Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 26 November 2023. ‘The theme of the intimacy of Jesus with His obedient disciples runs through the New Testament like a vein of gold in rock.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 19 November 2023. ‘We may not feel that we have much to offer – but as we offer ourselves then we will find that the self that we do offer has already been blessed and enriched.’
The Scottish Episcopal Church’s procurator, or senior legal officer, has been tasked with investigating complaints of bullying and misconduct lodged against the church’s first woman bishop, the Rt. Rev. Anne Dyer.
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 12 November 2023. ‘As we come together this Remembrance Sunday, we are both remembering those who died in the great wars of the 20th century and in lesser wars since then and ongoing today. But we are also taking care of what we remember and how we remember it …’
Sales of a new book by Anniesland minister Rev Fiona Gardner will support the counselling service Quiet Waters and Richmond’s Hope, which helps bereaved children and young people. Titled Love Songs for Healing and Hope, the book is comprised of a collection of devotional blogs, stories from different individuals, and resources to support others in…
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 5 November 2023. ‘We are given some very practical and personal applications of what it means to serve the Lord … It goes to the heart of our motivations and how we confront them.’
This autumn seems to be beset by despondency, writes Rev Sydney Maitland. It is not just the posturing and point-scoring that we get during the political conference season. In part it may be the feeling that national agendas are being driven by political and cultural extremes, which gain currency by being deaf to all questions…
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 15 October 2023. ‘These were Christians of simple and practical faith. They might have been looked down upon by the well-placed but in the sight of Paul they were God’s wonderful people. Just stay like that…’
It was with great sadness that we marked the death in September of Hugh Waterfield, in his 90th year. Despite his age, Hugh was one of our most active members and will be sorely missed. Hugh was responsible for several innovations in and around the church, including the planting of a herb garden – not…
Jenny Morgan, one of All Saints’ long-standing members, passed away in September. Jenny had been in care for some time, but prior to succumbing to old age and frailty was to be found every Sunday in her pew in the centre of the church, smiling and cheerful. A retired librarian, she was full of knowledge…
The College of Bishops has appointed Bishop Dorsey McConnell to take over from Bishop John Armes as Acting Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney. The appointment of Bishop Dorsey is to provide cover for the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney during Bishop Anne Dyer’s continuing absence and her return to work at any point will bring…
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 9 October 2023. ‘For Paul, it was Jesus who was the One to define who he was and where he was going. All other social and cultural privileges were set aside in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There simply was nothing else around to rival or supersede it.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 1 October 2023. ‘It is one thing to give thanks to the Lord for the harvest. It is another to serve Him consistently as we work for it during the rest of the year … The Lord says: I will be your God and you will be my people. Are we in?’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 26 September 2023.
It is with great sadness that the College of Bishops today announces the death of the Right Reverend Dr Keith Riglin, Bishop of Argyll & The Isles. Bishop Keith died peacefully with family at his side today (24 September) at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley following a short illness. The Most Rev Mark Strange,…
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 17 September 2023. ‘All of us are sinners and in need of the forgiveness of God and yet we can put ourselves beyond it by nursing grudges.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 9 September 2023. ‘Life rather than management, faithfulness rather than performance targets. But it is also an orientation towards the things of God and away from self, with its demands and appetites.’
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the deaths of two long-standing and much-loved members of All Saints, Hugh Waterfield and Jenny Morgan. Hugh’s funeral took place in All Saints on Wednesday 6 September, and Jenny’s on Tuesday 12 September. Appreciations of both will appear in due course. May they rest in…
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 3 September 2023. ‘Oh yes, take up the cross – that symbol of rejection and torture, but in which and beyond which there really is life of a new kind. Life in its fulness, joy beyond all expectation and understanding that far exceeds the philosophies and life-trends of our time.’
Our Tea and Talk meetings restart at 2 pm this Thursday, September 7, with Michael Kerins speaking on ‘The Storyteller as Healer’.
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 27 August 2023. ‘Paul says that we are to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. It also applies to our minds, our thinking and our speaking. It applies to our willingness to speak out. It is the mainspring of all our work in the church.’
This is a strange time, when the news is full of personal and national tragedy, the sporting calendar continues apace and the national mood is either elated of sunk in depression, writes Rev Sydney Maitland. Not being particularly sporting myself, most of its content passes me by and those sports that do interest me are…
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 20 August 2023. ‘There are people in our own time who may be only dimly aware of the things of our faith and life – but who appeal to us for our aid. As we are able we also can surely hear and have mercy, and begin to tell a story.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 13 August 2023. ‘For all our learning and standing, we also need to put ourselves under His protection. To find in Him our peace and security, our sense of being and of direction. Above all, to rely on Him when we may be so undermined by doubt and insecurity.’
The Summer 2023 edition of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal is now available, featuring the theme of ‘Christianity and Zionism.
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 6 July 2023. ‘The greatest gift of all is His own life poured out for us. The message of His salvation. This is the foundation of all subsequent works of mercy for the people of the land.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 30 July 2023. ‘There are absolutely no adverse circumstances that can reduce us to permanent and eternal despair, once we have placed our trust in Him and have received His life. Even death holds no fears for us.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 23 July 2023. ‘We are seeing in vivid detail the groaning of creation as the whole of fallen humanity has its effect on it. Perhaps we need to look to the harvest of His message and pray for the workers to go into the fields for His purposes.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 16 July 2023. ‘Jesus is the vine and His Father is the gardener, looking for fruit and pruning the branches so as to improve the yield.’
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland for Sunday 9 July 2023. ‘Instead of compliance there is relationship. Instead of appearance and presentation, there is reality. Instead of spin, there is truth in the inward parts.’