‘We are having a Soup Sunday for Christian Aid following the service on Sunday, 19th September. The soup will be frozen in cartons and given out at the end of the Scott Street ramp. At this time our thoughts are with the suffering people in Afghanistan and Haiti.
Please give generously’
St Leonard’s in the Fields – at the heart of Perth
Coming through the South Inch of Perth, a place of beauty, colour and fragrance, an oasis between the Tay and the city, the skyline is dominated by the Jewel in the Crown, that of St Leonard’s in the Fields Church, a Church which since 1883 has served its community, its parish, its people, with love – echoing the love of God at the heart of worship and of service and of life.
St Leonard’s in the Fields Church welcomes you today to come in from the South Inch or wherever you live and be part of a fellowship of faith, hope and love, a Congregation of God’s people committed to display acts of kindness and examples of friendship, conveying the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
Those who worship in St Leonard’s in the Fields extend a sincere welcome for you and any to come within its walls and be part of a witnessing community whose aim is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and his salvation in ways which connect the greatest story on earth about sacrifice, self-denial and service, with life in the 21st-century.
Let no one be a stranger within these walls.
Come inside and you will see not merely a beautiful sanctuary with seating for hundreds, with music to inspire and with words and actions relevant for today, but you will discover great friendship, Christian fellowship, a sense of belonging to a Congregation whose sole aim is to be a channel of God’s peace.
Come and join us in our worship and in our activities.
My colleague, the Reverend Alex Stewart and I, together with all members, would love to see you enter this Jewel in the Crown within the oasis of Perth’s South Inch.
Morning worship is at 11:15 on Sunday mornings.
I look forward to seeing you so much and would be very happy to speak to you by telephone or by email or in person most of all, to tell you more about what St Leonard’s can do for you and what you can do for St Leonard’s.
With every good wishJohn
The Revd John Murdoch01738 62837807578 558978
The Manse : Letter for September 2021
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day…?
My dear friends of St John’s and St Leonard’s in the Fields,
While summer on our ‘Sceptred Isle’ for so many has been glorious, as families and friends have gathered to enjoy together special moments amidst sunshine, showers and more sunshine, far away in land-locked Afghanistan summer is anything but restful. As I write in late August, the Paralympics are in full swing in Tokyo and, together with the July Games, have enabled us to witness men and women in harmony amidst victories and defeats: how sad and tragic that that microcosm in Japan of inter-locking Olympian continents cannot echo the continuing east/west conflict as seen in Afghanistan and also the Holy Land. Let us as Christians pray for peace in these distant lands where our soldiers have gone - and most recently our local Regiment, The Black Watch - to enable citizens to live in peace and have hope for tomorrow.
Watching from afar on our television screens, we count our blessings and thank God for our freedom, our Island Kingdom and our peaceful lives which will have contained in summer for many of us : rest, a change from the normal routine: a visit to a beach, or the hills, a forest, a loch, an ocean or some other exciting place; and did you send your family a post card?!
A while ago you may remember, we all enjoyed a little literary fun: asked to write a story/poem/song on a moral/religious/ethical theme with a beginning, middle and an end, you and I had to write it in 50 words, perhaps the length you would write on a postcard. So I thought I’d ask you to write one with a glance over your shoulder at the Summer of 21…please send yours to me and a friend of mine will be the judge for ‘best in show’.
With summer nearly over, schools returning, routines once more to the fore, new experiences to share, old friends with whom to reminisce, church attendances gradually becoming what once they were, anxiety rightly about Covid and now extreme worry about Afghanistan: here is mine to set yours in motion….
Clasping onto aeroplanes, running on tarmac, humanity on the run. Summer 21 sees strife as history repeats itself while the pandemic rages. Earth suffers where evil, disease, war and power-mongers appear to have the upper hand : but, hold fast, goodness will always prevail : the Lord is at hand today.
Stay calm, follow the King of love: give, care, pray, love and may the God of peace be with you and all whom you love.
The September Services are listed above and I very much hope that whenever you wish to come to church you will feel at ease and very much at home as together we worship God in the beauty of holiness.
May God continue to bless you in your own individual situation and bring you a great sense of His peace which passes all understanding.
My very best wishes to you and all that September will contain.