Re-Opening of All Saints

All Saints has resumed public worship for the time being we are asking you to pre-book to ensure we can get those who wish to attend in safely. If you wish to attend the service on Sunday 9th November at 10.30am then please contact the Rector before noon on Thursday 5th November.

The Church is currently in a tier 3 area, please do not come to church if your home is another council area which is in a different tier.

On the 22nd of September the First Minister strongly advised against car sharing. 

Also please remember that while it is nice to see people you haven’t seen for a while it is now a legal requirement that people do not congregate in groups of more than 6 adults from more than 2 households. (The rule is slightly different for children if present.) That law applies to all private gardens including the Church garden.

The vestry have done all they can to ensure the church is as safe as possible, however we would still urge you to consider your own risk factors. There is a helpful risk assessment tool below as an image of a pdf.  Just because the church is open once more, does not mean you need to, or must come to church if you do not yet feel able to do so.  The 10.30am will continue to be live-streamed via zoom and the Tuesday morning Eucharist at 10.30am will continue to be live-streamed also.

Please do not request a space, or indeed come to church if you, or anyone else in your household, or social bubble is:-

  • awaiting a CoVid-19 test or test result
  • has been given a positive test result
  • self isolating because of foreign travel
  • self isolating upon the request of Test and Protect
  • coughing or sneezing, even if you think it is not CoVid-19 related
  • feels unwell

If after you have booked a place one of the above factors comes into play, please do not attend and if there is time let the Rector know so she may reallocate your space should there be others waiting.

Please also note that church will be very different from how it was in early March.  For your safety and for the safety of everyone else, these restrictions will be in place.

  • There will be no toilet facilities available at All Saints.
  • Wearing of a mask is compulsory.
  • The use of hand sanitizer, on arrival, on departure, before and after receiving communion.  Hand sanitizer is provided.
  • Keeping 2 meters distance within the church and church grounds.
  • You will not be able to pick where you sit.
  • The car park at the church will not be available for use.
  • There will be no singing.
  • There will be no coffee/tea after the service.
  • The screen will be used for the liturgy, or you can bring your own copy, it will be available on the web site from Saturday.
  • Your name will be kept for 21 days and passed on to Test and Protect, along with the contact details which are held for you on the congregational roll, on request.
  • You should arrive during your designated 10 minute arrival slot or you may have to wait to be admitted.
  • There will be no admittance to the church once the service has begun.
  • You will be required to stay seated for the whole service and only move when requested to by the stewards.

Please also note:

  • Please do not bring any shopping or similar items to church.
  • The coat hooks and the umbrella stand at the back of the church will not be available for use.
  • If you bring a collection to church it will be placed in the plate at the back of the church on your arrival.
  • The service will be live-streamed via zoom and there is a possibility that you may appear on that live feed.  The live feed is restricted to those who have signed in using a meeting id and password and so it is not viewable by the public at large.   Should this be an issue please let the Rector know when you are booking your space.
  • Children are welcome to come along, however there is no Sunday School or Crèche at present.
  • The halls will be locked and not available. (These are not currently being cleaned and so classed as unsafe.)

Pastoral Letter from +Kevin

In this challenging situation, what do we have to offer?
We offer hope.
There is hope, even in, especially in the midst of pandemic and legal restrictions. 
There is hope in our faith that love is the source of all life and energy. The truth is that the love Jesus showed on the cross, in his passion and death, that love is self-giving and endures all things.
The stories of Jesus’ resurrection show that love is of God, it is the hidden force in our world and in our lives. It transforms and transfigures our entire experience. Love is stronger than hate, which killed Jesus.
There will be a vaccine because, in love, many scientists and medics are working to find the formula. Many people are prepared to test the experimental vaccine. That is the truth of love which is proof of its power. The truth that we know in faith, that love is the hidden force which transfigures and transforms our lives and builds the Kingdom of God in the communities in which we find ourselves.
There is hope, also when some of our churches decide they must close again for a while because of the new restrictions. As I said at the beginning of the pandemic, we close our doors in love, not in fear.
Let us always remember that we live in the hope of new life. Let us share that hope, in whatever small ways we can. A phone call to someone on their own, shopping for those who are vulnerable, sharing through food banks… There is hope!
And always, we pray in the hope and the certainty that love is of God, love is stronger that hate or any natural phenomenon. That is the love that we share, and in the sharing, we make God’s presence real.
In this time of crisis, please be in touch if there is anything I can help with.
In the sure and certain hope of God’s love and presence,
+ Kevin
Glasgow and Galloway   
17 November 2020

Snippets from our worship on Sunday 1st November

Unfortunately technically difficulties means it will be another week before our first service will appear on zoom.

We began by joining our voices and our hearts, those in the church and those via zoom, with those who worship in heaven. Uniting in worship with the angels, the cherubim and seraphim, the glorious company of the apostles, the godly fellowship of the prophets, the noble army of martyrs and the holy church throughout the world; in offering our praise. Praying that in these and through all days the glory of heaven may be reflected here on earth through our worship and our lives.

The above Invocation comes from the New Zealand Prayer Book. When it was being complied there was a desire not to wipe over the history and culture of the Maoris people but include their understanding of God built upon their own traditions and history. The book itself is written in places in English on one page with the facing page being the same prayers in the Maoris language.

After the names of those to be remembered where read out these prayers were said:

Lord shed your love, Lord shed your peace.

