Worship

In this section, we keep archives of many of our services. As you browse here, we hope you'll get a flavour of our worship, including the themes we look at, our hymns and our sermons.

Service Date: 10 December, 2017

Worship was led by Mrs. Jenny Carpenter who preached on ''What Advent stands for.'' We explored six attributes of Advent as represented by the letters in the word.

A stands for Attentiveness; D stands for Diligence; V stands for Vigilance; E stands for Expectant; C stands for Cherishing; T stands for Trusting. These attributes are important in our daily lives and if we adopt them we will experience a good Advent.

Service Date: 3 December, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Dr. David Stec who preached on the concept of 'if God was here the world would be a better place.' In the old testament there are examples of people feeling cut off from God and in our world, our country, our city, there are tensions, fear, inequality, cruelty and suffering. But God made a second covenant with His people and sent His Son to save and redeem the world. Jesus made it clear to his disciples that suffering and tribulation lay ahead but that the Son of Man would come again - but only God knew when. Therefore during Advent we need to be vigilant like the early church and, as we contemplate the state of the world, trust that God will come again and complete his work.

Service Date: 26 November, 2017

The Scottish Reformation

Service Date: 19 November, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Maggie Herbert who preached on the parable of the servants and the talents. We are given skills and talents needed to build the Kingdom of God. It is our responsibility to use these and to encourage and enable others to use theirs. We are not serving a cruel, ruthless master as in the parable but a loving God. We can put our confidence in Him.

Service Date: 12 November, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard. Cornet player Gordon  Truman contributed the Last Post and Reveille. Organist Douglas Jones arranged descants for the cornet and a closing voluntary for organ and cornet.

In  his sermon the Revd. Beard asked why we remember the fallen of two wars when we are still sending women and men to fight and possibly die on our behalf when time and time again the bible instructs us to live peacibly, as far as we are able. He argued  that believers and non believers alike feel strongly that at times war is a necessary evil while others of both persuasion are resolute pacifists. We need to respect both opinions.

Service Date: 5 November, 2017

Worship was led by the Revd. Adrian Alker who preached on the Beatitudes  and how radical and uncompromising they are. They are turning the world upside down and the church to-day recognises contemporary women and men who show us how to live and love.

Service Date: 29 October, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard who preached on Martin Luther and his role in the Reformation. Luther believed that grace was achieved through faith in God, not through acts, and that the Bible is the ultimate word of authority. Everyone should have access to the Bible in their own language. Luther held some extreme views at the end of hs life with which we would not identify but he does teach us the importance of being willing to discuss and debate with people who hold opposing views to our own.

Service Date: 22 October, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard 

Service Date: 15 October, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Dr. Walter Houston who preached on the theme of leadership and its features and give examples of a bad leader in Aaron who simply gave the people what they wanted and Moses, a good leader who was prepared to stand up for his people and if necessary die for them .Later, Jesus and Paul led by example. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for his pe0ple and that requires us to imitate his love and forever offer our grateful praise. 

Service Date: 8 October, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard. The service was an Invitation service, the occasion when we invite representatives of groups who meet on the church premises to join us. Our friends from the Ethiopian congregation contributed to the service.

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