Welcome to another service in our Easter season.
My thanks to all those involved in making Easter Sunday as special as it was. Our service was streamed and at a last glance had 154 hits. As I intimated also last Sunday, my thanks for all who journeyed with me during Holy Week – I hope our ‘A Game of Thrones‘ was enjoyed by all.
The lockdown and subsequent legal restrictions on the opening of buildings resulted in a dramatic rise in online worship and other content, with 92% of churches offering some form of weekly material, so the CoS reported.
Increased online and social media activity has allowed congregations and Church leaders to reach substantially more people than they did prior to the pandemic. The report is titled “Adapt and be Flexible – the Mission Doesn’t Stop – The Scottish Church and the COVID-19 Pandemic”. It concludes that leaders have been faithful to their calling, preaching the Word in season and out of season and bearing witness to the love and faithfulness of God at a time of “unprecedented disruption and suffering.”
This Sunday is often known as Low Sunday: after the heights reached on Easter Sunday, nothing was going to compare for both the disciples of old and the current ones. The Church itself has often had ‘high’ days, principally the major festivals and the key moments of our faith, and very much ‘ordinary‘ days like the run from Pentecost to Advent.
There is still time to support the Heart Team on the Virtual Kiltwalk and the Moderator of the General Assembly is also participating, raising awareness and funds for Christian Aid who celebrate 75 years this May.
In and out of season, I wish you every Easter blessing,
Click to download weekly reflection for Sunday 11 April (PDF):-