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Welcome to the March email newsletter of Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. With a few very short items each month it will keep you up-to-date with news and developments. Comments and suggestions are always welcome using the link below.

Fr Ian 

Thinking about mission during Lent 

Our call, corporately as Church and individually as disciples, is to follow the example of Jesus and to witness to the world what the world can be: a just society, a caring society, where every person has their place, and where all people live in harmony. Our worship and our encounter with the Holy God is about transforming this world. This is mission!
 
Mission is not a task assigned to a few chosen representatives, but a task for the whole Church, since the Church, as the body of Christ in the world, represents to the world what Christ is. True Christian mission happens when people work together with God make the world whole, with the help of the Holy Spirit.  So we invite you to reflect, talk and pray with us this Lent.
 
During Lent, our sermon series and our discussion groups after Mass are going to get us talking about how we, at Old Saint Paul’s, are called to be involved in God’s mission. 
 
Our sermons will be structured around the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission:

Sunday 5 March Tell: to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
 
Sunday 12 March Teach: to teach, baptise and nurture new believers
 
Sunday 19 March Tend: to respond to human need by loving service
 
Sunday 26 March Transform: to transform unjust structures of society
 
Sunday 2 April Treasure: to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation 

Details of lenten services in March, including during the week, are at the end of the email.

View services during March

A feast of pancakes

On Shrove Tuesday we gathered in the hall to enjoy the last of the eggs, flour, milk and sugar (proverbially cleaning out the pantry!). A fine time was had by all, thanks to those tirelessly producing heaps of pancakes (even double chocolate ones!) from the kitchen and clearing up spilt batter and lemon peels. 

The feast was followed by a great discussion on the first chapter of our Lent book, Dethroning Mammon, by Archbishop Justin Welby. We spoke about how we see the world, and how through a deep exploration of the Bible and sustained prayer, we can learn to 'see differently'.
 
May God grant us the grace to keep a holy Lent. 

Diocesan Synod - Canon 31 on Marriage

Diocesan Synod next meets on Saturday 11 March at Saint Paul’s and Saint George’s Church, Edinburgh. At the meeting a number of changes to canon law will be discussed and voted on, including the proposed change to Canon 31 on marriage.
 
Whilst the vote at Diocesan Synod will not be binding for this year’s final vote at General Synod, note will be taken of the Diocese's vote at General Synod in June.
 
Please do keep both the Diocese and the broader Scottish Episcopal Church in your prayers as it faces this important decision in the life the Church.
 

Refurbishment works

During March essential maintenance work will be taking place in the passage beneath the Carrubbers Close entrance. This involves excavation to construct new supports for the structure above, the original support members now showing signs of corrosion.
 
During this time the rear passage and the crèche are out of bounds. On Sunday mornings, the crèche will take place in the hall, and access to the hall will be only by the Calvary stair.

Services during March

Sunday
8.00am Mass
10:30am High Mass 10:30am
(with the Great Litany in procession on 5 March)
6:30pm Evensong and Benediction ​

Monday 
8.00am Morning Prayer
12.20pm Mass ​

Tuesday
8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass ​

Wednesday
8.00am Morning Prayer ​with clergy and members of Saint Patrick’s RC and Canongate CofS churches
7.30pm Mass ​

Thursday
8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass ​

Friday
8.00am Morning Prayer
12.20pm Mass

 
Diary dates

Friday 17 March
7.30pm Crucifixus: music for Lent and Passiontide
Includes Stainer's Crucifixion and Kenneth Leighton's Crucifixus pro nobis
Old Saint Paul's Choir
Tickets £10 (£8) on the door

Saturday 18 March
9.30am Parish Walk: 
Haddington to Longniddry
For further information, email Paul Lugton





 
For more on Lent at Old Saint Paul's, go to our news item on Lent at the Old Saint Paul's website.

 
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