Services

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 21st Feb 2021 at 10.00am

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Rev. Geoff Davis

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Zoom Service

from 10:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316

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Service Script

21st Feb 2021

Script 21 Feb 2021

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 14th Feb 2021 at 10.00am

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Rev. Robert Nicol

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Zoom Service

from 10:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316

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Service Script

14 Feb 2021

service script 14 Feb21

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 07th Feb 2021 at 10.00am

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Zoom Service

from 10:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316

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Service Script

07 Feb 2021

Service script 070221

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 31stJan 2021 at 10.00am

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Zoom Service

from 10:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316


Sunday Club activities
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Sunday 31st January 2021

see our Sunday Club page

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Service Script

31st Jan 2021

Service script 31-01-21[6732]

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Sunday Bells at Logierait,

 24th Jan 2021 at 10.00am

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Rev. N. Glover

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Zoom Service

from 10:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316

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Service Script

24th Jan 2021

Service script 24 Jan 2021

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 17 Jan 2021 at 10.00am

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Zoom Service

from 10:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316


Sunday Club activities
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Sunday 17th January 2021

see our Sunday Club page

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Service Script

Service script 17 Jan 2021

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 at 10.00am

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Rev. Neil Glover from Aberfeldy Parish church

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Zoom Service

from 10:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316


Sunday Club activities
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Sunday 10th January 2021

see our Sunday Club page

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Service Script

service script 10 Jan 2021

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A Letter from our Minister

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you in response to the Scottish Government’s recent changes to the Level 4 COVID restrictions.

You may be aware that these now mean that Church buildings cannot, at present, be venues for public worship or private prayer.  Very sadly this means that for at least the next four weeks, we will no longer be able to host private prayer in any of our Church buildings.

Can I take this opportunity to offer a sincere thank you to all of those who enabled private prayer to happen.  This involved a huge amount of work and was greatly appreciated by those who attended.

The restrictions still allow for Churches to be open for funerals (with up to 20 attending), weddings (with up to 5 attending) and essential services such as the Community Larder.  If anyone would like a small wedding, now is the perfect time.

The regulations also enable a minister or worship leader to enter the building to be recorded for online worship.  Thus our online worship services will still take place, at least in part, from our Church buildings.  We are making another additional change.  To cut down on potential chains of transmission, those taking part in worship – either preaching, reading or leading a prayer – will be recorded either by themselves or by someone in their household or bubble.  Robert and Lorna have already become a formidable production duo so no changes for them, but the rest of us will be doing things a little differently.  Please go gentle on us if future Youtubes suffer from the loss of Jamie’s camera work – and hopefully his continued editing will sort out any glitches.  We will also continue to host zoom services.

Can I also urge you, please please please, to let me know of anyone who requires pastoral support at this time: either you or someone you know.

And let us all continue to pray for those involved in healthcare and other essential services, those for whom lockdown is particularly stressful or isolating and those working to distribute and administer vaccines (this includes a number in our congregations),

Yours in Christ,

Neil

Neil Glover
Minister – Aberfeldy (SC007899), Dull & Weem (SC001465) and Grantully, Logierait & Strathtay (SC004275) Parish Churches.
Mobile 07779 280074

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Prayer and worship in churches, weddings and funerals

https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-advice/worship-in-churches,-weddings-and-funerals

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 03rd Jan 2021

at 10.00am

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Rev. James Simpson

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

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Sunday Club activities

Sunday 03rd January 2021

Our Children are enjoying

their holiday

at the moment

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Gate of the Year

The Poem “God Knows” or “The Gate of the Year”

was written

by Minnie Louise Haskins and was made famous when King George VI shared it as part of his Christmas broadcast in 1939.  This is the first part of the poem:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

 

Happy New Year to you all.

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 at 10.00am

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Logierait Church 

Will be open for Private Prayer from 10:00am – 10:45am

03rd January and 17th January

Following the Church of Scotland Current COVID19 Guidelines

Strathtay Church 

Will be open for Private Prayer from 11:30

  27th Dec 2020

 10th January and 24th January

Following the Church of Scotland Current COVID19 Guidelines

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Sunday Club activities

Sunday 27th December 2020

Luke 2: 22-40  Tells the story of Jesus being presented in the temple by his parents where Simeon and Anna meet Jesus. Later Mary, Joseph and Jesus travelled home to Nazareth.  Verse 40 states “The little child began to grow up.  He became stronger and wiser, and God’s blessings were with him.”  What a statement of hope this is, for then and now.

If you have young children with you and you have access to a printer then you might like to use the link below to print sheets for colouring in that highlight learning about the world:

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Kidz-Zone/Colouring-sheets

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Carols and Lessons on YouTube

Christmas Eve onwards

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Christmas Eve onwards  Traditional Dial-In

Dial 01887 440446

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All Age Zoom

Service 4.30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7834287052?pwd=R2VJdHM1c2ZIZ1BkNzhUMS9pTVVFUT09

Meeting ID: 783 428 7052

Passcode: 284762

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watch night service

carol 23:15

service 23:30

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200

or Zoom from tablet or phone:
Zoom meeting room 920 598 9200

Password  – 316316

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Logierait Church 

Will be open for Private Prayer from 10:00am – 10:45am

06th Dec 2020 and the 20th Dec 2020

Following the Church of Scotland COVID19 Guidelines

Strathtay Church 

Will be open for Private Prayer from 11:30

13th Dec 2020 and the 27th Dec 2020

Following the Church of Scotland COVID19 Guidelines

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 at 10.00am

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Mountain scene 22 Nov 2020

we will remember  sunday club poppiespoppy lightpoppy stones

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Sunday Club 20th Dec 2020

Nativity Story for our Sunday Club Nativity Sunday  20th December 2020

Our story begins with a reading from two of our Sunday Club members, as they tell of the Birth of Jesus.

Video Link:    you can follow this link or read the script text below-    The Bible Reading- The Birth

 Text:  Bible reading 1

Joseph the carpenter was worried.  Mary the girl he loved, was expecting a baby.  It wasn’t his baby; and they weren’t married.  The gossip had started already.  He would have to break off the engagement.   But that night he had a dream.  And in the dream God’s messenger-angel spoke to him:  “Don’t break off your engagement to Mary,” the angel said.  “She has done nothing wrong.  God has chosen her to be the mother of his Son- the promised King.  You are to call the baby Jesus (the Saviour).  When Joseph woke up, it was as if a great weight had been lifted from his mind.  It didn’t matter what anyone said!  He would marry Mary and take care of her and the baby.  Not long after this the Roman Emperor, Augustus issued an order.  Everyone in the Roman Empire must register at the town his family came from.  Augustus wanted to make sure he had everyone on his list, and that they paid their taxes!

