St Margaret's News June 2019 - Page 8

Pentecost & Christian Unity Pentecost Sunday was a busy day. St Margaret’s and Holy Cross held a joint worship service at 9.30 AM. Rev Tim Watson delivered the sermon. Rev Chris Lockley led the Holy Communion liturgy. The Good Faith choir led the singing including Dvorak’s ‘Spirit of all Freedom’ during Communion, and sang ‘Spirit Like A River’ to start the service and, later, a South African piece ‘Thumamina’. Choir musical director Susan Reid (on keyboard) was joined by Rev Tim Wat- son (on drums) accompanying Good Faith for ‘Spirit Like A River’. In the evening a third congregation joined us when Holy Rosary came to our church for our 6 PM Taizé Prayer Service, celebrating the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Indeed, there were people from various other churches too - including leaders from St Brigid’s Catholic Church , Dickson and Ainslie Church of Christ. There were at least two Quakers in the 75 or so strong congregation at the service and at the refreshments afterwards. Choristers from Good Faith were joined by some from Holy Rosary to lead the congregation in singing/chanting the Taizé pieces, including the final ‘Magnificat’ sung as a round. Regular musicians, Susan Reid (keyboard) and David Hunt (wind) were joined by Nicola Worrall (violin) and Ruth Dunnicliff- Hagan (flute) to provide excellent accompaniment. Rev Tim Watson was a splendid Cantor, revealing his lovely tenor voice to us for the first time. The Service included a brief Meditation: “The parable of Taizé and the unity of the Church”. It also included this Prayer for the Unity of Christians, by the Chemin Neuf Community, based on a prayer of Abbé Paul Couturier: Lord Jesus, who prayed that we might all be one We pray to you for the unity of Christians According to your will, according to your means. May your Spirit enable us To experience the suffering caused by division To see our sin And to hope beyond all hope. Amen. A lot of people expressed their delight at the Taizé Service afterwards and suggested we should conduct them again, perhaps quarterly - sometimes in our church and sometimes at Holy Rosary. - Brian Rope St Margaret’s News 8 June 2019