On the 8th Day

This installation art in the church garden is called On the 8th Day, was inspired by Carol Marples of Soul Mark Trust pieces for COP26 – 7 DAYS, link below. My thanks to Carol for agreeing to my rather cheeky title suggestion.

7 DAYS – Soul Marks Trust

Carols art work tells the story of creation with one panel for each day. Jesus in his resurrection made all creation new, gave new life to all that was, and so On the 8th Day was born.

The grave wrapping now redundant can blow freely in the wind, across 8 of them in gold are the letters to spell ALLELUIA. The work will remain in the garden until 26th of May, if you are in the area please feel free to come into our garden and explore around and through it. Remember the freedom of childhood and running through the sheets drying on the washing line, come feel that freedom again.

2022 Paschal Candle

The transfer for our Paschal Candle this year was designed and created by *S*. It has the traditional elements with her own artistic twist on them. Including the addition of a butterfly in the colours of the Ukrainian flag so that they too may know new life in all its fullness.

Bishop’s Easter Message

In the Japanese Shinto religious tradition, if an earthenware pot used for religious observance is broken, that pot must be restored. The pieces are taken and put back together, but into the adhesive is introduced an amount of gold to give it strength. The cracks and the brokenness can be seen; they remain, but the pot is more valuable, is stronger, because holding it together is a golden thread.
This Easter we celebrate the golden thread of God’s love which shines through the brokenness of our lives and our world in Hope. The golden thread of God’s love which binds us together to strengthen us in the face of fear and allows to know the real Joy of resurrection life which Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us, and the Holy Spirit allows us to share.
The golden thread of God’s love that we see shine in Hope is the sure Hope that comes from the knowledge that the sun rises, whether we are always able to recognise that fact or not. At the heart of the resurrection narratives is the fact that Love is stronger than any natural phenomenon we experience, even death itself. The Hebrew concept of Remembrance makes real in this present moment Exodus, Passover that is the concept of Remembrance Jesus used at the last supper. More than memory, but memory teaches much about the nature of God’s love when we simply remember those we have known who have died. It is love which lifts the veil between heaven and earth, the golden thread of Hope holds our heaven and earth in the reality of that love, that speaks to us of God.
There is no room for fear in love: we hear that every Sunday. Fear is the most lethal weapon in the world and in our lives. It is lethal because it encourages those facets of our lives that we would rather be without, the questions, the doubts around who I am and why am I the way I am. Why do others seem to have more than me without working for it; why are others stronger, more self-assured, more assertive? The golden thread of God’s love runs through that brokenness and reminds us that we are made in God’s image to share God’s love. The importance of the cross and of the tomb is that Our Lord Jesus Christ proved that despite failure, disappointment, indeed death itself – we are good enough. Good enough to share God’s love; there is no room for fear in that love. In apparent weakness there is strength: I remember saying at the beginning of the pandemic that we closed our church doors not in fear but in LOVE.
That is the true Joy of Love which brings peace, makes resurrection real. Joy is not the absence of pain or suffering, the absence of doubt and confusion. The joy in love is the recognition that Our Lord Jesus Christ in his suffering and death gives us confidence that, made in God’s image, we are good enough. God who is love makes something of our pain and guilt and fear and doubt. That is the true joy of love that is of God: it gives us confidence to look for and recognise Hope, the Hope that the sun rises, the Hope that in the cross we may recognise even excellence is not enough, but failure can be redeemed.

  • Kevin, Glasgow and Galloway

Mary’s Love, Mary’s Hair

On Lent 5 the Gospel reading was of Jesus revisiting the home of Lazarus, newly called out from death’s tomb, Martha and Mary. While on this occasion we don’t know what Martha was up to. (Was she busy making the dinner again, or was this the occasion when she made the dinner that other Gospel writers tell us off and were too embarrassed to tell of Mary’s antics?) Regardless of that speculation, John tells us that Mary, not of Magdala but of Bethany, knelt at Jesus feet, and lavishly poured expensive perfume on his feet. Then she wiped it with her hair. *S* made a small piece of installation art of Mary’s hair, to remind us all of Mary’s love after which it was placed on the altar rail as a reminder that, whoever we are, we come to Jesus as we are, with love in our hearts.