Joseph’s family was descended from King David.  So he had to go to Bethlehem, where King David was born.  He had to take Mary on the long journey south through the hills – eighty miles of rough dirt roads.  The donkey carried their food, warm cloaks for the chilly nights and clothes for the baby who was due to be born any day.   Mary was very tired when they arrived at last.  And there was nowhere for them to stay.  The inn was already crowded with travellers.  The inn-keeper felt sorry for Mary- but the only space he had left was the stable.  It was dirty and smelly in there with the animals.  But at least Mary could rest – and there was nowhere else.

That night Mary’s baby son was born.  She wrapped him up warmly in the clothes she had made, and put him in a manger to sleep.

On the hills around the town, shepherds kept watch, looking after their flocks.  That night was dark and everything was quiet-just a little bleat now and then from one of the sheep.  Then suddenly there was a blaze of light – so bright, the men had to shield their eyes.  And out of the brightness came the voice of God’s messenger-angel.  “Don’t be afraid.  I’ve come with good news-for you and all the world.  The Saviour has come-God’s promised King-born today in Bethlehem.  You will find the baby asleep in a manger.”  Then the shepherds saw a great crowd of angels, all singing praises to God.  “Glory to God in heaven,” they sang, “and peace to all who love him on earth.”  When the angels had gone and the sky was dark again, the shepherds began to talk among themselves.  “We must go to Bethlehem,” they said, “and see what has happened.”  They made sure the sheep were safe.  Then they hurried into the town.  There they found Mary and Joseph- and a new-born baby lying in the manger.  Then they knew that what the angels had told them was true.  They told Mary and Joseph all that had happened.  Then they went back to the sheep, telling everyone they met on the way about the baby and angel’s message.  They sang as they walked along, thanking God for all they had seen.  It was a night they would never forget.

Here is a Poem that we have been sharing with another Sunday Club member: 

Once upon a time,
A long, long time ago.
Begins the story of a baby,
That most of you should know.

His daddy’s name was Joseph,
And Mary was His Mum,
This babe was very special
He was God’s only Son.

Mary rode a donkey,
And Joseph walked along,
While angels watched from afar
Celebrating in song.

When they arrived in Bethlehem,
The couple were turned away,
By keepers of the inn
Telling them of no place to stay.

Now Joseph- he insisted
That his wife had some place to stay,
The keeper told him of a stable
With animals and hay.

Mary and Joseph’s journey ended
In a stable filled with hay,
It was there that Mary gave birth,
To our King on this day.

Some angels came from heaven,
And they began to sing.
To the shepherds in the fields below,
“Glad tidings do we bring!”

Word of the King’s arrival
Soon spread very fast,
The Angels told Shepherds
That a Saviour was born at last.

A bright star lit the heavens,
To light the magi’s way,
To the baby in the manger
Who was born on Christmas day.

And all who gathered round Him,
Rejoiced and praised His birth.
For the babe, the King, named Jesus,
Is our Saviour here on earth!

So as we celebrate Christmas
With sweets and presents and more
Remember we have a Saviour,
Giving us life evermore.

The next bible reading tells the story of the Kings – from Matthew 2 v1-12

Video Link: 

Or Text link: Wise Men come to visit Jesus

Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the time when Herod was king.  After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.  They asked, “Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews?  We saw his star in the east.  We have come to worship him.”  When King Herod heard about this new king of the Jews, he was troubled.  And all the people in Jerusalem were worried too.   Herod called a meeting of all the leading priests and teachers of the law.  He asked them where the Christ would be born.  The prophet wrote about this in the Scriptures: But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are important among the rulers of Judah.  A ruler will come from you.  He will be like a shepherd for my people, the Israelites’.”  Then Herod had a secret meeting with the wise men from the east.  He learned from them the exact time they first saw the star.  Then Herod sent the wise meant to Bethlehem.  He said to them, “Go and look carefully to find the child.  When you find him, come and tell me.  Then I can go and worship him too.”

The wise men heard the king and then left.  They saw the same star they had seen in the east .  It went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was.  When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy.  They went to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary.  They bowed down and worshipped the child.  They opened the gifts they had brought for him.  They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod.  So they went home to their own country by a different way.

Video link:  The Christmas Story 

Or Text script:   The First Christmas Story

Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem so that they could be counted.

Mary was going to have a baby.

Mary travelled by donkey and it was a long way.

Bethlehem was busy and it was getting late.

Mary and Joseph needed somewhere to stay but there was no room in the Inn.

But, the innkeeper said they could use the stable at the back.  It was dry and warm.

Later that night, Mary had a baby.  She said, “I will call him Jesus”.

There was a bright star above the stable.

At the same time outside on the hill there were shepherds keeping an eye on their sheep.

Suddenly an angel appeared in the sky and said

“Don’t be afraid.  Follow the star to Bethlehem and find baby Jesus.”

The Shepherds found their way to the stable.

They saw Jesus sleeping in a manger and knelt down to see him.

Meanwhile, three wise men were also going to Bethlehem, following the star.

They knew that Jesus was a King and an important person.

They were looking out for a Palace but the star was shining over the stable.

When they got there, the wise men gave baby Jesus their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

The star was shining and angels were singing in the sky, telling the world that Jesus had been born.

Happy Christmas.

Away in a manger:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d54iaIJCwA

Another Sunday Club member has been looking at our Christmas prayer:

Prayer for Christmas 2020

Dear God, Thank you for the birth of Jesus and the hope that he brings to the world.

Please help us to pray and act to change the lives of those people who are today, hungry, lonely, cold, homeless, hurting, afraid, anxious and worrying about money.

Give us the strength in our actions to stand up for what is right and fair for the citizens of this world as we ask people to change their life-styles in order to save our planet.

Bless the hospital and care home workers; those who respond to emergencies in their jobs and as volunteers; those who work in schools, in local government jobs, the scientists and politicians; the individuals who provide support in their communities and those who work on the land.  Give them rest and strength to continue.

We thank those individuals and organisations in our own parish who have worked to help others during the Pandemic.  You gave the world your Son in order that he would save us from sin.  We ask that you continue to send blessings to us all as we come through a difficult year.    Help us share the joy of Christmas and know that you remain with each of us, as we face the future with hope and peace.

We ask this in your name

Amen.

