Church News - Weekly Window
Keith North, Newmill, Boharm and Rothiemay
Sunday 18th February, 2018
11 a.m. at Keith North Church
(First Sunday in Lent. And the launch of our Giving for Growth programme for this springtime)
Welcome – first with a visual display of God’s two books – of scripture and of nature - as seen in the our daily Bible readings for this week; and God’s world in Scotland this past week. As a musical accompaniment to this we hear a selection of Scottish folk tunes used in the hymnary.
Invitation to worship
Hymn 68 ‘O thou my soul, bless God the Lord (tune Kilmarnock, 69)
Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer - as in hymn book 562, second form (a).
Story time: ‘Charlie Crow in the Snow’
Messy Church song: Our God is a great big God
Readings: 2 Kings 4:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:6-9, and Mark 12:41-44 (p. 308 of the Old Testament, and p. 162 and p.42 of the New Testament in the pew Bibles). The reader is Katherine Hutchison)
Hymn 727 ‘In the bulb there is a flower’
Sermon: ‘Giving for the Growth of Christ’s work by the grace of giving ’
Offering, doxology at Hymn 807 ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow’ and prayer of dedication
Hymn 497 ‘Almighty Father of all things that be’
Prayers of Intercession
Hymn 468 ‘Son of God, eternal Saviour’
Benediction and Three fold Amen ( 819)
Tea and coffee in the hall after the service
Dates to note over the next fortnight:
Today - Sunday’s Cool resumes today, after the school mid-term holiday last weekend.
Today – a new readers’ rota is available on the church hall and Kirk Shop notice boards. Please add your names if you would be willing to read the Bible passages at the North Church services. (With our radio microphone facility, readings can be done from the pew rather than from the lectern if that is more convenient).
Today – 2.30 p.m. monthly service at Weston View.
Monday 19th 2. p.m. p.m. The Guild. (Eckhardt and Alastair). The Guild resumes meeting in the evening in March.
Monday 19th 7 p.m. Revving up on Monday on Keith Community Radio (107.7 FM) – Rev David Whyte.
Tuesday 20th 11.5-11.45 a.m. We resume the weekly joint churches’ prayer group in the Garrow Chapel. All welcome.
Tuesday 20th 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 pm. Tuesday Table – soup and sweet lunches.
Tuesday 20th 7.45 p.m. in the St Rufus Hall, fortnightly Bible Study. The topic is ‘Hell’.
Wednesday 21st 2-4 p.m. Coffee and Company have their friendly mix of cuppa, chat, jigsaws and games.
Wednesday 21st 6 p.m. Eckhardt Bosch has started a weekly Vestry Hour in the St Rufus Manse, when folk can see him about any pastoral need. This is in addition to being available any Thursday afternoon in the Kirk Shop.
Wednesday 21st 6 p.m. Joint churches choir to rehearse in the North Church for five weeks to ‘sing something simple’ for this year’s Good Friday service.
Thursday 22nd 1.30 p.m. funeral service in the North Church for Mrs Aileen Sievright, 13 Bridge Street.
Next Sunday, 25th 9.30 a.m. next Rothiemay monthly service.
Friday 2nd March 7 p.m., this year’s World Day of Prayer joint service will be held in St Rufus Church. This year’s service has been compiled by Christian women in Suriname, South America. If anyone would like to take parts, there are scripts available in the Kirk Shop.
Saturday 3rd March, 9-12, Car Boot sale in St Rufus Church hall.
Sunday 4th 9.30 p.m. Monthly service in the Boharm Village Hall.
Sunday 4th Scribe newsletters will be ready for distribution. They will include the special invitations to the ‘Giving for Growth’ social events.
Monday 5th March 7.30 p.m. The Guild. Rob Stevenson will be speaking on the Sandpiper Trust.
Sunday 11th - Mother’s Day
Monday 12th- Kirk Session meeting
Saturday 17th March Messy Church – ‘Getting Ready for Easter’. In 2018 this will be on 3rd Saturdays of the month.
We thank Ruth Simpson for the flowers church today. Our season banner takes us into this season of Lent. There is also a Messy Church banner, showing everyone’s hands on the family tree of the church.
The next edition will be ready for distribution on 4th March. We will need articles as soon as possible for it. This edition will include materials to publicise the Giving for Growth’ programme in April.
Louse Gould, Scribe Editor.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
This being planned for ten days, Tuesday 14th to Thursday 23rd May 2019, departing from Aberdeen Airport, led by The Rev Michael Last, Holy Trinity Church, Keith. The inclusive price is £1993 per person. Further details on the booking form, available from Michael Last or from the Kirk Shop.
Sculpture proposals - for the corner of Mid Street and Church Road. The Keith Partnership has drawn up a short leet of three proposals. There will be a day-long public consultation event approx mid-March in the Pop-Up Shop, 175 Mid Street, at which the public will be invited to view the models of the sculptures / have their say / ask questions / vote for their favourite. We see some of the work of the short listed sculptors on the welcome slides as we wait for the service to begin today.
Daily Bible readings:
18th Isaiah 8.1-20
19th Genesis 16.1-15
20th Genesis 17.1-16
21st Genesis 17.17–18.15
22nd Genesis 18.16-33
23rd Psalm 22.1-15
24th Psalm 22.16-31
See them visually introduced as part of the ‘Daily Light’ section of the church website each week, and the welcome sequence before the Sunday services begin.
Sunday’s sermon from last week for Transfiguration Sunday.
The Transfiguration of Jesus was a meeting place of:
Old and New Testaments – Jesus met with Moses and Elijah. Moses thought he had handed over leadership to Joshua, but Jesus is Joshua’s fulfilment. Elijah thought he had handed over leadership to Elisha, but Jesus was Elisha’s fulfilment.
Christ’s person and work. The disciples realised that Jesus was the Messiah, long promised from Old Testament times. Now they come to realise the Messiah’s work – not to stay on the mountain top with Moses and Elijah, but to come down to the places where people lived, and suffered and needed help.
Epiphany and Lent. The season of celebrating God’s methods of revealing Christ as light in the world has drawn to a close, The season of lent is about to begin. Transfiguration combines both ways of travelling with Christ.
Devotion and discipleship. Like the disciples who witnessed this special moment, we too are invited to realise Christ’s glory at each time of worship, and then invited to join him putting his Messiahship into practice with acts of helping and sharing. We also have a share in Christ’s ministry of teaching and caring.
Smile Please – We continue with our A-Z of Christian humour, Today, we laugh at something else beginning with … L, (with some Bible study thrown in.)
Left behind (1) status of some people when Christ returns to gather his faithful people home (Matthew 24:40); (2) the intimate close neighbour to the right behind, and a reminder to Christian children that if their bottoms are smacked unfairly by parents, they should turn the other cheek.
Lent: The forty day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday, in memory of Christ’s 40 days of fasting in the desert (Matthew 4:2). An enterprising Anglican priest once came up with a list of obscure saints to commemorate during each day of lent, so that each day’s cause for celebration cancelled out the call to fasting.
Lent book: (1) A more positive dimension to fasting – give up some time to spend reading something spiritually uplifting and educational (as in Psalm 1:2); (2) A book that you will never see again.
Leviathan: (1) Sea monster mentioned in Job 41:1 ; (2- with variant spelling of Leviathon) a long distance race for Old Testament runners wearing Levi jeans.
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