Palm Sunday Service

Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, the most sacred week in the Christian Calendar, was both a solomn and joyous service. It started in the forecourt of the OpShop where the blessing of the palms occurred, before proceeding to the church.  The long gospel was made more poignant by being in the form of a play, with the narrator and people acting as the various charactors.

This made the gospel story of Jesus’ betrayal and death so meaningful.  Ann Revell sang the post communial hymn the Holy City.  After the service most of the congregation were able to stay for lunch in the Parish Centre Garden, with a special Eastern flavour.

Palm Cross Making Workshop

‘Show me again’ is the usual comment when making the first palm cross for the current year.  No matter how many years one joins the industrious group, it usually needs two or three attempts before getting into the rhythm.  It is a very satisfying occupation, fortified by a cup of tea and a piece of cake.  This year nine willing helpers produced the requisite 150 crosses.  Well, seven really, as one watched and one made the tea.

The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way is a twelve week course devised by Julia Cameron, which has proved to be very popular for at least the past ten years.  A group of parishioners from our church started the course six weeks ago, and now, at the half way point, it can be said that many are being surprised and invigorated by the whole concept, and the activities and guidance.  This course was not for the faint hearted, as it requires a certain amount of discipline and involvement if one is to derive anything from it.  Julia gave ten Basic Principles at the beginning of the course, two of which are:  There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves: and Creativity is God’s gift to us.  Using our creativity is our gift back to God.  May the next six weeks bear much creativity.

LifeLong

On Saturday 7 March about twenty people gathered at the Parish Centre to hear the first speaker in the newly formed LifeLong, which is an invitation to meet together to ponder on the spiritual and practical journey of life.  Julia Routley, a solicitor from the law firm Cocks Macnish in Perth spoke on the making of a Will, the issuing of a Power of Attorney and the appointing of an Enduring Guardian.  It was an interesting, informative and concise talk on a subject which everyone needs to be aware of.  After answering questions on the subject, the meeting concluded with a meditation and prayer lead by the Rector.