Merry Christmas everyone from GLS Sunday Club

Stay Safe

We always finish our Sunday Club Nativity contribution with the congregation joining to sing: The 12 Days of Christmas.  Here is a version- join in at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zb7eD0ytQM

see the Sunday club page

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday  20th Dec 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Sunday 20th Dec 2020 10:30am

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7834287052?pwd=NzhWTllLYkovWjBBRnZyRS9sZHF3dz09

Zoom meeting room 783 428 7052

Password  – 7834287052

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Worship from Logierait on 20th Dec.docx

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 at 10.00am

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Mountain scene 22 Nov 2020

we will remember  sunday club poppiespoppy lightpoppy stones

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday 13th Dec 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Sunday 13th Dec 2020 10:30am

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200

Zoom meeting room 920 598 9200

Password  – 316316

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service script 13 Dec 2020

Script Sunday 13th Dec 2020

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 06th Dec 2020 at 10.00am

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Sunday Club 06th Dec 2020

see the Sunday club page

advent calendar 2020

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday 06th Dec 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Sunday 06th Dec 2020 10:30am

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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Script Sunday 06th Dec 2020

service script 6 Dec 2020

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 at 10.00am

29th Nov 2020

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traditional service Sunday 29th Nov 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

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Script Sunday 29th Nov 2020

service script 29 Nov 2020[84928]

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Sunday bells at Logierait,

 at 10.00am

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday 22 Nov 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200

or Zoom from tablet or phone:
Zoom meeting room 920 598 9200

Password  – 316316

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Script Sunday 22nd Nov 2020

service script 22 Nov 20

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Script Sunday 15 Nov 2020

service script 15 Nov 2020

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Today the bells at Logierait,

 at 10.00am

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Sunday Club 15th Nov 2020

Matthew 23 1-3, 5

“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”    And    “Everything they do is done for people to see:”

“Practice what you preach” and “actions speak louder than words” are both phrases you might have heard before.  God wants us to be sincere in what we do for others, our actions not be “on show” for people but because we care.

Today, we invite you to think of something that you could do this week that demonstrates a kindness to someone else.

Prayer for Humility:

Dear God, please help our children and ourselves to show humility in life.  Help us all to be quiet and still in ourselves, allowing us to acknowledge the worth of others; to respect our fellow human beings across the world, as valued and loved, no better than ourselves, just as simple citizens of Your world on earth. We ask this in your name.  Amen

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we will remember

sunday club poppiespoppy lightpoppy stones

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Sunday Club 08th Nov 2020

activity on the

Sunday club page

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday 08 Nov 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Script Sunday 08 Nov 2020

Service script 8 Nov 2020

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Water Garden

picture courtesy of Mr W Jackson Derculich

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday 01 Nov 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200

 or Zoom from tablet or phone:
Zoom meeting room 920 598 9200

 Password  – 316316

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Script Sunday 01 Nov 2020

Service script 01 Nov 2020

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Sunday 25  Oct 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200

or Zoom from tablet or phone:
Zoom meeting room 920 598 9200

Password  – 316316

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Script Sunday 25  Oct 2020

service script 25 Oct 2020

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday 18  Oct 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Script Sunday 18  Oct 2020

service script 18 Oct 2020a

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service script 11 oct 20

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Traditional recorded service

Sunday 11  Oct 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Please open and print from the link below for the live service

Order of Service 11 October 2020

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DULL AND WEEM PARISH CHURCH 

Sunday 11 October at 9.30am

 ‘Live’ service taking place there on Sunday with Rev. Harry Mowbray

Please print off a copy of the service sheet and take it with you as  there will be no bibles or hymn books.

Please remember your masks. (We recognise there will some attendees with exemptions to this requirement)

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Display

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service script 4 Oct 2020

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Sunday  04 Oct 2020

Zoom service and Post service Chat

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200

Password  – 316316

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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A Message from Rev. N. Glover

Dear Friends,

I am writing to let you know that Weem Church will be open for public worship on the 11th October at 9:30am.

This will be Public Worship for members of all our congregations (and beyond).  We are hopeful that there should be sufficient accommodation in the Sanctuary for all who attend (this is based on the recent questionnaire).  If numbers are significantly larger than anticipated, anyone who can’t be given entry will be given priority at future services of worship.

It is a very personal decision for all of us as to whether we are and feel ready to come to physically gathered public worship at this time.  Please be assured of my full support in whatever decision you come to in this regard.  I have attached a Church of Scotland scoresheet to assist in thinking through whether one should or should not attend physically gathered worship.

I also attach the “Statement of practice” which outlines the protocols being observed in Weem to allow public worship to take place.

If you have any questions at all about this please don’t hesitate to contact me on nglover@churchofscotland.org.uk.

On another note, it was fabulous to see so many logged in for last week’s Zoom Communion.   If you’re able to, it would be great to see you at 10:30am this coming Sunday.  The link is:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Or
Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316

With warmest wishes and the great privilege of being your Minister,

Neil Glover
WorshipAssessmentTool.pdf

SoP Weem 15 September 2020-1.docx

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Bells  27 Sep 2020

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Dear Friends,

Sunday’s worship

This first link provides worship service details for the Communion Service on Sunday 27th September 2020.  The live service is due to start at 10.30am.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5sqivx4uayqbjrm/WorshipSheet_27Sep2020.pdf?dl=0

 

Please note that unfortunately with the new regulations there can be no mixed households but it we do hope that many people will manage to join this zoom service:

If you wish to join in the service you may wish to have actual proper wine, alongside cranberry juice, blackcurrant juice or grape juice.

Regarding bread you may want to go for Pitta to keep with the Unleavened bread theme of exodus,  or a roll, or a plain slice.

The zoom link is here… https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Password 504415
Meeting room is 830 0965 0276

There will also be a shorter Youtube going up for anyone who can’t make 10:30am on Sunday.  It will be at the usual channel which is here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

There will be an option to chat at the end and there will hopefully be a choice as to where you go to chat (hopefully there will be virtual Lawers Rooms, John Kyd halls, McDonald Rooms, Logierait back halls and Tenandry Church fronts, Glasgow room and chat room for those who don’t want to chat).

With warmest wishes and with the great privilege of being your ministers,

Neil

WorshipSheet_27Sep2020.pdf

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Sunday Service

20 Sep 2020 Script

script 20 Sep 2020

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Sunday Service traditional

20 Sep 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Zoom service and after service chat

from 10:30am Sunday

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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Sunday Service

13 Sep 2020 Script

script 130920

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Sunday Service traditional

13 Sep 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Zoom service and after service chat

from 10:30am Sunday

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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Sunday Service

06 Sep 2020 Script

script 06sep20

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Sunday Service traditional

06 Sep 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Zoom service and after service chat

from 10:30am Sunday

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200?pwd=V0FTeVF4UmJtNDJFTWFXMlN6NWk5UT09

Meeting ID: 920 598 9200
Passcode: 316316

One tap mobile
+441314601196,,9205989200#,,,,,,0#,,316316# United Kingdom

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Sunday Service

30 Aug 2020 Script

Script 30 August 2020

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Sunday Service traditional

30 Aug 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Zoom service and after service chat

from 10:30am Sunday

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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Sunday Service

