A service was held at The Church of the Epiphany on Wednesday 18th February as a beginning to Lent. Our Ash Wednesday service. Everyone was asked to bring along their palm crosses from the previous year and solemnly burn them in the vessel provided on the altar. The resulting ashes were then used for the later blessings as we remembered we are but dust. And what precious dust we are. It was a lovely start to our journey through Lent, with hymns, readings and a homily given by Rev’d Wendy.
Pancake Tuesday, or more traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday, the eve of the beginning of Lent had us gathering for a liturgy of the ingredients used in the pancakes. This was our way of remembering the journey of Lent we are commencing. To celebrate the occasion many parishioners gathered in the Parish Centre gardens on a warm, still evening, to enjoy a feast of pancakes. Our three cooks kept them coming and the choices of fillings were many and varied. A cool glass of wine and pleasant company made for a special event.
On Sunday 8 February all at The Church of the Epiphany welcomed Bishop Jeremy James for the first time, as he presided over the confirmation of Jenine, William, Muriel, Malcolm and Lena. It was a wonderful service of music and joy as these five re-affirmed their baptisimal vows. This gave all present time to remember their own promises to live a life with God. During communion the choir sang Broken For Me, followed by Ann Revell, accompanied on the piano by Clive Ruffell, singing Pie Jesu. Both uplifting and awe-inspiring. Before the final blessing the choir sang You Raise Me Up. Bishop Jeremy reminded the confirmees that God had not finished with them, and we all look forward to what God has in mind. Morning tea awaited everyone in the Parish Centre, with something to suit every taste bud. A celebration cake was cut into by the newly confirmed.
LifeLong is an invitation to come together to ponder on the spiritual and practical journey of life. Every other month, speakers from various organisations will be invited to offer advice on a variety of subjects. on Saturday 7th March, a Solicitor, Julia Routley from law firm Cocks Macnish in Perth, will speak about the making of a Will, the issuing of a Power of Attorney and the appointing of an Enduring Guardian. In the intervening month there will be a film with the emphasis on ageing (gracefully or not). The first film was shown on Tuesday 27th January, which was QUARTET. A charming film telling of ageing, love lost and of forgiveness discovered through their love of music. Rev’d Jean Routley’s home was the venue, followed by afternoon tea and discussion. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.