We gather to celebrate the presence of God in worship and prayer.
We aim to be a community in which God’s love is shared,
and to serve Christ among friends and strangers.
Regular Services : Sunday, 10.30, Sung Eucharist
Wednesday, 10.15, Eucharist
St. Francis is commemorated this month.
We adore you, most holy Lord Jesus Christ,
here, and in all your churches throughout all the world;
and we bless you,
because, by your holy cross,
you have redeemed the world
for a sermon preached by Joseph Emmanuel SSF at the Francis-tide celebration in St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh on Saturday 7th October. O God, you ever delight to reveal yourself
to the child-like and lowly of heart.
Grant that, following the example of blessed Francis,
We may count the wisdom of this world as foolishness
And know only Jesus and him crucified,
Who is alive and reigns with you
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
(The Collect for Saint Francis' Day)
To quote Rowan Williams:-
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the foundation of the two great facts of Christian life: adoration and compassion. Because we are connected with Jesus’ prayer to the Father; we are caught up in his loving, joyful, everlasting adoration of God. That’s why, of course, one of the things Christians most want to do when their faith is really coming alive, is simply to gaze into the mystery of God – to let themselves be swept over that waterfall into the depths of God’s everlasting love. And the other thing that they want to do, if their Christian faith is really coming alive, is to be there alongside all human beings in all the variety of their experience – to be alongside human beings who are rejoicing, who are succeeding, who are making something of their lives. To be alongside human beings who are grieving, who are lost, who are despairing. Adoration and compassion: two kinds of connection, because the Holy Spirit is the spirit that makes connections. ‘He will take what belongs to me and declare it to you.’ The Spirit will make those connections real in our lives.