Weekly pastoral letter from the Rector

Weekly Pastoral Letter 19 : Trinity + 8,  Sunday 2 August 2020

COLLECT: Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech You to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of Your laws and the works of Your commandments; that through Your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is alive and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

READINGS: Isaiah 55:1-5, Psalm 145:8,915-22, Romans 9:1-5, St. Matthew 14:13-22

WE PRAY for our churches as we prepare to re-open for public worship soon, for our local communities as we cautiously return to business and social interaction, welcoming visitors but praying for people to be considerate of others. We pray for + Kevin, the diocese of Glasgow, and our Galloway Regional Council of Episcopal churches.

THOUGHT for the WEEK: The feeding of the 5000 in this week’s gospel is about the rich symbolism of bread. Although no longer a staple diet in the West, it is still central to life itself in many poor countries today. Hence bread as the important symbolism in our eucharistic main act of worship ----soon to be enjoyed again! When many of us were growing up food may have been reasonably plentiful (thank you to those reading who endured rationing) but it was singularly unexciting. Diets now include Italian pizzas, French cheeses, and Chinese carry-outs. My grandchildren laugh at my meat and two veg thinking!  On age and its value, Bishop Kevin addressed our virtual Galloway Regional Council of churches ( I attempted to chair it by zoom) recently and gave inspiring words of wisdom in recognising the post 60 status of most of us; God is faithful to us in love. Experience leads to truth. Have faith in doubts, the Holy Spirit may be speaking to you.  Growing up I was taught to express gratitude for even small things. I hope at least one of the Disciples thanked the wee boy who shared his lunch with the 5000!  Stephen

QUOTE of the WEEK: “Youth is wasted on the young!” Oscar Wilde

NEWS: Both vestries are working hard on implementing the stringent requirements for re-opening our churches for public worship, and we aim for Sunday 16th August. SH