Church News - Weekly Window
Keith North, Newmill, Boharm and Rothiemay
Charity no. SC033804
Sunday 17th June. 2018, 11 a.m. Keith North Church.
Service conducted by Megan Cambridge
Welcome to Church – with scenes of scripture and of nature.
Hymn 378 ‘Praise to the holiest in the height’
Prayer, (including Psalm 92: 1-4&12-15 as a responsive prayer-reading- see inside pages), and The Lord’s Prayer (Hymn 652, second form (a)
Children’s song: ‘Faith as small as a mustard seed’ (Doug Horley recording)
Readings: Ezekiel 17: 22-24 and Mark 4: 26-34 (p.,703 of the Old Testament and p. 32 of the New Testament of the pew Bibles)
Hymn 192 ‘All my hope on God is founded’
Sermon: Small Beginnings and Miracles of Growth
Offering, doxology 807 ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow’, and prayer of dedication
Hymn 473 ‘Thy kingdom come o God’
Prayers for others
Hymn 63 ’All people that on earth do dwell’.
Benediction and sung Three-Fold Amen (819)
Tea and coffee in the hall after the service (there are a few lucky squares to sell for the Chivas prize).
church flowers today. We thank Patricia Barron for their beauty in the sanctuary and for them as prayers and good wishes to those who receive them after church.
Summer Fete yesterday. Many thanks to all who helped at and supported the fete. It raised £664.10 for church funds, a great result.
Dates to note, June – July:
Today – We welcome Megan Cambridge to lead the service today at Keith North.
Today – Happy Father’s Day – Strathisla Distillery Visitors’ Centre invite Dads to pop in this afternoon for a wee celebration.
Today – 2.30 p.m. Weston View service.
This week 18-24th June – Traidcraft Week at the Kirk Shop - come in and enjoy a free cuppa and sample some divine chocolate. Monday 18th 1.30 p.m. Funeral of Mrs Eldie Milne, Weston View, at St Rufus Church
Monday 18th 7 p.m. Revving up on Monday on Keith Community Radio (107.7 FM) – Rev Bill Buchan, Lhanbryde, retired.
Tuesday 19th 11.15 - 11.45 a.m. joint church’s prayer group in the Garrow Chapel.
Tuesday 19th 11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. Tuesday Table soup and sweet lunches.
Tuesday 19th, 3-7 p.m. The newly refurbished Strathisla Visitors’ Centre Open Day. Cocktails, drams and light refreshment served.
Wednesday 20th 2-4 Coffee and Company
Shop-ministry each week: Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.- Eckhardt or Alastair is in the shop.
Saturday 23rd 9.30-12.30 in the Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue, Elgin. ‘Managing Change in the Church’ – a Moray Presbytery morning conference.
Saturday 23rd 1.30 p.m. wedding of Julie Farquhar and Marc Mackay at North Kirk
Next Sunday 24th Sunday’s Cool presentations, and ordination and admission of new elders at the North Church. Music by Erin Sutherland
Monday 25th 7 - 8.30pm. Cullen and Deskford Parish Church Hall - a public event exploring the future of coastal communities in the light of Brexit.
Tuesday 26th 7 p.m. Moray Presbytery meetings in Bellie Church, Fochabers, for Communion and Business meeting
Wednesday 27th 1.30 p.m. Coffee and Company outing to Kelloch Bank, Insch.
Saturday 30th Men’s Shed Coffee Morning in North Church Hall.
Wed. 4th, July (and Thur. 12th, Wed. 18th , Wed. 25th ) 10 a.m.-1 p..m in North Kirk Hall - ‘High Flyers’ Summer holiday Club for Primary School children. (Parents may come if they wish) Registration forms are available at the Kirk Shop. We need: PVG checked helpers, home baking, food preparation helpers, donations to cover the visit to the Speyside Falconry
Saturday 7th July – 2 p.m, Christian Aid sponsored walking treasure trail around Keith, leaving from the church hall. It will be a good family event. (Sponsored forms available in the hall, and the Kirk Shop)
Edict of ordination
Whereas Tracy Cunningham and Rachel Henderson, members of this congregation, have lately been elected to be Ruling Elders in the same; and the aforesaid have intimated their acceptance of the office of the Eldership: Notice is hereby given to all concerned, that if they, or any of them, have objections to state why the aforesaid should not be ordained to the Office of Ruling Elder, they repair to the Kirk Session, appointed to meet in the Church Hall of Keith North Church at 10.45 a.m. on Sunday 24th June, to state the same; with certification that if no relevant objection affecting life or doctrine be them made and substantiated, the Kirk Session will proceed to the ordinations without delay. And at the same service, we will admit Sandy Christie and Lawrie King, already ordained as elders, to the Kirk Session.
Krista Brown, Session Clerk
Daily Bible readings for June (as from this week, we also share these notes with St Rufus, Botriphnie and Grange):
Theme for the week: Small is beautiful
17th Proverbs 10.1-14
18th Mark 4.21-41
19th 2 Corinthians 6.1–7.1
20th 1 Samuel 15.10-35
21st 1 Samuel 16.1-23
22nd 1 Samuel 17.1-19
23rd 1 Samuel 17.20-40
Children’s story: Foo flee the heechest? (from last week’s Scots service- thanks to Charlie Cameron for the Scots version)
Aye day a group o birds were ha’ing an argument as ti fa wis gan ti be their leader. There wis a craw , a cushie, a spurdie, a lark, an eagle an a wee wren.
Noo aifter a bit o a faecht it wis decided that the een that quid flee the highest wid be leader. Noo the wee wren thocht that wis a bit unfair so thocht he wid hivti get some help. Aff they set an in nae time the Craw that wis a bittie lazy gave up. The spurdie wis finding a hard yolk and gave up aifter a wee while. The cushie got hungry and heeded aff ti pich some seed fae the corn park. That left the rest o them gan heecher and heecher. The lark happy sang wis getting fainter and fainter, pairtly fae the hicht he wis at bit also because he wis beginning ti pech a bit and so decided it wis time ti gee in. The eagle wint on rising inta the sky, bit fin he fun oot he wis himself he gave a fow fancy moves afore comin’ doon ti the grun ti claim his place as leader. Noo fit een o the birds hiv I nae mentioned for a while? Aye that’s richt - the wee wren. Bit jist wi that, there wis a ruffling o the feathers on the eagle’s heed and oot popped the little wren and boldly announced ti the rest o the birds that he wis their leader as nae maiter foo high the eagle hid wint, he wis still abeen him.
So it jist shows that we the help o freens you can achieve mair than yi can dee on yer ane. An God can tell us, ‘I carried you on eagles' wings.’ (Exodus 19:4).
Responsive reading for opening prayer today:
Psalm 92: 1-4&12-15
1 It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Smile please – from the General Assembly:
The Moderator Susan Brown (5 feet nothing) said to speakers, ‘Be like me – Keep It Short’. She would reinforce her message by blowing a KIS.
One commissioner in a wheelchair asked if all votes could be taken by electronic voting rather than by standing. The Moderator said, ‘I have the same problem, no-one notices when I am standing’.
How do you tell happy cyclists in the summer? – by the number of flies stuck to their teeth.
How to confuse the verbatim record keepers when you wish to speak, and are asked for ‘Name and Number’: just reply, ‘An t-Urramach Alasdair MacGhilleGhlais, àireamh sia ceud agus ceithir’. (Your minister was no. 604, and claims bi-lingual rights in his own country.)