Worship on the first Sunday in Advent

On Sunday at Carronside Church the congregation were again blessed with the ministry of Dr Ibidun Daramola who warmly welcomed all to worship. A special welcome was extended on behalf of the congregation to Granite City Brass Ensemble whose musical talent and expertise greatly enhanced our praise of Almighty God. Being the first Sunday in Advent our service commenced with Graham Kendrick's great hymn of expectation and preparation "Make way, make way, for Christ the King in splendour arrives".

 

While speaking with the young children Ibi showed them pictures of two symbols, which with the help of 'older children' they identified as the badges of "Boy Scouts" and "Girl Guides", organisations which achieved great things in preparing boys and girls for adult life, so much so that the motto which identifies Scouts and Guides is "Be prepared". The children then told Ibi of the preparations which were underway to celebrate Christmas - from getting Christmas trees, decorations and presents to practising Christmas songs. Ibi then told us how just as the Bible prepared the people of the Old Testament for Jesus' birth as a baby - so the Bible today is preparing us for our final meeting with Jesus when He comes again. The children then lit the first of the Advent Candles - the candle representing God's promise to send "light" into the world at Christmas.

 

Elaine Craig led our prayers of intercession which focused on our desire for Peace - peace within our hearts, our relationships, our communities and our world. The scripture readings from the book of the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of St Matthew were read by Hazel McCartney. Ibi's sermon was entitled "He is coming" which expounded those words of scripture - God's promise of that King in Isaiah who would bring peace to all nations and the message of Jesus in Matthew that He would come again to bring all nations to Himself. Ibi emphasized how the message of scripture reveals God's promises to His people but does not reveal the day or the hour of His appointed coming. Thus our Lord's message to us all is that at this moment and at every moment of our days and years ahead we should be spiritually at one with Him because only our Heavenly Father knows the day and the hour of His coming in glory. Worship concluded with Charles Wesley's hymn of celebration "Hark the herald angels sing."

 

 

Wednesday 4th December 6.30pm Service of Remembering: This is a short service enables a period of quiet reflection those whose loss of loved ones is felt more at this festive time.                                                                                                           There will be tea and coffee served after the service

 

Thursday 5th December 1000-1130 Friendship Coffee St Bridget's Hall

                                        1400 Craft Group South Conservatory

                                         1930-2100 Badminton St. Bridget's Hall

 

Friday 6th December 1230 Lunch Club St Bridget's Hall. Next Sunday 8th December 1030 Morning Worship at Dunnottar

                                              1600 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols  - St Bridget's Hall

 

Sunday 15th December 1030 Morning Worship at South "The Christmas Story"

 


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