St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Worshipping Together
A very warm welcome to all
Readings: Isaiah 35: 4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2: 1-10(11-13)14-17
Gospel: Mark 7: 24-37
In today’s Gospel
In our Gospel reading today, I refer to a journalist once having the opportunity to meet Mother Teresa and saying to her “Mother Teresa, you believe in God, so I guess you must pray regularly”. “Yes, I do” came her reply. “So what do you say?” asked the Journalist. “Oh mostly I just listen”, she said. Thinking that he now had a great scoop, the very words of God to Mother Teresa he said “Ah, so what does God said to you?” “Oh mostly he just listens too”.
“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
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.
Tea and Coffee
I am re-introducing tea and coffee after our 10 am Wednesday Holy Communion. This will be available until 1130 am every Wednesday. So, even if you cannot make the service, feel free to pop in for a cuppa and a chat.
Our St Mary’s Gift Day, which was combined with our Patronal Festival on the 15th of August, raised a total in excess of £1000. I am deeply moved by the continued generosity of everyone who contributed and be assured that this money will go towards the continued upkeep, maintenance, and improvement of this historic building. Thank you all!
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.
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 email@example.com 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 5th of September 2021
- Sunday 5th September at 8 am – Said Holy Communion (Cn Terry-1970)
- Sunday 5th September at 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry – 1982)
- Monday 6th September – Cn Terry – Day off
- Tuesday 7th September at 10 am – Morning Prayer
- Wednesday 8th September at 10 am Holy Communion (1970) (Cn Terry)
- Friday 10th September at 10 am – Pre-Recording Sunday Service
- Sunday 12th September at 8 am – Holy Communion (1970) (Cn Terry)
- Sunday 12th September at 10 am – Sung Eucharist (1982) (Cn Terry)
“Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.”
(The Dalai Lama)
Rev Canon Terry Taggart