Worship at South 5th August

At Stonehaven South Church Sunday worship was led by dedicated Church elder Mrs Elaine Craig with Louisa Greenwell leading the prayers of intercession and the Choir under the direction of David Sell rendering the anthem 'Like the murmur of the Dove's song'.

 

Elaine warmly welcomed all to the service and worship commenced with the congregational hymn 'The Church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord', words bringing much reassurance as we face the uncertain future of our congregations. In her first reflection Elaine spoke of her joy in spending time with her grandson and particularly about a special trip to Montrose Beach where young Alfie somehow supervised the building of multiple sand castles. This family activity inspired Elaine's meditation on St Augustine, the great 4th century philosopher and theologian. Augustine having seen a boy trying to fill a hole in the sand with the waters of the ocean gave him and gives us an illustration of how we try to comprehend with our small minds the great wisdom of Almighty God. It cannot be done but rather we must marvel at God's greatness, which we did in singing the well-loved hymn 'Guide me o Thou great Jehovah' including those powerful words 'Bread of heaven … feed me till my want is o'er'

 

This theme was then continued by Hazel Paterson in the reading from Exodus and the gospel of John which Elaine pointed out were the key ingredients needed for her address to the congregation. Exodus tells of the Israelites discontent with their desert wanderings … a discontent brought about by their failure to trust Almighty God … and yet God would provide manna and they learned to put their trust in Him. John's gospel tells of the true Bread from Heaven … Jesus the Bread of Eternal Life. He is that Bread . it is in Him we find the faith to nourish our souls. Worship was concluded in the singing of 'Forth in Thy name O Lord I go.'

 

Next Sunday 12th August Morning Worship at Dunnottar Church at 1030

 

Fellowship Coffee at St Bridget's every Thursday 1000-1130

 

Church Sale and Coffee Morning St Bridget's Saturday 18th August 1000-1200

 


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