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Services During Coronavirus Church Closure

While All Saints building is closed to the public at present we continue to meet for live-streamed worship via zoom.

Zoom can be accessed via a web page or via the app, you can also join us in services via a telephone. If you require details of how to join please ask. Our meeting number is 935 081 2635.

On Sunday mornings our service begins at 10.30am. We follow the 1982 liturgy for this service. Before the service you will be in a waiting room and while everyone is muted during the service, apart from the Rector, our organist (from her home) and a member of the congregation leading the responses, intercessions and readings: everyone is unmuted at the end of the service to sing our final hymn and then chat over coffee in breakout rooms of between 3-5 connections.

You will find the liturgy for each Sunday on the front page of this web site on Saturday.

On Tuesday mornings at 10.30am, there is a 1970 (grey book) liturgy from the Rectory. The liturgy is available on the home page of our web site.

Worship from Sunday 24th May – Easter 7 – The Sunday after Ascension

This Sunday is the in-between time, in-between Ascension and Pentecost, still part of the Easter Season but something else is stirring. For these 10 days the disciples of Jesus prayed and watched and waited for Jesus’ promise of an Advocate to arrive. They had watched and waited before, just like their ancestors, but this time … this time the watching and waiting was different.

Acts Reading by Andrew
Reflection for Easter 7 – Sunday After Ascension from the Recor

The Ascension

The picture above is The Ascension by Giotto.

On Thursday of this week the church celebrates The Ascension. Jesus’ resurrection appearances Luke records that Jesus said his faewells to the disciples and ascended into heaven leaving earth in his human form.

40 days before those first followers of Jesus had to get thier heads around the fact Jesus was no longer dead. Now he was leaving them again.

Did they wonder if he would also reappear again? Did Thomas makes sure he never missed another community meal or meeting, in case he Jesus returned when he wasn’t there again? Did cleopas give everyone on the road an extra close stare, just in case? Did the mixture of sea spray and woodsmoke in the air make the fishermen among the disciples scan the beach for a familiar face and wave? Did Mary search every garden for a gardener?

We don’t know, but we do know they waited on the coming Holy Spirit and then empowered they took the Good News far and wide.

The Province will be broadcasting two services on Thursday in the morning (time still to be confirmed) there will be a Eucharist and in the evening at 6.30pm a Service of the Word. Prayers will also be posted on this web page and on our social media channels during the day.

Rector’s Letter for May

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

Dear Friends

We are all individuals and each of us act and react in different ways when faced with unexpected and new situations.  Peter when seeing the empty tomb charged right in, John tentatively followed.  They ran back to the upper room, not to say they had seen the Lord, but with the rather less uplifting news that Jesus’ that Jesus wasn’t there.  Mary stayed and continued to look and wonder what had happened to Jesus’ body, there in the garden she met Jesus and she went back to the upper room with a different message.  Meanwhile those travellers on the Road to Emmaus were so caught up in their own feelings about it all they didn’t even realise Christ was right there walking beside them.  It wasn’t until sometime later that finally they realised his presence with them.  Let us not forget those weary fishers on the shore, whose day hadn’t gone how they had hoped, and upon recognising Jesus their whole day was turned around.  Nor Thomas, how could we forget Thomas, who wanted to see for himself, not out of doubt but out of a deep desire for the incredible to be true.

We today find ourselves living through times that none of us could have ever predicted, and each of us will cope and find different ways to cope through these days.  There are a myriad ways of nurturing our faith, even outwith these days, there is no wrong or right way but rather the way that works best for you.  If you have found something that is working for you during these times, great, be that on line, off line, live or pre-recorded, reading, praying, whatever.  The foundation of our relationship with God is to ‘Be still and know that I am God.’  If all you can manage to do during this period is to take a moment each day to be still and know that God is there with you, then as long as that is enough for you then, that is enough.  If, however, you are still struggling to discover something that encourages and uplifts you, please let me know and I will try and help you discover something.

The photograph was taken by a friend who lives in The Borders the ewes expecting twins have been brought down off the hills down to the field beside his home.  This photograph is full of expectation of new life, there will be a time when these days reside in our memories not our present.  It reminds me of psalm 23, but then sheep beside water always do.  However it is more than the usual, maybe it is the sheep by the water looking up, inviting to come and drink deeply.  We are all invited, but no one is compelled, and the method of our drinking is not prescribed.

May you know the peace of God that passes all understanding and may God’s blessings uphold, strengthen and sustain you, always.

Kirstin

Evening Prayer for Wednesday Evening

INVOCATION
 
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.
 
 
PSALMODY AND SCRIPTURE
 
Psalm 114 
1 Alleluia! When Israel came out of Egypt, from a people who spoke an alien tongue, 
2 Judah became God’s Temple, Israel became God’s domain. 
3 The sea fled at the sight: the Jordan turned back on its course, 
4 the mountains leapt like rams, and the hills like yearling sheep. 
5 Why was it, sea, that you fled— that you turned back, Jordan, on your course.
6 Mountains, why did you leap like rams— you hills, like yearling sheep? 
7 Earth, tremble before your Maker, before the God of Israel, 
8 who turned the rock into a pool of water and flint into a bubbling fountain!  
 
