Iona is a tiny island off the Northwest coast of Scotland. I’ve had the privilege of making a pilgrimage to Iona twice over the years. There has been a continuous Christian presence on the island the since the year 563, when Saint Columba came from Ireland to initiate a process of evangelization throughout Scotland and England. The modern Iona community began in 1938, helping to foster a renaissance of Celtic Christianity.
Celtic Christianity is creation affirming – honoring the interconnectedness of all life. It emphasizes hospitality: welcoming the Spirit and the other – whoever that might be. Marks of Celtic Christianity include contemplation and mission – recognizing the need to go both inward and outward. Hence the modern Iona community’s commitment to worship renewal and social justice, much like John Wesley’s emphasis on personal and social holiness.
I invite you to join with me on Wednesday nights during Lent to experience Celtic worship, followed by a shared light supper. When I was on Iona, each day I benefited from morning and evening prayer services in the rebuilt 12-century Benedictine cathedral. Our Lenten Wednesday evening services will draw on the rich liturgical and musical traditions of that cradle of Celtic Christianity.
Blessings, Pastor Jeff