When Ralph sent this photo yesterday, he very appropriately entitled it ‘hope’!

With the beginning of a new week of grace, we will gather in Spirit to acknowledge the hope that binds us together in Christ. We will continue to consider the gospel as declared by the ancient high cross of Iona, the St. Martin Cross, carved from one block of stone and standing almost 5 metres tall for over 1200 years. This week we will consider the engravings on both sides of the cross, and how they communicate (and challenge us to grow in) Christian faith.

The worship service will available Sunday morning as Video at 
and as Podcast at

I conclude with words attributed to Columba, who landed upon Iona in 563 A.D. with 12 friends to share the gospel : 

Let me bless almighty God,
whose power extends over sea and land
and whose angels watch over all.
Let me study sacred books to calm my soul.
I pray for peace, kneeling at heaven’s gates.
Let me do my daily work, gathering seaweed,
catching fish, giving food to the poor.
Let me say my daily prayers, sometimes chanting, sometimes quiet,
always thanking God.
Delightful it is to live on a peaceful isle, in a quiet room,
serving the King of Kings.

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