Last Sunday we were delighted to welcome several visitors from Indiana, and to welcome back Matthew Spandler- Davison.
Matthew was our preacher and he spoke from John 6 : 67-69.
Do you every feel like your are trying to get somewhere and actually going nowhere? Like being on a treadmill or stuck in a traffic jam. Is your walk with Jesus like that? If you keep walking close to Jesus, the whole way, Jesus will get you home. True followers of Jesus will follow Him wherever He leads. True followers exhibit faithfulness.
Focus on Fetteresso
Last Sunday we welcomed back the Rev Stuart Irvin and his family to Fetteresso – Stuart led the service, focusing on the three Rs of Renewal, Revival and Recollection. When he was younger he had spent some time in the Outer Hebrides, staying with an elderly woman who had been part of the religious revival there in the 50s; Stuart said that even all these years later there was still the palpable sense of revival in the community. There is still a lot happening at the church over the summer, and for all this information, please see the website on-line, facebook page, or just call in at the office where someone will be glad to help you.
Dunnottar linked with South
The session clerk of the South Church, John Balsillie, welcomed the congregation to the service.
He explained that the Communion service had to be postponed as the minister, the Rev Rosslyn Duncan, was unavailable following the sad death of her mother. The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated this Sunday, July 6, in the usual morning service in the South Church.
Sadly, our treasurer Bill Craigen is in hospital and our thoughts are with him and his family, while he is unable to carry out his work as our treasurer. Bill Wisely has agreed to act in his place.
The service was conducted by Mr Ian Wilson.
The theme for our worship was”Christian discipleship”. Our first hymn “I want to walk with Jesus Christ” made us think of what it should mean to be disciples. In a short meditation Ian gave us thoughts on the purpose of prayer.
Our readings were Psalm13 and Matthew10 :40-42. In his sermon Ian discussed discipleship, talking of examples of dedicated students who had developed a respect for their teacher or leader. Jesus’ disciples were with Him at all times, sharing his life.
The service closed with the sung blessing which assures us that God is always with us and it encourages us to “show you believe.”
After the service we enjoyed a time of fellowship in the church hall having our usual tea or coffee.
News from St James
The 10.30 service was conducted by Anne, one of our Lay Readers, who also delivered the address. Anne began by reminding the congregation of a special event this coming Sunday, July 6, when both Lay Readers, Arma and Anne, would be marking their golden wedding anniversaries with a special celebration in the hall following the 10.30 service – to which all members of the congregation are invited!
Anne then went on to preach on the theme for the day: the Feast Day of St Peter and St Paul, apostles and martyrs. She begin with the nursery rhyme:” Two little dicky birds, sitting on the wall…”. She reminded the congregation that St Peter had known Jesus from the first days of his ministry, and even when he betrayed Jesus on the day he was arrested, returned to be a prince among the apostles and to live out Jesus’s words that “You are Peter – the Rock – upon which the church is founded”. Paul, on the other hand, had never met Jesus and had been a persecutor of the church until his conversion some years after the crucifixion.
Paul had avoided meeting Peter until a special day when he realised that he needed Peter – and Peter needed Paul. They were so different: Paul was intelligent, argumentative, pushy, outreaching, reforming, daring and shocking in the life of the early church. He would never have closed his eyes to new Service Books, ecumenical fellowship, charismatic renewal and lay participation in the conduct of worship.
Peter, on the other hand, suffered from what might be called the ‘fearfulness of the fundamentalist.’ He stands for tradition, orthodoxy, the historic ordained ministry. He is the cornerstone of the historic Church; for the ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.’ He would not compromise the historic basis of the Christian gospel for any new idea – he would have loved the Book of Common Prayer, the order of bishops, priests and deacons, and traditions of the fathers.