28th September 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News

 

Above and beyond

 

So here we are… six months into lockdown and probably many more months to go. Every news bulletin, every newspaper, every conversation seems to centre on the pandemic and what it means for us, personally, socially, economically.

 

Having such an urgent issue before us can so easily distract us and leave us thinking that this is all there is for us at the moment. But maybe it’s also good for us to see what opportunities such a hiatus in our "normal" lives can offer us.

 

Despite the seemingly unending and limiting circumstances of 2020, it’s worth remembering that the seasons have continued to change, we have had good and bad weather, we have all had good and bad experiences in our lives, people have been born and have passed away. In short, life really has gone on and the virus is essentially another, if novel, part of the workings of the world.

 

Like all things, this too will pass and it seems to me that we can spend the time concentrating on getting through it (which is important) or we can spend the time thinking beyond this to a bright future.

 

During September, my wife and I spent time on Arran, one of our favourite places. Whilst walking many miles around Glen Sannox, King’s Cross, Glen Ashdale, Kildonan, Lamlash Bay and the rest, I kept finding myself thinking about how wonderful it is that millions of years of creation and evolution have produced that beautiful island and how change continues.

 

It’s easy to look back, but we are part of the tapestry that has been weaved to create the world we see and the world that will come. The trick is to find our place and our role in that whole process, playing our part in the continuum that is God’s world.

 

In Matthew, Mark and Luke, we read of the time that Jesus spent in the desert and his time of temptation. There is much to be read into that story, but for now I am holding on to the end of the tale.

 

Jesus came back from the desert and began his preaching. He used the time, not to fall into faithlessness, but rather to emerge full of the spirit that he had received in his baptism a few weeks earlier.

 

Maybe this time, with all of its privations and challenges, can be seen as a breathing space… a time to take stock of what it means to be a Christian and to be the Guild; a time to recalibrate our priorities and to rebuild our energy, ready to face the future with new ideas and new vigour.

 

On our last full day on Arran, we walked from Lamlash to Brodick around the coast on a narrow, broken and occasionally worrying path. The walk took us almost four hours when the bus would have taken five minutes. We would have arrived at the same place, but the feeling of achievement and the chance to stop and look at stunning views made the extra miles worth every ache and pain that the next day brought.

 

Over the last six months, we have spent so much time reacting to the pandemic… maybe it’s time for us to look ahead and to see beyond it, making plans and setting targets, rather than concentrating on the negatives and the trials.

 

Iain Whyte, General Secretary

 

 

 

 

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An opportunity for fellowship

 

The Glens & Kirriemuir United Parish Church (GKUPC) Guild led their Sunday service and shared something of what the Guild is about and the work of our amazing projects. You can watch the service yourself, it is certainly worth it. You can even sing along to some wonderful hymns from the comfort of your own couch.

 

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Edinburgh Guilds Together

 

On Thursday 1st October, you are invited to join with Edinburgh Guilds Together for their autumn rally. The meeting will start at 7pm and includes a talk from Rev Peter Sutton of St Cuthbert’s Church about his life and ministry. The evening will be concluded by Rev Fiona Mathieson who will share Communion with those taking part so you should have elements ready should you be taking part. The link below will go live on Thursday at 7pm but you will also be able to join in later if you cannot make it on Thursday.

 

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How friends with learning difficulties are getting through

 

Inspired by our prayer prompt for last Monday, Irene Munro of Ross Guilds Together has written a very interesting article about how the current situation is impacting significantly on people with learning difficulties, as we all as sharing the story of Angus and Gwen (not their real names). Angus is 43 years old, has moderate learning difficulties and autism and lives along with his mum, Gwen, 68, who has been caring for him all of his life. If you would like to read the full article simply click the link below and we will send you a copy.

 

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Another use for knitted squares

 

Last week we shared how Carnoustie Guild were knitting squares to make into blankets which inspired Izzy Malcolm to send us this fabulous Christmas tree that has been made from knitted squares.

 

Maybe your Guild could do something like this to give to your church for Christmas? A lasting reminder of how we all came together, supported each other and came through these challenging months with a renewed sense of purpose and a determination for the future, just like Mary with the birth of her son.

 

 

 

 

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Pray this week

 

'I know who holds the future and He’ll guide me with His hand.

With God things don’t just happen, everything by Him is planned.

So as I face tomorrow with its problems large and small,

I’ll trust the God of miracles give to Him my all.'

 

Monday: bringing before God anything that is getting in the way of your relationship with Him, anything that is stopping you having the best relationship possible with our loving God.

Tuesday: thanking God for someone who has been a particular blessing to you recently.

Wednesday: asking God to show you have become jaded by the seemingly unanswered cries for justice, and asking God to reinvigorate your cries for justice.

Thursday: bringing before God broken relationships you have, asking God to support you in finding ways to mend them.

Friday: for strength to look forward and not back.

Saturday: for our church, that we may have courage and increase our capacity to welcome the stranger in new and exciting ways.

Sunday: for those who have encountered Church in new and more meaningful ways during these new ways of being Church.

 

 

 

 

Contact us

 

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