Third Sunday of Easter
St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Worshipping Together
A very warm welcome to all
Acts 3: 12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3: 1-7; Gospel: Luke 24: 36b-48
In today’s Gospel
In our Gospel today, we hear another episode of the Risen Christ appearing to his disciples. Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. But he reassured them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look – my hands; look at my feet – it’s really me. Touch me. Take my hand. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. Jesus was still Jesus.
I hope that those who needed to, were able to make alternative arrangements for watching a pre-recorded service this Sunday. Apart from the SEC Provincial recorded service, there are a plethora of other services that can be accessed. As I said last week, I intend to provide a pre-recorded service for as long as I believe it is necessary, in fact, it may well be a permanent feature in our calendar.
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, 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 our website at www.stmaryscardenplace.org.uk As a matter of interest, we have already had some entries, so I’m pleased that we are now officially up and running.
Vestry Meeting 28th April
There will be a Vestry meeting on Wednesday the 28th of April via Zoom. This will commence at 7.30 pm and the Rector’s report accompanied by the previous minutes will be circulated before the meeting. Any apologies please, to be directed to our Vestry Secretary Ms Elizabeth Smyth or myself.
Wednesday Holy Communion Service
I am resuming the Wednesday 10 am Said (Low Mass) Holy Communion Service at St Mary’s with effect Wednesday the 21st of April. Pre-Booking will not be required, however, I will still need to record names on the day. We need to walk before we can run, and this slow, but hopefully steady return to normal services is a positive move. I hope to gradually re-introduce some morning and evening prayer services when logistics and practicalities allow.
The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Day
Sunday the 15th of August is The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Day; and therefore our Patronal Festival. In our continuing stewardship campaign, we propose to hold a ‘Gift Day’. Some of you may recall that this was initially introduced as a method to assist in our fundraising campaigns. Recently, we have asked our congregation to review their weekly/monthly/annual giving and to consider whether it could be increased. I would still urge you to do this if you haven’t already done so, but only if you can afford it. To those who have recently increased their giving, I am deeply grateful for your continued support and generosity. However, the proposed ‘Gift Day’ on August the 15th is another opportunity to make a gift donation to St Mary’s, which will be put towards our continuing Repair and Refurbishment programme. There will be more information forthcoming via newsletters and other material which I will soon distribute. The St Mary’s website will also provide some information soon.
Services/Events at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral week commencing 18th April 2021
- Sunday 18th April at 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry)
- Wednesday 21st April at 10 am – Said Holy Communion (Cn Terry)
- Friday 23rd April at 10 am – Recording Service for Sunday (Cn Terry)
- Sunday 25th April at 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry)
“Blessed are those who have not seen and have yet believed.”
Rev Canon Terry Taggart