23 Aug 2020 Script

script 23 August 2020

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Sunday Service traditional

23 Aug 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Sunday Service

16 Aug 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

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Zoom post service Chat

16 Aug 2020

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200

or Zoom from tablet or phone:
Zoom meeting room 920 598 9200

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Text for Sunday’s Service

Moderator’s First Service – The Right Reverend Dr Martin Fair

 Let us worship God for this is the day that the Lord has made

 HYMN            Praise my soul the King of heaven

Praise my soul the King of heaven, to His feet thy tribute bring

Ransomed healed restored forgiven, who like me His praise should sing

Praise him praise Him, Praise Him praise Him Praise the everlasting King

Praise Him for His grace and favour, to our fathers in distress

Praise him still the same for ever, slow to chide and swift to bless

Praise Him praise Him, Praise Him praise Him, glorious in His faithfulness

Father like He tends and spares us, well our feeble frame He know

In his hands He gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes

Praise Him praise Him, Praise Him praise Him, widely as His mercy flows

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish, blows the wind and it is gone

But while mortals rise and perish, God endures unchanging on

Praise Him praise Him, Praise Him praise Him, Praise the high eternal One

Angels help us to adore Him, ye behold Him face to face

Sun and moon bow down before Him, dwellers all in time and space

Praise Him praise Him, Praise Him praise Him, Praise with us the God of grace

READING                 John 1:1-18 from The Message Translation  Read by the Rev Aftab Gohar

REFLECTION

This book Sophie’s World was in its day an international best seller. It’s really an introduction to philosophy which may not make it sound like a page turner but its set up as a novel and is a great read. Let me read a small section for you. What is the most important thing in life? If we ask someone living on the edge of starvation, the answer is food. If we ask someone dying of cold, the answer is warmth. If we put the same question to someone who feels lonely and isolated, the answer will probably be the company of other people. But when those basic needs have been satisfied, will there be something that everybody needs. Philosophers thinks so. The believe that man can not live by bread alone. Of course everyone needs food and everyone needs love and care. But there is something else apart from that which everyone needs and that is, to figure out who we care and why we are here.

So there we have 2 big questions. Who am I and why am I here? Philosophical questions yes, but deep theological questions for sure. Who am I and why am I here? The first of these questions is one of identity and the second is one of purpose. Today we are going to think on the first question who am I? This question of our identity and next week we’ll consider the second, why am I here? What’s the point of me being on earth? What is my purpose? The author of Sophie’s world offers us two thoughts as we begin this quest, of discovering our identity who I am. He begins by saying that we begin to discover who we are when we discover that we are not just ourselves. In other words that there are others around us and that it is in connecting with them, that we begin to discover who we are in terms of our connectedness to others. Maybe we can think of it this way. That it is impossible to understand ourselves without thinking about all those around us. Look for a moment at the pebbles on this stony beach. You can hardly think of one without the others. They somehow belong together. The second thing he suggests and this is a new addition to the original writing of the book. He says that we begin to understand who we are, when we realise that we are connected with the world in which we live. And he goes as far as to say, that we can’t understand who we are, we’ll never ever have a true sense of our identity, unless we understand that it somehow wrapped up in our connectedness with where we are. So two things as we begin to answer. First of all our identity is in our connectedness with other people and our connectedness with the environment.

As for our connectedness to the creation, right at the beginning the book of Genesis makes it abundantly clear that we are part of what God has made. We have a pleasant special place within that. We are set as stewards over creation. But none the less we are part of it and our connectedness to it, is vital to who we are. I wonder who you see when you look up close at yourself. Who are you? What is your identity? In recent years of course we have seen the rise in so called identity politics. We hear people saying all the time: ‘I identify as this or that or the next thing’. I guess as I think about myself, my Scottishness is important to me, but I also understand myself to be British. I identify I think about myself as a male, as a husband, as a father, as a son. There are so many aspects as how I might define myself. As I look to answer the question who am I? Everything that I have described so far is important to me. My connectedness to others, my connectedness to the creation and those other things that I have mentioned. My sense of who I am in relation to the place I come from, the people I’m part of and my understanding of myself in relation to family. Those who are immediately around me. All that is important as I think about my identity of who I am. But as a Christian there is something more. Of course there is something much more. Right there at the very start of John’s gospel in the first chapter we hear the phrase: ‘Children of God, children of God’. My friends, here is the key ultimately to who I am. Ultimately my identity is as a child of God.

Yes all those other things matter in terms of how I piece together my understanding of who I am. But they are all arranged underneath this key and crucial and most important conviction that first and foremost I am a child of God. This underpins everything else and without that, there is something essential missing. I am a child of God. That’s who I am. That’s who I identify as.  My relating to other people, my relating to this planet all flow out of the fact that first and foremost, I am related to a loving God who in His grace and through his son has declared me to be his child. It’s on this solid rock that I build this firm foundation of being a child of God and this is my identity. This is who I am.

But even then there is something else that must be said and it’s this. I am only a child of God because of what Jesus has done for me. Because Jesus came into the world for me, because Jesus has lived His life for me and in the end because Jesus gave His life for me. That’s why I can say with confidence in response to the question who am I? I am a child of God because of Jesus. Friends, let us never ever take that for granted. Let us never ever become blase about this truth, that Jesus gave Himself for us that we might be children of God. Let us then keep His cross ever before us as a reminder of this truth. Let us hold fast to His cross. By the cross we are children of God.

HYMN                        When I survey the wondrous cross

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ, my God;

All the vain things that charm me most I sacrifice them to His blood.

See! from His head, His hands, His feet sorrow and love flow mingled down;

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

 

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION  The Reverend Rosie Frew Convenor of Faith Nurture Forum

Lord God,

We give thanks for all those who nurture faith – through work with children, in discipleship, in the leading of worship, in outreach to the world around.

We give thanks and pray for those who engage with children and young people in Sunday schools and Messy Church, mid-week activities and holiday clubs, youth groups and school chaplaincies. Inspire them as they keep our young people involved in different ways. Encourage them as, in faith, they plant seeds in hearts and minds.

We give thanks and pray for those who lead Bible studies and discussion groups, wrestling with the issues of the day, seeking to open minds and mature faith.

We give thanks and pray for those who are leading worship at this time, challenged to adapt to new ways of engaging. We give thanks for new opportunities to touch hearts and minds. We pray for discernment as we move forward – what to take with us, what to leave behind.

We give thanks and pray for those in the ministries of the church – parish ministers, Ordained Local Ministers, Chaplains and specialist ministries, Deacons, Readers and Locums. Grant them strength and wisdom in these difficult days; imagination and openness as they seek your guiding.

We pray for those discerning a call to ministry, those in training, those seeking their first charge. Be their light, their support, their assurance in their questioning, in their formation.

We give thanks and pray for the members of the new Faith Nurture Forum and for the staff working from their homes – for their commitment to the life and work of the church in these uncertain times – supporting, resourcing, enabling, encouraging, responding to change, working alongside congregations, concerned for the poorest and most marginalised.

