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Dunnottar linked with South Churches

Reverend Rosslyn Duncan welcomed all to Worship. Having asked the congregation to reflect on what makes a building special as a Worship space Rosslyn told us how unlike ‘The Temple of the Lord’ in the Old Testament the House of God today (as portrayed in Ephesians) focuses on a PERSON. It is Christ who is the ‘Sure Foundation, the Head and Corner Stone’.

The reading from Mark’s gospel told how Jesus encouraged His disciples to ‘come away to a desert place to rest for a while.’ As a gathering of Christ’s people we should do this for each other. In so doing, we like Jesus’ early disciples are able again to be with Christ in serving the World with compassion. Christ, alone as Head of the Church is the person to whom the lost can turn. He is the Good Shepherd of the sheep.

Worship next Sunday July 26 at 10.30am Dunnottar Church Reverend Rosslyn Duncan All Welcome.

Saturday August 15 10am-12pm Church Summer Sale Stonehaven Town Hall Entry by donation, Teas and Coffee served £2.50 adult, £1 children. Variety of stalls.

News from St James’

Bishop Nigel welcomed the congregation as we celebrated the Patronal Festival of St James The Great.

The Bishop during his sermon gave every one a scallop shell and later a tea light to place inside the shell.

Scallop shells are often found on the shores of Galicia and have long been a symbol of Camino de Santiago.

The grooves of the scallop shell meet at a single point and represent various routes pilgrims’ travel, eventually arriving at a single destination, the tomb of St James the Great in Santiago in Santiago de Compostela.

The bishop said that his brother in law and his wife had recently walked the Route of Santiago de Compostela or the St James route. The route starts from leaving home until you reach Santiago de Compostela. But many pilgrims start from Regia in France and finish at Santiago de Compostala. Many pilgrims wear a scallop shell as a symbol.

He spoke about St James who had been a Galilean fisherman, with his brother John. They are described as being one of Jesus’s first disciples. James was one of three disciples selected to bear witness to his transfiguration.

It is recorded that Herod the King (Herod Agrippa) had James executed by sword. Tradition has it that the remains of St James are buried in Camino de Santiago, which is in Galicia in northwestern Spain.

His shrine is in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The bishop then invited the congregation to light their tea lights and then to put the scallop shells and lights on the steps leading up to the altar, so that we would pass through them on our way up to communion.

Forth-coming events for St James: August 1, Book browse 10am to 3pm.

Open church, the church will be open from 10am to 3pm. Musical events and stalls will start at midday Emily playing the Piano; 12.30pm The Swannies with a selection of Scottish and Irish music; 1pm Harpists playing; 1.45pm Peter playing on the organ; 2.30pm Kilwhang hand bell ringers.

Also in the church there will be the patchwork group, who will also be raffling a quilt. Tea/coffee will also be available.

Outside weather permitting there will be a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, a raffle and other stalls run by groups who are associated with the church.