As we rejoice and celebrate June as Pride month you are invited to take time to pray for, or sit in solidarity, with those who can be arrested or worse just for being who they are. The chair and prayer desk were made out of old pallets by Revd Les Ireland, Rector of St Cyprian’s, Lenzie.
This chair and prayer desk is decorated with:
66 feathers to represent joy The joy of living life to the full.
There are 66 jurisdictions who criminalise private, consensual, same-sex sexual activity.
41 ribbons represent belonging In God’s eyes and heart all belong.
There are 41 countries who criminalise private, consensual sexual activity between women.
12 doves to represent peace The peace which everyone deserves when going about their every day lives, being the best them they can be.
There are 12 countries in which the death penalty is imposed, or at least a possibility for private, consensual same-sex sexual activity.
14 hearts to represent love God is love, there is no fear in love, we love because God loved us first.
There are 14 countries who criminalise the gender identity and/or expression of transgender people.
Advent Sunday is the beginning of a new year, often seen as a time of preparation for Christmas, however that slightly misses the point. While it is indeed the liturgical season leading up to Christmas it looks back rather than forward to the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem. The Ox and the Ass didn’t know what was about to happen, neither we do, indeed if we think we do we will almost certainly miss out, for God is a God of surprises and they are often not only unexpected but also things we would run away from.
Jesus was born for the cross, as death is the only path to resurrection. All too often we want resurrection but are not prepared to put to death those things that prevent it happening. Advent is the time to step out with confidence into an unknown future, but one where God is already awaiting us. To prepare not for what we know or expect, but for those blessing God is waiting to shower upon us.
Below you will find a file for the 1st eight days of #AdventWord. Each word has the verse the word has come from, a little thought for the day and an activity, most days also have an extra thing you might wish to do. Paper copies will be available at church. The next 7 words will be available here from Saturday 3rd December.
Please feel free to share any of your thoughts or your own pictures in the comments below or on the church or Makar Facebook page.
After our celebration of Harvest during the service on October 2nd, we went into the garden to plant two trees. A Eucalyptus and a Holly. Both trees were bought by monies left to the church by Pat Maguire who was a keen gardener and always had some eucalyptus branches in her home and was also known to make a holly wreath. We were delighted that two of Pat’s children were able to join us and help plant the trees.
While it will be a while before the trees have grown enough to safely cut for use in the church, we look forward to doing so for years to come. Snowdrops have also been planted around the Eucalyptus tree and the plan is to move some of the bluebells to around the holly.
A second holly bush which was already in the garden in a pot has been planted just along from the holy tree.
The Time is Now is a new piece of GodArt in the church reflecting the Gospel readings during August. Parts of broken clocks have been used to create a temporary rood screen.
A rood screen separates the people from the holiness beyond. As our Gospel readings repeat Jesus’ warning not to waste any time in sharing God’s Kingdom. Next year, next month, next week, tomorrow might be too late, this afternoon might be to late, the next minute …..
Can we interpret the time is the question Jesus asks, however there lies beneath another bigger question. If we can, what are we going to do about it?
Jesus tells us there are times when we are called not to be peacemakers, but rather to be disruptors. Taken that which is broken and pulling it back together again disrupts people, sometimes the brokenness lies so deep that it becomes part of an identity.
These broken clock pieces hanging as a rood screen remind us that sometimes it is our brokenness that separates us from God, but God wants to put us back together. That isn’t always easy, and it is always painless. One of the surprises when looking at the photos to decide which ones to use was seeing the processional cross surrounded by a broken clock dial. Jesus on the cross is at the centre of our brokenness and from dying to that we can know resurrection, new life and new hope.