Among all the amazing things people are doing to stay connected, did you know about the flashmob choir that St Paul’s Cathedral in London has organised to sing Easter hymns next Sunday?
It would be great if some of our folk were part of it! Just imagine the power of the whole nation joining together defeating lock-down to sing that Christ is Risen! Details at this link.
The Scottish Church Leaders Forum have issued this call to prayer on Palm Sunday:
As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever renewed Call to Prayer. We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7.00pm on Sunday 6 April, which is Palm Sunday. We offer a prayer at this time:
Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us,
We give you thanks.
For the enduring presence of your love in this world,
We give you thanks.
For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day,
We give you thanks.
On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak of hope,
We hear the cry: Hosanna!
We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise,
We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
On this day, we journey in hope as we trust in your promise.
Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come,
We are conscious that we share in the life of the world.
We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us,
And of those from whom we are apart.
Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love.
Lord, we are conscious of others,
Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society,
And upon whom we now depend.
We pray for them:
For delivery drivers and posties,
For bin men and cleaners,
For police officers and care workers,
Protect them and keep them safe.
For nurses and doctors,
For scientists and surgeons,
For midwives and ambulance drivers,
Protect them and watch over them.
For those who govern on our behalf,
For those who make decisions that impact upon us all,
For all who shape our common life,
Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
And grant us faith to journey into the week to come,
Assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord,
Jesus Christ. Amen.
Eddie Sykes writes:
It is with sadness that I share the news that David Slater passed away peacefully at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy last night (26 March 2020).
We give thanks to God for David, and pray for his family (daughters Karen and Janet, and families) and friends at this time. Funeral arrangements will be limited. There will, however, be a celebration of David’s life later in the year.
I also warmly encourage you to continue to remember Helen Marks and family as they continue to mourn Gordon’s passing. His funeral took place on Wednesday. There will also be a memorial service for Gordon later in the year.
For all the saints who from their labours rest, we give you thanks , O Lord.
O Christ the Morning Star, when the night of this world is past bring us to the promised light of life, opening into everlasting day. (Venerable Bede)
Please share this news with those in the church whom you know who are not on the internet.
Grace and Peace, God bless, Eddie
The linked notice from the College of Bishops on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, covers weddings, funerals, baptisms and access to church buildings. While this won’t affect most people directly, it gives a pointer as to the constraints under which Kenny and other clergy will be operating. Pray for them!
Some of you may have responded to the Pope’s call to all Christians to pray The Lord’s Prayer together on Wednesday this week. The Church Leaders Forum in Scotland encouraged us to join in the Churches Together call to prayer last Sunday evening, including lighting a candle and displaying it in a window for all to see. This Churches Together call to prayer is now being extended to this coming Sunday evening (29 March) at the same time of 7.00pm.