genesis 18: 1 to 15. How surprising to ‘host’ angels in human form! Often we do not realise that presence until we prayerfully review our encounters. I wonder which angels and messages we could receive this week!

Psalm116: 1, 2 and 11 to 18. We are filled with love when Yahweh bends down to hear my prayer!

Romans 5: 1 to 8. Hardship develops perseverance, which develops character, and we receive hope, based in the love of God! Matthew 9: 35 to 10: 8. As the apostles were appointed, you and I are asked to be Christ unto others, responding to their need in practical and spiritual ways.

Be blessed as you are a blessing to others

Yours in Christ

Kathy

Beloved in Christ

On this chill day, I hope you are feeling some of the return to the new normal in a little social indulgence, meeting with family or a friend, outdoors. That’s a Scottish challenge this morning isn’t it!

The Holy Spirit is over us, and there is, as a mother hen shelters her chicks, a lot of new companionship and love! This beautiful image is in the Genesis reading today, about creation. God is ‘hovers’ over the void that is to become this beautiful earth.

1. This Sunday we have a pre-recorded video, the link being on youtube. Here is the link to the service. It will play first at 10.30 tomorrow morning, and then is available on Youtube forever! Send it to friends and family!

Just click on: https://youtu.be/1lsTVI3MnQI

You can also find it by typing ‘Tayport church’ into the You Tube search engine.

Let us know how using the video appeals to you – shall we continue?

Readings for tomorrow are: Canticle 1,5,17

Genesis 1: 1 – 2: 4a really wonderful substance for this week’s contemplation

Psalm 8: a song of praise

2 Corinthians 13: 11 to 13 how we ought to relate to one another

Matthew 28: 16 to 20

I have sent you readings for the week till Pentecost – do you wish to receive this still, or only a Sunday reading?

2. I include part of a very relevant excerpt from Bishop Ian covering 2 newsy and provocative items.

2.1 From Bishop Ian Paton: ‘Pentecost is the feast of the ’new normal,’ life in the Spirit poured out on the apostles and on all creation. As we celebrated Pentecost this year people were talking about a different ‘new normal’ - our life after the Pandemic. When we rebuild our lives, will we have a better sense of what is important? Or will we just rush back to the same old life? What will ‘new normal’ mean for the Church? What will our priorities be? How will we welcome those who have been joining us online? How will we support those who are sad about people and things that have been lost? What will we need to do if we are to open our churches but keep people safe?

2.2 A week ago over 40 clergy and lay readers shared in an online CMD Conference about exactly these questions, organised for us by Michael Paterson. Our discussions began from his reflections on the Four Hallmarks of Ministry in Luke 24 (Jesus and the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus) in the context of the pandemic. I’d like to thank all of you who attended (and those who tried to but couldn’t due to broadband problems). The text and a video of Michael’s presentation is available on the Diocesan website. https://standrews.anglican.org/clergy-development- ‘

3. Weekly ZOOM meetings on Wednesday at 8pm: We have called this meeting, ‘Connect’: the aim is to share our lockdown experience, looking at where God is calling us, and how we are responding. For 45 minutes we share. This upcoming week we will look at the youtube presentation and would urge you to join us. Thus far we have Margaret, Betty, Duncan and family, Janet, Jane, Frank. If you would like any help in setting up, phone any of us and have a trial run. We really need each parishioner to join in. I hope to resend you a guide as to how to join Zoom. If you can have a family quiz on Zoom, you can join us too! I send a weekly invitation to join for the Wednesday. There is an excellent youtube clip called, ‘How to join a ZOOM meeting as a participant’. It, and a host of other clips will help: if you have done it once, it’s easy! gives you a pictorial guide! If you would like the link just ask nikisage76@gmail.com to send an invitation, then click, ‘Accept’ and you can join us! We are looking for a way for you to join us by telephone only, so anyone without internet etc. and phone in. Just let us know if you would like to do that.

4. Included, please find what we submitted to the Diocese, on our engagement with the community. It makes impressive reading. Do you have anything else to ask? If so, please let us have it. Many of you are doing wonderful things, not least of which is praying and caring for family and others in need.

