Second Sunday of Easter
St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Worshipping Together
A very warm welcome to all
Acts 4: 32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1: 1-22; Gospel: John 20: 19-31
In today’s Gospel
In our Gospel reading today from John, it’s strange when you think about it – the disciples spend the evening of Easter Day behind locked doors. Peter and another disciple have seen the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene has spoken with the risen Christ, and she has told the disciples about it. You’d think they would be off celebrating, announcing to anyone who would listen that Jesus is alive again. Instead, they hide. They act like disciples whose leader is dead. But we now know different!
St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Carden Place, Aberdeen, is holding a Photograph Competition as part of our on-going fund-raising initiatives. The competition will run from Easter Sunday until Trinity Sunday the 30th of May inclusive. We are asking that anyone who wants to enter should submit their photograph(s) to Mr David Rose via the St Mary’s email address at firstname.lastname@example.org More details regarding this can be found on the What’s On page our website at www.stmaryscardenplace.org.uk in the news and notices section.
An update on my plans this coming week
On Tuesday I shall travel by train, down to Lincolnshire, for my Father in Law’s funeral. Sam and I will return by car afternoon of Thursday the 15th. Due to the fact that we will be getting home around 1-2am on Friday morning, I have decided that there will not be a pre-recorded service next week. I therefore ask those who usually tune in to look to the Provincial service instead. Subsequently there will be no morning or evening prayers next week, but hopefully there will be more provision of said services the following week. I thank all of you for your patience and prayers at this time.
Research on Response of Scottish Church to COVID-19
I recently took part in the ACTS/SCLF research into the response of the Scottish Church to the COVID-19 Pandemic at the end of 2020. The final report, which can be accessed at https://www.brendanresearch.com/projects/sclf-acts-covid19 concluded the following: The report demonstrates that the Scottish Church has been faithful to its calling, preaching the Word in season and out of season, and witnessing to the love and faithfulness of God at a time of unprecedented disruption and suffering. From everyone’s responses, based on the key findings, the recommendations to the Scottish Church are:
1. Online worship is here to stay and must be adequately resourced
2. Online worship must be adequately reflected upon
3. The Scottish Church should not rush back to pre-lockdown ministry and mission
4. Cross-denominational partnership in mission should be better understood and extended
5. Further research into the social capital generated by the churches should be undertaken
Services/Events at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral week commencing 11th April 2021
Sunday 11th April 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry)
Sunday 18th April 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry)
“Christ has not only spoken to us by his life, but has also spoken for us by his death.”
Rev Canon Terry Taggart