For empty spaces at dinner tables. For births and graduations, weddings and birthdays not attended. For family not met. For hugs that will never be given or received and calls that will never be answered. Lord shed your love. Lord shed your peace.

For those who died trying to make the world a better place, those who have died trying to find safety and a new life. Lord shed your love, Lord shed your peace.

For those who have died alone but for you. For those who have died during war. For those who have died as a result of racism, homophobia, sectarianism, or any other form of hatred. For those who have died at the hand of their own demons. Lord shed your love, Lord shed your peace.

For the people whose hands I’ve held others as they died. For the times the goodbye has been missed through circumstance. For all those who grieve. Lord shed your love, Lord shed your peace.

For the people who we love but see no longer. For those who will die tonight. For the tears and bittersweet memories tonight may bring. Lord shed your love, Lord shed your peace.

For the promise of the Resurrection. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Holy God may all your faithful people know the fullness of your promised new life once their journey in this life has come to it’s end. Amen.

The time of Commemoration ended with the names being placed under the altar cloth and a candle being lit, before Mary read us the Nunc Dimittis.

From the Diocese

May God bless us with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that we may seek truth boldly and love deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation, so that we may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace across the whole of creation.
May God bless us with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and together transform pain into joy.
May God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we really can make a difference in this world, so that we are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with us and remain with us, this day and forevermore. Amen.

Image from stained glass at St Margaret’s Newlands

Snippets from Service on Sunday 11th October

The Gospel reading from Matthew 22 was not the Jesus meek and mild of which as a child I remember singing about in Sunday School. This is a tough Jesus, with some hard truths, things we would rather not hear, but things that we need to take to heart never the less.

Gospel Reading – Then Jesus spoke to them again in parables. He said, “The kindom of heaven is like this: there was a ruler who prepared a feast for the wedding of the family’s heir; but when the ruler sent out workers to summon the invited guests, they wouldn’t come.  The ruler sent other workers, telling them to say to the guests, ‘I have prepared this feast for you. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding.’  But they took no notice; one went off to his farm, another to her business, and the rest seized the workers, attacked them brutally and killed them.  The ruler was furious and dispatched troops who destroyed those murderers and burned their town.  “Then the ruler said to the workers, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but the guests I invited don’t deserve the honour.  Go out to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find.’  The workers went out into the streets and collected everyone they met, good and bad alike, until the hall was filled with guests.  “The ruler, however, came in to see the company at table, and noticed one guest who was not dressed for a wedding.  ‘My friend,’ said the ruler, ‘why are you here without a wedding garment?’ But the guest was silent.  Then the ruler said to the attendants, ‘Bind this guest hand and foot, and throw the individual out into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  “Many are called, but few are chosen.”

We also had Psalm 23 as our psalm for the day and the intercessions reflected both the comfort of this familiar psalm along with the challenges of Jesus words from our Gospel.

YHWH, you are our shepherd: we want nothing more

O God you let us lie down in green meadows; lead us beside restful waters, guide us to lush pastures, refresh our souls, all for the sake of your Name.

We pray for those who have nowhere safe to lie down, those who are homeless and refugees, for those who may have a physical bed, but not know safety within it, the abused, those living in places of war, those fearful of rising waters, raging fires or other acts which might damage their place of rest and endanger their lives.  We pray for all governments and leaders and their striving to secure peace and safety that not just for the few but for all people.  Lead and guide us O God, in all your ways, through all our days, clothe us in your righteousness. 

YHWH, you are our shepherd: we want nothing more.

O God, even when shadows of Death, destruction and troublesome things surround us, we have nothing to fear for you God are with us, giving us courage. 

We pray for those who are fearful this day, fearful because of health concerns, because of job prospects or the lack of them, fearful because of financial worries, because of a future which is uncertain and unclear for many.  We remember before you O God those who will die this day and pray they will not die alone but know the presence of those around them and know your presence to welcome them into eternity.  We pray for the future of this planet you created, give us courage to do what is right to protect and preserve it even if it means changing the ways we live and making our lives less convenient than we have grown accustomed to.  Give us courage for the times ahead O God whatever they may bring and clothe us with grateful hearts for all you provide for us.  And clothe us with compassion for those whom suffer regardless of how or why that suffering has come about.

 YHWH, you are our shepherd: we want nothing more.

O God, you spread a table for us in the presence of our enemies, you anoint us with your blessings till they overflow.  Your goodness and love is there beside us all our days and when they come to an end we will still dwell with you.

We remember and pray for those who we love but see no longer trusting that they are safely in your care and in your promise to be always with us even in and through death.  We pray for those who wish us ill, for those who have no concern for others, for those who think only of self, we ask you to bless them O God just as you bless us.  Help us to act with your grace and mercy towards those who do us wrong.  We give thanks for this day for the overflowing blessings it contains, for being able to gather and worship you without fear, we pray for Christians throughout the world, those who can not worship and those who are gathering together in a variety of ways this day.  May your Church be courageous in standing up and speaking out for justice; hope filled in its words and actions; faithful in service to you; and joy filled in sharing your Good News for all.  And clothe us with mercy and grace to love unconditionally and impartially just as you love.

YHWH, you are our shepherd: we want nothing more.

O God you are our shepherd, just as you have been for countless generations before and will be for countless generations to come, help us to live in the fullness of that wonder today and all the days of our lives.

Receive these our prayers and the prayers of our hearts which we offer in love and faith asking only that in these and all things your will be done.Amen.