News from St Catharine’s

Provincial service

Sarah and I are taking a few weeks off, so won’t be producing a service for Sundays 28th June and 5th July, however please use this time to watch one or two services from elsewhere.  One place you can always try is the Provincial website.  On 28th June, the service comes from the team at […] - Read More...

Patience by G.A. Studdert Kennedy (this week’s poem from Isabel)

Patience. G.A. Studdert Kennedy (1883 – 1929)   As lockdown continues especially the isolation of shielding we all need patience. Studdert Kennedy gives us a glimpse into true patience and the example we are given to follow:     Sometimes I wish that I might do Just one good deed and die, And by that […] - Read More...

Isabel’s Poem for the week – The Other by R.S. Thomas

The Other. R.S. Thomas. (1913 – 2000) So many folk have admitted that lockdown has altered their sleeping patterns that, even my wakeful ‘Wee small hours’ have reminded me. of this R S Thomas poem.   The Other.   There are nights that are so still That I can hear the small owl calling far […] - Read More...

Holy Trinity, forever One – Isabel’s poem for Trinity Sunday

Heavenly Father, living love, Beginning and end, Giver of food and drink, Clothing and warmth, Love and hope: Life in all its goodness – We praise and adore you.   Jesus, Wisdom and Word; Lover of outcasts, Friend of the poor; One of us yet one with God, Crucified and risen: Life in the midst […] - Read More...

Pentecost Reflections – from Isabel

Pentecost Reflections The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole earth. Alleluia! The Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. Alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord enables us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, And kindle in us the fire of your love. Amen. […] - Read More...

The Link – pastoral letter, meeting times, and updates.

The Link St Catharine’s, Bo’ness   St Mary’s, Grangemouth Dear all, I’m finding this time quite trying. Many of the things I find give me energy have been taken away – visiting people, doing schools work, speaking directly to people from God’s word, just being with people as someone called by God to be with them […] - Read More...

Isabel’s Poem for Ascension

You are not only risen and alive, you are Lord. This is your ascension, your ascendancy over the whole universe. You stand over and above all that is best in life as it’s source. You stand above all that is worst as it’s ultimate victor. You stand above all powers and authorities as judge. You […] - Read More...

Ponder Long the Glorious Mystery – a poem from Isabel

Ponder long the glorious mystery, Breathe, in awe, that God draws near; hear again the angels’ message, See the Lamb of God appear. God’s own Word assumes our nature: Son of God in swaddling bands; Light of Light, and God eternal Held in Mary’s gentle hands.   Ponder long the glorious mystery Of the Lamb […] - Read More...

Serenity Prayer – Reinhold Niebuhr (passed on by Isabel)

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus […] - Read More...

A Prayer of St Boniface – passed on by Isabel

Isabel writes: I love this prayer of St Boniface (672 - 745) especially as having been in the NHS myself for 40+ years O God the eternal The refuge and help of all your children In our weakness you are our strength In our darkness you are our light In our sorrow you are our […] - Read More...