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Sunday April   11th  Beryl Cowling

www.riverside-methodist-church.co.uk             SC038412



https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4E4uWtagJ6XXOm2YBX3CiA



  The early birds will be able to view it from 9am on Sunday but for the rest of us – it would be a really lovely feeling to think that we will all watch it at the same time at 11 on Sunday.

 It will be a good idea to find the channel beforehand and there is a short service there – the worship we had at the Local Preachers’ meeting – for you to practice with.  Go to ‘Search’ on YouTube and put in Angus, Dundee and Perth Methodist Circuit (Yes - I will have a word with Nik about the title!!)  It has a name and a logo - shown here.'-Sue Marshall Jennings.

If you go to the Dundee Methodist Church website you can get the You tube link there    Ruth

 

Angus, Dundee and Perth Methodist Circuit

Nik's Musings  04/04/21

How do we emerge from the locked down times of life? The illness that has robbed us of sleep. The betrayal that as robbed us of trust. The bereavement that has robbed us of presence. For many this time can often feel like an endless Good Friday, or Holy Saturday, and not Easter Day.

Yet here we are with Holy Week over, and wondering if the time of release has come at last, and life will be renewed. Will this be the time of freedom? Will this be the time of a new beginning? Will this be the time of new life?

Alan Lewis in his book, Between Cross and Resurrection, A Theology of Holy Saturday, writes: “Through a few hours of worship and many of ordinary life (the Christian family relives) annually the growing tensions of the climactic week: the grieving farewells, the shameful betrayal, guilty denial, and agonizing fear of the night before the end; the long, dark, deadly day of pain and forsakenness itself; an ecstatic daybreak of miracle and colour, song and new-born life…”

We find ourselves, as Lewis goes on to say, “on the boundary between yesterday and tomorrow.” Through long times of lockdown life we have hovered, or laboured, in a twilight world. Too long in the darkness of the tomb; too long in the half-light of the garden. The rumours of freedom; the hints of hope; only to be frustrated, and left waiting longer. But the time of Easter comes.

There is something almost cinematic about John’s portrayal of the resurrection. There is vivid detail; there is gripping suspense; there are powerful emotions. There is something almost visceral about the rawness of emotion expressed in this telling of the story. It is deeply, deeply personal.

Like Christmas, we might wonder what is left to say about Easter. It has all been said before. Everyone knows the detail, or thinks they do. Perhaps the challenge of the Easter story isn’t so much about finding something new to say about it, but simply letting the story speak for itself, with all its questions and wondering and uncertainty and hopefulness and energy and joy. Perhaps we need to reflect not so much on the details of the story, intriguing though they are, but on the kind of community that comes to birth and thrives after Easter.

The scene is set in a Garden. Unlike the first Garden, Eden, where in its story humanity disobeys and falls away from God, here humanity runs towards God. Here humanity, believing and doubting, finding answers and questions, encounters God in the risen Jesus in a different way.

In the midst of the running to and fro, and the emptiness of the tomb, and the vision of angels, the first encounter of Jesus is a quiet, still one. When Mary Magdalen turns away from the untenanted tomb, she sees, “Jesus standing”. Just standing there, waiting to be noticed. How long has Jesus been standing in our lives, in our churches, in our world, just waiting to be noticed? Then He speaks and questions why Mary weeps and who she seeks.

Jesus sees her. Might it not be that Jesus, standing, is also seeing us this Easter Day?

Then He says her name. Might it not be that Jesus, standing, and seeing us, might also say our name this Easter Day?

In such a way Mary came to recognise Jesus. Might it not also be the case that for us we might recognise Jesus through the same ways too?

Easter is meant to engage our minds, so that we think about Who and what Jesus is. Easter is also meant to engage our senses, so that, somehow, we might engage with and experience Jesus. When our minds and senses are engaged, the Good News that ‘Christ is risen’ becomes real. Like Mary, we too might find ourselves thinking and saying, “I have seen the Lord.”

 

The late, great actress and comedienne Elaine Stritch, in her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, tells a lovely story about a five-year old actor called Brandon De Wilder. It’s opening night for a Broadway show. All the grown-up actors are in their respective dressing rooms, shaking in their boots. Opening night is a big deal on Broadway. The stage manager calls over the tannoy, “Places!” A door opens and little Brandon comes out of his dressing room, skipping down the hall, knocking on all the grown-up actors’ doors and shouting out in excitement, “It’s time! It’s time!”

Easter comes. It’s time to open the doors. It’s time to let the light in. It’s time to meet Jesus.

Sunday 18th April   Marcia Mackenzie


nd Methodist YouTube Channel. The Shetland District Facebook page has lots of other news and resources too.

·        Inverness Circuit is broadcasting on their YouTube Channel Inverness Methodist Church and you can follow all that’s happening at The Bike Shed Coffee House with Dave Saunders the Bearded Woodworkerwho is hosting a series of online conversations connected to issues of faith and everyday life raised by the current pandemic. These are posted on the Kyrios Facebook page.

·        The North of Scotland Circuit offers acts of worship and a variety of ways to connect:
Moray Coast offers worship services led by folks from the coastal churches.
Peterhead Methodist Church Facebook Page has lots of videos and devotional material for all ages.
Aberdeen Methodist Church YouTube Channel offers reflections and more. Further resources are available on the Aberdeen Methodist Church Facebook page.

·        Angus, Dundee and Perthshire Circuit offers reflections, prayers, artwork and more on the Circuit Facebook page, and Scottish Methodists Online is a gathering place for prayer, bible reflection, worship and more, for all who are, or want to be, part of the Methodist family in Scotland.

·        Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit has links to a variety of streamed events. To connect with others gathering regularly in the online small group, contact Rev Rob Morton

·        Strathclyde Circuit is offering acts of worship and a variety of online gatherings to all seekers through the Trinity Methodist Shettleston YouTube Channel as well as Webinars on many different topics. Subscribe to the Shettleston Trinity Facebook page to find out more about resources and events in Strathclyde.
Rev Andrew Baker leads 5live@5 every Saturday at 5pm for 5 minutes on his YouTube channel.

·        Forth Valley Circuit offers worship downloads and links to online worship at:
Livingston United Parish Church every Sunday at 10.30am via Zoom. LUPC has a range of other activities online. For more information please visit Livingston United Parish Church Facebook page.
Stirling Methodist Church also offer worship every Sunday at 10.30am via Zoom. If you would like to join them please email Jon for instruction on how to link to the service.

 

Dear Church Stewards and others.

 

Hope you are keeping well.

 

Attached are the usual resources for worship and prayer at home this week.Please share all this as widely as you can and encourage folk to volunteer to do a reading or even a prayer if they want.  The size and spread of our Circuit has always made it difficult to get together for a Circuit Service but this is an opportunity to do it without having to travel and potentially whilst curled up on the sofa still wearing your PJs and with a cup of tea too!!

 

Last but not least – thank you for all that you are doing in keeping in touch with people, sharing information, passing on news and responding to a massive change in all our lives.

 

Take care and God Bless

 

Sue