Tomorrow, the Roman Catholic Church is holding National Marriage Sunday. There is something about what it calls the true nature of marriage and destruction of the fundamental nature of marriage and all of the usual things, except that they are dedicating a special day to it and setting up a new commission and making every church-going Roman Catholic in Scotland listen to a letter from Cardinal O’Brien that I imagine would leave a nasty taste in my mouth if I had to sit through it myself.
Tomorrow, St Mary’s Cathedral is inviting any Roman Catholic — and, indeed, anyone — who prefers to not listen to this sort of thing on a Sunday morning to join us for our worship instead.
There has been some excellent coverage of this in the Scottish press today. You’ll have read that there is a ‘special’ service at St Mary’s tomorrow morning, and I suppose there is. It is very true, yes, that a particular welcome is extended tomorrow morning to anyone who wishes to attend a church service where all will be made welcome and where the intolerant and unloving rhetoric of the Roman Catholic hierarchy can be escaped from. You are welcome whether you are gay or straight or bisexual, married or single or civil partnered, Catholic or Protestant, theist or atheist. If you would like to join us for this one Sunday, seeking refuge or indulging curiosity or for whatever reason, then we would be delighted to have you.
But when you hear about this ‘special’ service and when you see what happens and what is talked about in this ‘special’ service, just remember what Gene Robinson said when he came here in 2008.
We do this every Sunday.
If you are interested, there will be love and inclusivity, good liturgy and fabulous music, and a meal of equals shared around Christ’s table for anyone who wishes to partake. It all happens at 10.30am tomorrow morning at 300 Great Western Road, corner of Napiershall Street, between Kelvinbridge and St George’s Cross subway stations, and all are welcome.
Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace.
Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
all are welcome in this place.