God bless you and those you love, and those who you will come to love and those you met

Kathy

Beloved in Christ

Pentecost is celebrated as the birth of the church, the time when the Holy Spirit enabled all to be included in the faith, inviting growth into new areas of the world. It equipped each person with the conviction and confidence of the faith, ability to share it with others by walking and talking alongside them, able to understand their understand every tongue and god (Acts 17: 22 to 31). As Bishop Ian pointed out, ‘church’ is comprised as the people of the world, each one we encounter.

How, now, coming out of lockdown and into unknown territory, is our church relevant, and can it ever be, in the same way? How can our church join the greater world? History is re-written and it has taken church with it, inviting us too, to find new ways. You and I are the Christ light out there!

Some ideas that came out of discussions are to do some walks together; picnic in Tentsmuir, hold an outdoor church service, and jokingly, to have a gardening party at St Mary’s, and, whilst cleaning up the bluebells, chat and have our own coffee tea and eats. Yes to that!

1. Last week I encouraged us to be one rather than separate. Now I challenge us to be at one with those who walk in our everyday path in our world. Christ has only our arms, our mouth, our action, our love. Let us be like Jesus, walking in the warm springtime newness, LISTENING, and speaking his truth.
2. It might be too soon, but question 2 is: what has this lockdown taught you? What has been an unexpected gift? What has this time equipped you to do?
3. And the third: what gifts do we offer to the new world we re-enter? (next week we consider the gifts of the Holy Spirit and from what I know of you, each of you have gifts in abundance!!)

Our Zoom video chat, called ‘Connect’ on Wednesday was only 4 strong, as – beware – Zoom invitations are often to be found in your spam box! Haha! It was good though to be refreshed and challenged by face to face and rather personal chats. I asked if any of you could join us in Zoom, or give me your cell number so we could wassap chat, please. As the phases of Lockdown pass, I will continue to chat with you telephonically. It’s been a pleasure to have shared your lives as they were when we conversed.

I’m picturing a future Tayport and Newport where we deepen the friendliness of passers-by and walkers, and where we invite each other into our homes! On this, I’m drawing up a little schedule: when might I come and visit you?

A smidgen of personal news; my goods from South Africa will arrive this week! The familiar family things bring me from exile back to the motherland of my grandparents. Many pieces were shipped to South Africa in the early 1900’s and now they return. Lockdown is indeed phasing out! In Jeremiah the exiles are encouraged to seek the welfare of the place to which they are exiled. I wonder if South Africa or Scotland has been the place of exile. A good reflection focus. And, in this northern hemisphere, aligned climatically with the Palestine Jesus lived in, I celebrate the warmth of Pentecost-time weather, and the abundant redolent growth around me. Perhaps this Pentecost will be one I remember better than most, more than a sermon, but not as warm as a hug from a friend.

OTHER NEWS

See the important attachment on the SEC Sunday service being available as from tomorrow by audibly linking in, free, by telephone. I will forward it to you as a separate email.

Margaret Gray offers a weekly quiz: if you would like to join the group, please email her on margarettayport@aol.uk

I have enjoyed these prompts from Michael Patterson’s Weekly Diocesan resources:

‘Living in the midst of a global pandemic is not comfortable but it has forced the church to occupy some space that up to now we’ve not been fully convinced it’s a space we should inhabit. Well, we’re here now. Let’s get used to it. Welcome to the new normal’.

https://www.musingsinlockdown.com/blog/three-reasons-the-church-needs-to-stay-online?fbclid=IwAR0iXz-T9mzeat2lZPqbF9iKVdDHcYzDvQ-w8d-qLAUyyv24jv0vwoAELsM

From the Taizé Community a polyglot version of the chant Veni Sancte Spiritus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmxXwAgkhWQ

The Rev’d Liz Crumlish, Path of Renewal, shares this prayer for Pentecost based on

John 16:12-13

“You cannot bear them now...
When the Spirit comes...”
Lord you spoke these words to your disciples, enfolded in their own grief and puzzlement In the midst of trauma
yours was the cautious voice of waiting the consoling voice of promise In your infinite compassion you made space
urging them to do the same In these times, we, like the disciples are anxious to know and understand and impatient to act.
Calm our jets, Lord Show us how to wait Still our racing reactivity Encourage us to care for ourselves before we barge on
with fixing the world or even the church.
Reassure us that yours is a long term call that warrants patience, kindness, gentleness, humility, compassion and love
for ourselves and others.
Enable us to sit contemplatively with unanswered questions to nurture our grieving spirits to make space for you
to pour in your healing and your wisdom in your time when you consider that we are able to bear it
And Lord. through the great cacophony of voices urging us this way and that enable us to discern your still, small voice of clarity and purpose.
So may it be.

READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

PENTECOST

Collect: | Acts 2: 1 to 21 | Psalm 104: 22 to 36 | John 7: 33 to 39
MONDAY | 2 Peter 1: 2 to 7 | Psalm 91 | Mark 12: 1 to 12
TUESDAY | 2 Peter 3: 11 to 18 | Psalm 90: 1 to 6, 13 to 17 | Mark 12: 13 to 17
WEDNESDAY | 2 Timothy 1: 1 to 12 | Psalm 123 | Mark 12: 18 to 27
THURSDAY | 2 Timothy 2: 8 to 15 | Psalm 25: 1 to 13 | Mark 12: 28 to 34
FRIDAY | 2 Timothy 3: 10 to 17 | Psalm119: 161 to 168 | Mark 12: 35 to 37
SATURDAY | 2 Timothy 4: 1 to 8 | Psalm 71: 8 to 17 | Mark 12: 38 to 44

God be with you in all you think, say and do!

Kathy

Beloved in Christ

Betty took this picture and her metaphor is of the church… ‘passed this tree on my walk today and thought it might illustrate the church after lockdown – new growth, but in a different way, on a firm foundation’. It's worth a meditational reflection isn't it. What about sitting quietly, gazing into the picture on your screen?

Tomorrow’s collect asks of us

Triune God
Jesus prayed that we might be one;
Help us transcend our differences
And find our unity in Jesus Christ our Lord;
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
One God now and forever.
Amen.

I have been blathering to God about how easily we slide into difference rather than togetherness: always forming an opinion, or even judgement, long before all the facts are known. And how easily we exclude ourselves and another from the grace-filled acceptance of difference or individuality. In looking at my neighbourhood and scanning Dundee from so many angles whilst walking. I realise that each home, each family, each person is created uniquely, according to God’s plan! Our Zoom and telephone chats reveal the same. That is the space in which grace can and does co-operate. I ask us each to pray that we hold off judgement and see situations and another as Jesus would, and in that relationship we nourish, support and allow others to become themselves, as Jesus did. Richard Rohr and many others describe this immediate assessment separates us from God, calling it ‘dualistic’ thinking. As Jesus shows us, we can catch ourselves in the act and simply leave judgement out of our meeting spaces. Indeed, in our relationship with God too – we are one, inseparable from God, made to receive that flow of nurture, and not separate ourselves away from that.

Flowing from this thought, I’m considering the pressing question of what things (and in church) will look like, as we ease out of lockdown. It demands new thinking and movement. We are holding a clergy and lay reader meeting to discuss just that, this Friday. Our vestry secretaries have outlined our activities, in community, and in serving others in need, and therefore, ‘different’. I’m so proud that we have established such ties ecumenically, and in helping those in need. It will remain foundational to our outreach and community ministry, even to growing the church.

I hope that God graces us by allowing us to deepen and strengthen what we already have in place, and celebrate the interesting creative ideas coming out of last week’s challenge of new ideas and input flowing from the questions posed in the previous email. The Zoom meeting was held without me, as I was entrapped in getting home from Perth and that business I had to attend to. Delightfully, many marvellous ideas were forthcoming and a good time was had by all. Here are the questions again, so that you can give us your input, via email, or even a call if you like:

☆New services and times... midweek? What service? Shared or alternating between the 2 churches? Different venue?
☆ A retreat – a day/weekend.. where?
* Social activities... a walk, a picnic, a tea in a garden, a venue (a garden centre?) Tentsmuir.
???
☆ different groups... either by extending or a new target group... how to contact them.... where are they? Whether you'd like to be involved or pray as we go there....
☆ Any courses or themes you'd like to follow? A bible study? (which book?) A coffee get together? At home, at church, where? When.. morning afternoon evening?
☆New places to advertise

Some new questions for your consideration please:

# what gatherings can we ‘do’ via Zoom, if it’s difficult for us to meet?
# would you like us to develop services online service/sermon/ prayer/workshop/ topic for reflection, so that you could watch them at your convenience, in your own home?
# Several members have said that their families have got them using Zoom for chats, quizzes and even gatherings like birthdays. Would you let me know if you are now on Zoom?

