Net Zero comes in all sorts of sometimes quite scarily stringent versions ( Scope 1, 2, and 3) with the ambition to emit no more in terms of greenhouse gas or equivalents from our activities than we also ensure is removed, is an ambition so great that to do it any justice at all, we need to consider all aspects of our life and work. Not merely to make life hard – because life is already hard for those people and creatures already suffering from effects of the climate crisis – but to make life better, healthier, holier. If the City of Glasgow can offer wildflower meadow as part of their own campaign, what beauty can we offer? This written prayer, the adaptation or quoting of which is warmly encouraged, if offered as a step to help the campaigns be seen as a positive response of faith, rather than boring or slavish capitulation to secular targets. [Downloadable PDF here, and under it, the text which can simply be copied and pasted ]
Use with John 5, making sure you use versions which include the ancient, though not universally transmitted words about the angel who ‘troubled’ the waters, leading to healing. If it’s too long a sing, omit verse 2.
A few ‘stilling videos’ to begin worship or parts of worship, either online of in person.
In gratitude to Forest Church, where the idea seems to have originated.
*Running time 2 mins 20s or less.
Come back to this page to see further additions throughout the summer and beyond.
Titles so far: “On the rocks” ( seabird colony) “Seapink” (robust flowers by seashore) “Wind in the branches” (the relationship between trees and wind) “Arrochar Alps” (from a walk up Ben Vane). “Castlerigg” -( at the exceptionally located stone circle in northern England) “Major Oak and Dandelion” the different scales and timescales of plants that share a habitat )
St Ninian’s Church has recently been awarded their Bronze Eco Congregation Scotland Award. This award is given in recognition of the work they have done and their commitment to caring for creation. They were one of the four churches chosen to take part in the Orchard Twinning Project, which saw Scottish church orchards twinned with those of congregations in Hungary.
Being part of the Orchard Project led to St Ninian’s holding an apple tasting day to select the right apples for their site. This was followed by planning a mini orchard of apple trees with the charity The Orchard Project and a ceremonial planting in the church garden. The fruit trees, and wildflower planting, are helping to improve biodiversity in the mature church garden, a space which is widely enjoyed by people in their local community.
The assessors were delighted with the well planned Season of Creation held each autumn at St Ninian’s. This is part of a worldwide, ecumenical 6 week period of prayer and action to protect the planet, ‘our common home’. In 2021 St Ninians put together a special church magazine in the run up to 26th UN Global Climate Summit in Glasgow.
This busy congregation have been promoting the recycling of a wide range of materials. They regularly put articles in their church magazine as well as sharing helpful tips for greener ways to live. They have a bespoke recycling unit for members of the congregation as well as litter and recycling bins, made of reused wood which are placed in the church garden.
They have held sessions to discuss and exploring environmental, peace and justice issues with members of their congregation. Lent study groups often provide a good vehicle for this kind of exploration. St Ninian’s is a Fairtrade Church and local supporter of Christian Aid Week.
Congratulations to all at St Ninian’s Episcopal Church for their hard work and well deserved award.
