Dear Friends in the Northwest,
I hope that you are all keeping well. Following the First Minister’s announcement this week, it seems that there is hope that we might be able to gather for worship again at Easter if everything continues to move in a positive direction nationally. If this is permitted, and we won’t know until much nearer the time, I would intend to offer services. However, it should be understood that, even if services are permitted, there will still be stringent restrictions on numbers attending, social distancing and what we may and may not do.
This Sunday is the second Sunday and Lent and also marks the midpoint of Fairtrade fortnight. This year most of the events are, inevitably, online and the title is ‘Choose the World You Want’ with many events looking at the links between Fairtrade and climate change. These are matters we should be concerned about as Christians, something I pick up on in this week’s reflection. The online materials include an ecumenical service of worship that you can find here: https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/resources-library/current-campaigns/fairtrade-and-the-climate-crisis/ecumenical-service/ – many thanks to Jo Scott for sharing this.
This coming week also sees the annual World Day of Prayer on Friday 5th March. This year the materials have been prepared by women of Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific, and the theme is ‘Build on a Strong Foundation’. Although we can’t have a service, we plan to mark this in Ullapool and a separate email will be sent out to the Ullapool congregation in the week. However, I would encourage you all to pray for the people of Vanuatu, who suffered a devastating cyclone last year, and with them for their struggle with food production, caring for their environment, education of their children, peace in their nation and that all may live in unity, love and peace. If you are interested in joining a national service for World Day of Prayer via Zoom, please contact me for joining details.
The Lent course started this last week but it’s not too late to join the group meeting online if you would like to. The group meets at 2.30 on Wednesdays- let me know if you wish to join so that I can send you the link. The materials for the second session are attached for those who wish to study this passage on their own or with a friend. If you will be attending the group, it would be better not to read this in advance as it will pre-empt our discussions.
With love and prayers,
Please click the link below for this week’s reflection