St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Worshipping Together
A very warm welcome to all
Readings: Jeremiah 11: 18-20; Psalm 54; James 3: 13-4:3,7-8a
Gospel: Mark 9: 30-37
In today’s Gospel
In our Gospel reading today, and over the past few weeks, we’ve heard some stuff from Mark’s Gospel. The author of Mark does not waste words. As we read the healing stories, we’ll also see that Jesus often tells the people he heals not to tell anyone else. And, he seems to rush around everywhere. He is often described as “immediately” travelling somewhere or “immediately” healing someone. There is one more thing we should remember as we read through Mark together, It’s about the disciples. They almost never really know what is going on.
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus said, not once but twice. “I am the bread of life.” When was the last time you ate the bread of life? I’m not asking about the Holy Eucharist because I don’t think that is what Jesus is talking about in today’s gospel. I’m not denying that the Eucharist can be and is bread of life but maybe it’s just one slice in a larger loaf of bread. Maybe the bread of life is the Eucharist and more than the Eucharist. Maybe you and I are to become the bread of life, just like Jesus.Thank You
Notification of Work
St Mary’s Vestry Committee has voted to change the carpet and lighting in the Choir Vestry. It was proposed and carried that the carpet would be replaced with engineered wood flooring, thereby allowing a more hygienic and easier to clean floor. It was also proposed and carried that the current lighting system is replaced, like for like, which should also have a dimmer capacity therein. In accordance with Canon 35 (resolution 5) ‘Of the Structure, Furniture and Monuments of Churches, and the due care thereof’, I am required to allow a consultation period to receive comments/objections to said proposals. This period will last for 4 weeks from today’s date and will therefore expire on the 10th of October. All communications need to be in writing, either by email or letter.
A Choral Evensong will take place at St Mary’s on Sunday the 26th of September (next Sunday) commencing at 4 pm. Do come and join us if you are able. This service provides another chance to reflect on the words of Scripture and to take stock in your lives. It is a time of peaceful meditation and contemplation, with appropriate music to aid and give this service focus.
I would like to put out a call to all of those who have yet to be confirmed in the Scottish Episcopal Church and are considering taking on this further commitment in faith. I urge you to get in touch so we can talk about it and delve deeper with a view to experiencing this momentous step in your Christian lives. Feel free to either email, text or call me; or even give me the nod when we conclude our worship and I will ensure space in my diary.
For those of you who know the Rev’d Jean Soutar, please remember her in your prayers as she continues a course of chemotherapy for cancer of the liver.
Memorial / Thanksgiving Service
I am looking at providing a service of memorial and thanksgiving for those who suffered loss during the height of the Corona Virus pandemic, and also to give thanks to the wonderful and dedicated members of our NHS who worked, and continue to do so, in the battle to keep on top of this devastating virus. I am hoping that it can be an ecumenical event with contributions from different faiths and denominations. Please watch this space.
No Tuesday Morning Prayer
There will be no Morning Prayer this coming Tuesday Morning. I have a personal matter to attend to which I need to be present.
There will be no Pre-Recorded service from St Mary’s next Sunday at 10 am. The Provincial service will be recorded here and will be transmitted at 11 am.
Until Sunday the 17th of October, when we shall celebrate the Harvest Thanksgiving, I challenge all of you to compose a short poem, no longer than 2 verses (although some flexibility will be allowed) between 4-6 lines per verse (all your own work). It can be about anything and not necessarily connected with the Church. Please send your entries to the church email address either via our website at www.stmaryscardenplace.org.uk or direct to the email address at firstname.lastname@example.org As per our last competition, we ask for a donation of £2 per entry, and you can submit as many as you wish. Please either use the ‘Donate’ function at the foot of the website home page (preferred option) where there is also an opportunity to note what the donation is for or speak to our Treasurer, Mrs Lydia Ross for alternative arrangements. I will assume (unless advised to the contrary) that everyone who submits an entry gives their permission to have it published on our website. The rules are also available via the homepage on St Mary’s Website
Services/Events at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral w/c Sunday the 19th of September 2021
- Sunday 19th September at 8 am – Said Holy Communion (Cn Terry-1970)
- Sunday 19th September at 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry – 1982)
- Sunday 19th September at 1 pm – St Mary’s Zoom Brunch
- Monday 20th September – Cn Terry – Day off
- Tuesday 21st September – No Morning Prayer
- Wednesday 22nd September at 10 am Holy Communion (1970) (Cn Terry) Followed by Tea and Coffee
- Friday 24th September at 10 am – Pre-Recording Provincial Sunday Service
- Sunday 26th September at 8 am – Holy Communion (1970) (Cn Terry)
- Sunday 26th September at 10 am – Sung Eucharist (1982) (Cn Terry) Followed by Tea and Coffee
- Sunday 26th September at 11 am – Povincial Online Service from St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral (Cn Terry)
- Sunday 26th September at 1 pm – St Mary’s Zoom Brunch
- Sunday 26th September at 4 pm – Choral Evensong (Cn Terry)
“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides”
Rev Canon Terry Taggart