Video Message from the Rector

A video message from The Revd. Dom Ind, Rector at St Michael and All Angels Church to the congregation and the wider Helensburgh and Lomond community on Friday, 20 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Discontinuation of all gatherings of worship

On advice from the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church, St Michaels will discontinue all gatherings of worship until further notice.

St Michaels church remains open daily as a place to come and pray. However, we ask that visitors should observe the current hygiene guidance and wash their hands before entry to the church.

We will resume usual services as soon as we can.

In the meantime the province is working on plans to make worship available online. This online involvement is a form of participation in the Eucharistic community, even though participants cannot physically partake of the bread or wine.

We will keep you posted of progress on this and on any other matters related to the current situation.

A New Year Message from Dom

We, Three Kings of the Orient Are, by John Henry Hopkins (1820 – 1891) is a much loved carol we sing in December- but it’s actually an Epiphany carol.
This feast is known in the US as Three Kings Day – and as the title says, it celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the Christ child.

It has a wonderful chorus: “O, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright; westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!

2019 has been quite a rough and tumble year, certainly if we look at the political landscape. Sometimes it felt like there was little to unite us – and yet on closer examination, this isn’t necessarily the case.

Have you ever wished to be guided by a light – a wondrous star clearly shining on your path? As we know, on occasions life can be bruising and complex decisions come our way,

The thornier the issue, the more we may find ourselves grappling with grey areas where it seems there is little black and white clarity to be found. That bright star becomes highly desirable, but it can be a little elusive. Many of us have been there – something we share as people.

In the church we talk about Christ as our guide. In a time of crisis, the inspiration of Christ’s teaching may be our compass – and whether it’s westward pointing or which ever direction, an inner light may shine on a clear path before us.

In 2020, I hope you find a star to guide you through the turbulence of highs and lows – and that you manage to embrace both – all part of what is to be a full human being.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Helensburgh Advertiser, from the 27 December 2019 edition.

Our Website

We have made some changes to the website, and added new content. We hope you will like the result, and we look forward to welcoming visitors. Tell your friends to follow us, and add us to your favourite places. We will endeavour to keep pace with what our Rector and the congregation are up to! So do come and look in on us often.

If you think we could improve the presentation or content of any aspect of the site then do let us know here, and of course if you find something which doesn’t work then let us know straight away, and we will fix it!
Henry Douglass

Malawi Style Lunch

The church is supporting this project in Malawi, in association with the Rotary Club, more information on the right.

Saturday, 23 November 2019 served from 12 noon onwards
space limited so hurry up!
Hosted by Maureen & Henry Douglass
1 Upper Adelaide Street, Helensburgh
Raising money for the Lingadzi Sports Academy
Please let us know if you want to join us, sign up forms at the back of the church or email or call 01436 674 763
Bring your own bowl and spoon! 
Dress: African or something bright!
PAYMENT will be by Donation, all proceeds to the Appeal, and we like Gift Aid please

Lunch will be a basic meal based on ingredients used in Malawi

  • A bean stew based on dried beans cooked with tomato, onion, and other vegetables over many hours.
  • Refried beans cooked with sweet potato and combined with a tomato based sauce. 
  • Both dishes served with fair trade Kilombero rice grown in Malawi by smallholder farmers.

Traditionally cooking might take place outside in a big pot over an open fire, but as it is winter in Scotland we make no apologies for cooking in our kitchen!

Palm Sunday

Readings for Sunday 5th April, Palm Sunday.

11 All glory, laud and honour


Almighty and everliving God, in tender love for all our human race you sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and suffer death upon a cruel cross. May we follow the example of his great humility and share in the glory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Isaiah 50.4-9a

The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backwards. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.

PSALM– Psalm 31.9-16

R.I trust in you, O Lord, for you are my God. 