We give thanks and pray for each other. For the assurance of you love and care; for your peace in our lives; for hearts on fire with the good news of Jesus; for imagination and courage in mission and fresh expressions of faith; for willingness to embrace the challenges of the changing days ahead.

In Jesus name we pray

Amen

HYMN            I stand amazed in the Presence

I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene
And wonder how He could love me a sinner, condemned, unclean
How marvellous! how wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvellous! how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden He prayed not my will but Thine

He had no tears for His own griefs but sweat drops of blood for mine

How marvellous! how wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvellous! how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!

He took my sins and my sorrows, and made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary and suffered and died alone
How marvellous! how wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvellous! how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!

When with the ransomed in glory His face I at last shall see
It will be my joy through the ages to sing of His love for me

How marvellous! how wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvellous! how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!

BENEDICTION  May the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all today and forever more. Amen

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Zoom Service

10:30am Sunday

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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Dial in

Really sorry, with Jamie being off, this is not going to be a possibility.

If you are someone who uses this, my sincerely apologies.  Next week we’ll be back.

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Traditional service

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

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WrittenService_9August

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Traditional YouTube

Sunday morning 02nd Aug 2020 on wards

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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script 2 August 2020

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Sunday morning 26th July 2020

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

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Traditional YouTube

Sunday morning onwards

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Traditional Dial-In

Dial 01887 440446

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Contemporary YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Contemporary Zoom

10.30 am Sunday

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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script service 19 July 2020

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Traditional YouTube

Sunday Morning

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Contemporary

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

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script july 12th 2020

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The Bells rang out again at Logierait today

05th July 2020

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script 5 July 2020

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Traditional YouTube

Sunday Morning

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial 01887 440446

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Traditional  Sunday morning

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in 01887 440446

Contemporary 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Contemporary Zoom  10.30 am Sunday

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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script service 28 June 2020

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Traditional service Sunday morning onwards

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Traditional Dial-In   Dial 01887 440446

Contemporary  Sunday morning onwards

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Contemporary Zoom   10.30 am Sunday

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83009650276

Meeting ID: 830 0965 0276

Password: 504415

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The Bells ring out again at Logierait.

The bells also ring for the memory of the victims and their families of The Grenfell tower 3 years on.

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script service 14 June 2020

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A tribute to Frank Cruickshank

hill head

https://youtu.be/ceNoY-kHIeM

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Traditional YouTube Service

You will be able to view the service by going to the Churches’ YouTube Channel here

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in – 01887 440446

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7 June 2020 service script

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The Bells continue to ring out at Logierait 31 May 2020

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https://stream1.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/weekly-worship/pentecost.

And, we also have an evening service, led by Geoff Davis:  The link is –  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in – 01887 440446.

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The Bells are still ringing out at Logierait Church 24th May 2020

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GLS christian life week challenge May 2020

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Sunday Service 24th May 2020

Please follow the links below

The link is –  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

Dial in – 01887 440446

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script 24 May

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

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sunday service script 17 May 2020

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Love…bears all things, believes all things, hope’s all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Corinthians 13:7-8

Thank you for being with us on Christian Aid Sunday.

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Christian Aid Week in Scotland

Love never fails. Corona virus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.

Sunday 10th May- This link provides an introduction to the broad work of Christian Aid and was made available in February this year prior to the impact of the Corona virus.  It is a well made thought provoking short film, a reminder of the importance of this charity. Worth watching.

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-02/CAW20%20Churches%20film%20with%20voiceover.mp4_.zip

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or dial 01887 440446

script for 10th May 2020

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    Zoom Web Address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9205989200
or Meeting ID: 920 598 920
or One Touch Dial from mobile: +441314601196,,9205989200#
Or Dial from Landline or Mobile: 0131 460 1196 and then enter meeting room code 920 598 9200

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https://videos.files.wordpress.com/SdPWQImq/20200503_201300_326060977706320-bell-ringing-03-05-2020_dvd.mp4

youtu.be/Vc1QjrC3Jy0

Church service 3 May2020 Script GLS

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Service script 26 April 20[64203]

Or you can dial

01887 440446

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see the new digital newsletter click on link in our Newsletters and magazines

also see there for church magazine link

UPPER TAY COVID-19 CHURCH OF SCOTLAND COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
A note from Neil Glover…
Dear friends,
Welcome to the first edition of the Upper Tay Community Newsletter.
This is a first attempt at sharing stories, pictures, information about
services, and ideas for us to support each other through these unique
times.
The beginnings of this idea came from a group of folk from local Churches
but it is hoped that this will belong to our whole community. I’m delighted
that we have had the encouragement of Dull & Weem, Aberfeldy and
Mid-Atholl, Strathtay and Ballinluig Community Councils. We also are
aware of similar newsletters around Kenmore and in Ballinluig.
At two community engagement days in 2018 and 2019 in Aberfeldy
Church, participants from many different parts of our community
talked about the need for us to be better at sharing what is going
on. There are so many incredible initiatives happening in our area,
but often we don’t know about them. Hopefully this newsletter will be one
part of us spreading the word. There is an ancient Jewish word,
Shalom, which is often translated as “Peace”. It’s very similar to
the Arabic word “Salaam”. Both words have the idea that peace
happens, not just when there isn’t war, but above all when people are
connected to each other, in good relationships. Even though we are
socially distanced, I hope that this newsletter alongside countless other
acts of neighbourliness, will build up the friendships between us all, that
we will be a community whose peace runs deep. With every good wish,
Neil Glover, Minister
You can visit each parish church’s website
for the latest sermons shared online:
Aberfeldy: http://www.aberfeldyparishchurch.org
Dull and Weem: http://www.dullandweemparish.org
Grantully, Logierait & Strathtay:
http://www.glschurchofscotland.org

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The Bell rang out again at Logierait today at 12:00 pm

see below

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The contemporary service 19 Apr 2020 available from 10:30 am

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA-Ianua69JOCtTV2zBDxw

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script service 19 April 2020[64031]

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Let the Bells Ring Out for Easter.

All the Church of Scotland Churches from Fortingall to Strathtay and Logierait were to Ring their bells for Easter at 12 noon today.  Logierait Church used hand held bells to take part.  Here is the bell ringing on video.

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Churches in Scotland join together in prayer at 7pm this Easter Sunday

For the third week running, and this time coinciding with Easter Sunday, thousands of people across Scotland will be answering the call to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said:

“Sunday at 7pm has become increasingly a valued time for Christians as they pause to pray, conscious that many others will be sharing the same prayer at the same time.

A Prayer for Easter Sunday

Lord, it feels as if we’ve been walking in the Good Friday shadow of the cross;

feeling disorientated, concerned and filled with heartache;

praying for healing for those poorly,
whether government leader or more personally known;
and comfort for those bereaved;

expressing thanks for the selfless dedication of NHS staff,
those delivering social care,
and everyone ensuring that essential services and supplies are maintained,
in company with those who volunteer.

