Re-Opening of All Saints

We are now moving towards re-opening All Saints, we do not yet have a date, there is a process we need to go through until permission will be granted for us to hold services in the Church again. It is unlikely that everything will be in place and the permission will have been received before September. The vestry will be embarking on a risk assessment after which a plan will be drawn up and implemented. Below will give you some kind of idea as to what might encountered if you attended a service, it will not be as it was before. This is also in the centre of the magazine and available as a pdf below.

The Sunday service will continue to be offered on live via zoom until at least the end of August. After that date there will continue to be an on-line option but it may take a different form.

Further information will be made available once it is known.

Services During CoVid-19 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.

Sunday 9th August

We will be joining with the Provincial Eucharist this Sunday. You can find the liturgy and link to the service on the Provincial web site

Mid-Week Eucharist

We gather for our next service via zoom using the 1970 liturgy available here on Tuesday 4th August at 10.30am.

Worship on 2nd August

Our service for Sunday 2nd August was live via zoom with Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 households with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread and psalm 145 verses 8-9, 14-21.

YHWH, you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
YHWH, you are good to all and compassionate toward all your creatures.  
You lift up those who are falling and raise up those who are oppressed.
the eyes of all look to you in hope, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
YHWH, you are just in all your ways and loving toward all that you have created.
You are near to all who call upon you, all who call upon you in truth.
You fulfil the desires of those who revere you; you hear their cry and save them.
You watch over all who love you, YHWH, but you’ll destroy all who are corrupt.
My mouth will speak your praise, YHWH, and may all creation bless your holy Name forever and ever!

Worship on 26th July

Despite some technical problems we gathered virtually to mark the feast of St James including singing this wonderful version of I Waited Patiently for God and listening to David sing Lead me Lord, which you can hear below.

Lead Me Lord sung by David Simmons
This is a slightly different version to what we will be singing on Sunday but rather wonderful.

Statement from the College of Bishops

Statement from the Bishops with regard to Emerging from Lockdown Phase 3

“Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13.34).
“Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all Your strength.’ The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40)

For the first time in its history, the Church has been prevented from gathering face to face for worship. We have continued to worship from home, online and on paper, but we have not come together as congregations now for four months, one third of a year. We have accepted this loss for the sake of love, because, as Christians, love of God and love of neighbour can never be separated. The danger of passing infection to others, rather than fear of being infected, is what has kept us away from church. But it has been a real deprivation, not just as individual Christians who miss going to church, but as the whole Church, called to be the gathered people of God. But now, in Phase 3, it will become possible for us to gather together again for worship.

The careful conditions for gatherings in church described here will make the experience of worship quite different from anything we have known: the Eucharist in one kind only; the wearing of face coverings; the distance between worshippers; the absence of singing. But there are two reasons why being able to worship at all, even with these conditions, is something we can give thanks for. Both are about who we are as the Church of Jesus

First, because, just as we have done by not coming together for worship but worshipping from home, so now, by gathering again but under the limitations and restrictions described here for Phase 3, we can continue to express Christ’s care for one another and for others around us. Our gathering for worship can be the means of loving not only God but loving our neighbour, of following Jesus’ new commandment, “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13.34).

Second, because we can gather again for worship we will be able again to fulfil more completely the Church’s basic calling to be the visible Body of Christ in the world. Jesus taught that “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18.20), and the embodied nature of this calling is what causes Christians to gather in worship, especially on Sunday, the Lord’s Day. And when we gather, as Christians have gathered since the earliest times, to celebrate the Eucharist, Holy Communion, the embodied sacrament of our salvation, we seek to fulfil Jesus’s other commandment to “do this in remembrance of me” (1 Cor 11.24). As Dr John Davies, former Convener of the Liturgy Committee, writes:
The life of the Church, as the worshipping community of all the baptised, has the Eucharist at its heart. The people of God meet Christ, above all, in the Eucharist. Through the liturgy of the Eucharist we truly become the body of Christ, are fed by him in Word and Sacrament, and are sent out into the world to proclaim the good news of his kingdom.

