Worship on 20th October

The quiet choral piece ‘Almighty God, we bring you praise’ provided a lovely introit to our service which was led by Ian Wilson, a regular preacher with us, who was ably assisted by David Sell, who was choirmaster and organist.

This week our readings were taken from 2 Timothy chapters 3 and 4 and from the gospel of Luke 18 verses 1-8. These were read by John Balsillie while the prayers of intercession were led by Carol Balsillie. Ian’s message to us was conveyed both in the words of his sermon and reinforced in his careful choice of hymns. He offered a timely reminder that we need to focus on discovering God’s Kingdom through both individual prayer and reading the word of God. The Bible supports us whether we are looking for advice, correcting mistakes or simply moving forward in life in the best way possible. As with the example of the lady in the parable in Luke, who kept asking the judge for justice, being persistent in prayer will reap results. Remember that God’s decision and provision may not always be what we envisage for ourselves but experience tends to prove that it will be right for us. The words of the song Ian shared with us were inspired when he overheard some revellers on a late evening train journey. Having enjoyed a very social and merry night, they were insightful enough to recognise the right course of action to round it off ……go and have a good night’s sleep.  The Lord knows the human spirit well and has set down the appropriate course we should follow.  ‘Show me the way to go home. I’m tired and I want to go to bed’ are immediately recognisable as such. In the same way, basic needs in the life of the Christian disciple are to read one’s Bible and spend time in prayer. He will also be there for us – always.  

On Sunday, 27th October Communion will be celebrated at Dunnottar Church at the usual time of 10.30. After this service, there will be a meeting to select a Nominating Committee to allow us to begin the search for a new minister. You are most welcome to attend and help to shape our future.

Dates for your diary:

The Blythswood shoeboxes will be collected at the beginning of next week so if you have boxes, please bring them to church on Sunday 27th October.

 Saturday the 2nd November is when Carronside holds it Christmas Fayre in the South Church Hall from 10am-12noon. Do you have donations for the stalls? From 1pm on Friday 1st November the hall will be open to accept donations of craft for Christmas, cake and candy, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs, CDs. Contact Gordon Edgar on 07751163530 for more information. Tickets are available now from your elder, Gordon Edgar, Hazel Paterson or Elaine Craig.

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