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Duke of Edinburgh RIP

This bishop writes:

As we reflect on the long life of The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, it is important to remember that duty is that facet of love, which sustains us in our lives, when the glamour, or the excitement, or the self-gratification, or being the centre of attention, disappear in our relationships. Most of us at some time in our lives, have aged parents, sometimes living long distances away, and we spend hours travelling to spend days off, cooking, shopping, checking bank statements, all the things we do not have time to do at home. It may appear to be nothing more than ‘duty’ and yet… God is love and love is expressed in these sometimes difficult, demanding situations which duty sustains.

As we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection from the dead, in these glorious days of Eastertide, so we are able to pray with confidence that Prince Philip will rest in peace and that the love he shared with his wife and family will sustain them and bring them the peace of God which passes understanding.

 Please use the following prayer in the coming days.
 Gracious God, giver of all life,
 in whom our earthly course finds its fulfilment:
 we give you thanks for the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
 for his service to this nation, the Commonwealth, and humanity,
 in war and in peace,
 in the pursuit of knowledge,
 and in his example of reverence for your creation.
 We give thanks for the encouragement he offered to the young,
 and for his faithful support for Elizabeth our Queen.
 We pray that, as you receive him into your presence,
 his family and all who mourn may know your comfort
 in the assurance that death is swallowed up in victory
 through our Lord Jesus Christ,
 who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
 one God,
 now and in eternity.
 Amen. 

+ Kevin

Glasgow and Galloway

(Photograph of Prince Philip Copyright © Paul Woolrich (flickr.com/photos/paulwoolrich/196358714/), licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/) license.)

Worshipping at All Saints

From 2nd May there will be two options for how to worship at our 10.30am Sunday service.   You can either attend in person at All Saints or join the live streaming via zoom. Until then you can only worship via zoom.

Please note that the zoom meeting number has changed for Sunday mornings to 811 6676 4175, the password remains the same.

If you plan on attending church in person, even if you have previously attended in the past year, please read the information below.  There are some changes from when we last held in person worship.

The vestry are keen to make worship as safe as possible, both for the safety of all those attending but also to instil confidence that the church is a safe place to be.  A place where all those present take the safety of all others seriously, and even the most vulnerable and most cautious feel relaxed and welcome.  To achieve this it is important that we adhere to the highest standard of safety and follow the guidelines that the Scottish Episcopal Church and Scottish Government require of us. 

The following conditions allow us to worship in person.  You are requested to respect them and the safety of others and not compromise these requirements even if you personally feel you do not require them.

  • Please be seated by 10:25am.
  • Masks are compulsory within the buildings.
  • You must maintain 2 meters from all other household bubbles, both inside the building and in the church grounds.
  • You will be requested to use the hand sanitizers upon entry and when leaving either the church or the halls. Also before and after receiving communion.
  • Households of 1 and 2 people are no longer require to pre-book.
  • Households larger than 2 individuals must pre-book if they wish to sit together.  To pre-book please contact the Rector by noon on the Saturday prior to the service you wish to attend.  You can still attend should you forget to pre-book but you will not be able to be seated together.
  • Please be aware there may be rare times when you may not be able to sit with other members of your household group.
  • The door behind the organ and the front door will remain open during the service to provide the required ventilation. Please dress accordingly, you may wish to bring a blanket for your lap.
  • Communion will be in one kind only and will be brought to you in your seat.
  • Once seated you are requested not to move until directly to leave by the stewards.
  • You can not change your seat once seated, as no one else is permitted to sit in the seat you have vacated.
  • You may stand, if you wish, for the Gloria, Gospel and Creed.
  • There will be no singing.
  • Toilets are available for emergency use onlyplease read paragraph below for full details.
  • Entrance to the halls is for the use of toilets only.
  • There will be no coffee/tea after the service.
  • The car park in the church grounds is not currently available.
  • Please do not bring any items not needed for the service to church with you.
  • The umbrella stand and coat hooks are not currently available for use, please take any such items to your seat with you.
  • On your first visit a liturgy book will be available for you.  The booklet contains the Eucharistic service at the front with A Service of the Word to the rear.  One of either of these two services will be used for the foreseeable future.  This liturgy booklet will be your personal copy of the services and you are requested to take the liturgy book home with you and bring with you on your return visits.  The liturgy booklet is also available as a pdf below and can be brought in electronic form if you prefer.

