Dear members and friends of Portland

Easter has passed and we continue to be socially isolated.  The church building remains closed, but we remain open as a worshiping community.  We all owe a huge dept of thanks to our Locum Minister, the Rev Mary Elizabeth Prentice-Hyers for the deeply meaningful and truly inspirational messages that she delivers via the website and other social platforms.  We may not physically meet to share the good news of Jesus Christ, but we can, at least, share in the good news by keeping in contact with each other.

This is a time when we miss the company of others, especially the grandchildren.  It is a time for reflection and taking long walks.  I am reminded of one of my favourite poems - Leisure by William Henry Davies:

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care.

We have no time to stand and stare.

Show support for one another and keep the future of the Church in your prayers.  Pray for our Interim Moderator, Bill Duncan and our Locum Minister, Rev Mary Elizabeth Prentice-Hyers.  Pray for the isolated members of our community and help those you can.  Keep your spirits high and as you stand and stare at God’s wonderful creation, think how blessed we are that God so loved the world that he gave his only son that we may have everlasting life.

May God’s peace be with You,

John Reid (Session Clerk)