As we are of course currently unable to meet for worship you may find the following links to online services that are available.The Old Parish in East Kilbride
www.ekopc.org.ukAnother good link for Sunday morning worship would be to St Columbas, Pont Street,
https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/worship/sermons/The New Laigh Kirk http://www.nlk.church/ and Fullerton Church and Glasgow Cathedral
have all been highlighted previously. You are familiar with them and indeed other congregations who are streaming worship.
‘The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all’
As many of you will be aware, I am currently on extended compassionate leave after the death of my Dad four weeks ago. Dad’s funeral was attended by a very limited number at the Crematorium and we were unable to have a Thanksgiving Service. This, of course, the experience for so many in these changed times.
I take this opportunity to ‘thank you’ for your kind words in cards, your thoughts and prayers for me and my family which have been a source of comfort.
In many and varied ways all our lives have been changed not just for now but perhaps for ever. I wonder what thoughts, questions, doubts, fears, hopes and dreams have been going through your minds in these days? There are no easy answers. No glib statements that can make everything ok. We need to acknowledge the sadness we feel. So many kinds of grief afflict us, as we think of the losses of this time, not only those associated with bereavement but everything else we have ’lost’ in these days. We need to be gentle with ourselves and one another, now and in the days to come when we emerge from isolation back into community.
On this Easter Sunday, so different as we find ourselves apart and not together, I pray that you may each know that Christ has walked where we walk and is with us in these days.
The words of poet John O’Donohue
“This is the time to be slow, Lie low to the wall Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let The wire brush of doubt Scrape from your heart All sense of yourself And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous, Time will come good; And you will find your feet Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind And blushed with beginning’
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again, Jesus said, “Peace be with you! (John chapter 20)
May the celebration of resurrected life bring new hope to your being. May the victory over earthly death turn your eyes to the promises of heaven. May the empty tomb help you to leave your sorrows at the foot of the cross. So that God’s hope, promises and forgiveness reign in your life forever.
The good news of resurrection is personal. It is for you. It is for any death-dealing circumstance that feels impossible in your life. It is for any relationship that needs to be risen from the grave.
The good news is for the whole world. The gift of new life is cause for running, for celebration, for eager sharing and a joy-filled life. Because Christ is risen, we can be risen here and now. We can wake up to life with excitement. We can hold on to and live into and boldly claim abundant life in Jesus Christ. Share the good news!
Happy Easter to one and all from Kay Park Parish Church
Rev Fiona Maxwell, Fiona has directed us to regard the following which allows us further opportunities for worship.
For Good Friday you may wish to go to the website of Glasgow Cathedral, where from 12noon they will be streaming music and reflections for Good Friday. The link to Glasgow Cathedral is:- Glasgow Cathedral holy week services
Another website you can visit is where Barbara Graham introduces us to the undernoted regarding New Laigh Kirk Kilmarnock Services as undernoted. Subject: Holy Week and Easter services.
I hope that you continue to keep well as we travel through Holy Week towards Easter.
If you have internet access, you may like to join in some online services for this season of the Christian year. Here is an invitation from Rev. David Cameron of New Laigh Kirk.
Maundy Thursday – Online 7.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday Vigil – Online 1.30pm Meditations and Hymns
Please note video clips used in this service will be from the film The Passion of the Christ, although short they are graphic. Some people might find the clips of film disturbing and upsetting.
Another option you might choose is to undertake your own personal vigil…
Online 9.00am Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
On line 11.00am Easter Service
Please ensure you log on through the New Laigh Kirk Website http://www.nlk.church/
and click the button Watch live Sunday 11.00am.
“IF YOU WISH TO JOIN ME AT HOME IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER PLEASE, PROVIDE FOR YOURSELF AND THOSE SHARING WITH YOU A SMALL GLASS OR CUP OF WINE/JUICE AND A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD AND FOLLOW ME ONLINE.”
May this holy week in such unfortunate circumstance bring much blessing upon you and yours.
Churches in Scotland are joining together in prayer at 7pm this Palm Sunday, 5 April.