Lord, as we journey on,
help us now to embrace the dawning Easter joy of the cross;

encountering,
like the first disciples,
the transforming wonder of Christ’s resurrection;

accepting,
like the first disciples,
that it may take time to comprehend the reality of Easter;

reflecting new life through words and deeds.
Hear us, and journey with us,
in the name of the risen Christ.
Amen.

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Cross 2020

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Easter Service 12 Apr 2020

 

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Transcript of the Service

EASTER SUNDAY  12th April 2020

Easter Affirmation    The Lord is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Hymn    In Christ Alone

Prayer :  Living God, who brings light out of darkness, hope out of anguish, birth out of death, we adore You for Your Easter Glory.  Mighty God, who overcomes the power of hatred and evil, who has the key of life, we adore You for Your Easter victory.  Eternal God, who promises us abundant life, who has promised never to leave us, we adore You for Your Easter presence.

 Glorious God, who wills that the world be filled with Your goodness, who calls nations to worship You, we adore You for Your Easter splendour.

 Loving God, who knows and understands our grief, who knows our loneliness and guilt, we adore You for Your Easter forgiveness

 Jesus, our living Lord, we greet You this joyful day.

                                                                                            Amen

Prayers of Confession:  The Lord’s Prayer

 Bible Reading    John 20: 1 – 18

 Sermon      ‘God is in our midst’

 Response   (time of quiet reflection)

 Prayers of Intercession

 Hymn     Thine be the glory

 Blessing

 GOD IS IN OUR MIDST

It was the first Easter morning, and Mary Magdalene, driven by her love and devotion, had gone to the tomb where Jesus was laid, and got the shock of her life.  The large stone at the entrance to the tomb was rolled away and the tomb was empty.  She ran off to tell Peter and John, who both dashed off to see what had happened.  True enough, Jesus’ body wasn’t there.  The burial clothes were, but no Jesus.  The disciples, puzzled by the unexpected turn of events left and went home.  Mary stayed behind and met the Risen Jesus.  It started a sequence of events during which the disciples came to realize that Jesus’ prediction of his death and resurrection (Lk9:22) had come true.

The other month, there was a knock at my door on a Monday afternoon.  I opened the door and a woman was standing there.  “Hello Geoff,” she said, “Good to see you.”  I was completely dumbfounded.  I couldn’t for the life of me think who she was.  I had a vague idea I might have seen her somewhere before but couldn’t remember where.  She spoke as though she knew me, but I didn’t know her.  It wasn’t until my brother came up the drive that I knew the lady was my sister-in-law.  My brother and his wife live in Bournemouth and we don’t get to meet up very often.  They were the last people I expected to see on my doorstep.  Because I didn’t expect to see my sister-in-law on my doorstep on a Monday afternoon, I didn’t know who she was.  On that first Easter Sunday morning, Mary didn’t expect to meet Jesus, and didn’t recognise him, although he may have looked slightly different.

 Are our expectations of the Lord’s presence similarly limited?  Are there situations and occasions when we don’t expect Jesus to be there?  We expect Jesus to be in church with us on a Sunday, but what about the rest of the day, 24 hours a day, every day?  For us as believing Christians, resurrection is part of our everyday experience.  When we wake in the morning, we thank Jesus that he’s with us, and we look forward to sharing the say with Him.  Resurrection is new every morning.  Each and every day we are being changed into the likeness of Jesus (2Cor3:18).

 One of the lovely episodes in the story of Jesus meeting Mary is when, in her confused and uncertain state, Jesus calls her by name, ‘Mary.’  She recognised his voice, the voice of her Lord.  It was important for Mary and so it is for us.  We’ve all had embarrassing moments when we can’t remember someone’s name.  We’ve all had moments when someone, who knows us well, can’t remember our name.  There’s something about knowing someone’s name that really matters.  And it points up a crucial reality about faith.  Faith isn’t made up of a whole series of doctrinal statements but a personal and intimate relationship between Jesus and his people.  It involves being known, accepted and loved.  It means the Lord knows us, each one of us, .  Not for Jesus any agonising about names, or having a guess and getting it wrong.  Jesus knows us and values us for who we are.  He always seeks the deepest of relationships with us.

 Surely Mary was filled with joy when she realised the one she spoke to outside the empty tomb was Jesus.  “She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic ‘Rabboni'(which means teacher).  She went to the disciples and told them “I have seen the Lord.”  That first Easter morning heralded a new reality for Mary.  In a few moments her whole ‘world picture’ changed.  Her Lord, far from being lost for ever, was now at the centre of her world.  She comes to see that only Jesus, as the risen Lord, can make sense if her world and explain it to her.

 We, too, rejoice in the Risen Lord.  We see from Mary’s encounter with the Risen Jesus that he’s present, with us, every day, that he knows our names, that he is our personal Lord.  Although we make a special point of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, the reality is he is always alive for evermore, hallelujah!  Resurrection is a daily event for us.  There’s always new life coming out of old, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 In many ways, our lives right now can feel like we imagine it might have done for the disciples between the crucifixion and the resurrection.  They could meet together but felt lost and devastated.   That can be our feeling because we don’t have the personal contact that we enjoyed just a few weeks ago.  Yes, I know that technology has come to our rescue with face time, texts, e-mails, skype, WhatsAp, and Zoom.  Zoom is a wonderful facility and I’ve been involved in coffee mornings and house groups using Zoom. In fact I’ve had some days when I’ve been ‘Zoomed Out,’ with too many Zoom sessions in one day.  But lovely though it is, there’s nothing like the human touch.

 For Jesus’ followers, it all changed with the Resurrection.  In the midst of their doubts fears and anxieties, worries about their future, and what would happen to them, suddenly, unexpectedly, Jesus was there.  God was in their midst.  The promise of Jesus, “I am with you always to the very end of the age,” (Mt28:20) was true.  Now everything was different.  The promise of Immanuel, ‘God with us,’ shaped the future.  The disciples discovered that in the times when doom and gloom, when bad news is an ever-present, when things are dark and foreboding, God meets us.  This is an essential comfort for us in such times as we’re living through now.  It’s a message of hope, of strength, of light, of encouragement, of optimism, of promise.  Jesus is with each one of us each and every day, 24 hours a day.  As God has not abandoned us, so we do not abandon one another.

In the Queen’s broadcast to the nation last Sunday evening, which not only was a national broadcast but also went global, she emphasised that together we will get through this crisis in the same way that the country came through the threatening challenges of WW2.  She even evoked memories of Dame Vera Lynn by talking about ‘We’ll meet again.’  I almost felt like breaking into song at that point.