We are limited to the number which we can have within the building. There is a Scottish Government limit of 50 for worship, however All Saints is not large enough to accommodate that number of people and still maintain safe procedures, maximum capacity will be in the low 40’s (Depending on how many are in the readers household.).  However the size of households will impact on that number and capacity is more likely to be low 30’s.  Children are included in any numbers and are welcome to attend.  If we are at capacity when you arrive, we are regretfully legally bound to decline your admittance. Should this happen, we will reserve a seat for you for the following Sunday. 

While when we opened last year there were no toilet facilities we are aware that for some this was a bar to them contemplating returning to church.  It is not however feasible to have our toilets open to the extent they were previously, therefore for now they are being made available for emergency use only.  There will be a steward who will be responsible for the toilets, please follow their direction should you wish to use them. This will allow for a maximum of 4 individuals to use the toilets on a Sunday morning, please bear this in mind when coming to church. 

Chrsitian Aid: Rose’s daily grind becomes the E group’s challenge

During the past year many of us have found great enjoyment and benefit from walking in the countryside. We do it by choice, not necessity, and probably not every day. However, as climate change brings increasing problems to many of the most vulnerable eco systems and poorest communities, there are people like Rose, aged 67, from Kenya, who has to walk six hours a day simply to get enough water for her grandchildren to survive. Not by choice, not for enjoyment, just a long, hot dusty trek to collect dirty, untreated water, to live.


This year is the second one that Christian Aid Week (May 10 th -16 th ) has largely had to abandon its traditional door to door collection. With church attendance likely to be low in early May, when there would normally be Christian Aid envelopes on the pews, All Saints and some of the other Bearsden churches have decided to do the Kiltwalk instead as their major church fund raiser for Christian Aid.

(We cannot hold the traditional coffee morning either) So, at All Saints ,4 semi-fit but very willing members of the “E” Housegroup have decided to take part in the virtual Kiltwalk on April 24 th . “Virtual” because everybody participating is doing their own thing, there are not thousands and thousands walking together on the Kiltwalk as would usually be the case.
Christian Aid is focusing on the devastating effects of climate change for the poorest communities in the world such as Rose’s. Its strapline is: “Together we STOP this climate crisis.” It is working with local bodies in partnership to build more reliable water sources nearer to the villages, such as water dams, so they can benefit from a closer and more reliable water supply which will also ensure their cattle and crops survive the increasingly dry climate.
The reason the local churches are doing this walk under the auspices of the Kiltwalk is that the
Hunter Foundation (which started the Kiltwalk fundraising activities in 2016 ) will add 50% to
anything we raise for Christian Aid. Our group has decided to walk the first leg of the West Highland Way, just 12 miles. We will enjoy our “challenge” looking at the green and beautiful countryside of Scotland and ending in Drymen near the iconic waters of Loch Lomond. By contrast, Rose’s challenge is a daily reality, a fight for survival through a land decimated by drought.

So, if you would like to sponsor us knowing that whatever you give will be worth 50% more, please visit our JustGiving page below. If you find online giving difficult, please contact me to talk about alternatives.


The team consists of Laura Trainer, Fiona Hempel, Tracey Conway and myself, Celia Fisher. We promise we’ll let you know how we get on in June’s magazine, maybe even a before and after photo.

Click on the link below to get to the JustGiving Page.

https://virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/ScotlandsVirtualKiltwalk2021-CeliaFisher

Easter Week Morning Prayers

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

No longing in the tomb but in the garden, Mary cries Rabbi.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
Once more in that upper room, where all are gathered, except one.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
On the dusty road, where eyes shut are then opened in the breaking of bread.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
On the beach for breakfast with weary fishers.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
Behind closed doors, do not touch, but believe.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Benedicite – A Song of Creation (shorter version)
Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.
Bless the Lord you heavens:
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.
Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.
Bless the Lord all people on earth
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.
O people of God bless the Lord
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.
Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.
Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.
Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit:
sing God’s praise and exalt YHWH for ever.

Reading of one of the Resurrection appearances
Matthew 28:1-10
Luke 24:13-35
Mark 16:14-15
John 20:24-29
John 21:1-14

Music – below

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.

Jesus, risen, alive and full of grace.
You paid such a price that we may live in freedom today.
We worship your holy name and give thanks for your redeeming grace.
Abba in your great love you raised Christ from the dead,
May we drink in your tender love so that we can pour this love out to others.
Come reign in our hearts, minds and spirits.
Holy Spirit, we welcome you to blow through our every word, action and thought.
Come transform us on the inside so that each day we become more like our risen Lord.
Amen.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.

