Advent Morning Prayers

Advent Morning Prayers are taking place at 8am until Friday 24th December apart from Sundays. You can join via zoom from 7:55am the service lasts around 10mins.

Meeting ID: 876 2390 7573
Passcode: Angels

You do not need any liturgy, it is a time of silence, music, image and word; a gentle start to the day.

Christmas Services – Updated

On Sunday 19th December, we will be having a service of lessons and carols. Come join us and hear the story which is the reason for the season, in word and song.

Our Christmas Eve service this year will be a joint one hosted by St Paul and St John the Evangelist, held at 7.30pm. While on Christmas Day we will celebrate with our friends over in Cumbernauld at 11am.

Bishop John Taylor RIP

The official diocesan announcement can be found here.

The bell tolls
marking more than a death,
a life of faith well lived.
The sombre timbre
resonates our grief,
recalls voice and gentle smile,
word of encouragement, blessing, prayer.
Hands that laid on others
passing on The Great Commission,
anointing, blessing, serving_
God and God in all;
have found their rest.
Within its peal
a brighter resonance marks
a uniting one final time.
Hope realised,
faith completed,
the final communion 
of body, blood and spirit;
united to the great I AM,
who is all in all,
in life and death.

St Margaret of Scotland

Margaret, Queen of this land
but child of another
a bargaining chip
such was a daughter’s lot.

Margaret, Queen of this land
and child of God,
a woman of precious faith.
Peace and security garnered
through a life polished with prayer
and God as her companion in all her journeying
over sea and land, through trials and tribulations.

Despite the times and seasons through which she lived,
Margaret, saint and queen,
Scotland’s precious pearl,
radiated Christ’s love and comfort

She wore the breastplate of faith and love
faith strong and true, exampled
through words and deeds of kindness’
of love in action, not done at arm’s length
in personal acts of sacrifice and service
done in secret not lauded for all to see.

She wore the helmet of hope,
hope not just for this life and for herself
but hope for all and for eternity
casting the Light of Christ throughout this land
creating light and hope were darkness and despair tried to reign.
Through healing of mind and bodies
through teaching, equipping and serving others
She shared the Gospel message of impartiality
for Margaret knew, despite her high status
that all are precious in God’s sight.

As we live through these times and seasons
where the grit of covid and its restrictions
can irritate and make us want to cast all aside
to just rid ourselves of its constant annoying itch
which we can’t quite scratch to satisfactions point.
Plant in our minds the pearl, O God,
that through such times and seasons
with the breastplate of faith and love
the helmet of hope
you will, and can hone us to be such pearls as Margaret was
so we too reflect Christ’s light in this
your land.
Pearl of Scotland

Christmas Shopping

That time of the year is upon us once more, if you are someone who buys from Amazon you can now also support St Paul & St John the Evangelist buy purchasing your items through the portal below. You don’t pay any more and the church gets a very small amount from qualifying purchases. If you click below you will be taken to the official Amazon store you will see everything is as was in your previous none smile store. At the top left you will see a tab for selecting the charity you wish to support – we hope you will choose us, we are listed as St Paul & St John The Evangelist.

Thank you.

Hallowing

image by Gerd Allmann via Pixabay
Blessed be your name, Holy One
who blesses us with seasons.
Autumnal myriad hues, like Joseph’s coat,
Swirl around, reminders of your radiant presence
and your love.  Always with us.
Waning Hunter moon
its labour easing drawing out the night,
while bittersweet memories
tinge the frosty air.
Saints and saints, both.

Those whose names and smells and voices
we recall, with smiles upon our heavy hearts.
Those with halos shinning bright;
Owning unknown faces,
inspiring words,
mysterious deeds of wonder;
Watching from mosaic, tempera, coloured glass.

Both saint and Saint
remembered in this hallowed time,
of falling leaf and tolling bell.

Blessed be your name, Holy One
who blesses us with seasons.
Seasons of the earth_
transient life, perpetual soul.

All Saints

This year we will be celebrating All Saints on Sunday 31st October at 11am. If you wish to bring the liturgy with you on an electronic device you will find the pdf below.

From its earliest days, the Church has recognized as its foundation stones those heroes of the faith whose lives have excited others to holiness and have assumed a communion with the Church on earth and the Church in heaven.

Celebrating the Feast of All Saints began in the fourth century. At first, it was observed on the Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost; this was to link the disciples who received the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the foundation of the Church, with those who were martyrs, giving their lives as witnesses for the faith.

In the eighth century, a pope dedicated a chapel to All Saints in Saint Peter’s at Rome on 1 November. Within a century this day was being observed as All Saints’ Day.

Ghana

The Primus writes:

Most Revd Mark Strange – Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the SEC

Media reports yesterday of support within the Anglican Church of Ghana for a legislative motion to implement an appalling raft of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation will be heart breaking to many across Scotland, and around the world.

Support for this proposal is, I believe, contrary to the message of love contained in the Gospel we preach. I am very aware of the breadth of opinion across the Anglican Communion on human sexuality. I have, at times had to to vigorously defend the position we have taken on equal marriage. Despite our disagreements however, at the Primates Meetings I have attended we have unanimously reiterated our opposition to any criminalisation of those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community across the world.

I beseech those in the Anglican Church of Ghana who support this motion to rethink their position. I pray for all involved, especially for LQBTQ+ people in Ghana, and their loved ones, who now find themselves in danger because of who they are, and who they love.