August Eco Notes

August 2023

“The era of global boiling has arrived”

Imagine you are standing at the bottom of a hill, watching a huge juggernaut slowing winding its way down from the top. Then it speeds up, sending rocks flying downhill as it takes the corners too fast. If brakes were applied now, the lorry would slow down, the damage would be limited. Left to accelerate ever faster, it would veer totally out of control, possibly tipping sideways and obliterating all in its path. Likewise with climate, if we “apply brakes” by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, then we can reduce the rate of earth’s temperature rise. The first three weeks of July have been the hottest on record. UN Secretary General Antonio Guteres said “The era of global boiling has arrived. Climate change is here. It is terrifying. And it is just the beginning. It is still possible to limit global temperature rise to 1.5⁰C (above pre-industrial levels) and avoid the very worst of climate change. But only with dramatic, immediate climate action.” In Ireland, we must learn to adapt and part of that adaptation must be to see climate action by us all as a right for future generations – this will, of necessity, involve giving up some of our current “rights” – over-consumption, waste, too much travel, overheating of buildings etc. Most people do not want to hear it: “Ireland is a small country, so it doesn’t matter what we do, it won’t make a difference.” Wrong. Millions of small changes can have a large impact, both directly and by influence (remember banning indoor smoking, levying plastic bags? – other countries followed suit). If we embrace climate action NOW, we can help safeguard the future.

Easter Services

Nun’s Cross Church, Killiskey will be the venue for our Holy Week journey this year,
with services each evening in Holy Week. There will also be a service in Wicklow
Church on Good Friday.
Sunday 2 April, Holy Communion service at 8.30am, Wicklow. Palm Sunday: 9.30am,
Wicklow Church, Dramatised reading of Matthew’s Passion.
11.15am, Nun’s Cross Church, Palm Sunday procession and service.
Monday 3 April. 7.30pm. Service of Compline
Tuesday 4 April. 7.30pm. Service of Compline
Wednesday 5 April. 7.30pm. Tenebrae service of gradually extinguishing light.
Thursday 6 April. 7.30pm. Maundy Thursday Eucharist.
Friday 7 April. 10am, Wicklow Church, Good Friday service & reflection
2pm, Nun’s Cross Church, Prayers around the cross.
7pm Walk of Witness. Beginning in Wicklow Methodist Church, walking to Wicklow
Church of Ireland, and then to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Saturday 8 April. 9pm. Easter Vigil Service of Light.
Sunday 9 April. Easter Day! 8.30am Holy Communion, Wicklow Church
9.30am Family Communion, Wicklow Church
11.15am Family Communion, Nun’s Cross Church.

Holy Week & Easter
This powerful but simple progression around Wicklow town sends a message to the
wider community: that Christians here take seriously the events that lead to the death
of Jesus on the cross. We meet in Wicklow Methodist Church at 7pm, where we sing a
hymn, and listen to the first part of the Passion Narrative. We then walk to Wicklow
Church of Ireland, carrying a large cross (taking turns to help carry, if you like), where
we sing another hymn & hear the second part of the Passion Narrative. We then walk
to St Patrick’s Catholic Church, for a service of prayers and music centred on the story
of Good Friday. Please do make this event a priority in your Holy Week journey.

ECO Tips—Tidying Leaves

The council in Eindhoven, Netherlands has taken the decision to stop raking leaves and using leaf blowers in their parks on grass and in flower beds, though paths will continue to be cleared. Since Victorian times, Europeans have become used to ‘over tidiness’ and biodiversity has taken a huge knock as a result. Leaves that do need to be tidied up can be left in a pile, suitable for overwintering hedgehogs etc. Additionally, other smaller wildlife, in the form of a myriad of often microscopic decomposers, flourishes. Meanwhile, leaves that remain on flowerbeds and lawns nourish the earth beneath; leaves act as a natural weed suppressant, retain moisture in times of drought and provide mulch for free. This reduces people’s perceived need for using herbicides. Related to eliminating herbicides, a local forestry consultant has noted that native woodlands on land that has not been sprayed with herbicide to clear vegetation prior to planting and then during the first five years of the new forest, thrive better. Trees show increased vigour and health and they grow more quickly. These are good lessons for us all.


Topic: Evening Service

Time: Jun 22, 2022 07:30 PM

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Meeting ID: 886 0410 7820

The service leaflet is available here: A Late Evening Office – Wednesday 22 June 2022

or below here:





Blessed be our God for all time, now and for evermore. Amen.


Glory to you, our God, glory be to you,

Holy Spirit, Comforter,

treasure of all goodness and giver of life,

come and dwell in us,

cleanse us from all sin,

and in your love bring us to salvation.