The mountain: not getting there, but getting there https://vimeo.com/670372075
You have been my refuge https://vimeo.com/667249030
Epilogue – the valley of the shadow https://vimeo.com/655927450
The mystery Bible character (for the URC General Assembly) 12 mins 37 many locations https://youtu.be/_v3hx9hYhZQ and https://vimeo.com/664217421
Royal Presence: Bees! 9 mins 50 ( a visit to a beekeeper at work) https://youtu.be/TQV9QWqwjgc
Heart Wood – walking round an area of ancient woodland, Music, no commentary 8min 27
The Great Wee Hill ( Hill of the Angels Iona) 6 mins 45 https://youtu.be/2PdpHtBegOs
The Bad judge ( sketch based on James 2) 5 mins 30 https://youtu.be/_nTjt6UsTvM
Mungo: Forest in the Temple:14 mins 46 ( Glasgow Cathedral at the tomb of Mungo, and many other locations: looking to COP and being inspired by the stories of Glasgow’s patron saint) https://youtu.be/jJ1q3WuOD-Y
Talks for gatherings :
The mystery Bible character (for the URC General Assembly) 12 mins 37 many locations https://youtu.be/_v3hx9hYhZQ
Address for National Synod of Scotland 23 mins https://youtu.be/FAxefc7GNiM
Interview on ‘Reflections at the Quay’ https://youtu.be/hwMImoZ8ELA
If not, why on Earth not? https://youtu.be/iCs3DR4VDDA 13min 05
Climate emergency How to respond : For Aberdeen churches: https://youtu.be/vLqlXSVVJJI
The Happy Apocalyptic ( for Wildlife week, Iona) https://youtu.be/QTuPw83Me-A
Malvern Progressive Christian Network 18 mins https://youtu.be/AvhrNBkNlGA
A fixed camera record , at Castlemilk, of the neglected question about Matthew 10:16
Times & Seasons
Season of Creation year A
Week 2 https://youtu.be/1H6a9c6zNxE
Week 3 https://youtu.be/1ZgoFRYfyWw
Week 4 https://youtu.be/SxOsZKrwBkg
Season of Creation year B:
Week 1 The Earth, including Us https://youtu.be/wG65QWcLnoo
Week 2 Creation Speaks God’s language https://youtu.be/-gOTP8edXRc
Week 3 The tree and their fruit https://youtu.be/V8zFgbmDwBM
Week 4 The Obstacle Course https://youtu.be/jHR6sRC-Mi4
Week 5 the gift of the Name https://youtu.be/7AgGEcIt9DU
Mark 13, for Advent 1B : https://youtu.be/40AbS_DOiF4
Ash Wednesday from a heap of Ash https://youtu.be/3hsqdlgZdVk
Lent 1 C ‘A land possessed ( Location: Five sisters Bing (industrial waste tip) https://vimeo.com/676935225
Lent 2C as transfiguration https://vimeo.com/673271625
Lent 3 C: ‘Blazing’ ( Location: Cadzow ancient oaks) https://youtu.be/TGd5-vhxd8A AND https://vimeo.com/677594550
Lent 4C circle of justice https://vimeo.com/681938533
Lent 5C Divesting from despair Ben Lomond https://vimeo.com/697347648
Lent 1B Complete service https://youtu.be/UVFAGrOjf3w
Lent 1B from Greendykes Bing https://youtu.be/YnCPgifuXLo
Lent 2B Standing up to the devil’s Advocate https://youtu.be/F8At_TU0Ldg
Lent 3B Zeal for your house https://youtu.be/jrMVev3LWAk
Lent 5B John 12:20-33 The Tipping point https://youtu.be/kRn8JvNh9hQ
Mothering Sunday: Flowers for Mother Earth https://youtu.be/hE-fei6kZLA 13 mins 07
Having worked towards a church visit on Lent 4/Mothering Sunday, the UK went into semi-emergency mode. The reflections in preparation come together in this video. This is also presented in three parts, as sermons cover a lot of ground. Taking cue from Laudato Si
Good Friday :Dream of the Rood: for devotional use on Good Friday: 15 min 20 Aa reading and consideration of the Anglo-Saxon Poem quoted on the Ruthwell Cross.
Palm Sunday – from Edinburgh Episcopal Cathedral https://youtu.be/n1kV1aAp9wM
Palm Sunday -From a deserted Edinburgh City Centre https://youtu.be/lBQ_8T-dM0o
11 min 8
Palm Sunday: Pavestones Gravestones: the stones shout aloud! Luke 19:40
https://youtu.be/GTlUAhXNpcQ 3 mins 11
Maundy Thursday: John 13 Footwashing reflection, for Annual Gathering, with introduction
https://youtu.be/aiIVKcKabjY 6 min 16:
also without introduction https://youtu.be/UgqYCAd3yX0 4 min 08
Easter Sunday 2020 – no holds barred Easter Sermon https://youtu.be/vDgrSXgJMK4 13 mins 25
Easter Sunday 2021 The Inclusive Commission https://youtu.be/-t48xMOX_q0
Easter Sunday 2022 Risen High, Risen Low ( St Margaret’s Chapel and St Filan’s Cave) https://vimeo.com/697347648
Pentecost 2020 https://youtu.be/zspRpFqstPY 10 mins 26
Pentecost Projection art on Colonsay (also for BIAPT) https://youtu.be/20e3z-kBCAM
Pentecost Turbine https://youtu.be/l3w8yZjm9sk
Late Harvest : reflections on a “plentiful” – or a daunting – harvest https://youtu.be/9ZAlzvQKUhE 6 min 53
Emmaus- Luke 24: a sermon on wheels -riding the distance walked in that wonderful conversation. The walk to Emmaus, against the background of lockdown in the city of Edinburgh. One outing per day permitted for mental and physical health…. but what about spiritual wellbeing? – And could this be a pligrimage?