The Irish Franciscan monk, Brother Richard Hendrick, wrote a poem about Covid-19.  It was read at the start of a session of the Scottish Parliament.  At the end of the poem it says, “What really matters is to love.  So, we pray and we remember that yes there is fear.  But there does not have to be hate.  Yes, there is isolation.  But there does not have to be loneliness.  Yes, there is panic buying.  But there does not have to be meanness.  Yes, there is sickness.  But there does not have to be disease of the soul.

 When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been put, the stone was rolled away.  Jesus is alive.  Now life can take on an expansive element.  Now all things are possible because Jesus is in all places.  He’s now longer confined to human form.  Now he works in us, in other people, through us and through other people, in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Easter has the promise of new beginnings.  Whatever stone or barrier is blocking our lives needs to be rolled away.  The message of the Resurrection is that it can.  Hope is a reality in Jesus. Sacrifice and effort aren’t worthless.  From such struggles new beginnings come.

 The Lord is risen!  He is risen indeed!  I always love the opportunity to make that proclamation and affirmation.  It’s the bedrock of our faith.  Jesus’ opponents, of which there were many and most of them powerful and influential, tried to silence him, tried to stop his ministry to the sick, the needy, the downcast and the fearful, but they could not.  Why? Because he defeated sin and death by rising to new life as the Risen and Ascended Lord.  Jesus is alive and with us, in love and power, for evermore. Amen?

 Transcript  Good Friday Service

10 Apr 2020

Good Friday Service from Rev. Harry Mowbray                         Easter Friday: 10 April 2020

Call to Worship

Surely, he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows;

Yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, brought us peace,

And with his wounds, we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4-5

Hymn 380

1       There is a green hill far away,

outside a city wall,

where the dear Lord was crucified,

who died to save us all.

2       We may not know, we cannot tell

what pains he had to bear;

what pains he had to bear;

but we believe it was for us

he hung and suffered there.

3       He died that we might be forgiven,

he died to make us good.

that we might go at last to heaven,

saved by his precious blood.

4       There was no other good enough

to pay the price of sin;

he only could unlock the gate

of heaven, and let us in.

5       Oh, dearly, dearly has he loved,

and we must love him too,

and trust in his redeeming blood,

and try his works to do.

Scripture Reading –   Matthew 27:45-54

 The Death of Jesus:     (Mark 15.33-41; Luke 23.44-49; John 19.28-30)

45 At noon, the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.

At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

47 Some of the people standing there heard him and said, “He is calling for Elijah!”

One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make him drink it.

49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah is coming to save him!”

50 Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Then the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split apart, 52 the graves broke open, and many of God’s people who had died were raised to life.

53 They left the graves, and after Jesus rose from death, they went into the Holy City, where many people saw them.

54 When the army officer and the soldiers with him who were watching Jesus saw the earthquake and everything else that happened, they were terrified and said, “He really was the Son of God!”

John 19:38-42 

The Burial of Jesus

(Matthew 27.57-61; Mark 15.42-47; Luke 23.50-56)

38 After this, Joseph, who was from the town of Arimathea, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body.

(Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but in secret, because he was afraid of the Jewish authorities.)

Pilate told him he could have the body, so Joseph went and took it away.

Nicodemus, who at first had gone to see Jesus at night, went with Joseph, taking with him about one hundred pounds of spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes.

40 The two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial.

41 There was a garden in the place where Jesus had been put to death, and in it there was a new tomb where no one had ever been buried.

42 Since it was the day before the Sabbath and because the tomb was close by, they placed Jesus’ body there.

Hymn 549

1          How deep the Father’s love for us,
how vast beyond all measure,
that he should give his only Son
to make a wretch his treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss;
the Father turns his face away,
as wounds which mar the chosen One
bring many souls to glory.

2          Behold the man upon a cross,
my sin upon his shoulders;
ashamed I hear my mocking voice
call out among the scoffers.

It was my sin that held him there,

my pardon he accomplished;
his dying breath has brought me life –
I know that “it is finished”.

3          I will not boast in anything,
no gifts, no power, no wisdom;
but I will boast in Jesus Christ,
his death and resurrection.

Why should I gain from all of this?
I cannot give an answer;
but this I know with all my heart,
his wounds have paid my ransom.

Good Friday Thoughts

The death of Jesus changed the world forever, even before the glory, new life and new hope brought by resurrection.   Matthew tells us that The Temple veil was rent from top to bottom.

That was the veil, which covered the Holy of Holies;

that was the veil beyond which no one could penetrate, except the high priest on the Day of Atonement;

That was the veil, behind which the Spirit of God dwelt.

Up to this time, God had been hidden and remote, and no one knew what he was truly like.  But in the death of Jesus we see the hidden love of God, and the way to the presence of God – once barred to everyone  – is now opened to all.  The life and the death of Jesus show us what God is really like and remove forever the veil, which concealed him from men and women.

Judgment has been hanging over the Temple for several chapters now in Matthew; the priests have themselves finally rejected Jesus; now their power base, the centre of their world, receives a symbolic destruction as potent as the action of Jesus himself a few days earlier.

Jesus’ death is the beginning of the end for the system that had opposed him, that had refused to heed his summons that had denied its vocation to be the light of the world, the city set on a hill to which the nations would flock.

Instead, the nations will now flock to a different hill: to the hill called Calvary, outside the city walls, where the king of the Jews has died a cruel and shameful death.

As a sign of what is to come

Looking back to

  • the wise men of Matthew 2:1-12,
  • the centurion of 8:5-13,
  • the Canaanite woman of 15:2 1-28,

we see another centurion, standing guard at the foot of the cross, giving voice to the confession of faith that millions more would make, in shocked surprise at the sudden revelation of God’s truth where one would least expect it: ‘He really was God’s son!’
That is what Matthew intends and expects his readers to say

There is the beginning here of the realisation that Jesus showed God’s love for the whole world, not just those who believed that they alone were chosen.  We see the transforming world too in those who took Jesus from the Cross and laid him in the tomb.   Jesus died, and what had to be done now must be done quickly, for the Sabbath was almost begun and, on the Sabbath, no work could be done.  The friends of Jesus were poor and could not have given him a fitting burial; but two people came forward. Joseph of Arimathaea was one.  He had always been a disciple of Jesus; he was a great man and a member of the Sanhedrin, and up to now he had kept his discipleship secret for he was afraid to make it known.  Nicodemus was the other. It was the Jewish custom to wrap the bodies of the dead in linen clothes and to put sweet spices between the folds of the linen. Nicodemus brought enough spices for the burial of a king.  Joseph gave to Jesus a tomb; and Nicodemus gave him the clothes to wear within the tomb.

There is both tragedy and glory here.