# Others say they now have cellphones – please give me your number, and we could have a wassap chat or video.

The lovely telephone chats I am having with you are wonderful sharing spaces. Though it’s sometimes difficult to put face to voice should we meet on a walk, it’s a great comfort to me to have that connection and level of easy sharing. Faith circles become contextual if we talk about things topmost in our minds. I am aware that you are all bravely moving along, but also aware that lockdown takes each of us differently, from day to day, and from person to person.

Readings for the week are:

SUNDAY | Acts 1: 6 to 14 | Psalm 68: 1 to 11 | 1 Peter 4: 12 to 145: 6 to 11 | John 17: 1 to 11
MONDAY | Acts 19: 1 to 10 | Psalm 68: 1 to 6 | John 16: 19 to 33
TUESDAY | Acts 20: 17 to 27 | Psalm 68: 7 to 20 | John 17: 1 to 11a
WEDNESDAY | Acts 20: 28 to 38 | Psalm 68: 28 to 35 | John 17: 11b to 19
THURSDAY | Acts 22: 30, 23: 6 to 11 | Psalm 16 | John 17: 20 to 26
FRIDAY | Acts 25: 13 to 21 | Psalm 103: 1 to 2; 19 to 22 | John 21: 15 to 19
SATURDAY | Acts 28: 16 to 20 | Psalm 11 | John 21: 20 to 25

So, prayers for you this week are: that you feel the indwelling presence of God in all you do; that you and your family are safe, loving, accepting and happy; that you witness and share the growth of the people of God in new and exciting ways, and that your world as we move towards Pentecost is as pink as our lovely flowers, darkening to red in this coming week!

Yours in Christ

Kathy

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ

How have you been this week? Many of us are feeling the constraints of another 3 weeks of lockdown, aren’t we? It’s that longing to get into the familiar structures and routines, as well as having the freedom to make daily choices. Above all, to be with family and friends! There is a niggling feeling raising the question of what is it going to be like, and how misshapen the familiar might become!

So we journey with the early church, in its own adjustments. The early disciples must have experienced the dead ends and re-configuring our world is faced with. And, they must have felt frustration. However, the living memory of Christ was with them, making some sort of sense of the days. They relied more and more on their new group of Christian friends for sustenance. I can identify with all the above… it is our group of believers who are becoming foremost friends, as they offer spiritual comfort, and joy; meaningfulness and assurance. It’s not about gathering at church on a Sunday, but more about how God’s presence is deepening and suffusing our friendship, with brightness, comfort and direction. This newness in relationship will surely bond us strongly as we journey on.

The disciples were encountering Jesus, and this was their topic – Jesus’ appearance and the peace and grace that he alone offers, linking the Jesus they knew with the Jesus of the encounter, and the revelation that Jesus would soon leave them in physical person. It was witnessed by Jesus’ new friends and disciples, on a mountaintop. Not any disciples, but his closest Peter, James and John, not on any mountain but probably on Mount Horeb/Sinai, where the Law had been given to Moses. They saw Jesus linked in conversation with the prophets, Jesus talking to God, his father, and Jesus departing.

What would your translation of this be, in your own life right now? Some points for prayer and reflection:

Are we willing to accompany Jesus to the mountain?
What is our own present frame of reference?
What do we feel as Jesus leaves us?
What is this Holy Spirit that will come to us?
Are we still in spiritual lockdown?
Or, are we ready for the newness which the Holy Spirit along brings?-

Shall we enter the next few days pondering our relationship with Jesus, both in the past, and now at a critical faith point? Can and how could we be receptive to a new current of thinking, processing, doing?

We started our Zoom conversation on Wednesday recounting our personal relationship with God, our ‘conversion point’. I wonder what yours is? We realised how much our background colours our faith walk, and I could celebrate how distinctively different we are, in both experience and tradition.

Let’s use this time to look at our church anew! May I ask you to consider, whilst we remain in quiet lockdown, where God might be nudging our churches?

