May 2020

A reflection for Christian Aid Sunday 2020

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 09/05/2020 - 13:04

Sunday 10th May 2020

Easter V  A Reflection for Christian Aid Sunday

There are times, in our lives, when I think the Psalms can speak to us better than any other pieces of Scripture. Their poetry, pithiness and in many cases brevity seem to sum up all we want to say and often all we can hear. The psalms encompass the whole gamut of our emotions.

There are psalms of hope such as:

Psalm 71:5

“For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.”  and

Psalms of anger:

Psalm 37:8

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath...

An act of worship for Christian Aid Sunday 10th May 2020

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 09/05/2020 - 13:02

Christian Aid Week 2020

An act of Worship

Joint worship on Sunday 10th May would usually mark the beginning of Christian Aid Week for those of us  in Murrayfield. This year we are unable to gather physically as the members of MCT but we can come together spiritually in prayer. Please use the prayers and readings below in your Sunday worship at home.

Introduction

Christian Aid Week helps us remember that we are part of the family of God scattered across the globe. The Covid19 outbreak also shows us how inter-connected we are, how vulnerable we all are and how...

St.Benedict's Prayer

Submitted by Dean on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 12:21

The following prayer said to have come from the pen of St.Benedict has been inspiration to countless numbers of Christians over many centuries. In the prayer St.Benedict encourages us to ponder upon God and to spend time trying to come closer to the Divine. It is a prayer that asks God to help us understand his ways better and then to try and live our lives in the service of others and of God as well.

It is not a 'quick fix' prayer but a prayer of and for a life-time. It is a prayer that asks God to guide...

Good Shepherd Sunday sermon

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 11:14

Good Shepherd Sunday  Easter IV 2020  Year A

Many years ago the congregation at St.Mary’s Dalmahoy built a sheep fank in their church garden. It was designed to be the place where ashes could be interred. The fank was built before my time as Rector and it took me a while to ‘get why’ they had built such a feature as a last resting place for members of the congregation. In fact it was years later, when I re-read today’s readings that I finally understood the reasoning behind the design. It was the words where Jesus describes himself as; ‘the...

INTERCESSIONS FOR ALL AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC

Submitted by Dean on Fri, 01/05/2020 - 14:42

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Father, thy help and comfort to all who at this time are visited with sickness and anxiety; and prosper with thy continual blessing those who labour to devise protection for mankind against plague and pestilence; through him who both healed and hallowed suffering, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

O merciful Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ did weep at the grave of Lazarus his friend: Look with compassion upon those who are now in sorrow and affliction; comfort them, O Lord, with thy gracious consolations; make them to know that all things work...