There is tragedy.  Both Nicodemus and Joseph were members of the Sanhedrin, but they were secret disciples of Jesus. Either they had absented themselves from the meeting of the Sanhedrin, which examined him and formulated the charge against him, or they had sat silent through it all.  What a difference it would have made to Jesus, if, among these condemning, hectoring voices, one voice had been raised in his support.  What a difference it would have made to see loyalty on one face amid that sea of bleak, venomous and hostile faces.  But Nicodemus and Joseph were Afraid.  But there is glory here, too.  The death of Jesus had done for Joseph and Nicodemus what not even Jesus’ life could do.  No sooner had Jesus died on the cross than Joseph forgot his fear and confronted the Roman governor with a request for the body.

No sooner had Jesus died on the cross than Nicodemus was there to bring a tribute that everyone could see. The cowardice, the hesitation, the prudent concealment were gone. Those who had been afraid when Jesus was alive declared for him in a way that all could see as soon as he was dead.  Jesus had not been dead an hour when his own prophecy came true: ‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself’ (John 12:32).   Already the power of the cross had begun to operate, and already it was drawing all people to him. The power of the cross was even then turning the coward into the hero, and the waverer into the man who took an irrevocable decision for Christ.

Year by year, we come to services in Holy Week

Year by Year, we hear the same wonderful story

Yet every year, we are challenged by something new

Joseph and Nicodemus had been challenged by Jesus during his life – something in Jesus teaching and healing resonated with their own spirituality, their sense of God

It was the power of the cross that brought them to realisation of who Jesus was and the implications of it in terms of God’s love for the world – the whole world

John’s Gospel is a gospel of love, designed and written to show Gods’ love for the world

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

That Son commended that His followers spread that love

John 13:34            Just as I have loved you – you also are to love one another

Year by year we come to hear the story

Year by year – on Good Friday especially – the power of Jesus’ Cross to change the world affirms us in our faith and we are sent out to take that faith and that love to the world we meet  – now  – wherever and whenever we can

In these difficult days for our world, that love is needed more than ever.

Day by day we are seeing and hearing of examples of that love in action as people put aside their own needs, and sometimes safety, to help others, the most vulnerable members of our society.

The power of the Jesus’ cross transformed the world and continues to transform the world.

May we all be transformed and inspired to love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Amen

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

[1]Lord Jesus Christ,
living as we do in the light of Easter
we can lose sight sometimes of the darkness of Good Friday.

But for those who were part of it there could be no mistake,
no escaping the awfulness of seeing you
hanging there upon that cross.

For them it was their darkest hour,
what seemed like the end of all their dreams,
and for a time their faith swung in the balance.

Yet even there, especially there, you were at work,

bringing your love to all.

Lord Jesus Christ,
teach us that even when life seems dark,
your light continues to shine.

Lord Jesus Christ,
we praise you for your ministry,
your love, your faithfulness to your calling.
We thank you for your willingness to face even death itself so that we might find the true meaning of life.
We thank you for that sense of purpose,
that inner courage, that deep faith
which gave you the strength to continue on your chosen path to the very end.

Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us
that having received so much we give so little in return.  Forgive us that we shy away from sacrifice and self-denial.

Forgive us for taking the easy and less costly way
rather than the way of the cross.
Help us to deny ourselves and so to find life in all its fullness.

Loving God,
we recall with gratitude the faithfulness of Jesus – his faithfulness to the last,
his willingness to take the way of the Cross,
his courage in the face of opposition, suffering and death.
Help us to respond, consecrating our lives to his service.

Help us to be truly thankful for all he has done and continues to do.

Help us to acknowledge him as our Lord and Saviour,
and to live today as his disciples.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you lived for others,
you died for others
and you rose for all.
Help us to live in turn as your people,
seeking to serve rather than be served,
to give rather than to receive.
Teach us to reach out in love
and so to make real your compassion
to represent your body here on earth.

You came as the man for others:
come again to our world today.
We ask it in your name.

And in your name we pray together, as you taught,

Our father, which 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 your daily bread

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

for thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever
Amen.

 

 

Hymn 392

         1       When I survey the wondrous cross

on which the Prince of Glory died,

my richest gain I count but loss,

and pour contempt on all my pride.

2       Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

save in the death of Christ, my God;

all the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his blood.

3       See! from his head, his hands, his feet,

sorrow and love flow mingled down;

did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4       Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were an offering far too small;

love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all.

Benediction

The guarding of the God of life be on you,

the guarding of the loving Christ be on you,

the guarding of the Holy Spirit be on you

to aid you and enfold you

each day and night of your lives. Amen.

[1] Nick Fawcett. No Ordinary Man, Good Friday p166 etc

Sunday Service 05th Apr 2020

https://youtu.be/3tczjg9rZHE

Sunday Service 29th Mar 2020

                  https://youtu.be/G9sNJf8OdmA

Sunday Service 22nd Mar 2020

https://youtu.be/LtPIv44b-YE

Letter from Rev.N Glover

Aberfeldy, Dull and Weem, Grantully, Logierait and Strathtay Churches of Scotland

 12th August 2018

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you to bring you up to date with the decision relating to our service times.  On 29th July each of our Kirk Sessions met and agreed that from Sunday 2nd September, our new service times would be:

Dull and Weem                                                 9:30am

Grantully, Logierait and Strathtay             10:30am

Aberfeldy                                                            11:15am

The overwhelming result of the consultation was support for these times, but there were a few points which were noted.

  • There were a number in Dull & Weem who said they would prefer meeting at 10:30am, and a number in Grantully, Logierait and Strathtay who gave a preference for 9:30am.
  • There are issues with bus times and the proposed new time for GLS, we are going to bring in a new transport rota in GLS to address this
  • There were some responses stating a preference for an 11:30am service at Aberfeldy but the majority preferred 11:15am.
  • It was pointed out that those in supported accommodation in Aberfeldy would be prepared to change their lunch time. However it was also noted that there is value in simply keeping service times away from the middle of the day – allowing people the chance on a Sunday to meet with friends and family, and also a time which may be more attractive to potential new members.
  • It was suggested that the Kirk Sessions review the new arrangements after there has been a chance to bed in. The Kirk Sessions agreed very much with this and we will do this in March of the coming year – please do update me or your elder if you experience any unexpected benefits or difficulties with the new times.

I do very much hope that these new times support the building up of our fellowships and our mission as a Church,

With a very good wish, and in Christ,

Neil Glover

Minister

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Rota for Forthcoming Church Services 2019

Please Note

Future Church  Service Dates:

GLS Church services are due to take place at 10.30am,

August 2019               Strathtay Church

September 2019        Logierait Church

October 2019            Strathtay Church

November 2019        Logierait Church

December 2019         Strathtay Church

For specific weekly service details please see our events page or our facebook page

Generally coffee and biscuits served after services.  All Welcome.

General Rota:

Please note Communion is held at least twice a year, dates to be confirmed.