Eddie Sykes writes:
It is with sadness that I share the news that David Slater passed away peacefully at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy last night (26 March 2020).
We give thanks to God for David, and pray for his family (daughters Karen and Janet, and families) and friends at this time. Funeral arrangements will be limited. There will, however, be a celebration of David’s life later in the year.
I also warmly encourage you to continue to remember Helen Marks and family as they continue to mourn Gordon’s passing. His funeral took place on Wednesday. There will also be a memorial service for Gordon later in the year.
For all the saints who from their labours rest, we give you thanks , O Lord.
O Christ the Morning Star, when the night of this world is past bring us to the promised light of life, opening into everlasting day. (Venerable Bede)
Please share this news with those in the church whom you know who are not on the internet.
Grace and Peace, God bless, Eddie
If you wish to follow this reflection as part of a service, incorporating prayer and hymns, you can follow it on our Circuit website – just click on the Church Resources section, and download the service sheet.
The Church Resources page will also lead you to the live service by Mark Slaney referred to in this post.
Some of you may have responded to the Pope’s call to all Christians to pray The Lord’s Prayer together on Wednesday this week. The Church Leaders Forum in Scotland encouraged us to join in the Churches Together call to prayer last Sunday evening, including lighting a candle and displaying it in a window for all to see. This Churches Together call to prayer is now being extended to this coming Sunday evening (29 March) at the same time of 7.00pm.
“How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!” That’s the way that the King James version of the book of Lamentations starts. And what a good description it is of the situation that our towns find themselves in, with people distancing themselves, if not actually self-isolating, because of the COVID-19 virus!
The chapter goes on (verse 4) to say “The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts”, and of course that’s exactly what is happening with our not being able to meet together for worship. Fortunately, technology is able to help us, and there will be many on-line resources for you to access that will help you feel connected, especially on Sunday mornings. Some relevant ones are being collected and will be presented shortly on our new Resources page. Do browse there to keep connected. And of course we’ll be posting other news on this Noticeboard. There’s no need for you to “sit solitary”!
“Many things have been cancelled because of the coronavirus. Love is not one of them.” James Martin SJ
The funeral of the late Gordon Marks will take place at Dunfermline Crematorium at 11:30am on Wednesday 25 March 2020. In the light of the current COVID-19 guidelines, the family requests that this service be attended by close family ONLY.
You are requested to hold the family in prayer at this time. There will be a memorial service later in the year when we can all be together to give thanks for Gordon.
Your understanding is appreciated.
Rev. Eddie Sykes