‘The Lord has done great things for us‘
A very warm welcome to all
Readings for the Liturgy of the Palms: Luke 19: 28-40; Psalm: 118:1-2, 19-29
Readings for the Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31: 9-16; Philippians 2: 5-11 Gospel Luke 22: 14-end of 23
In today’s Gospel
In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus leads his followers on the journey to freedom. As the embodiment of God’s reign, Jesus gives himself in service to others, using his authority to heal, save, and free. The religious and secular leaders exercise a starkly different authority, the power of darkness that dominates, imprisons, and kills. The whole story emphasises the dramatic contrast between the kingdom of God and the authorities of this world.
War in Ukraine
Please continue to offer prayers for our brothers and sisters caught up in the mayhem that is Ukraine. Please think about what you can do to help in any way for those who continue to reach out to the rest of Europe and beyond for our assistance. Whatever method or organisation you use to make donations, please do it rather than thinking about it.
Fr Roger and I would like to thank all who took part in the Lent Group ‘Encountering Jesus’. The five evenings were varied with a different number of participants and a fresh Bible passage each week. And yet, the common threads of enjoying being together, listening for God’s voice through scripture and each other, were always richly present. And – great cake!!
“Women of Holy Week”, Paula Gooder
I have finished recording those who volunteered to read for me and be filmed as part of our ‘Women of Holy Week’ project (based on the book by the same name by Paula Gooder). The short readings will be broadcast throughout Holy Week on the Diocesan Facebook page and other pages that I will share it to. I am really grateful to all who contributed.
Easter Sunday Services – adjustment
There is now a slight adjustment to our Easter Sunday services as follows. On Easter Sunday (17th April) there will be a 6am Dawn Worship. This will be a Eucharist Service with Bishop Anne presiding. After this service, there will be a light refreshment served in the Choir Vestry for those who wish to partake. This will be provided by Bishop Anne and Fr Roger. I would therefore be grateful if those who will be enjoying this early refreshment with us, could append their names to the sheet at the back of the church to give us some indication of numbers on the day. There will then be an 8 am Said Eucharist with a second option of breakfast at about 8.45 am for those who may wish to attend. This will then be followed by the 10 am Sung Eucharist where Bishop Anne will once more preside and preach.
As mentioned in previous weeks, I am asking you to look through your jewellery boxes to see if you are prepared to part with something that you really haven’t used for years or maybe you just feel like donating something you have no further use of. Of course, it doesn’t have to be gold, it could be any type of jewellery that we might be able to sell on to a jewellers. In any case, I am now appealing to you to consider this and I intend to keep this running for the next 3 months, at which point we can assess where we are.
2022 Easter egg Appeal
Thank you all so much for the generous donation of Easter eggs for this year’s appeal. I am hoping to have the eggs split evenly between Aberdeen Cyrenians and Home Start for delivery/collection tomorrow. There was a total of 120 eggs donated!
The Diocesan Newsletter is now available to view online and can be found by clicking on this link https://aoepiscopal.scot/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Diocesan-Newsletter-50-8-April-2022.pdf
I am looking for someone to take responsibility for producing a rota to look after the provision I am looking for someone to take responsibility for producing a rota to look after the provision of teas and coffees at our after-service fellowship. Please come and speak with me if you are willing to help. Mrs Gillian Rose has offered to resume control of the purse for donations made during fellowship.
The following is a direct link to our fundraising events calendar should you be interested in what is happening in the coming months. https://stmaryscardenplace.org.uk/social-fundraising-calendar/
We have two vacancies on St Mary’s Vestry for Ordinary Members, and I would strongly urge those who feel that they could offer something to assist in the management of our Church to speak to me. Vestry membership is a rewarding role and provides an insight in to how we reach the decisions we do in our work here at Carden Place.
Our Peoples Warden Mr Iain Stewart has asked me to put out a call for more people to consider volunteering to read scripture and intercede at our worship. Should you feel so inclined, I encourage anyone who is considering this valuable ministry to approach Ian in the first instance.
As the work continues outside our Church, I ask each and every one of you to take extra care when entering and exiting the building. Parking space is now severely limited but will still be available to those who require it on a Sunday due to mobility issues. Parking is also available during our weekday services. You will also note that we now have scaffolding inside the Church to enable the removal and repair of the damaged rose window. I have no idea how long this process will take and I ask for your continued patience.
Holy Week – commencing Sunday 10th April 2022
Tuesday 12th April at 10 am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry)
Tuesday 12th April at 6 pm – Stations of the Cross (Cn Terry)
Wednesday 13th April at 10 am – Holy Communion (1970- Cn Terry)
Wednesday 13th April at 6 pm – Compline (Cn Terry)
Thursday 14th April at 10 am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry)
Thursday 14th April at 6 pm – Maundy Thursday Service (Cn Terry)
Friday 15th April at 10 am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry)
Friday 15th April at 2 pm – Good Friday Service (Bishop Anne/Cn Terry)
Saturday 16th April at 10 am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry)
Saturday 16th April at 6 pm – Compline (Cn Terry)
Sunday 17th April at 6 am – Holy Communion Dawn Service (Bishop Anne/Cn Terry)
This will be followed by a light refreshment
Sunday 17th April at 8 am – Easter Sunday Said Eucharist (1970 – Cn Terry)
This will be followed by a breakfast t 8.40 am
Sunday 17th April at 10 am – Easter Sunday Sung Eucharist (Bishop Anne/Cn Terry)
Readings: Joshua 43: 16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3: 4b-14
Gospel: John 12: 1-8
“Holy Week challenges us to step outside ourselves so as to attend to the needs of others: those who long for a sympathetic ear, those in need of comfort or help. We should not simply remain in our own secure world, that of the ninety-nine sheep who never strayed from the fold, but we should go out, with Christ, in search of the one lost sheep, however far it may have wandered”
Rev Canon Terry Taggart