So, two former popes were canonised last Sunday; elevated to the rank of saint in the Catholic church - such is the tradition. However, on reading the New Testament, we find that the apostle Paul (St Paul) addressed the men and women in the local churches as “saints.” It means being set apart for the service of God and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. So it remains true today in Stonehaven and I know a number of saintly people. A little boy years ago was in a church building and looked up at a stained glass window. He asked who it was. “A saint” was the reply. “Oh” he said “so a saint is one whom the light shines through”.
As is our custom we met around the Lord’s Table at 10.15 am in Communion with Him and one another. Nathan continued our meditation on John 17. Jesus prayed for his disciples: for their protection, for their unity, and their sanctification by the word of truth. Of course, he continues to intercede for us today.
We welcomed American visitors who have been engaged in church planting in Georgia. This church also supports us in Stonehaven.
The focus of the sermons in coming weeks is Phillipians. Pastor Nathan commenced by illustrating how impossible it is to claim to be Christians and believe in Jesus Christ but dont attend church or have anymeaningful relationships with God’s people. The Christian life requires commitment to a local church. This relationship is necessary. This Sunday we welcome Rev Alan Donaldson, the General Secretary of the Baptist Churches in Scotland.
Spotlight on Dunnottar
Rev Rosslyn Duncan welcomed all present to the service on Sunday past.
Rosslyn spoke about Easter being a beginning and not an ending, in fact the beginning of the Christian Church. Easter is not just a time for families to come together, it is a time of radical change, a time to reflect, a time to transform who we are, how we live and how we care for each other. The women who went to Jesus’ tomb experienced pain, grief, shock, fear but that was transformed into peace, then joy. God was in control and they had a sense of inner peace. The disciples had lost all sense of direction until Jesus appeared to them and they were transformed by His words, “Peace be with you”. With inner peace there is a sense that you are not alone, that God is with you.
Easter is about going forward to something new but our transformation is not complete until we receive the gift of resurrection.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion was celebrated in Dunnottar Church in the morning, St Bridget’s in the afternoon and South Church in the evening.
Lunch club meets for the last time this session this Friday May 2 at 12.30pm in St Bridget’s.
Sunday 4 May No Kids Praise at South Church
Thursday, May 8, from 10 – 11.30am, Friendship Coffee at St Bridget’s; from2–4pm Craft Group in South Church Conservatory
Saturday, May 10, 10am – 1pm art display and coffee morning 19 Westfield Road in aid of Stonehaven Dialysis Fund/2 – 4pm South Conference in the Hall and all interested in the future worship, work and witness of the Stonehaven South Church are welcome to attend
Sunday, May 11, Christian Aid Week Sponsored Walk. Members of Dunnottar and South are invited to enjoy a short walk in Dunnottar Woods to raise money for Christian Aid. There is a Treasure Trail followed by refreshments in the Upper Room at Dunnottar Church.
The minister can be contacted on 01569 762166 or 07899878427 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Focus on Fetteresso
The children in the church have been making a difference – they have each given up something over the past few weeks and have managed to raise over a hundred pounds for Christian Aid! This is a wonderful achievement and will help give support to people who need it.
The reading was 1Corinthians 11 v17-34. In this letter Paul has been addressing various problems which had arisen in the Corinthian church concerning personal behaviour and ways of worship. This particular passage concerns the Lord’s Supper and Fyfe made it the basis of his sermon. The all important question is “how”. How do we eat and drink? There have been social codes around meals for centuries, with status frequently being an important factor. Meals have tended be communal affairs but these days, meals are often eaten in a hurry, not shared with others. This is the danger with the Communion meal – that it is Communion without communion – a meal without sharing. So we should do as Paul advises the Corinthians – wait for each other before breaking bread and drinking, so that we can share properly.Information about Church activities can be found on the website www.fetteresso.org or at the church office tel: 01569 767689. If you don’t need a paper copy of the weekly bulletin please look on-line at bulletins.fetteresso.org. Don’t forget the Far and Wide Dialysis Fundraiser on Friday May 23 at 7pm and Saturday May 24 at 10am.
News from St James
The 10.30 congregation were delighted to welcome a new organist. Peter Parfitt, well-known among choristers in the Mearns, lent that special brilliance that only a life-long student of music can bring, and encouraging the congregation to sing up with a glad heart.
The service was led by the Rev Lizzie Campbell, who began by reminding the congregation of forthcoming services – the Healing Service would take place at 7.00 pm this coming Thursday, being the first Thursday of the month.
Lay Reader, Anne, preached on the Gospel Reading for the day: John 20. 19-31, focusing on the last two verses:” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”
She also focused on the message that John’s gospel brings us. That his is a very ‘modern’ gospel. In chapter 14, John recalls Jesus saying ‘If a man loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’