Greyfriars and St. Mary’s is a linked charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The church in Kirkcudbright dates back to Medieval times, and in Gatehouse of Fleet to 1840. We hope you will find in these pages welcome, inspiration and information.
Greyfriars Kirkcudbright & St. Mary’s Gatehouse of Fleet Weekly Pastoral Letter, Prayers & News Items Palm Sunday 5th April 2020
Weekly bible readings; Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16, Phil. 2:5-12, St. Matthew 21:1-11
Palm Sunday Collect;Almighty and everlasting God, Who in Your tender love towards the human race sent Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon Him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross; grant that we may follow the example of His patience and humility, and also be made partakers of His resurrection; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord; Who is alive and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Good Friday Collect;Almighty God we beseech Thee graciously to behold this Thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross; Who now liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. ( from the Scottish Prayer Book). Amen
We pray for all who have died from or suffer from Coronavirus. We pray for all NHS staff, police, government, volunteers and essential workers, and their families.
Rector’s pastoral “ thought for the week”
Many people compare these dark dayswe are living through to life in the last War. Those of you who lived through WW2 at least could get together for parties! During that time the world was inspired by our very own Winston Churchill. Yet in 1945, the crowd “cheered Churchill - and voted Labour!”. It proves how fickle popularity can be. This Palm Sunday we remember when our Lord rode in triumph into Jerusalem, and thousands spread palm leaves before him shouting “Hosanna”. Yet days later they were screaming for his death. The great Palm Sunday hymn “Ride on in majesty” will be sung alone by me in St Mary’s and Greyfriars this Sunday - not a pretty sound! - but the final verse says “ In lowly pomp ride on to die; bow Thy meek head to mortal pain, then take O God Thy power and reign”. I continue to pray for each of you and families by name. PLEASE phone me for any pastoral support. Stephen
Carry on vicar! I continue to say Morning Prayer in church alone on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. An extra “service” will take place in St Mary’s Maundy Thu 11am, Good Friday 10am & 11am St. Mary’s & Greyfriars.
And a note from our treasurers; please email them if you can possibly consider ways of continuing financial support. Sorry LINK is not presently available. Details from Rector.
This will also be sent by Royal Mail to those church members who do not have computers”. The Rector can also electronically send or post (limited) copies of the Redemptorist Pewsheets which are quoted in his “weekly pastoral letter”.
The Scottish Episcopal Church is broadcasting weekly Eucharistic services from their media channels.
The services are held in private with no congregation, in line with SEC guidelines following government advice to suspend church services as part of the national effort to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Although our church services are in abeyance, the Rector will (sadly it has to be alone) pray the office of Morning Prayer in both our churches at the exact time when public worship would normally have occurred ie Sundays at 9.30am & 11am, Wednesdays St. Mary’s 9.30am and Thursdays Greyfriars 10am. During this private time of prayer I will pray for every church member and adherent and their families. Please email or phone me CONFIDENTIALLY any prayer requests. Fee free to join me in spirit.
I also intend to email or land-mail weekly a short meditation (not a sermon!), with news, prayers, and readings of the day (temporarily replacing the weekly pewsheet); posting this also on the website.
During my time alone in church I may take the liberty of appropriate clerical action against any spiders’ webs ...
In my teens I moved from the city to the country, and soon discovered that rural school- children even treat Lent seriously. I was once publicly chided for eating chocolate on the bus home! Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 26th. February at 9.30am in St. Mary’s with Holy Communion and the symbolic “Imposition of Ashes”, and on Thursday in Greyfriars at 10am.