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.

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.

Evening Prayer for Wednesday Evening

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.
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.
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:
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.
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.

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, throughtout the world.

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 Kevin our bishop, 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. 


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. 


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.