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Rector writes To say that Covid-19 is having quite an impact on our lives would be the understatement of this generation. Our lives have been changed profoundly and, I fear, for some time to come. Nothing has been like it and we all pray that we will never see the likes of it again. We must be scrupulous in heeding the advice given to us by both the Scottish Government and Westminster. Also, we need to help each other. It is very heartening that already “younger” members of the congregation have contacted me to offer their services to aid our more vulnerable members. We feel particularly helpless in the face of something that we cannot control and although we trust in the skill of our doctors and all NHS staff, we still feel exposed and vulnerable. It cannot have escaped our notice that all of this happens as we approach Holy Week. This is precisely the time when Jesus is portrayed at his most vulnerable and “weak”. God did not abandon him and God will not abandon us. Jesus died and rose again to become the conqueror of sickness and death. On our last Sunday together as a church family, the gospel of the day told us of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus wanted her to drink from this well so that she might have the water of eternal life. Jesus was her saviour and he is ours. As a result of his intervention the woman departed with a new spiritual insight and her life transformed. God looks to us in this time of distress and reminds us that he is the God of love, compassion and support. Trusting in the mighty love of God we will endure whatever may be heaped upon our shoulders. I am very keenly aware that my ministry amongst you is curtailed because I cannot visit you personally. I will do my best to keep in touch with all of you by phone and email. I am also aware that it is a wrench to stop the spiritual life we shared at church. However, just because we cannot meet in the building does not mean that we cannot have a spiritual life through prayer and study of scripture. As the Primus said recently, “Prayer is an important part of the tradition and spiritual life of the people of God. In hard time and in good times, quietly being before God and the people we love in our hearts encircles us all in God’s everlasting love and the promise of hope and salvation”. To aid our efforts I am going to launch a series of miniature guides entitled “Sunday Notes from the Rector”. They will cover Sunday readings for this month and on into the future for as long as is necessary. My hope is that on the Sunday morning you can look at the readings in your Bible, together with the Notes, and in that way you can unite yourself with your brothers and sisters and come together at a distance, as it were. If you are connected to the internet you can use the website I use (bible.oremus.org). I use that site to download the copies of the readings for the Thursday morning Eucharist. In this edition of the magazine I launch the first set of Notes for April. No doubt you will let me know what you think! Until we meet again I urge you to keep safe and to have a regard for one another. May our bountiful and merciful God bless each and every one of you and all those you love this day and every day. The Rector