For the last two weeks, thousands of people across Scotland have answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Thirteen Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, are taking part in the joint prayer.
Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said:
“Many people have commented how helpful it is to have this time of prayer when we can join together with Christiansfromall round the country and from different denominations and share similar words expressing our concerns at this time”
Churches Together in England will also be praying each Sunday at 7pm and will be using the #prayersofhope to share the message on social media.
The churches have issued a letter with this week’s prayer that reads:
“As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever-renewed Call to Prayer.
“We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7pm on Sunday 5th April, which is Palm Sunday.
Our Minister, Rev Fiona Maxwell is currently on extended compassionate leave. The Business Committee has taken the necessary steps to cease meeting for Sunday worship and has cancelled all lets. Some additional cleaning has been undertaken ensuring that the building is safe when we are able to return.
With the church being closed due to the Coronavirus situation, the Business Committee thought it might be helpful to provide a number of sources which you may wish to use to allow you some element of worship on a Sunday, or whenever you wish.
Some of the suggestions are “online“ and require the use of a computer, but we have also provided information which does not require any modern technology. We hope you find some/all of this helpful.
Live Streaming : A number of churches currently stream their Sunday worship live. The following are three which you might like to try. A full list of churches which stream is available from
Sanctuary First; Fullarton Connexions; Stewarton: John Knox.
The following is a programme of readings and hymns which can be used without any modern technology, only a bible and hymn book are required.
5th April Matthew 27 v11-54 Jesus and Pilate, and the Crucifixion Hymn 364 All glory laud and honour; Hymn 404 Lord of the dance
12th April John 20 v 1-18 The empty tomb and Mary Magdalene Hymn 410 Jesus Christ is risen today; Hymn 419 Thine be the glory
19th April Acts 2 v 22-32 Peter addressing the crowd; John 20 v 19-31 Jesus appears to his disciples Hymn 459 Crown Him with many crowns; Hymn 449 Rejoice the Lord is King
26th April Luke 24 v 13-35 On the road to Emmaus Hymn 562 Through the love of God our Saviour; Hymn 14 The Lord’s my shepherd
3rd May John 10 v1-10 Jesus as shepherd and gate Hymn 644 O Jesus, I have promised; Hymn 551 In heavenly love abiding
10th May John 14 v 1-14 Jesus is the way Hymn 543 Longing for light; Hymn 154 How great Thou art
17th May Psalm 66 v8-20 Praise the Lord who is always with us Hymn 132 Immortal, invisible, God only wise; Hymn 174 God of great and God of small
24th May John 17 v 1-11 Life is difficult ………..but… Hymn 436 Christ triumphant, ever reigning; Hymn 449 Rejoice, the Lord is king
31st May John 20 v 24-31 Jesus appears to Thomas Hymn 448 Lord, the light of your love is shining; Hymn 582 O day of joy and wonder
7th June Matthew 9 v 9-13 Calling of Matthew; Matthew 9 v 18-26 Jesus healing Hymn 500 Lord of creation to you be all praise; Hymn 502 Take my life, Lord, let it be
14th June Matthew 9 v35 – chapter 10 v8, and Matthew 10 v 9-23 Jesus sends out the disciples; Hymn 528 Make me a channel of your peace; Hymn 533 Will you come and follow me
21st June Psalm 86 v1-10, 16-17 A prayer of David Hymn 110 Glory be to God the Father; Hymn 124 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
28th June Genesis 22 v 1-4 Being tested Hymn 600 Spirit of God, unseen as the wind; Hymn 626 Holy Spirit, truth divine
May God’s Holy Spirit be with you and yours over the coming weeks and months and we look forward to being back in the church, worshipping together when it is safe to do so.
Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of Healthcare Quality and Strategy for the Scottish Government , shares advice for church goers in wake of the lockdown instigated by the Coronavirus outbreak. Professor Leitch is a committed Christian
The former Moderator of the Church of Scotland, The Very Rev Albert Bogle now pioneers and leads Sanctuary First, the Church of Scotland’s first online Christian Congregation.
If one clicks on the link there will be live worship services which people can access