The latest Church of England newsletter has links to a number of on-line resources that are worth sharing:
- Develop a new daily habit with a free Find Time to Pray app
- Read or listen to their updated mental health reflections
- Use your smart speaker to find out more about faith
- Join with thousands of others in saying today’s prayer each day
- Light a virtual candle to make space to pray
- Sign up to their email reflections
Those without internet access can call 0800 804 8044 (free) for hymns, reflections and prayers.
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love. In Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Do have a look at the special page on the Holy Trinity website for information on what’s happening over Christmas and available to us on-line. There are special live-streamed services each day from Monday 21 December to Thursday 24 December, as well as a Christmas@Home service on the joyous day itself.
Needing a wee break from the computer screen? At this link are some Advent and Christmas Radio and TV suggestions for you. Please mention these to family and friends who aren’t on the internet.
In this year of pandemic, our friend Liz Crumlish, soon to be ordained deacon at St Oswald’s Church, Maybole (see this link) offers some reflections to accompany us through Advent.
These are based on the Daily Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, and there’s an illustrated thought for every day from 29 November. You can download these in the form of a booklet at this link.
Liz starts: “As we seek to proclaim the simplicity of God’s gift to the world in a time when many are grieving or fearful, when many are separated from loved ones, when the darkness seems all pervasive, we are called to be the light, to kindle the flame, igniting the divine spark in each until the light of Christ shines brightly.”
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5)
Those of you who, under normal circumstances, like to travel round the country to go to different churches, can do this virtually through the Scottish Episcopal Church YouTube channel.
A Eucharist service is broadcast at 11:00am every Sunday, and other services on the channel include Evening Prayer. As with all YouTube recordings you can watch at any convenient time afterwards.
The latest Diocesan E-News reports that many worshippers from our diocese have found the services deeply spiritual and uplifting.