Worshipping via Zoom at All Saints

The zoom platform is available through an app or via your internet browser of choice, it is available on android, windows, or apple. You can download it here on their web site or via your usual download preference. You can also use it directly from the web if you prefer.

All zoom services at All Saints require the same log in details rather than you keep on having to find the relevant one for any particular service, they are: meeting id 935 081 2635 when prompted you will need the password Genesis. You will be able to sign on 15 minutes before a service is due to begin.

During the service the Rector, and one other person only, will be unmuted to prevent unnecessary feed back and noises in the background in people’s homes disturbing others. You will be invited to join with them in the responses. After the service, if you wish, you can join in one of the breakout rooms when you can have a chat with other members of the congregation. If you wish to speak to the Rector alone just press the raise your hand notification and that can be arranged. The Rectory is of course available at times other than directly after services so you may wish to chat with others and arrange a separate time to chat with the Rector.

When there is in person worship in church those on zoom will sing a hymn when communion is being distributed. When it is zoom only worship we will sing two or three hymns, which you will remain muted for so you can sing to your hearts content.

The liturgy will be available on this web site from at least the Thursday before, please search the news posts, prior liturgies are removed to prevent confusion but occasionally there is more than one weeks liturgy so please ensure you have the right one.

John Sherwood RIP

John Sherwood’s funeral will be held on 22nd December at 4pm, below are the details should you wish to join with others who will be gathering with the Holy Spirit through the link below. Below that you will find a link to the just giving page set up in his memory and at the bottom of the page the order of service for Tuesday.

The family have set up  a “Just Giving” page to support the charity Prostate Cancer Research, in memory of John. If you felt that you would like to make a donation to the work of the charity, then you can follow the link below

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RosemarySherwood

Advent Morning Prayer

Advent prayer is said at 8am every morning, except Sundays, live on zoom. You don’t need to have your camera on if you prefer not to be seen by those outside your household at that hour of the morning.

The Advent Candle for the week is lit
 
As we journey from darkness to light:
Christ light our way today and every day.
 
We begin each morning with our Advent litany,
In the darkness of long nights and quiet of winter days, we turn to the warmth of your presence, O God.
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.
In this time of waiting for new life we nurture your Spirit growing inside us we surround ourselves with your cloak of love, and hope for the day when we shall burst forth afresh.
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.
May our souls be the fire keeping us alive in your world, may our hearts be the flame that lights our way.
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.
There is one crying in the wilderness who brings good news, come, O long-expected Messiah! Prepare the way for the Saviour!
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.
The Almighty has done great deeds:  God will scatter the proud and cast down the mighty from their thrones.  God will lift the lowly and fill the hungry with good things.
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.
 
You will find today’s Advent Word on the home page of this web site.
 
Take time to begin to think what that word might mean for you and the world in the day which lies ahead.
 
silence
 
Taize Kyrie 10 prayers which you can be listen to at the link below
 
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,
 
The Advent Collect
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility, that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.
 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us today and evermore.  Amen.

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

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

St Michael and All Angels

Uncharted areas of maps used to have the phrase ‘Here be dragons’ across the blankness accompanied sometimes by a representation of a dragon.  They were a symbol for many of the unknown and fear was associated with places which nothing if anything was know about. Undiscovered places, places of mystery or dread, areas which no one quite knew any travel into would be safe or racked with danger. 

In today’s uncertain days we can get a new understanding of such associations once more. Things we thought of as certain, took for granted, expected always to be the case are now in question, not just for the few weeks we thought of in March, but for the foreseeable future, even maybe forever. The furture is more unknown than it maybe has ever been in our lifetime’s. People fear the academic and employment future, what health and social context they will have to continue to live their lives in, and the sheer uncertainty of what even tomorrow might hold with the change in cases of CoVid-19 and how new restrictions might impact on the things we like, or would want to do.

Charles Spurgeon wrote:-

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow – only today of its strength.

We need not be anxious for the dragons are conquered, the angels are there to protect us for tomorrow and remind us that we have strength enough for today. Just simply knowing that can indeed help us through these, and any, days.

So today on the feast of St Michael and All Angels we pray that the angels will forever protect us, that they will come to our aid, and that in our deepest darkest hours they will carry the Christ Light to lighten our way when our arms are heavy and we are weary.

My thanks to the Diocesan Digital Mission Petko for the fabulous picture or our east (and only stained glass) window. It may not be St Michael, but they are most certainly angels.

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.)

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
Christ.

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