☆New services and times... midweek? What service? Shared or alternating between the 2 churches? Different venue?
☆ A retreat – a day/weekend.. where?
* Social activities... a walk, a picnic, a tea in a garden, a venue (a garden centre?) Tentsmuir....
???
☆ different groups... either by extending or a new target group... how to contact them.... where are they? Whether you'd like to be involved or pray as we go there....
☆ Any courses or themes you'd like to follow? A bible study? (which book?) A coffee get together? At home, at church, where? When.. morning afternoon evening?
☆New places to advertise
☆ It's a given that the strong ecumenical links are nourishing, and sustained. However if there's a new initiative to add on, great!
☆If you'd like to put your thoughts on an email beforehand, fine, but let's explore now!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY

COLLECT: O God, you reveal yourself in love;

Pour into our hearts such love towards you
That we, loving you in all things and above all things,
May obtain your promises,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and ever.
Amen

Acts 17: 22 – 31. Psalm 66: 7 to 19. 1 Peter 3; 13 to 22. John 14: 15 to 21

MONDAY | Acts16: 11 to 15. Psalm 149. John 15: 26 to 16: 4a.
TUESDAY | Acts 16: 16 to 34. Psalm 138. John 16: 4b to 11
WEDNESDAY | Acts 17: 15, 22 to 18: 8. Psalm 148. John 16: 12 to 20
THURSDAY ASCENSION DAY | Acts 1; 1 –to 11. Psalm 47/93. Ephesians 1: 15 to 23. Luke 24: 44 to 53
FRIDAY | Acts 18: 9 to 18. Psalm 47: 1 to 6. John 16: 20 to 24
SATURDAY | Acts 18: 23 to 28. Psalm 47: 1, 2and 7 to 10. John 16; 23b to 28

‘See you’ tomorrow in St Mary’s for Eucharist and at St Margaret’s on Thursday at 3pm in St Margaret’s, Tayport.

May the spirit of the living Christ be with you!

Kathy

Beloved in Christ

I wonder what consolations the past week has delivered at the doorstep of your heart, this week. From the sound of those in our Zoom discussion, it seems as if most felt that lockdown has been a healthy, life-giving period: yet I know of many who are now steeped in despondency. That is what Ignatius describes as desolation. It is deep and dark and we have all touched that reality at some stage, hopefully not now. Yet, according to those who guide us, desolation, once accepted, is the time for real self understanding and knowledge, a time to re-assess and re- grow, The extremes and way in which we move from one to another, consolation and desolation, might sound like a different turn of phrase but in fact it is Ignatian.

In clergy discussions and in our Wednesday Zoom meetings, I re-introduced Elizabeth Kubler Ross' 5 stages of dying: anger, rejection, bargaining, depression and ultimately, acceptance. Be kind and gentle with yourself as you reflect on where you are on the scale, and where is the grief cycle you have spent time. What I do know is that God is wherever we are, closer than our breath, and seeing us as the 'apple of God's eye' God's Imago Dei. I also know that there are some, maybe many, who we can reach out and be as Christ to them, giving assurance and comfort. Keep some of that for yourself.

It is leaftime early summer and this season is very beautiful, and invitational. Let us grow deeper roots and support those who need, like the beech trees, to cling to sloped ground, and, once rooted, stay stable. Just look at the magnificent rootedness in the attachment!

I will be at St Margaret's tomorrow and love our Eucharist and time together. Soon, soon we shall meet. I almost wept when I saw church in action once again, in Germany.

I'm delighted with the way Zoom is enabling us. St Mary's, set up by Betty, had their first, very satisfying vestry meeting, and the Wednesday group met, discussing Elizabeth Kubler Ross and how that impacts on our status quo. We all desire the group to enlarge, as each of us make a difference to one another. I certainly felt nourished and enriched, having see your faces once again, and learned from your wisdom. I'm aslo delighted that these weekly emails are on our respective websites! Well done Christine and Betty!

Hoping too that you are enjoying the SEC Sunday Eucharists. I thought our Primus was wonderful, talking about his crozier as something to lean on whilst he blathered to others. I just love that picture. I also picked up his Monday brief reflection on Youtube. We have great praying joyful and real leaders!

Tomorrow, Sunday: Acts 7: 55 to 60; psalm 31: 1 to 5 and 17 and 18; 1 Peter 2: 2 to 10; John 14: 1 to 14. See you from St Margaret's and know you are prayed for! Follow the SEC online service at the same time.

