August 2018

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Goodbye from Mtr Jenny

How quickly the three years of my curacy have passed; the warm welcome and generosity shown to me, Sean and Alexander will be one of the cornerstones of my future ministry; how grateful I am to have belonged to a kind and loving community that has nurtured me, respected me, and allowed me the space to be me.

Saying goodbye always, understandably, sounds final. Goodbye means something is going to change. Goodbye marks an ending. But as with all endings, comes a new beginning, however difficult that may be. I prefer to think of goodbye is not so much a final destination, as a journey. Perhaps other words are better to use – auf wiedersehen, farewell, au revoir.

And yet, goodbye is perhaps more appropriate in church life than anywhere else as a greeting. It is a contraction of an ancient form of greeting – God be with you. A blessing; trusting that God will guide those embarking on their journey and keep safe those who are staying behind. Paul always prayed for those to whom he bid farewell and so as I take my leave of you, know that this community that has loved me, formed me in my priestly ministry, encouraged me, prayed for me and taught me so much, will remain in my prayers.

May God be with you always, ‘our marvellous God whose gracious Word can make you into what God wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends’. (Acts 20:32)

Mtr Jenny

Hot Chocolate concerts

Our Hot Chocolate at 10 concerts this year are on the following dates 

  • 14 to 17 August, and
  • 21 to 24 to August.
There are also 8pm concerts on these dates
  • 9 to 11 August, and
  • 18 and 25 August.

You can find out more about the concerts each evening in our Hot Chocolate leaflet, or by visiting our website. Tickets can be booked through the Fringe online box office.

Closing the circle

Fr Ian and his son Chris recently made a deeply moving visit to his great uncle's grave in Italy. Private William Jones was in the first Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and died on the Italian front in the First World War in 1918.

This was the first time that anyone in Fr Ian's family was able to visit the grave, and Fr Ian has written a reflection about the visit.
Read Fr Ian's reflection

Consecration of Fr Ian as Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane

Please pray for Fr Ian and Mtr Carrie as they prepare for their move to Perth later this year, following Fr Ian’s election as Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, a diocese that includes the Episcopal churches in Fife, Perthshire and Stirlingshire. Their final Sunday at OSP will be Sunday 30 September (watch for details of farewell events that weekend).

Fr Ian’s consecration (ordination) and installation as Bishop will take place at St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth on Saturday 20 October at 12.00.

Ordination of Jonathan Livingstone to the priesthood

Jonathan, who until last Summer was a member of Old Saint Paul's, is to be ordained priest on Wednesday 26 September at 7.30pm at St Mary's Episcopal Church, Hamilton. 

Jonathan will continue to serve as curate of Saint Mary’s, Hamilton and Saint Andrew’s, Uddingston.

Please pray for him as he prepares for this next stage in his ministry.

Goodbye from Mirjam

Mirjam Wien joined OSP in September last year, whilst on an ERASMUS exchange from the University of Tübingen, where she is studying Protestant Theology and History. Mirjam is shortly returning to Germany, and wanted to share some words about her experiences as a member of OSP.
If I was to describe Old Saint Paul's to a friend, I would probably sound a wee bit too emotional by saying something like this:

"Through OSP I have learned what church is all about. You come in and you absolutely adore the building, the music, the smells and bells, the liturgy and the sermons.  As you get to know the people, you realize it is much more than that.

"It is about fellowship and growing together in faith and love, about sharing the Eucharist and our lives. You can be the person you are and be with the people you love. It is just an absolute blessing. If you can't wait for the next Sunday and you don't want to go anywhere else, you know that this is the place you've been looking for." 

Thank you all for making OSP the way it is.  Thank you for making this church a home to me.
Services during August

8.00am Mass
10:10am Sacrament of Healing (1st Sunday)
10.30am High Mass
6.30pm Solemn Evensong and Benediction

8.00am Morning Prayer
12.20pm Mass

8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass

8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass

8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass

8.00am Morning Prayer
12.20pm Mass

Diary dates

Sunday 26 August
Mtr Jenny's last Sunday at Old Saint Paul's

Thursday 6 September
Mtr Jenny's licensing as Associate Preist at Christ Church, Morningside in the evening.

Sunday 30 September
Fr Ian and Mtr Carrie's last Sunday at Old Saint Paul's

Saturday 20 October
12.00 Consecration and installation of Fr Ian as Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane at St Ninian's Cathedral Perth
It costs about £191,000 a year to run Old Saint Paul's, or about £3,675 every week. See Supporting OSP for more details. You can make a donation here.
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