Greyfriars and St. Mary’s is a linked charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The church in Kirkcudbright dates back to Medieval times, and in Gatehouse of Fleet to 1840. We hope you will find in these pages welcome, inspiration and information.
Greyfriars Kirkcudbright & St. Mary’s Gatehouse of Fleet Weekly Pastoral Letter, Prayers & News Items Sunday 29 March Passion Sunday
Weekly bible readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11, St. John 11: 1-45
Collect:Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world. Grant that by faith in Him Who suffered on the cross, we may triumph in the power of His victory ; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord Who is alive and reigns with You , in the unity of the Holy Spirit , one God now and forever. Amen
Lent Prayer:Almighty and everlasting God, You hate nothing that You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent ; create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging out wretchedness, may receive from You the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness , through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, Who is alive and reigns with You , in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on be God, now and forever . Amen
Prayer requests: Elizabeth Campbell, Kay Cheffings, Mavis Bruce, Doreen Lawley, Pat Dawson, Greta Clint, Donald Peddie , Sharon Dumper, Peggy Lloyd , Jim McCain, Max Hazlett, Philip May , Oliver Thomas, Valery Glover, Alex Marchant , Beth Wood, Amy Knox , Sholto Steel, Rowan Huggit, Katrina Wilson, Andrew Lobban, Phillip & Carla, Patrick.
In Memoriam: Freda Marshall & Penny Kerr (both funerals in Challoch)
We pray for all who have died from or suffer from Covid 19. We pray for all NHS staff, police, government, volunteers and essential workers.
Pastoral thought for the week from the Rector : Last Sunday was Mothering Sunday. Alas it could not be celebrated in church with flowers and children reading as we normally would. One of the hymns we had planned was “ Now thank we all our God” by Martin Rinkart. He was a 17th. century German pastor who wrote these moving words against the background of a severe plague in which he laid to rest thousands of his parishioners. How very relevant a circumstance. The theme for this week is Passion Sunday. There is a lot of passion around at the moment , good and bad. The traditional collect reminds that Jesus’ passion leading up to Holy Week and Easter was entirely selfless for all of us. Just like the doctors , nurses and others who work valiantly for the most needy risking themselves--- but towards a good outcome ; “ O God Who by the Passion of Thy Blessed Son hast made the instrument of shameful death to be unto us the MEANS of LIFE and PEACE”. Godbless you all, Stephen
PASTORAL CARE: As intimated on our website and a personal letter to each of you , I continue to be available ANYTIME for pastoral care . Just phone me confidentially. Please also phone or email any prayer requests. I will continue to visit cases of extreme pastoral necessity . Although the church buildings are closed, I say Morning Prayer alone in church at the scheduled times, and pray for everyone by name . God be with you, Stephen.
This will also be sent by Royal Mail to those church members who do not have computers”. The Rector can also electronically send or post (limited) copies of the Redemptorist Pewsheets which are quoted in his “weekly pastoral letter”.
The Scottish Episcopal Church is broadcasting weekly Eucharistic services from their media channels.
The services are held in private with no congregation, in line with SEC guidelines following government advice to suspend church services as part of the national effort to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Although our church services are in abeyance, the Rector will (sadly it has to be alone) pray the office of Morning Prayer in both our churches at the exact time when public worship would normally have occurred ie Sundays at 9.30am & 11am, Wednesdays St. Mary’s 9.30am and Thursdays Greyfriars 10am. During this private time of prayer I will pray for every church member and adherent and their families. Please email or phone me CONFIDENTIALLY any prayer requests. Fee free to join me in spirit.
I also intend to email or land-mail weekly a short meditation (not a sermon!), with news, prayers, and readings of the day (temporarily replacing the weekly pewsheet); posting this also on the website.
During my time alone in church I may take the liberty of appropriate clerical action against any spiders’ webs ...
In my teens I moved from the city to the country, and soon discovered that rural school- children even treat Lent seriously. I was once publicly chided for eating chocolate on the bus home! Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 26th. February at 9.30am in St. Mary’s with Holy Communion and the symbolic “Imposition of Ashes”, and on Thursday in Greyfriars at 10am.