Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

From the Rector

Revd Christoph Wutscher

 

Dear all,

It was good to be able to resume public services at Holy Trinity at the beginning of August. I know many of our community have missed worship and pray in our church building. Quite a number of our community continue to worship from home, however, and Holy Trinity has been a dispersed community even before Lockdown started. Not everyone attends church regularly and there are those who, for various reasons, are not able to physically come to church at all. It is good to remember that only together we make up the spiritual fabric of our church community at Holy Trinity. 

All our contributions of prayer, worship and blessing are important – it Benedictusdoesn’t matter who or where we are. But if we think that worship is only valid when we physically meet, we might be heartened by the following story. In his book Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, the Irish theologian and writer John O’Donohue recalls having heard of an experiment in meditation. He writes this:

‘For a certain number of days, some years ago, a group of people made a circle around the city of Washington and meditated continuously for the period. Gathered unknown to itself within this circle of loving kindness, Washington changed. The statistics for that period in the city showed a remarkable and unprecedented decrease in violence and crime. The power of intention to bless is not some utopian fantasy; it can be shown factually to effect concrete and transformative action.

We have no idea of the effect we actually have on each other. This is where blessing can achieve so much. Blessing as powerful and positive intention can transform situations and people.’ 

Wherever and whoever you are as you read these lines, make sure to include our church community and indeed the whole world in your blessings and prayers. For we can never know for sure what effect our blessing can have on each other and on the world – as we, in love, aim to change into the image of God.

Yours in Christ,

Christoph