They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
Verse traditionally recited at Remembrance ceremonies extracted from “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
The Remembrance Sunday prayer was written by the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland as published in the November 2019 edition of Life & Work.
Today’s sermon reflected on the human cost of war and also considered that Global Peace Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which tracks the changing perceptions and realities of security across the globe, and can be accessed HERE.
The Clothes Show on Tuesday past raised an excellent £612.00 for Church funds.
This year’s event will be held in the hall on Saturday 23rd November from 10 am-12.30 pm. There will be the usual stalls – Baking, Red & Green, Craft – as well as the popular guessing the Sweets in the Jar and the date of a very large Teddy’s birthday. Santa will also be popping in ahead of a very busy month. Admission for adults is £3 and children come for free. Please do come along and join us for some Christmas retail therapy followed by a cup of tea or coffee with some delicious home baking. All monies raised are for Church Funds.
Kilmarnock choir “A Choired Taste” are presenting their Winter Concert – Christmas Gospel – a night of Gospel, Soul, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Spiritual, Pop, and of course, Christmas Music, all performed with passion and soul in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock on Thursday 5th Dec. at 7.30 pm. With a 70-strong choir, and live band, this is one not to be missed! Tickets £8 are available from William or Ena. If a minimum of 16 passengers are guaranteed a bus will be arranged.
Today saw the dedication of the 1st Saltcoats Boys’ Brigade (BB). Their colours were presented during the first hymn “All my hope on God is founded”. Later during the service, the BB leaders confirmed that they would, by their work and example, seek to advance Christ’s Kingdom and work in partnership with the Church to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and by prayer and personal preparation seek to equip themselves in every possible way for this service. The boys present stood to affirm their promise to be a loyal member of The Boys’ Brigade and to support the activities of the Company.
Finally, the congregation were asked to stand and promise to support the work of our Company of The Boys’ Brigade and to pray for its Leaders and Boys that God will keep them Sure and Steadfast in their faith. Unfortunately, a significant number of boys were missing from the service but those who managed to come ably reflected their commitment.
The colours were returned to the BB leaders during their anthem “Will your anchor hold” and were paraded out of the church to the National Anthem.
Next Sunday (3rd November) there will be a short informal communion service directly after the main service. This will take place below the chancel steps. All are very welcome to remain behind. This will be repeated on Sunday 1st December.
Congregational members were reminded of the upcoming Clothes Show on Tuesday coming (29th October). Tickets are £5.00, including refreshments, and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to church funds.
This week’s Men’s Group meeting will be on Thursday 31st October (not Tuesday 29th) and the guest speaker will be Rev Sarah Nicol speaking about growing up in Africa. All are very welcome.
Parker’s Preserves have raised a magnificent £610.00 towards church funds. Grateful thanks to Muriel and William Parker for their tasty produce!
Blythswood Shoe Box appeal contributions must be returned by next Sunday. More information can be found HERE.
The November edition of the Church Magazine is now available. An electronic copy can be picked up from the Magazinepage.
Today’s readings were from Exodus 3: 1-14 and John 14: 1-7. The sermon focused on some of the trials of childhood and parenthood as related in the Old Testament including Jacob and Esau, twin brothers born to Isaac and Rebekah and the unfortunate naming of the many children born to Hosea and Gomer. We also thought about Moses and the desperation his mother felt that led to the baby being left amongst the Nile reed beds so that he might be found by the pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was banished from Egypt when he was an adult and came across the burning bush referred to in the Exodus reading (the burning bush has since been adopted as the symbol for the Church of Scotland). The minister explained God’s name “I AM WHO I AM” and also the repeating of I AM in Jesus’ words to his disciples “I am the way and the truth and the life“, affirming that Jesus and God are one.