On Wednesday Evenings we will be reading our way through the Gospel of Mark.
 
CANTICLE AND PRAYER
 
Magnificat: The Song of Mary - Luke 1.46-55
 
1  My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord:
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
2  for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant:
from this day all generations will call me blessed;
3   the Almighty has done great things for me:
and holy is his name.
4   He has mercy on those who fear him:
in every generation.
5   He has shown the strength of his arm:
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
6   He has cast down the mighty from their thrones:
and has lifted up the lowly.
7   He has filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich he has sent away empty.
8   He has come to the help of his servant Israel:
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
9   the promise he made to our fathers:
to Abraham and his children for ever.
 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.
 
A time of prayer or silence, followed by:
 
Kyrie
 
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
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.
 
Collect
 
Lord, God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity.
Amen.

1970 Liturgy for on-line worship

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Confession and Absolution

We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, through our own grievous fault.  Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us. Almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us all our sins and deliver us from evil, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Let us pray:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Then shall be said the Kyries.

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

The Collect

The Gospel

At the end of the Gospel:

Thanks be to thee, O Lord, for this thy glorious Gospel.

The Intercessions

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church remembering at this present time all those affected by the Covid-19 virus, those who are working in key areas of our society, providing our food, utilities, protection and health care.

Almighty and Everliving God, who by thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make intercessions and to give thanks for all men: We humbly pray thee most mercifully to receive these our supplications which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity and concord; and grant that all they that do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love.

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

We beseech thee also to save and defend all  Kings, Princes, and Governors, and especially thy servant Elizabeth our Queen, and all who are put in authority under her, that we may be godly and quietly governed.  Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and especially to thy servant Mark our Primus and interim Bishop and Kevin our bishop elect, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and living word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.  And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this Congregation here present, that they may hear and receive thy holy word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

We most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all those who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

And we commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord, all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee to grant them everlasting light and peace.

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

And we yield unto thee most high praise and hearty thanks, for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all thy Saints, who have been the choice vessels of thy grace, and the lights of the world in their several generations; beseeching thee to give us grace to follow the example of their steadfastness in thy faith, and obedience to thy holy commandments. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. 

Amen.

The Eucharist

Silence is held as the bread and the wine are prepared.

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

It is meet and right so to do.

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee and saying:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.   Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

All glory and thanksgiving be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who, by his own oblation of himself once offered, made a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memorial of that his precious death and sacrifice until his coming again.

For, in the night that he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me.  Likewise after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this, for this is my Blood of the new testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: Do this as oft as ye shall drink it in remembrance of me.

Wherefore, O Lord, and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we thy humble servants do celebrate and make here before thy Divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion, and precious death, his mighty resurrection, and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same, and looking for his coming again with power and great glory.

And we thine unworthy servants beseech thee, most merciful Father, to hear us, and to send thy Holy Spirit upon us and upon these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine, that, being blessed and hallowed by his life-giving power, they may become the Body and Blood of thy most dearly beloved Son, to the end that all who shall receive the same may be sanctified both in body and soul, and preserved unto everlasting life. And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,

And here we humbly offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee, beseeching thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord: by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. 

Amen.

As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say,

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, For ever and ever.  Amen.

Here the Celebrant shall break the Bread.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And with thy spirit.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God.

We do not presume to come to this thy Holy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table: but thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy.  Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,so to eat the Flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his Blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his most sacred Body, and our souls washed through his most precious Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.  Amen.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have  mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: grant us thy peace.

The Communion

The Rector receives the body and blood on behalf of everyone else.

Thanksgiving after Communion

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious.

And his mercy endureth for ever.

Let us pray:

O Lord our God, thou Saviour of the world, through whom we have celebrated these Holy Mysteries: receive our humble thanksgiving, and of thy great mercy vouchsafe to sanctify us evermore in body and soul; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

Christine Hermann RIP

This morning, the birds joined with the Rector in giving thanks for Chrissie’s life. The sun shone and while the wind had a distinct chill at North Duntocher cemetery, the breath of the Holy Spirit which binds us all together, surrounded us in the warmth of prayer and fellowship for Chrissie’s final journey.

The link below will take you to a tribute of Chrissie’s life written by her niece.

In the Beginning Before the Cathedrals

An introduction to the space currently being used at the Rectory for services and the painting which is being used as a reredos.

In the Beginning …

In troduction to the quiet space, apart from the continutally bird song, which has been created at the Rectory and the painting being used as a reredos.

Posted by All Saints, Scottish Episcopal Church, Bearsden on Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Spiritual Communion

The bishops have issued a reflection on worship during the lockdown in it they write:

The practice of ’spiritual communion’ (the intentional act of linking one’s prayer with the whole Church, and receiving Communion in the Holy Spirit, either because one is physically unable to receive it in Bread and Wine or because physical circumstances prevent being physically present), has a long tradition going back to the early church (especially in times of persecution).  This practice does not require bread and wine to be present in your own home: only the celebrant would have physical elements. If you wish to participate, please do not use bread and wine in your home to join in with the ‘spiritual communion’. 

The full document can be read at the link below:

https://tinyurl.com/tz4qrf7