Worship on 18th November at South Church

`How can I keep from Singing`

Our service today was led by Ian Wilson and the joyful singing ably accompanied by David Sell on the organ.

Before we could hear and sing the words of our Lord, Gordon Edgar, Session Clerk for the South Church read a notification from the Kincardine & Deeside Presbytery regarding the committee appointed to oversee our vacancy. This notice duly read and signed will be on prominent display in South and Dunnottar Churches until Monday 26th November 2018.

In his Call to Worship, Ian read from Psalm 16 in which God gives his Blessing to all our activities that are often noted in our Intimations. This is the work in His name.

We started our Praise with the hymn` All people that on earth do dwell SING to the Lord`. A rousing start to our morning worship. In the Children`s Address Ian ask the Kids Praise what they had been doing over the past few weeks and what will they be doing next. Soon they will start to prepare for the Nativity and this prompted the question: what day is Christmas Day. All knew the 25th December and it is a Tuesday although not that day of the week other years. We celebrate in winter and others may celebrate in summer and what do they do? A traditional Christmas at home, outside, have a BBQ or on the beach? In the lead up to the Hymn `The Wise Man’,  asked about building a house on sand or hard ground and the words certainly described what happened with actions. One washed away and the other still standing.

In his Prayer of Thanksgiving and intercession Allan Cairnduff asked that inspiration be given to all involved in our churches, to David our Interim Moderator and to Ibi our Locum Minister as we support each other during the vacancy. We prayed also for those who endure pain, misery, and suffering and are hungry and broken by war and devastation. We seek peace for all in our hearts and thoughts. We pray for the Indian Village Ministries -for what has been accomplished now and will be in the future.

This led us to that great hymn of faithfulness and mercy ‘Great is thy Faithfulness` which gives us cheer and guides us for strength today and bright hope for tomorrow and this led us to the reading of Hannah`s Prayer – a song of praise and devotion. Ian in his sermon noted that Hannah rejoices for the powerless, weak and disadvantaged and that our Lord acts on our behalf through all this strife. Hannah, childless now bore Samuel and her song eventually was that of Mary and the birth of our Lord. Music and singing tells us what is happening on the road to Christmas and will be part of our lives during the coming weeks. Singing is the joy in our hearts for years past, present and the future as we start the road to the celebration of our Lord`s birth. Hannah was childless and prayed for a son. This became the prayer of the Whole Community to send that someone special – Samuel for Hannah in her song and for Mary, our Lord. Music and singing allow us to express feelings that are difficult to voice otherwise.

`Since Love is Lord of Heaven and Earth, how can I keep from Singing`. These words are from the anthem sung by the choir at the end of Ian`s address – My life flows on in endless song:How can I keep from Singing?

Next Sunday 25th November there will be a Service of Remembrance in Dunnottar Church commencing at 10.30pm during which you will see the Poppy Cross, knitted by members of the Craft Group, and the hanging of the Poppy Wreath. Many other poppies throughout the church also knitted by members of Dunnottar and South to remember those who lost their lives.

The Salvation Army Giving Tree Appeal continues this year but gifts of toys books etc. have to be in earlier this year by 9th December. Contact Eileen Sim for details.

Nine Lessons and Carols will be on Sunday 9th December at 4pm in St. Bridget`s. If you want to take part and `sing` then rehearsals are on 1st and 8th December at St. Bridget’s from 5 to 6pm


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