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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!
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.

Epiphany Morning Prayers

During Advent we joined in with the global #AdventWord movement. As well as following the words and images, we also met most mornings for prayers and a quiet time via zoom. We have decided to continue with #EpiphanyWords, this isn’t a world-wide movement, but who knows. Just as in Advent a word, short prayer and image will appear on this facebook page early each morning and you are invited, if you wish, to join us in prayer at 8am or at any time which suits you. The is the liturgy which will be used is below if you wish to use it at another time more convenient for you, you will not need to have a copy of it with you, should you wish to join us via the usual zoom details, which you can find at this link Worshipping via Zoom at All Saints | All Saints – Bearsden (church.scot).

Bishop Kevin’s Christmas Message

Christmas 2020

Dear Friends

People constantly attempt to make the Christian faith much more complicated than it actually is. The whole of Christian preaching and teaching can be summarised in one short word – LOVE. And the paradox is you can’t write about love, you can’t read about love, you can’t preach about love, you can only ever experience love. And that is the abiding fascination of the Christmas story because we first experience love in the love of family and of friends, the warmth the affection, the security of being held: there is love. Love that is of God, love that is real and experienced and is secure and in which we are understood, cherished, wanted. 

They are all facets of the story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. It is a fascinating story because it is so real, so human, so ordinary, and the real magic of Christmas is that we are reminded again of just how extra-ordinary the story of human love and birth actually is.

Who can fail to be moved at the sight of a small infant? Tiny hands, tiny feet, big blue eyes, a baby sleeps. The vulnerability, the need, the dependence of such tiny hands and tiny feet. At the same time, even the most hard-bitten bishop is moved at the sight because there in those tiny hands and tiny feet, looking through those big blue eyes, is so much potential. In the baby Jesus we see the true hope, the potential of being human.   

How many parents have looked at their new-born baby and resolved to be better people, more caring, more understanding, more accepting? How many of us have read the story of Jesus and have longed, yearned to be more kind, generous, caring and loving? The importance of the story of Christmas is that it is the story of each one of us.

The babe of Bethlehem grew to endure misunderstanding and loneliness, pain and suffering, disappointment and failure. Jesus brought out of all those facets of our lives that we would rather be without. He brought joy that is profound and real, life-giving and peace-making, experiences of love in which God makes himself known. Covid has taught many of us to recognise God in the most surprising small acts of generosity and kindness, through which we have recognised the full human potential to love and have heard again the message of the angels – to allow ourselves to be loved. That is the simple lesson of faith in love, which we experience new every morning and yet it is the message which is eternal. 

This Christmas time – look at a baby and see God.

May all God’s blessings be yours this Christmas time

+ Kevin