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MHA Sunday this year will be different because of the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of having local church-based meetings, the memorial and remembrance service will be delivered virtually. This year’s theme is kindness, inspired by the book of Ruth, and the care given by volunteers and colleagues.

More information at this link, and an introductory video aimed at Scottish supporters is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0doqyEG1S1g.

The service is at 3.00pm on Sunday 14 June at this link or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J61uRKrDHko, and will also be available to watch afterwards.

Don’t miss the MHA version of “Amazing Grace”, played in isolation by 30 of the MHA music therapists!

We’ve just finished the first of four on-line Bible study discussions led by Eddie Sykes on the Book of Ruth, which is our way of participating in Bible Month 2020, and we warmly invite you to join us.

On the next three Thursdays the Zoom meeting will start at 10:30am, include a time of sharing at the beginning, and finish at about 11:40am. Remember that you need to use the same link as on 11 June, not the one used in April/May. If you don’t have this, or are new to the study group, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code.

Eddie produces notes on the topic ahead of each session, and these are linked to this post as they are published – watch this space!

[At this link you can access the notes for previous Bible Study sessions and also find more about the Zoom technology we use to share these sessions.]

The Pentecost edition of BBC Radio Scotland’s New Every Sunday is to come from St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal and Methodist Church, Dunbar – a local ecumenical partnership similar to our own.

Rev Diana Hall will be leading the half-hour act of worship, which airs on Radio Scotland at 7.30am this Sunday morning, 31 May. It will also be available on BBC Sounds afterwards, which you can access from this link.

So far we’ve enjoyed three on-line Bible study discussions led by Eddie Sykes, and are now at the stage where those using tablets need to swipe across to see all the participants, even in Zoom’s gallery view!

Eddie will be continuing every Thursday, but from now on with just a single session at 10:30am. Each Zoom meeting includes a time of sharing at the beginning and finishes at about 11:40am.

The planned topics are:

  • 28 MayActs 2:1–21 (Pentecost) (notes at this link)
  • 4 June – Charles Wesley’s hymn on the Trinity Father, in whom we live, and the theology behind it (notes at this link)
  • 11 June – Session 1 of a four-week study on Ruth (notes at this link)

Eddie produces notes on the topic ahead of each session, and these are linked to this post as they are published – watch this space! [Notes for previous sessions can be accessed at this link.

You are warmly invited to join us on any Thursday morning. If you’ve participated before, use the same link each week. If you would like to join in, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code. You’ll also need to install Zoom, but this isn’t difficult – you can find what Zoom is about at this link, and there are some hints here.

11 June note: The meeting access details have changed from earlier weeks, so please contact Eddie if you haven’t received the latest codes!

The Scottish Church Leaders Forum have issued this call for us to light a candle and to pray at 7.00pm on Sunday 24 May:

“At this present time, we are especially conscious of the need to protect and to be protected. Indeed, our collective awareness of the need to protect life and the lives of those whom we love has perhaps never been so heightened. In response to the threat posed by Covid 19, we seek to protect and shield those whom we care for most deeply.

“In the Gospel of John (17: 1–11), Jesus prays for his disciples in anticipation of the time when he will no longer be with them. What is it that he prays for? Jesus asks the Father to ‘protect’ his friends. Whilst he was with them, Jesus protected and shielded the disciples and later in his prayer he prays for each one of us. The ascended Lord Jesus continues to pray for us and assures us that his presence will be renewed through the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

We pray:

Living God and gracious Father,
Protect and shield us.
Living God, protect and shield
All whom we love,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Living God, your Son now sits in your presence
And shares in your glory and honour.
We thank you for the promise
That his presence shall be renewed for us,
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Living God, we thank you that Jesus prayed for us
And that he continues to intercede for us.
We thank you that he continues to pray
For us and for our protection,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Living God, we pray for the life of the world.
We thank you for all those who, in these days,
Strive to protect and shield us.
Renew them in heart and soul, and mind and strength,
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Living God, renew us we pray and renew the life of the world.
For you so loved the world that you gave your Son
That we might share in the life of the world to come.
Hear our prayer, now and always,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Coming up …
  • 27 September 2020 9:45 am Methodist Zoom Worship
  • 27 September 2020 11:00 am Morning Worship
  • 27 September 2020 11:00 am Streamed from Holy Trinity

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