As the final days of Advent unfold, our morning prayer continues via zoom at 8am Today’s #AdventWord is generations and this quote from Sister Parish reminded me of my mother who died in earlier this year.
Even the simplest wicker basket can become priceless when it is loved and cared for through the generations of a family.
My mother gave me the basket pictured below many years ago. For a number of years she taken to gifting me things of hers that she knew I would treasure as my birthday present. Those things have become the most precious of things, this basket among them.
I remember her carrying shopping home in it, till she started to drive, then it housed knitting for a while. Then, it sat with reusable bags in it, latterly she kept paperwork in it, before it appear with a bow tied around the handle for my birthday about 12 years or so ago. I also remember, as a child, being given it to collect shopping and the heavy basket bashing against my leg as I tried to find a comfortable way to carry it. I remember filling it with treats for guests at parties, and it has accompanied me to church on many occasion as a prop or to just as a basket.
Today, on this the shortest day of the year, I will fill this basket with virtual memories of my mum and of other people I will miss this Christmastime. Why don’t you join me?
Stark Talk on 19 December was a fascinating interview with the former Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Right Rev Richard Holloway. Host Edi Stark talked to Bishop Holloway about family life and his early resolve to be an Anglican priest in a 45-minute look back on his life which was at times emotion as well as poignant. The interview can be listened to at the link below, and will be available online for a year.
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.
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.
We are the presence of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Monklands. The three historic SEC congregations in Coatbridge, Gartcosh and Airdrie now worship from one building. Together, we hope we offer an open and inclusive welcome, together we worship, and together we work. We gather around the table of hospitality, the table of the Lord, and the table of our work and study. All are welcome, all may share, all may join in.
Please do come visit, we are situated in Springwells Ave, Airdrie.