A lovely Collect you could pray this week is:
Eternal God, your son Jesus Christ
is the way, the truth ad the life for all creation:
Grant us Grace to walk in his way
Rejoice in his truth, and share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen,

MONDAY | Acts 14: 5 to 18 | Psalm 115:1 to 11 | John 14: 21 to 26
TUESDAY | Acts 14: 19 to 27 | Psalm 145: 10 to 13, 21 | John 14: 27 to 31a
WEDNESDAY | Acts 15: 1 to 6 | Psalm 122 | John 15: 1 to 8
THURSDAY | Acts 15: 7 to 21 | Psalm 96: 1 to 3, 10 to 13 | John 15: 9 to 11
FRIDAY | Acts 15: 22 to 31 | Psalm 57: 6 to 12 | John 15: 12 to 17
SATURDAY | Acts 16: 1 to 10 | Psalm 100 | John 15: 18 to 21

Let's be reminded of Jesus' own words,'No one puts new wine into old wineskins; if they do, the skin will burst, and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are kept in good condition.' Let us help each other to make newness and healthiness!

Grace and peace

Kathy

Beloved in Christ

I've just been chatting to some parishioners, and laughingly commented that the first topic of conversation is the weather, and so it should be, as it is changeable and directly affects us! All in the midst of spring... I'd forgotten how nature's episodes show off the snowdrops, then daffodils, then bluebells, then buttercups, nettles ----- and it's so with us - God is revealing seasonal changes in us, and we are always taken by surprise by the renewing season of feeling change, and warmth in our spirits. We are on our way to Pentecost, aren't we? I pray that your encounters with the resurrected real Jesus are sustaining you, and maybe giving you new insights. St Augustine said that we are spiritual beings on an earthly journey. Let us live into that and be sure that every day we are attending to the spiritual garden God is now giving us time to potter around in!

ZOOM conversations on Wednesday meetings at 8pm are wonderful: last week we looked at how to 'do' church when we come out of lockdown: we started to picture ourselves arriving, listening to scripture and exploring God's new way of being not do-ing in a changed world, preparing for communion and partaking in it, (not to forget taking collection). Next week we return to a more spiritual, reflective focus and discussion. We need that spiritual nourishment. We have decided to open our link to anyone you would recommend joining. Fresh insight is so valuable, and refreshing.

WEBSITES: Christine and Betty have added to our internet pages - do take a look at stmaryschurchnewportontay.org and stmargarettayport.org. It's great that we are sharing photos and these newsletters. It would be marvelous to have some overseas interest in joining Zoom!

SERVICES I hope you are enjoying the Episcopal video of the Eucharist on Sundays at 11 (or you can watch them later at your convenience). By the way a lot of people are enjoying the flexibility of worship, during this lockdown. I continue to celebrate the Eucharist, tomorrow at 11 at St Mary's. You will see some photos of St Margaret's last week. I was very moved to look from the altar at the empty church, and longed for you to take up your usual places! It is a beautiful experience for me, and I am aware of your presence, and pray for each of you. Do join me once again. In the afternoon at 4, I have another dedicated prayer and healing service, and have decided rather to hold that at home, than to transgress the law and go out again in a day. Light your little candle and join me.

READINGS. Are you enjoying the Eucharist readings - I think we should keep to them throughout our green Easter season.

They are

SUNDAY | Acts 2: 42 - 47 | Psalm 23 | 1 Peter 2: 19 - 25 | John 10: 1 - 10
MONDAY | Acts 11;1 - 18 | Psalm 43 | John 10: 22 - 30
TUESDAY | Acts 11; 19 - 26 | Psalm 87 | John 10: 44 - 50
WEDNESDAY | Acts 12: 24 - 13:5a | Psalm 67 | John 12 44 to 50
THURSDAY | Acts 13: 13 - 25 | Psalm 89.1-2,19-26 | John 13:16 - 20
FRIDAY | Acts 13: 26 - 33 | Psalm 2 | John 14: 1 - 7
SATURDAY | Acts 13: 44 - 52 | Psalm 98 | John 14: 7 - 14

FACE MASKS That strange picture shows you how well the little masks I made for you work. I made several rows of reinforcing stitches so that they are more durable. Do use them when you shop!Please pray for Steve and Dorothy Lemon, who showed some cv symptoms and are in self isolation.