An Easter Message from +Kevin

‘He calls me by my name’.

‘Mary’ – It was to Mary Magdalene that Jesus first proclaimed that he had risen from the dead and he did that simply, quietly, gently but confidently by calling her ‘Mary.’ 

How do we know the power of the resurrection in our own lives?  Simply remember – ‘He calls me by my name.’ 

According to John’s Gospel, Mary ‘turned.’  Jesus literally turned her life around, by using her name, ‘Mary.’  She recognised his voice, the call was simple, gentle, quiet but confident.  Just as many of us experience the Holy Spirit in our prayers, our lives, we hear the call of God, of Jesus, because ‘He calls me by my name.’ 

Mary Magdalene, obviously, had spent a lot of time with Jesus and recognised his voice.  The equally obvious parallel is that when we spend time with Jesus in prayer, and with help, we learn to discern the voice of Jesus and what God is genuinely saying to us, calling us to do and to be.  We also learn to discern what are our own longings, our own fantasies of making the world as we want it to be.  The first steps towards true discernment, of Jesus’ voice in prayer, through our experience, we are taught by Mary’s experience of Jesus.   

By tradition, Mary was a notorious sinner, but she washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, in the Pharisee’s house.  Jesus accepted her as she was, He understood who and what she was, but he recognised in her, who and what she might become, through the Holy Spirit. Lazarus, her brother died; again, her tears moved Jesus with compassion and Lazarus was raised from the dead.  Acceptance, understanding that brings peace and hope.  

Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while her sister, Martha, was busy, she chose to be with Him rather than doing things for Him.  Mary recognised that in simply being with Jesus, she experienced that God was with her as He is with us.  In the garden when she heard ‘Mary,’ she could say: ‘he calls me by my name’.

What in fact happened was Jesus called Mary to a new reality, based upon God’s acceptance, and understanding.  That is the Hope of the resurrection in our own lives.  Jesus lived, died, and rose again to prove that each one of us is made in God’s image and God is with us. The story of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion and death is the story of how all that is worst in human nature – jealously, anger, religious certainty – combined to kill all that is best in the human potential to love, where we can be with Jesus.  As Jesus is with us in guilt, regret, anger, the tombs of our own experience, remember ‘He calls me by my name’ to a new reality. 

There is much speculation as to when and how we can go back to normal.  We can never go back; normal will never return and we will enter a new reality.  That is the hope, promise, power of resurrection in our own lives.  That is the real Hope of Easter, that human love in which we know, feel, experience that God is with us.  That love is stronger than any natural phenomena, even death itself.  

Mary Magdalene shed tears of grief in the garden.  Jesus called her ‘Mary’ and the tears flowed, but now tears of joy and hope.  Hope, all because – ‘He calls me by my name.’ 

The Lord is risen from the dead.  Alleluia alleluia

He is risen indeed.  Alleluia alleluia 

+ Kevin 

Holy Week Morning Prayers

Jesus has entered Jerusalem, the time of his Passion is upon us.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
Holy God, in this most holy of weeks, open our hearts to your love.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
Holy God, in this most holy of weeks, open our minds to your mercy.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
Holy God, in this most holy of weeks, open our souls to you grace.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
Holy God, in this most holy of weeks, surround us with your protection.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
pour on us your love and feed our souls.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
forgive us so we may join you in paradise.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
Holy God, in this most holy of weeks, may we know your peace which passes all understanding.
Lord, in this week and always, help us follow you.
 
Word and Reading

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.

 
God be in our heads, and in our understanding; God be in our eyes, and in our looking; God be in our mouth, and in our speaking; God be in our heart, and in our thinking; God be at our end, and at our departing.
God be with us today, all day wherever we go and whatever we do.  Amen.
 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.  Amen.

The image is a detail from the Gethsemene window at St Margaret’s Newlands. credit our digital missioner Petko

Bishop Kevin’s Lent Message

Dear Friends,

Hope is much more than mere optimism: that is the lesson of faith and that is why Lent is the Season of Opportunity.

Optimism, that feeling, view of life, that everything will work out well and that things can only get better and we have a right to expect everything to go well. That view of life offers a fraudulent certainty. Lent presents us with the God-given opportunity to recognise true Christian Hope, which is different from optimism.

Hope, true Christian Hope, is based on the vision that we want to be with God who is already with us in the love we experience; but that love gives us a vision of peace, fulfilment, security that we experience here and now but also teaches us to trust in God. That trust is the essence of faith – the vision. In other words, we live in what by tradition we call, ‘the Hope of Heaven’.

