Pastoral Letter for September 2020

Dear Friends,

“I was glad when they said unto me, ‘let us go into the house of the Lord’.  This first verse of Psalm 122 seems to me to be so appropriate for us as a community of faith here at St Columba’s in these troubled and uncertain times.  

Since the 23 August we have been able to, once more, go into the church building and worship together for the first time since the middle of March – an absence of 22 weeks!

“I was glad when they said unto me, ‘let us go into the house of the Lord’.  These words from scripture certainly seemed to resonate with me when we were, at long last, given permission to come together.  How good it was to see one another and to share in the Eucharist once more.

And yet … at the same time that I am aware of my/our rejoicing at this development, I am also painfully aware, too, of those for whom this simply cannot be the case at this time; families and individuals for whom there persists no choice at present but to remain, to some degree, in isolation or shielding.

I hope that those that were free to come back to worship in our church building felt blessed by that experience – despite the various and necessary potential barriers in the way – masks, sanitisation, social distancing etc.  I also hope that those of us that are not yet in a place to meet in this way may continue to feel fully part of our congregation.  The gospel of the day and sermon may be accessed on YouTube via our website or FaceBook page, and I hope the majority will be able to access this complimentary way of reaching out with God’s message.

May all of us, in our many and varied circumstances, with all their many and varied limitations and possibilities, know the presence of the God who, in Christ, seeks to come alongside us and accompany us where we are – on that part of the road on which we must currently journey.

Yours in the faith,

Gordon

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