ENJOY this time - make it God space

Thoughts and prayers

Kathy

Beloved in Christ

Here are last Sunday's photos of our beautiful churches, as I celebrated and prayed: not only each of you, but in seeking God's assurance and guidance as we seek to be together in the future. We all yearn for that sacred companionship.

Tomorrow I will be celebrating the Eucharist at St Margaret's at 11, and then praying in St Mary's round 4pm for an hour. Do join me in spirit. I also hope you are enjoying the Diocesan online service at 11am, or using some other form of worship of your choice.

Thank you for joining in Zoom on Wednesday, in prayer or in person. Here is the link for you to join up or forward to friends - regardless of creed, religion, or place. We can spread the net wider with the wonders of technology. On reflection I wondered whether this global community is gathering in this new way, right across the globe. Let's do this here! Perhaps your family further afield would like to join us? Next week I am planning a reflection (a personal perspective) to start our discussion and prayer. It was special to meet face to face, and lovely to have the whole Sage family and doggie present on the screen for the hour. (I'll send the invitation to next week's Zoom link separately, forwarded from Niki)

Here are next week's readings

Sunday - Acts 2: 14a, 36 to 41; Psalm 116: 1 to 4, 11 to 18; 1 Peter 1: 17 to 23; Luke 24: 13 to 35
Monday - Acts 6: 8 to 15; Psalm 119: 161 to 168; John 6: 22 to 29
Tuesday - Acts 7: 51 to 8: 1a; Psalm 31 : 1 to 5; John 6: 30 to 35
Wednesday - Acts 8: 1b to 8; Psalm 66: 1 to 6; John 6: 35 to 40
Thursday - Acts 8: 26 to 40; Psalm 66: 7 to 8, 15 to 19; John 6: 44 to 51
Friday - Acts 9: 1 to 20; Psalm 132; John 6: 52 to 59
Saturday - Acts 9: 31 to 42; Psalm 116: 11 to 18; John 6: 60 to 69

Once again, I extend the invitation to stay in touch and phone or email me in any need

Yours, in the risen Lord

Kathy

St Margaret's Easter Card 2020

Easter Card

Beloved in Christ

I am very aware of the vitality of Palm Sunday in our Christian calendar.

I wonder how your Lenten journey has been, with its sudden deviation into new ways of accepting living with social distancing, empty streets and often away from those we love and rely on as integral parts of our lives. Many working people have lost jobs and purpose... many we love are imperiled. We are in grief in its stages of anger, denial, bartering and then, ultimately, acceptance.

In addition there is too much information and inspiration on hand. Technology has leapt into new dimensions- we are intimidated by the panoply of choice.

We have set up this email communication, to re-plant us in our sustaining church community, and to keep together and share.

Lets turn to PALM SUNDAY READINGS

Isaiah 15: 4-9a

Psalm 31:9-18

Philippians 2:5-11

Matthew 26: 11 to 54 (remember the Passion readings?)

*Jesus knew what was to come. We don't!

*Jesus nevertheless knew what he had to do. We do, mostly!

*Jesus knew that God's plan was for him to show the way to salvation. Do we know what God is asking us to do right now? Are we listening?

*Jesus accepted the honour, joy and celebrations,without being swayed by them.. this is discernment in the face of worldly opinions.

*Jesus is the model of humility..... are we?

If we just STAY with these thoughts as we reflect, and steep ourselves in that peace that passes all understanding, then the waves of outer noise and emotion give way to the currents running, just as our River Tay illustrates, under the surface turmoil.

And then, that deep underwater stillness holds us steady.

We are a people of faith, YOU are God's chosen one, with a particular purpose and LOVED. (Ephesians1: 5 although, better, 1.15)

NOW is the time to talk to God about these things, for you are a LOVED new creation (2 Corinthians 5: 17)

Perhaps this is what this Easter is guiding us to...

The collect is:

Eternal father

Your son our saviour fulfilled your will

By taking our nature and giving his life for us.

Help us to follow the example of his humility

By walking I the way of the cross;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Hily Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

(taken from the South African lectionary).

