What are we going to do with St Stephen this year?

Scottish Episcopal Church Calendar and Lectionary

Each year I prepare a digital copy of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s calendar and lectionary which I then import into my Google Calendar. It allows me to easily see where we are in the church year, plus bible readings and this year for the first time the collect (prayer) of the day.

This year there has been a bit of a controversy about what we do about the feast of St Stephen (26 December).

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Postcard

Photo: Autumn Glory by Jonathan Leach

A couple of months ago, my lovely sister Jenni sent me this postcard on my first birthday without my Mum. She found it in a box of postcards that my Mum kept and would send people as a blessing.

It reads:

May God walk ahead of you
and guide your path
May God walk beside you
and keep you company.
May God walk behind you
and protect you from harm.
May God surround you
on all sides with his love.

I have needed to remember this over the last six months or more.

I hope that it blesses you too.

Clergy Malt Club

Image by Ersler on iStock

After the last Christmas Eve service, in church rectories and manses across the world, many clergy will sit down and pour themselves a glass of single malt whisky, take a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag #clergymaltclub.

This year, in collaboration with my good friend, the Revd David Meldrum in South Africa, we now have an official website to advertise it:

https://clergymalt.club.

“I couldn’t take communion from you!”

I thought it might be fun to start writing some #throwbackThursday blog posts with some stories from my past. This one takes place during my curacy at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness sometime between 2000 and 2003.

Standing outside St Andrew’s Cathedral around the time that this story took place

Our deacon used to take home communion to a number of people who were housebound or found it difficult to attend church every week. Among his home visits was an elderly lady in the Isobel Fraser residential home; let’s call her Mrs Macgregor. Sadly, our deacon’s family had a major crisis and so I volunteered to take on his visiting commitments including Mrs Macgregor.

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