It was the late Lord Jonathan Sacks, who made the distinction between Optimism and Hope. Lord Sacks, as Chief Rabbi, said that the history of the European Jewish community in the twentieth century meant that they could not be optimistic, but they lived in Hope. Without that Hope in God, their community could not have continued. Their experience taught them that things do not always just turn out well, but that God is faithful to his people and Hope in God and in God’s faithfulness leads us into a new reality.

That is the Hope that makes Lent the season of opportunity. That is the Hope that in Lent 2021 gives to each one of us the opportunity to embrace our own new reality. In tiny, trivial ways, giving up biscuits for instance. Amidst all that we have been denied, had to give up in these past months, during Lent, as we reach for the biscuit tin, reflect on the many people who have found themselves at food banks for the first time in their lives.

Take that thought and that reflection into bible reading, prayer, and Zoom worship. Listen, read, the scriptures assigned for these weeks of Lent. Notice the optimism of the disciples from the mount of Transfiguration to the glory of Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday they felt, they knew, they were on the winning side, but that soon proved to be false optimism.

The desolation of Holy Week and the tomb, but God’s faithfulness, Jesus, with us in the desolation, there is Hope. Hope of the glory of light and life on Easter Day. The new reality that God is with us but the excitement that we can be with God, God who is love.

Hope lives. The scriptures teach us that, as our communities reflect on the need for food banks, a more just and equitable society must be our hope of the new reality. The Holy Spirit spoke through Isaiah, the prophets, that justice, peace, security are God’s yearning for us all.
During Lent, there are many opportunities online, in books, in conversations with those leading our congregations, for us all to reflect on scripture in prayer. Seize the opportunity to embrace the new reality, the journey to and with God, offered this Lent. To bring to ourselves, to share with others, the Easter new reality of Hope that is eternal.

I wish you all a happy and Holy Lent.

+ Kevin

Glasgow and Galloway

Canon 4 Paperwork

Canon 4 Discussion and Responses Required by 31st March

Anyone involved in the process during our Episcopal Vacancy over a lengthy period between 2018 and 2020 should be interested to comment on Canon 4, the process by which we elect our Bishops.

Miriam Weibye, our Provincial Church Relations Officer, writes:

At General Synod 2018, the Faith and Order Board brought the following motion: That Canon 4 “Of the Election of Bishops to Vacant Sees” be revised and amended as necessary. This motion having been passed, the Faith and Order Board appointed a small group to review Canon 4, chaired by the Bishop of Edinburgh. The review group have considered the existing Canon 4 in detail, and sought views from around the province. It now presents the attached document (Canon 4: Consultation with Diocesan Synod Members) for detailed consultation with a number of church bodies.

Vestries and/or Individuals are therefore invited to submit responses by clicking on this Google form by Wednesday 31st March 2021. Although a pdf of the questions is provided (Canon 4 Review Group Consultation – Google form) so that people can see them all at once and read them through before answering online, we would ask people to only respond via the Google form, as the General Synod Office is not in a position to deal with physical responses due to Covid-19 safety precautions. If anyone wishes to make a separate written response, it can be emailed directly to Miriam (address below), again by Wednesday 31st March 2021

 The review group has also provided an example document of what a commentary or guidelines for a revised Canon 4 might look like (Canon 4 Draft Guidelines Commentary Examples) as explained in the final point of the consultation paper. Following this second phase of the consultation, the review group will prepare a report for General Synod 2021, which will be asked to indicate support of the direction of travel with a view to preparing a revised canon for General Synod 2022.  If you have any queries, please contact Miriam Weibye, Church Relations Officer at churchrelations@scotland.anglican.org. 

Lent Morning Prayers

The Words for Lent come from the Old Testament Readings for the Sundays in Lent.


O God, you are my God; in the morning and in the evening eagerly I seek you.
 
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
I will gather you from every country, and bring you home to your own land.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
I will pour clean water over you and cleanse you from your idols.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
A new heart I will give you, and put a new spirit within you.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
I will take from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
I will put my spirit within you and make you walk in my ways and observe my decrees.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
You will be my people and I will be your God.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
(from Ezekiel 36 & Ps 51)
 
Word for Lent and reading for the day (you will find the days Word for Lent and reading on our facebook page.)
 
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 to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.
 

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent, create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.
 
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.  Amen.