Do have a look at the links I sent you in the last email for 'live' services and do share if you have others... Frank, thank you for your prayers sent!

SUGGESTION

MAKE A PALM CROSS from your garden shrubbery, and pin it to your front door or gate. This is for you, your household and a witness to those walking by. I am going to do this and will send you a pic. Then at first light on Easter Sunday(or after your Saturday evening devotions), I'm stringing lights through them!

Lastly, what about playing and singing and praying a HYMN, like 'Ride on, ride on in majesty' https://youtu.be/MD9rMkIS1yw

Yours in humility and joy.

I will send you some thoughts on holy week soon.

BE BLESSED AS YOU ARE A BLESSING TO OTHERS

Kathy

An official greeting from Kathy Barrable

Beloved in Christ

This day, the 24th March 2020, I'm formally your Priest-in-Charge, and I am filled with joyful anticipation. God has worked the whole miracle and blessings have flowed, ever since I attended St Margaret's almost two years ago, and returned home saying, 'I love the people and this place - I could live here - even without you precious family!' And when I attended a joint meeting at St Mary's the circle grew wider, and now it is here like a jewel to behold. I promise to serve God, you and the churches to the best of my ability, and with that same faith hope and love which is ours to share and explore.

So, not being able to meet you yet, I plan to phone those who are not on email, and give you my phone number, 07552 503895, so that we can open doors to talk, plan, share and dream. Our chats should be broad..... how you are coping, what you are thinking, any birthdays or special news, questions and answers, and whatever affects our wellbeing. (This morning I have learned about gardening and that it's still too cool to sow seeds yet.) I am sure you will be able to help me in these practical ways - what can I do for you?

I will send you weekly emails, and a Sunday sermon, readings for the week, as well as some interesting connections for you to listen to: I hope you will feed back, as to what is on your mind.

I know a number of us are in the vulnerable group, and to you specially, if there is any help you need, let us know.

I wonder if anyone has contact with an an IT boff, who could possible help us record a sermon, and get us linked somehow.

Perhaps you would think its a good idea to share a communion which I would have, and you be with me in prayer at the same time? Perhaps 10 on a Sunday morning? (I will celebrate the Eucharist then) and join me at 6pm, in evening prayer - said evensong on a Sunday night, and daily morning prayer at 7.30am:

Today's Eucharist readings are Ezekiel 47, 1-9 and 12; Psalm 46; and John 5 1-18. Lovely question Jesus poses: do you WANT to be healed?

Morning and evening prayers are:

Today, Tuesday Jeremiah 16: 10-21; Romans 7; 13-25; John 6: 16-27

Wednesday Jeremiah 17.10:19 -18:12; Romans 8 1-11; John 6: 16-27.

Thursday Jeremiah 22: 13-23. Romans 8: 12-27; John 6: 41-51

Friday Jeremiah 23 1-8; Romans 8:28-39; John 6: 52-59

Saturday Jeremiah 23:9-32; 1 Romans 9: 1-18; John 6: 60-71

I know we have a lot of resources being worked on and shared, and I'll send them to you as they come. With so much available, just select what you would enjoy, keeping it manageable, nourishing and digestible!

Some starters: this is a wonderful time for deepening our prayer life, and whilst there are endless ideas on youtube, one I recommend is 'Prayer: Rowan Williams, (other helpful instructive podcasts like 'Encountering God' and so on...) He is eloquent and keeps his message accessible and practical.

I've recently become more interested in the field of Ecotheology, and discovered Michael Dowd, American minister and author, in his series called, 'Post Doom Conversations', in which he chats to a number of eminent people, and exchanges views. Perhaps you would enjoy those?

And of course, my all time default, Richard Rohr. Any of his books or youtube recordings.

In the mean time, let us love one another as Jesus' disciples, and live joyfully in these time, eve grateful for our blessings.

Peace and grace

Kathy Barrable

120th anniversary of St Margaret’s

On Sunday 20th November 2016 St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Tayport, celebrated its 120th anniversary at a special service, led by Rev Jim Thomson, in honour of the church’s patron saint, Queen Margaret of Scotland. The congregation of St Margaret’s were joined in this celebration by their friends from St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Newport-on-Tay. The organist was Iain Flett, and we were also treated to some fine violin music by his daughter Elisabeth.