Autumn is almost upon us, our harvest festivals are happening, and our thoughts are beginning to turn from summer to winter. Traditionally, this is the time of year when we take stock of things. We celebrate the good things that have happened over the last year and we look to the future.
. Are things better than last year? Let’s hope so! After all, there are many good reasons to believe they will be. Chief amongst them is the successful vaccination program. While clearly there are many reasons to remain cautious, we should remember that we have so many things to be thankful for.
I’m thankful that our building is open, our regular services are all running, we can sing and praise God, and that next week we can have coffee after the services. Fellowship is beginning to seem more normal. The Church Halls are open with social activities and coffee mornings. Of course, there are the usual challenges. Singing while wearing a face mask will never seem a natural idea, and whilst YouTube and Zoom have proven their worth throughout recent times, technology always seems capable of producing challenges.
Looking into the winter months ahead I am reminded of all the things we didn’t manage to do last year including, Remembrance Sunday and our Christmas Eve service. It is my firm hope that we will be able to honour those we love and have sadly passed away at our All Saints service this year, and that our Remembrance Sunday service will be open to more people. For Christmas, I’m sure that my prayers for unrestricted carol singing will be echoed by many.
Times have been difficult and continue to be challenging but I believe we have a lot to be thankful for and even more to look forward to.
With Every Blessing,
Falcon Road flat – Recently the elders voted to keep the flat on Falcon Avenue. As advised by the factors, the flat is currently being decorated and freshened up with new carpeting also. The plan is to re-let it in October.
Book Group - This begins in the third week of September. Can all who are interested let the minister know and details will be forwarded to them.
Children’s work - Rev Steven has been meeting with the Youth advisor from the Synod and we will be announcing details this month of a new programme for our younger people.
Flowers - If anyone would like to help do the flowers one weekend, either on Saturday for the service on Sunday or on the Sunday morning itself, please get in contact with Maggie McKenzie. Alternatively, anyone who would like to contribute money for someone else to do the arrangements please also get in contact. Thank you. - Maggie McKenzie (0131 261 4908)
The Guild – In the spirit of Parish clustering and on the initiative of the Rev Karen Campbell of Marchmont St Giles, the local churches in the Bruntsfield, Grange, Mayfield and Newington areas are going to relaunch a joint Guild. We have been invited to join in.
During September, The Edinburgh Bookshop will be holding two Author Events here at Morningside United Church. Tickets are available from the book shop.
Alistair Moffat: The Secret History of Here
Alistair Moffat joins us to talk about his latest non-fiction book, The Secret History of Here: A Year In The Valley - a personal investigation into the history that surrounds us, from the historian and award-winning author of The Hidden Ways and for fans of Robert Macfrlane's Underland.
About the Book:
The Secret History of Here is the story of the site on which Moffat’s farm now stands in the Scottish Borders, which has been occupied since pre historic times. In uncovering the history of this one piece of land, Moffat shows how history is all around us, if only we have the eyes to see it. Moffat also shows how the history of one physical place can relate to a much bigger, national picture.
Janie Brown & Jackie Kay: Radical Acts of Love
Live Event Wednesday 29 September 19:00 – 20:30
Award-winning poet laureate of Scotland, Jackie Kay joins Janie Brown in conversation on her book, Radical Acts of Love: Twenty Conversations to Inspire Hope at the End of Life.
About the Book:
In Radical Acts of Love Janie Brown, oncology nurse of thirty years and counsellor of cancer patients with terminal diagnoses, recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying; including those personally close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective and experience of death. For readers of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and Kathryn Mannix's With the End in Mind, this profoundly moving and hugely life affirming book offers a sensitive and wise insight into our final moments.
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