Members of the three churches in Murrayfield Churches Together met last night in Saughtonhall URC to battle each other in the annual Christian Aid Quiz. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and the friendly rivalry great fun. Teams from the Church of the Good Shepherd did well, although sadly we didn't win.
On Saturday 25th March at 8 for 8.30pm we will be meeting again to mark Earth Hour - the hour in the year when we turn the lights off to raise awareness of the ecological plight of the planet. We will once again meet at Saughtonhall URC for an hour of prayer, chat, fun and refreshments by candle light. Come along and join us for everyone is welcome.
This Saturday will see the Clergy and Lay representative of the Church of the Good Shepherd attending the Spring Diocesan Synod. At this meeting we will discuss and debate Canon 31 on Marriage to try and discern the will of God in how that Canon is interpreted in light of Equal Marriage in Scotland. There will arguments for and against allowing same sex couples to marry to church and the decision of the Diocesan Synod will be taken to the Provincial General synod in June for the final vote on the amended Canon. Please pray for all of us involved in Diocesan Synod at this important time and for good management of the outcomes of any vote.
This coming Wednesday sees the start of 40 days of Lent. Ash Wednesday is the day when we stop and turn our hearts and minds to reflect upon our failings and to ask God for forgiveness and as a sign of our penitence are marked with a cross of ashes on the forehead.
Services at the Good Shepherd will be at 10am and 7pm.
The World Day of Prayer this year is hosted by the Good Shepherd at 2pm with the service used being put tougher by women in the Philippines. All are welcome
This morning's sermon slot took the form of a congregation think on Ecological issues and what we as individuals and as a congregation can do to help ourselves become better stewards of God's creation. This mornings readings reminded us that in the covenant with God, we are called be be good stewards of the earth. St.Paul reminded us that a steward is above all to be trustworthy and St.Matthew sang the praises of God's creation in its beauty and abundance. Unless we the current stewards of the earth are not careful there will be no creation to hand on to future generations. Every little thing we do to recycle or use less has an impact, often beyond our comprehension. The Congregation of the Church of the Good Shepherd is now committed, alongside our ecumenical partners, to becoming a fully fledged Eco-Congregation and doing all that we possibly can to reduce our use and increase our recycling and in doing so we hope to become better stewards of the creation we are left to caretake on God's behalf.
The Murrayfield Dementia Project which is run ecumenically by Murrayfield Churches Together for those in our local community who are over 65 and living with dementia or who have become socially isolated due to illness or infirmity is seeking to appoint new trustees with human resources experience to the governing board. To find out more about the Club see www.mct.org.uk and look under 'The Murrayfield Club' and to contact the Rector use the 'Contact us' on this website.
Candlemas is the 2nd February and the official end to Christmastide. Forty days have passed since the celebrations on the 25th December. Quite where those days have gone I am not sure and the fact that we are already into the second month of the year amazes me. Time certainly flies.
This year we have a month before we begin Lent, which is much better than last year when it seemed it was just a few days. It means that Easter is quite late. Personally, I like a late Easter in April as for me the spring flowers point to new life and the coming warmer months. First, though, we have to get through February. I don't know what it is about February but it can be a depressing month and the winter could hit us hard still. One pleasing thing that does help lift the blues is the fact that the days are getting noticeably longer and not having to light up just after 3pm is a joy.
We also have the regular round of worship at the Good Shepherd which seeks to lift one's spirit and to restore one's soul and the fact that we have four Sundays before the purple feels good and a suitable reason to celebrate.
It was good, yesterday, to join with our brothers and sisters from the other two churches in Murrayfield for a joint act of worship. All the clergy and many lay members took part in the service designed by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and adapted for our local context. Our speak was Jen McQuiston from Fresh Start a local homelessness charity, where many members form MCT volunteer. With the coffee morning on the Saturday and the sale of home baking on the Sunday we raised almost £800 for the charity as well.
Next week we celebrate Candlemas at our 10am service. At which we remember the presentation of Jesus as a baby in the temple as his earthly parents gave thanks for his birth.
This coming Sunday the 22nd will see the three congregations in Murrayfield joining together for an act of worship to mark The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The service is based around the resources produced for the day by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.We will gather for worship at 1030am in Murrayfield Parish Church.
All are welcome to join us.
The new year has begun and we are all returning to a more normal routine. What ever you do this year we hope that the Lord will bless you richly.
From all at the Church of the Good Shepherd Murrayfield
Why not come and join us on
Sunday 1st January 2017
at the The Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield Avenue
for our 10am Festal Sung Eucharist when we will sing some well loved carols and pray for the coming year.
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