We have learnt much during this period of physical separation, we have learnt how much we desire to gather at the altar and share in the sacrament of love. We have also learned that there are many new ways of gathering people together, of enabling greater participation from those unable to come to the church and ways of speaking out to our communities, calling them into faith. We will continue to learn and develop these things, yet at heart we are the community gathered around the table and we wait patiently for the day when we can do this free from restrictions.

The possibility of returning to worship and to share in the Eucharist together is good news for us, for the whole Church, and for the world we seek to serve in Christ’s name.

Statement issued by the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Less that Ordinary Time

We have now entered a period of the year referred to as Ordinary Time.  I was commenting to someone recently that this particular Ordinary Time is far from ordinary, I was rightly chastised.  Ordinary Time is the period in the churches year when we are without any of the great festivals, until Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year we are bereft of either a counting down to a festival or celebrating for 40 days after one.  Instead we remember that God is with us through all things, not just the grand celebrations.  God is with us in the mundane and banal, God is with us in the waking up to yet another day of lockdown, and God will be with us as we maybe begin to venture out more as lockdown eases, as the psalmist wrote: 

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 139:7-10

One day once more we will get on an airplane and head off to some distance shore that our ancestors would never have dreamed of visiting.  God will be there as much as God has been with us during these days.  One day our grandchildren or great-grandchildren may think nothing of taking a trip into space, God will be there also.  One day we will once more gather together within All Saints and sing God’s praise, and God will be there, just as God has been with us in these days when we have been apart.  For now we continue to gather apart, some of us can see each other through the wonders of the internet, others can’t, yet the gathering is still there, is still real in the presence of God who is with us all wherever we may be.

This is the prayer which we use on a Sunday morning when we light our Gathering Candle. God of the present, the past and the future, your Light shines upon all people everywhere, as this candle shines in this place may your Light shine in our hearts and lives and your Spirit unite all your people in this act of worship.  Amen.

Litany for the Translation of +Kevin

Each evening at 6pm from 24th June till 30th June the Rector will be saying the Litany for the Translation of +Kevin. Please join her either in spirit or on line.

In the peace of Christ, let us pray:
Kyrie eleison.
For the peace that is from above, let us pray:
Kyrie eleison.
For peace in the life of the churches and their unity, let us pray:
Kyrie eleison.
That the Holy Spirit will bring strength and courage, let us pray:
Kyrie eleison.
For bishop Kevin called to be the next Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway:
Thanks be to God.
For the people, congregation and clergy of the diocese of Argyll and The Isles:
Thanks be to God.
For the people, congregation and clergy of the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway:
Thanks be to God.
For all those who work and worship in Scotland for the furtherance of the Gospel:
Thanks be to God.
Inspire us to spread the Good News as Moluag did:
Holy God, hear us.
Help us to be builders of your church as Columba was:
Holy God, hear us.
Teach us to love as Mungo the beloved, loved:
Holy God, hear us.
Grant us the perseverance of Ninian:
Holy God, hear us.
Remind us of your promises never to leave us:
Fill us with the Holy Spirit.
Strengthen our hope in Your future:
Fill us with the Holy Spirit.
Empower us to speak and act in Your name.
Fill us with the Holy Spirit.
To God the Life Bringer:
All praise and honour be.
To God the Pain Bearer:
All praise and honour be.
To God the Joy Giver:
All praise and honour be.
Blessed Holy undivided Trinity:
Unite us all in and through your love.  Amen.

Anti-Racism Resources

Trinity Sunday from Oban with Bishop Kevin

Bishop Kevin, preaching from his current Cathedral of St John’s Oban for Trinity Sunday, used his wedding ring to teach about the Trinity. There is also a wonderful accapella version of I Bind Unto Myself Today for the Gradual. You can watch the service below.