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye is consumed with sorrow, my soul and my body also. For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails me because of my affliction, and my bones are consumed. R

I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbours, an object of dread to my acquaintances; when they see me in the street they flee from me. I am forgotten like one that is dead, out of mind; I have become like a broken vessel. R

For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is on every side; they scheme together against me, and plot to take my life. But my trust is in you, O Lord. I have said, ‘You are my God.R

‘My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. ‘Make your face to shine upon your servant, and save me for your mercy’s sake.’ R


Philippians 2.5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

GRADUAL HYMN – 329 Make way, make way


Matthew 21.1-11 (Liturgy of the Palms)

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately. This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

Matthew 26.14-27.66 (Liturgy of the Passion)

Please see your own copy of the Bible

OFFERTORY HYMN – 426 Praise to the Holiest in the height

COMMUNION HYMN – 148 From heaven you came


God our help and strength, you have satisfied our hunger with this eucharistic food. Strengthen our faith, that through the death and resurrection of your Son we may be led to salvation; for he is Lord, now and for ever.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 13 (Omit v 3) All hail the power of Jesus’ name


Christ crucified draw you to himself, to find in him a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Passion Sunday – Prayers continue to be offered


The web address for liturgies is: 

Listen: The Annunciation – Botticelli

‘In a time of many isolations’. Debbie Lewer looks at Botticelli’s painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the image below.

Debbie was our preacher on Sunday, 1 March 2020 (Lent 1)


For any of St Michael’s Church family living locally in or around Cardross only, Michael & Rosemary Wilson are happy to share the beauty of the daffodils in their woodland garden with any who feel the need of a spiritual refuge. They are self isolated so are not available to see anybody but as long as social distancing rules prevail it could be beneficial.

Video Coverage of Eucharist Services


How to join the Scottish Episcopal Church’s online Sunday worship

As part of the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) will this Sunday (22 March) begin broadcasting video coverage of Eucharistic services via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel. The web page for the broadcast is located at

The first service, held in private with no congregation, and led by the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, will be broadcast at 11am on Sunday, to coincide with when many people would normally be worshipping if church services had not been suspended following government guidance.

For more information please visit the Scottish Episcopal Church’s website by clicking on this link:

Another musical event

‘On Saturday 7th March the City of Glasgow Chorus performed a programme of Choral Classics, including the Faure Requiem, with the Choir directed by Graham Taylor, the organ played by David Hamilton, and soloists Ellen Mawhinney and Colin Murray. The Choir was in sparkling form, and the church was packed with a large and very appreciative audience!

Advice on Coronavirus

The Scottish Episcopal Church has issued new advice on COVID-19 for members and clergy

March 6, 2020

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) today issued updated guidance on how members and clergy should respond to the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19), following recent developments after taking independent medical advice and after taking independent medical advice..

  1. Continue to follow all public health guidance provided by NHS Scotland, in particular the need for good hand hygiene, and take precautions when coughing or sneezing, which are the main cause of infection.
  2. Cease physical contact on arrival at church and departure until further notice, as well as during the Peace which should be limited to a nod or a smile and a verbal “and also with you” while members remain in their pew or chair.
  3. Presiding priests should wash their hands thoroughly before the service, and use hand sanitiser when available during ablutions and before touching any wafers. Sanitiser should also be made available, if possible, to servers and anyone assisting with the distribution of communion, to be used as discreetly as possible without interrupting the flow of worship.
  4. Altar linen should be fresh for each celebration of communion.
  5. Communicants should remain a respectful distance from the next person on their way to the communion rail, and at the rail.
  6. The sharing of the Chalice is suspended until further notice, and communion should be offered in one kind i.e. taking the bread only, placed into the hand.
  7. Church members should stay at home and not attend church services if they feel unwell and display influenza symptoms such as a cough, breathing difficulty, and fever. Pastoral support to those who believe they could have the virus should not involve personal visits, and can instead be offered by telephone call until such time as a medical test clarifies the person’s condition.
  8. Pastoral visitors to homes and hospitals should observe all precautions in personal hygiene before and after such visits.
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