Holy God, holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.




Psalm 46

1  God is our refuge and strength, ♦︎

   a very present help in trouble;

2  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, ♦︎

   and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;

3  Though the waters rage and swell, ♦︎

   and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.

4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, ♦︎

   the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.

5  God is in the midst of her;

therefore shall she not be removed; ♦︎

   God shall help her at the break of day.

6  The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken, ♦︎

   but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away.

7  The Lord of hosts is with us; ♦︎

   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

8  Come and behold the works of the Lord, ♦︎

   what destruction he has wrought upon the earth.

9  He makes wars to cease in all the world; ♦︎

   he shatters the bow and snaps the spear

      and burns the chariots in the fire.

10  ‘Be still, and know that I am God; ♦︎

   I will be exalted among the nations;

      I will be exalted in the earth.’

11  The Lord of hosts is with us; ♦︎

   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.


Psalm 47

1  Clap your hands together, all you peoples; ♦︎

   O sing to God with shouts of joy.

2  For the Lord Most High is to be feared; ♦︎

   he is the great King over all the earth.

3  He subdued the peoples under us ♦︎

   and the nations under our feet.

4  He has chosen our heritage for us, ♦︎

   the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.

5  God has gone up with a merry noise, ♦︎

   the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

6  O sing praises to God, sing praises; ♦︎

   sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7  For God is the King of all the earth; ♦︎

   sing praises with all your skill.

8  God reigns over the nations; ♦︎

   God has taken his seat upon his holy throne.

9  The nobles of the peoples are gathered together ♦︎

   with the people of the God of Abraham.

10  For the powers of the earth belong to God ♦︎

   and he is very highly exalted.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son ■

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, ■

and shall be for ever. Amen.


Luke 9: 37-43

On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, ‘Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It throws him into convulsions until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.’ Jesus answered, ‘You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.’ While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.



A period of meditation on the reading follows.



NUNC DIMITTIS      The Song of Simeon  Luke 2: 29-32

1 Now, Lord, you let your servant | go in | peace: ■

your | word has | been ful|filled.

2 My own eyes have | seen the · sal|vation ■

which you have prepared in the | sight of | every | people.

3 A light to re|veal you · to the | nations ■

and the | glory · of your | people | Israel.



Glory to the Father, and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, ■

and shall be for ever. Amen.




Let us pray to the Lord with all our heart and with all our soul.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for all Christian people, that they may live in love and truth.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for all ministers of the Church, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for peace throughout the world, and for all governments.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for our neighbours and for all our friends.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for those who hate us as we pray for those who love us.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for refugees and prisoners, and for all who are exposed to the dangers of travel.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for all sick people, for the sorrowful and the dying.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us pray for the abundance of the fruits of the earth, and that the poor and hungry may receive a just share.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us remember our brothers and sisters who have entered into eternal rest.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.




Let us continue praying in a time of open prayer.

A period of open prayer follows.


Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.



Look down, O Lord,

from your heavenly throne,

illuminate the darkness of this night with your celestial brightness,

and from the children of  light

banish the deeds of  darkness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O God our Creator,

by whose mercy and might

the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:

We give into your hands our unfinished tasks,

our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,

knowing that only those things which you bless will prosper.

To your great love and protection

we commit each other and all for whom we have prayed,

knowing that you alone are our sure defender,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil. Amen.



Lord Almighty,

come and scatter the darkness of our hearts

by the light of your presence;

that we may know you the Light of the world

and the one true God,

blessed this night and for evermore. Amen.




Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


May the Almighty and merciful God,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us. Amen.

Select Vestry

Congratulations and thanks to all who were appointed/elected at the Easter Vestry of Killiskey Parish:


Rector’s Churchwarden: Stella Mew

People’s Churchwarden: Lesley Rue

Rector’s Glebewarden: David Harte

People’s Glebewarden: John Smyth

Other Select Vestry Members: Lisa Armstrong, Hazel Bayley, Patricia Butler, Bernadette Glover, Scott Golden (Hon Treasurer), Celia Grant, Tim Hicks, Amanda Mooney, Michael Norman, Ivan Sheane, Lucy Tottenham and Freda Yagüe (Hon Secretary).


Grateful thanks go to Richard Henderson, the outgoing Rector’s Glebewarden who contributed so much to the Select Vestry over twenty-five years. Hopefully after a well-earned break, he might assist again. Also to Juliet Belton who had served as a Churchwarden and Select Vestry member for a number of years, a lady whose gift for crafts has been used in the service of the parish and who is one of a number of wonderful volunteers in the parish shop.