Weekly Pastoral Letter from the Rector

Pastoral Letter 25, Epiphany+ 2, 17th January 2021

COLLECT: Almighty God, in Christ You make all things new; transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of Your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known Your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen

READINGS: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17, Revelation5:1-10, St. John 1: 43-51

WE PRAY FOR: The many who have died from or suffer from, covid19, remembering all medical staff & care workers, and those working for immunisation. We pray for our government, businesses, schools, farming and fishing communities. We pray for our diocese, and bishop Kevin, remembering our sister churches in Challoch, Stranraer, and Portpatrick. We pray for peace in the USA, and the victims of the Indonesian air crash.

THOUGHT for the WEEK: This week’s theme is the calling of the disciples. Our Lord did not promise them an easy vocation. When Ernest Shackleton was putting together a team to explore the Antarctic, he starkly warned potential crew that they could die if they followed him. Many more responded than he took on, believing as he did that moral character was worthier than technical ability. Many of you reading this will be feeling deep uncertainties, isolation, and maybe even fear. Glibly quoting bible verses does not actually help, but faith helps know we are not alone, and that God IS THERE even if we do not always see or feel Him. Shackleton encouraged his men in the most dire of circumstances by believing that “ Optimism is true moral courage”, and that “ difficulties are only things to be overcome”. One bible verse worth quoting is from today’s Psalm “ You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways”.  Stephen Hazlett                                                                                

QUOTE of the WEEK: You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore---Christopher Columbus.

NEWS: Although our churches are temporarily closed for public worship, pastoral care continues as a matter of priority. Please advise me directly of any prayer requests, which may of course be confidential. I also say Morning Prayer IN our churches every Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Online worship details: www.scotland.anglican.org  SDH