We are sad to pass on the news that, due to medical reasons, the Very Rev Kenny Rathband is retiring from the active ministry. We pray for St Margaret’s as well as for Kenny and Ruth. Further details can be found at this post.
Our Bible Studies led by Rev Eddie Sykes continue with eight studies that will cover the Book of Hebrews. While the studies form a sequence, you can dip in and out of the group, and can always catch up by reading the notes that are linked to each study.
Sessions are on Zoom on Thursday mornings at 10:30am, and last for just over an hour. If you don’t have the meeting details, or are new to the study group, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code.
Everyone is warmly welcome to join with us – no previous Bible study experience is necessary – just bring a Bible, and perhaps a cup of coffee, and enjoy the conversation!
Our topics will be:
- 27 May: Jesus Christ is Greater than all God’s Messengers and Servants (Hebrews 1:1–2:4) (notes at this link)
- 10 June: Jesus Christ is Greater than Faith’s Founders (Hebrews 3:1–4:13) (notes at this link)
- 1 July: Jesus Christ is Greater than the Highest Religious Leaders (Hebrews 4:14–7:28)
- 15 July: Jesus Christ Provides a More Excellent Ministry (Hebrews 8)
- 29 July: God Provides the Better Covenant and the Better Promises (Hebrews 9:1–10:18)
- 9 September: The Practical Consequences of Jesus’ Superiority (Hebrews 10:19–11:40)
- 23 September: Concluding Advice: Continue to Run the Race with Determination (Hebrews 12:1–13:17)
- 7 October: Final Greetings and Conclusion (Hebrews 13:18–25)
Before each session Eddie will email you a reminder of the joining instructions and some study material. The study material will also be linked to this post.
This Sunday (23 May), as Pentecost takes place, Christians across the country – and further afield – will join together in prayer and reflection at 7.00pm in response to the pandemic. As with previous weeks during lockdown, 15 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Methodist Church, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer.
Scottish Christians have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week. The outgoing Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, has been taking part, and commented: “Too often, different parts of the Christian Church have allowed themselves to become distant from one another. They’ve looked at certain doctrinal or liturgical matters in different ways and have allowed those differences to become divisive. But we can, and should, all pray together. And, when we do, we find that some of these differences that seemed important begin to diminish in significance. Through the pandemic we have prayed each Sunday evening at 7.00pm and we’ve done it together. We’ve been united in praying for the country and in praying for the life and mission of the whole Church. Jesus’ final prayer when with his disciples was, ‘My prayer for all those who believe in me is that they shall be one.’ We’ve demonstrated that by our shared prayer. Let it continue to be so.”
You can download the Pentecost letter and prayer specially written by the Scottish Church Leaders Forum at this link, and you’ll find the weekly prayers on our home page – the link is usually updated on Fridays.
From 1 June 2021, several churches will begin ‘in person’ worship in their church building. This has brought with it challenges regarding the preaching plan, especially as at the moment there are fewer available preachers than there are services requiring preachers.
To help ease these challenges, for the June-August 2021 quarter, the 9:45am Zoom worship service – amazingly these have been ‘on air’ every Sunday since the beginning of August 2020! – will now take place on a fortnightly basis, so only on the following dates:
6 June; 20 June
4 July; 18 July
1 August; 15 August; 29 August
However, every Sunday, a church somewhere in the Circuit will be live-streaming a service. Those on our circulation lists will receive information before the end of May, or you can email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for joining details next week.
Eddie Sykes continues his message: “As we continue to emerge out of lockdown, we are aware that there are still more challenges to come – your understanding, patience and prayers are valued as we navigate this new journey we are on. All good wishes and please stay safe.”
From our You will be my witnesses post you will already know that the next Zoom Bible study will be at 10.30am on Ascension Day, Thursday 13 May, when we will look at Acts 1.1–26. As before, the session will last for 70–75 minutes.
Zoom log in details will be the same as for previous Bible studies. If have missed or mislaid these, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code.
Future Bible studies (all on Zoom) are being planned for the following Thursdays at 10.30am: 27 May, 10 June, 1 July, 15 July and 29 July. [Note that, while this is mostly fortnightly, there is a discontinuity in June!] Details of topics will be announced later.