https://youtu.be/Ou_Cy3lg7-g 8 mins 02
Lockdown Gospel – if the disciples had used Zoom whilst waiting for the resurrection.
(-Gospel of John version of gift of Spirit) https://youtu.be/fP8MktgP7go
8 min 44
Ezekiel 37 : Indecent Hope 11min 57
Words and pictures and more, for the final week of Lent, and the scariest story of the Old Testament https://youtu.be/vOh2QD_PmIw
Sermons by Gospel content
Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 and Zechariah 9:9-12 Weeping and Dancing https://youtu.be/47fPz00rk4M 12 mins 41
Matthew 25: Recycling the sheep and the goats https://youtu.be/z5TYVB-mY34
Mark 1: 14-20 – Discipleship https://youtu.be/mXmplBGD7Ow
Mark 1:21-28 1` Cor 8:1-13 Knowing enough to get on with it https://youtu.be/FOjrbk7lWyM
Mark 4:26-34 Holy Habitats ( Cedar and Mustard Bush, Ezekiel Ezekiel 17:22-24 Mark 4:26-34 https://youtu.be/nz57186bZI8
Mark 5: 21: Mess and miracle https://youtu.be/iETzlSamRQE
Mark 10: Proper 24 yr B: Job 38, No fire without smoke https://youtu.be/08hXqcpKdO8
Mark 13, for Advent 1B : https://youtu.be/40AbS_DOiF4
Luke 13: 6-9 with Isaiah 55:6-13 “Manure for fruitful trees”. https://youtu.be/RlH_0AZj-UY
John 10:10 – led, not force-fed :8 min 57
Reflection for EcoChaplaincy on John 10:10: a highly provocative ‘cuddly story’.
Acts 17: Capital Games Thoughts on Acts 17, for an online retreat with a local church.
https://youtu.be/b4ME5jQvlGs 9 min 59
Acts 10 1 Kings 4 More wisdom than you can shake a stick at ( Solomon and Jesus)
Genesis 22 Cross that bridge where we come to it: a bike ride across the Forth Road Bridge whilst reflecting on Abraham and Isaac https://youtu.be/XAjzFaRE7U4 9 mins 53
Matthew 9:35-10:23 and Romans 5:1-8 No holds Ba’ad – fear and Christian Character https://youtu.be/y5sAjUA63Vw 10 mins 53
Romans 8 : Groaning Creation: getting out of our Depth
https://youtu.be/nFEE_qw-gNA 9 min
Matthew 20: workers in the vineyard : Beyond Harvest Sermon for Costorphine, delivered on location. https://youtu.be/gjdR3Zd5sp4 15 min 17
O the life of the world https://youtu.be/YBq4nNIK22o
What will change your life’s direction https://youtu.be/XbyWVDdIyn4
From the waters’ fond embrace https://youtu.be/j3NqhCZ2g1M
Now Christ lives here https://youtu.be/xG5XE7qxFz8
( to ‘Courage, brother) https://youtu.be/p7SLOxOR2J0
Our legacy is dire https://youtu.be/JzEwGMvjVS0
One day I said sorry out loud to the Earth https://youtu.be/cKA8PvX86YA
Deep our longing ( Westminster Abbey) https://youtu.be/ljdOzsMQ50A
For those traditions where there is scope for text variation in the Communion prayers:
-Taking note of the great Commission of Mark 16, and the multiple rebukes given by the Risen Christ, which authenticate, in character, that the Risen one shares the identity of Jesus of Nazareth who was killed and buried. Known in the breaking of bread – and in the love with which Christ speaks out!