Holy Week Services

At St Paul & St John’s – Springwells Ave, Airdrie

There will be no Wednesday Eucharist.

Maundy Thursday 7pm – Sung Eucharist with stripping of the altar and The Watch

Good Friday 2pm – The Final Hour – A quiet time to reflect on Jesus’ final hour on The Cross, his death and burial.

Easter 11.30am – Sung Eucharist with the lighting of the Paschal Candle

MARKing Holy Week

This retelling of the Gospel story using St Mark’s account will now take place at 10.30am in Holy Name, Cumbernauld each day during Holy Week;- 11th-15th April.

Diocesan Lent Quiet Day

Programme
10.00am Worship
10.20am Jesus condemned – Bishop Kevin
10.40am The women by the way
11.00am Break
11.30am Jesus falls; Simon carries the cross
11.50am Crucifixion – Dean Reuben
12.10am The silence of the tomb – Bishop Kevin
12.30pm Final worship
If you would like to find out more about the Lent Quiet Day or would like to book a
place, please contact the Rev Les Ireland on 0141 776 3866, or email
Les949@btinternet.com. Access details for the Zoom meeting will be circulated
nearer the time.

Everyone is welcome and invited to this free event.

Night Prayers for Lent Course

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night, and a perfect end.

Amen.

O God, make speed to save us;

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Psalm 31.1-5

Antiphon:          Make haste, O Lord, to deliver me,

for you are my tower of strength.

  1. In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.

2  Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me.

3  Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.

4  Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, for you are my tower of strength.

5  Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

Antiphon:          Make haste, O Lord, to deliver me,

                           for you are my tower of strength.

Reading

Silence

Response (Ps. 31.5)

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

            Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

            I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

            Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

  

Nunc Dimittis

Antiphon:    Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

    My own eyes have seen the salvation

          which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3     A light to reveal you to the nations,

and the glory of your people Israel.

Antiphon:    Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Lord, have mercy on us,

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

A time of silent prayer

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven. 

Give us today our daily bread. 

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us. 

Do not bring us to the time of trial

but deliver us from evil. 

Amen.

Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray; and in your mercy

defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;

for the love of your only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Conclusion

We will lie down in peace, and take our rest;

For you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commit my spirit;

You will redeem me, O Lord God of truth.

Keep us tonight, Lord, from all sin;

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, hear our prayer;

And let our cry come to you.

Bless the Lord, the God of our fathers;

Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;

Sing God’s praise and exalt God forever.

The almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.

Amen.

And the Angels Attended Him

The icon – The Invitation – is in church for the duration of Lent.

Jesus walks into the wilderness his hand reaching back for you to come join him, where those things that you think are cracks and brokenness can be beautified.

I am currently reading ‘The Sound of Life’s Unspeakable Beauty’, it is a beautiful book any time but especially for Lent.  It says of itself, and it is true in my reading so far:

“This is a beautiful book. This word “beauty,” in the Japanese definition, requires sacrifice. The sacrifice of death to preserve honour or the natural process of decay is beatified.”

Going into the wilderness is a place not were we decay but were we can be beautified.  When all distractions, all temptations, all outside influences are no longer assailing our senses, we get the chance to look at ourselves and to listen to what God is saying to us and for us. 

So let us journey into the wilderness not in dour West of Scotland attitude, but in the joy of having 40 days with God removed from all other distractions, where we too will be attended to by the angels.

(I am sure there will be more about the book at another time.)

Diocese Synod 2022

What makes up the people of God?
Not bread alone, but bread of love
Blessed, given and broken.
A taste of heaven within the spirit,
held in the soul regardless of taste
or lack of.
Bricks without straw;
are still made in love;
still build true and strong foundation.
Straw without bricks can be blown away.
But bricks without straw?
The dust of the earth
from which we are made;
life giving water
by which we live;
Shaped and formed in love by God
the Ultimate Potter.
The people of God, 
the bricks of God,
The Church of God,
Built of Love.