The Brokenness of Good Friday

All through Holy Week we have been retelling Mark’s Gospel (the we being All Saints and New Kilpatrick Church) MARKing Holy Week, each day we began with these words. This week we retell the story a story whose woven threads reach back through time and space and forward onto eternity. A story of love, love…

You are Precious

This morning we used the Kenotic Bowls in Church.  I know I shouldn’t say this, but I thought they looked rather beautifully twinkling in the church lights.  Each bowl gathered this morning represented a member of the congregation, but also bigger than that, they were representative of all people.  People who are precious to God.…

Take Two

You may remember, dear reader, that last August I tootled off to Cumbrae to immerse myself in the wonders of icons.  Well this year I repeated the exercise, I say repeated however that is not strictly accurate.  Last year – you can read about it here – I didn’t really know what to expect, yes…

Bowling from East to West

Bear with me for a moment of introductory rambling. Someone told me a thing, and while I loved the thing I was told of I didn’t realise I had misheard the name of the thing I was told.  Oblivious to this I went hunting on the internet for the thing and after some fruitless searching,…

Doubt a Pillar of Faith

I have doubts, I have lots of them.  There I’ve said it.  I am not supposed to say it, people see it as a sign of weakness, a sign of not being intelligent enough, a sign of being a lesser person, a second rate priest.  Doubting is frowned upon, because doubting means admitting you don’t…

Love and the Trinity

On Thursday of last week the Scottish Episcopal Church decided to make provision for Same-Sex marriage within some of its churches.  Despite today being Trinity Sunday and hence one of the Churches festival, such a decision can not be left to just hang there without comment, especially as I believe it has been given a…

A Sorrowful Tale and a Lesson for Today’s Church

Imagine, if you can being a 27 year old woman, who finally after a hard life finds love.  Then to your surprise you discover you are pregnant.  Then to your shock the man leaves you alone and pregnant. Nowadays such a tale might indeed still hold the sorrow of a broken heart, but it would hardly…