Dear Cathedral member,
Pentecost celebrates a moment of connection when, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the first disciples find themselves speaking and communicating in a variety of languages with people from across the known world. It is the moment that gives birth to the world-wide church; when disciples suddenly emerge from their cocoon and see that the gift of the resurrection given to them at Easter is not theirs alone, but impels them to create communities of followers of Christ wherever they go. Pentecost is a burst of energy, in whose waves we are still being caught up, part of that community of Christ’s disciples that speak in every tongue and language.
And we celebrate that moment of connection, and the creation of community, just as we begin, tentatively, to emerge from lockdown. We perhaps find ourselves longing for connection, and community, as never before. That longing is one of the signs of the Holy Spirit at work within us. This time of lockdown has perhaps made us appreciate that longing and need as never before, reminding us of the ways that we find ourselves in community, in relation to others. For the church that connection with others is not simply about those we will, eventually, be able to meet physically – it also includes our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world, and all those who have gone before us and help shape us by inspiration and example. And I know, also, the profound ways that people within the Cathedral congregation have found to be in touch with one another, to show care and love, throughout this time of lockdown. That too is the work of the Spirit. Christian faith is profoundly communal – it is formed in the act of sharing a meal, and becoming the Body of Christ, together. So I encourage you to nurture that sense of longing to be together again. And it is my prayer too, that when we do finally emerge from our cocoons, the Holy Spirit will enable us to speak and act in new accents.
- The Service of the Word for Pentecost will be available from Saturday morning on the website here
There will be a Eucharist live-streamed from the Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday on Facebook
And Morning and Evening Prayer continue every Monday to Friday at 8am and 5.30pm via Zoom. If you are wondering what that experience might be like, then I encourage you to read this short reflection on joining Morning Prayer via Zoom. The Zoom link can be obtained by emailing the office.
- The Cathedral’s Social Responsibility Group have been discussing how the congregation might continue to support the One World Shop – normally done via the One World Stall. Rachel at the One World shop sent this short bit of information to anyone interested: Please continue to support the fair trade producers and the One World Shop by purchasing from their online shop: www.oneworldshop.co.uk. All Edinburgh-based orders will be delivered to your door. If having any problems with the website, call: 0131 229 4541 on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am – 2pm and place your order over the phone.
- Thank you to all of you who contributed to Christian Aid Week. The Cathedral raised over £1100 toward the work of Christian Aid with some of the most vulnerable and under-resourced communities to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on them.
- The Cathedral Book Group will be meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 16 June, 7.30pm, to discuss ‘The Sealwoman’s Gift’ by Sally Magnusson, a story based on a notorious historical event. In 1627 pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted 400 people into slavery in Algiers, including a pastor, his wife, and their children. Magnusson imagines what history does not record, the experience of Asta the pastor’s wife, in a novel described as uplifting, moving, and witty, with themes of loss, love, resilience and redemption. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join the discussion and/or be added to the Book Group email list.
- The Sunday groups are meeting weekly on Sunday mornings via Zoom. If you would like any children you know to be included in the invitation for this, please email email@example.com. The Scottish Episcopal Church has issued some new safeguarding guidelines for online work with young people. I encourage parents and leaders to read through them if you haven’t already. In light of these guidelines, we need you to fill out an online consent form for your child or children. Thank you.
- The Faith and Growth committee has been thinking about how we might deepen our faith during these weeks when we can’t gather and has suggested that each week the preacher offers a couple of questions arising from their sermon and giving an opportunity for deeper reflection. You can find the sermon, along with the questions, on the web site at: www.cathedral.net/worship/sermons/
- If you appreciate our worship and don’t already donate via standing order, then you might consider donating via the button on our website homepage www.cathedral.net This is a challenging time financially for many, including the Cathedral. If you are in a position to continue to support us, we would be immensely grateful.
With every blessing,
John Conway, Provost firstname.lastname@example.org 07791508103
Marion Chatterley, Vice Provost email@example.com 07771982163
Andy Philip, Chaplain firstname.lastname@example.org 07593905473