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Face coverings remain an important part of stopping the spread of coronavirus. Although regulatory requirements to wear face coverings in places of worship will be removed from 4 April, the Scottish Government’s guidance still strongly encourages the use of protective measures to reduce risk, including wearing of face coverings where appropriate to help keep each other safe. Importantly, the Scottish Government strongly recommends that for all other activities within a place of worship that fall outwith an act of worship, face coverings and protective measures are maintained unless an exemption applies.

That explains why you’ll see this poster when you come into our building …

If you thought “That image looks familiar”, it’s because we used the crown of thorns when our augmented choir last performed Stainer’s sacred oratorio The Crucifixion in 2012. And you saw it once more in 2020 when we launched our plan to perform the work again on Palm Sunday … a plan that came to nothing because the pandemic arrived half-way through rehearsals!

2021 didn’t happen for the same reason, but we’re delighted that we’re able to offer The Crucifixion at 6.00pm on Palm Sunday as an introduction to Holy Week. It’s not quite the same as last time – the choir will be more distanced than usual, the congregation will be masked, and we won’t be able to offer refreshments afterwards. However, the music will tell the same story, and our choir has been augmented by a number of keen singers from local churches and choirs. We’ll be accompanied on the organ by Willie Campbell from Dunfermline Abbey, and directed by Walter Thomson, the Choir Leader from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church.

Do come, and be prepared to join in the hymns …

 

We are warmly invited to the Lenten Study taking place at Holy Trinity on Wednesday evenings from 7.00pm to 8.30pm in the church hall. The topic is “Steps in the Liturgy: Our Sunday worship from start to finish”.

2 March — Gathering: Brought together in Praise and Thanksgiving

9 March — Reading the Scriptures: Attending to the Purposes of God

16 March — Prayers: Aligning ourselves with God’s work in the world

23 March — Peace and Offertory: Facing One Another, Facing God

30 March — The Sacrament: Giving ourselves to receive Christ’s gift

6 April — Mission: At Christ’s Disposal

The Scottish Episcopal Church is totally committed to becoming carbon net zero by 2030 and on Thursday 24 February anyone interested in climate change and being carbon-neutral is invited to take part in a study session led by the Climate Change Group on the topic “Carbon Neutral 2030 – What Does it Mean?” This session will run on Zoom from 9.30am to 1.00pm – details of the programme and how to register at this link.

Away with gloom, away with doubt!
With all the morning stars we sing.

Edward Sillitoe’s hymn may not be part of the Christmas repertoire, but it was how we all felt after our carol service on Sunday. Health concerns and disruption to travel plans meant some couldn’t join us, but still there were 40 in the church to celebrate Emmanuel’s coming.

As always, the members of our local ecumenical partnership rose to the occasion, and offered enthusiastic and thoughtful worship in our traditional Advent 4 way. Yes, we missed the processing, and the tea/coffee and mince pies afterwards, but we had all the other elements of organ, choir, readings and congregational singing. Not only did we keep the tradition alive, but we were able to welcome old friends and strangers, which is what Christmas is all about.

Our fairly traditional pattern of readings and music (pew sheet at this link) included three poems that we commend to everyone: Do not be afraid (Liz Crumlish), Kenosis (Luci Shaw) and The sceptical shepherd (Godfrey Rust).

In all twenty musicians and readers from both congregations were involved: grateful thanks to all the willing and enthusiastic volunteers, to our ministers, whose garb showed a commitment to the spirit of Christmas, and to Mario Cassini for providing the photos.

Thank you too to those who gave towards the work of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and Action for Children. The total given to date is £267.60, but it will be more than that, as some folk always take envelopes and give later.

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Coming up …
  • 26 May 2022
    6:30 pm Sung Eucharist
  • 29 May 2022
    9:30 am Sung Eucharist
  • 29 May 2022
    11:00 am Morning Worship
  • 5 June 2022
    9:30 am Sung Eucharist

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