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Rosslyn’s study leave continues until June 23 and so our service this week was led by Mr Ian Wilson.

Ian’s services are always thought provoking, today’s being no exception.

The hymns were a mix of traditional and modern and both they and the readings from Job 38 and Mark 4 were ideally suited to the sermon.

In both Old and New Testament readings, we were reminded of God’s ongoing support through rough times and smooth.

It is so easy for us to feel isolated or alone when times are challenging and to feel frustrated that answers are eluding us.

This message was a timely reminder that there is always Someone who walks with us every step of the way and will even carry us at the worst of times – an eternal Father strong to save as the hymn says. A salutary message for Father’s Day!

Fairtrade Sale will be held next Saturday June 27 from 10-12 in the South Conservatory.

The service next Sunday will be at the usual time at Dunnottar.

Worship team meet after the service next Sunday June 28.

Communion will be celebrated at the next service at the South on July 5.

Oops! The start of the flower rota in July is a wee bit off in the church magazine.

The dates given are for Mondays. Please go back one day to find your date if you are an arranger or a donor.

Letters will come out in due course.

Baptist Buzz

I rejoice that the Christian church is international. Last Sunday we had a visiting preacher from Kentucky. Franke and his wife Marci are with us for a couple of weeks and will have a chance to join in our summer activities.

Franke began our new series of sermons, his being entitled “Love one another”.

Franke looked at 1 John 4 which expands upon God’s love for us and our responsibility to love each other

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Check this space next week for details of the 5-a-side football tournament at Johnshaven, as well as our holiday club for P1-P7 kids and our sports activities for S1-S6 students.

We’ll have a coffee morning too for babies & toddlers (accompanied by an adult!).

News from St James

Despite the torrential rain of the evening, this Sunday was Midsummer Day, and we celebrated in good heart.

First the 10.30 Communion service, led by Anne Geldart, our Lay Reader reflected her theme for this summer – that of peace and reconciliation.

Last week she preached on the Peace Rose and its significance at this month of the year, but this week she chose Sir Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian statesman and poet. Once again, Anne showed bow the prophets and even St Paul, wrote in poetic fashion.

She then led on to the life and works of Sir Rabindranath Tagore, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

He worked for peace and reconciliation in India at a time when this country was racked by internal dissent and strife. Tagore believed very much in the rights of every person to have an education and founded schools and a university – long before the United Nations Universal Declaration included this Right in their manifesto.

Anne quoted from a poem that can be read either as a soul longing for a lost love, or the soul longing for God – it is called ‘If it is not my portion’ - and can be found on Google, if you would like to look it up, or in the Oxford Book of Modern Verse.

Many of the congregation found this very moving. Anne concluded her address with one of Sir Rabindranath Tagore’s prayers:

Give us strength lightly to bear our joys and sorrows.

Give us the strength to make our love fruitful in service. Give us the strength never to disown the poor, or bend our knees before insolent might. Give us the strength to raise our minds high above daily trifles.

And give us the strength to surrender our strength to thy will and love.

The evening was very special!

The Sacramento Master Singers visited St James to entertain us with traditional folk and jubilant songs – we felt privileged that they had travelled from Sacramento, in northern California, and made STONEHAVEN their first stop!

They shared the stage with Stonehaven Choral – altogether a wonderful performance – about which you can read a fuller report elsewhere in this newspaper.

And if you would like to enjoy our very special home-bakes, and probably the best cup of coffee in Stonehaven – then why not come to our Coffee Morning on 27th June – £2.00 – stalls, tombola, raffle and all.