1 December 2019 – First Sunday in Advent

Today is the first Sunday in Advent, the time leading up to our celebration of the birth of Christ. One of our youngsters was a little confused asserting that Christ was already with us, which is true, but our reason for celebrating is that it gives us an opportunity to keep seeking for him as we hear the familiar stories, and remind ourselves that he will come again! Hurry, the Lord is near!

An Advent diorama is unfolding in the church and each week a new scene will be presented. This Sunday finds Mary and Joseph taking a much needed break at an oasis on their 151 km long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The figures were painted by some of the older children from our Sunday groups.

Crafted by Ray Nicholson

Our Christmas Tree has been placed at the front of the church. It is symbolic of an everlasting life with God,

After the service some of the congregation remained in the sanctuary to take communion. It is hoped that this will be a regular event on the first Sunday of the month where there isn’t a full communion service.

NOTICES

Sales from CrossReach Christmas cards have achieved a little over £346.00. With thanks to all who support this cause.

If you want to follow Advent on your device you can use the Church of Scotland’s calendar JOY TO THE WORLD starting with the current Moderator’s introduction. From this page you can subscribe to a daily email offering prayers, stories and videos. Other denominations offer different resources to help you make sense of the season.

Next Sunday (8th December) is the Sunday School’s Gift Service when the boys and girls will donate a new toy or gift to children in the community who otherwise may have a poor Christmas. Please support our Sunday School by donating a gift of your own. (New items, wrapped, with a label indicating suitability for a particular age group)

Today was the congregational Christmas lunch when we shared in a feast prepared by Angela and her elves. The photographs are taken during the time between the main course and the sumptuous dessert.

Final item is to let you know that the December magazine is now available for viewing or download HERE

Church of Scotland: Central Structures

Commission of Assembly: 21st November 2019

Changes to the central structures of the Church of Scotland were agreed at a Commission of Assembly on Thursday 21st November 2019.  To keep congregations informed, Life and Work has released a FREE four page guide explaining these changes.  You can view the supplement HERE or download HERE.

24 November 2019

Today is the last Sunday in the liturgical calendar, so the end of the Christian year, known as The Feast of Christ the King. This is a relatively modern concept, instituted by the Pope of 1925 in response to growing secularism and nationalism. It is now recognised by most Christian denominations.

We remind ourselves that Christ the King was a very different role model, when compared with today’s and yesterday’s world leaders, coming to serve, not be served.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10: 45

The New Year starts next Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, which is a time of waiting, preparation and anticipation! We look back two millennia and the time of Christ’s birth but also look forward to his return.

St Cuthbert

Who was St Cuthbert, after whom our church was named? All are very welcome to this week’s Guild meeting (20th November) from 2 pm in the small hall when Bea Nicholson will introduce his story.