Sunday 26th April
Vi Boyd’s funeral took place earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with
Katie, Malcolm, and their families,
Congratulations to Susan and Michael Forsyth as they become grandparents again.
The Scottish Episcopal Church will this Sunday at 11.00 broadcasting video coverage
of its Eucharistic service via its website, social media channels and YouTube
channel. The web page for the broadcast is located
at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship The website will also
contain a downloadable video and audio format of the service.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.
The Collect for the day
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven
miles [a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that
had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus
himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are
you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have
happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and
deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him
over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was
the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all
this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb
early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had
seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went
to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets
have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his
glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what
was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if
he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly
evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began
to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he
disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning
within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and
those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and
has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and
how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
The Nicene Creed.
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all
things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of His Father
before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not
made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who
for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the
Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: And was crucified also for us
under Pontius Pilate; He suffered was buried: And the third day He rose again
according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand
of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the
dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from
the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and
glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic
Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the
Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
Our Emmaus Road
Old Etonian Eric Blair – “a tall feller with a pair of flannel bags, a fawn jacket and a
mac”, was once walking a road searching for Wigan Pier.
Blair was better known as George Orwell, later the author of ‘Animal Farm’ and
‘1984’. During the 1930s, the north of England held special fascination for him and
other literati. Aldous Huxley was captivated by the Nottinghamshire coalfields. D. H
Lawrence similarly used them as a backdrop to ‘Lady Chatterley’s lover’ Later, many
writers followed the fortunes of the Jarrow marchers walking from Newcastle to
London in protest against chronic unemployment. At about the same time, Orwell
travelled to the North West of England and to Wigan where unemployment too was
In 1855, the residents of Blairmore on the western shore of Loch Long built a pier to
encourage the trade provided by Glasgow day trippers. Visitors later flocked to the
pier in thousands to sample the pure air and eat their lunch.
Orwell knew this and the attraction of other such piers. Having heard that Wigan
also possessed one, he set out to find it. In fact, ” Wigan pier” never existed save as a
music-hall joke. The story went that day-trippers on a train to the seaside resort of
Southport, peered out of a carriage window across the blighted landscape in a thick
fog. A railway gantry leading to a jetty from which coal was tipped into barges on a
canal hove into view. “Are we there yet?” asked a passenger, mistaking the ghostly
outline for a fashionable seaside attraction. “Nay, lad, that’s Wigan pier you can see,”
replies the railway guard. Orwell should of course have known better: Wigan is
landlocked and at least forty miles distant from Southport. He eventually found the
then broken-down jetty stretching into a murky and rubbish filled canal. The visit
later set the depressive undertones tone for his book ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’
The saddest words in our language all by coincidence begin with the letter D:
disappointment, doubt, disillusionment, defeat, discouragement, despondency,
depression, despair. Orwell experienced each on the road to Wigan pier as did
Cleopas and his companion as they trudged the road to Emmaus. They had left a
downhearted and confused band of disciples following Good Friday and shared their
disappointment. The Master they loved had suffered a cruel and degrading death on
a cross. Only a week before, their expectations had risen as excited crowds welcomed
their Master waving palm branches. Now hopes were dashed. “We had hoped that he
would be the one who was going to set Israel free!”
Human hope is fragile, and when it withers, it is difficult to revive. The events of the
past weeks are proof enough. Many become afraid to hope for fear of further
The two were joined by a stranger who asked what they were discussing. They shared
their thoughts with someone prepared to listen rather than tell them to “snap out of
it” Could there not be a more appropriate Gospel reading at present?
Disappointment, doubt, disillusionment, defeat, discouragement, despondency,
depression presently fill many lives. Jesus the unseen “stranger” walks alongside us
listening, and if we are willing to hear his voice, revealing himself. The two felt
despondency and sorrow changing to understanding and hope. He points us to God’s
Word of promise in the Bible that we are God’s dearly loved children and that he will
stand by us through thick and thin. He turns despair to hope.
On Good Friday, one Hylton Murray-Philipson was interviewed by Nick Robinson on
the ‘Today’ programme. Murray-Philipson, who is 61, had just left Leicester Royal
Infirmary having recovered, after six days from Covid-19. Robinson asked him about
his time in intensive care. Mr Murray-Philipson said: “One of the very powerful
images I had was the image of Jesus Christ coming to me and helping me in my hour
of need.” To which Robinson retorted in response ‘this was because you have to be on
a ventilator machine which plays tricks with your mind, doesn’t it really?’
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men;
We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time
to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against Thy
Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly Thy wrath and indignation against us. We do
earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings: The remembrance of
them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us,
Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s
sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and
please Thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of Thy Name; Through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Almighty and merciful Lord, grant me pardon and absolution of all my sins.
The Comfortable Words, Preface. and Sanctus.
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to
Come unto Me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt.
So God loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, to the end that all that
believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.
Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came
into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous; and
He is the Propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.
Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud
and magnify Thy glorious Name; evermore praising Thee, and saying,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory:
Glory be to Thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.
In union, O Lord with the faithful, I desire to offer Thee praise and thanksgiving. I
present to Thee my soul and body with the earnest wish that may always be united to
Thee. And since I can not now receive Thee sacramentally, I beseech Thee to come
spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to Thee and embrace Thee with all the
affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate Thee from me. May I live and die in
Thy love. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer:
The hymn long associated with today’s gospel is ‘Abide with me’ ‘ But they urged him
strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in
to stay with them’. The author, Henry Francis Lyte, was an Anglican priest latterly at
All Saints’ Church Brixham Devon.
Lyte composed the hymn in 1820 while visiting a dying friend, William Le Hunte.
William kept repeating the phrase “Abide with me”. After leaving William’s bedside
Lyte wrote the hymn. As he felt his own end approaching twenty-seven years later, he
recalled the lines he had written many years before. The hymn was sung for the first
time at Lyte’s funeral.
1 Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
when other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, O abide with me.
2 Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
change and decay in all around I see;
O thou who changest not, abide with me.
3 I need thy presence every passing hour;
what but thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.
4 I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless;
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.
5 Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes;
shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies:
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the
Holy Ghost, be with me always. Amen.