Round the Churches

Dunnottar linked with South

At morning worship last Sunday, Rev Rosslyn Duncan spoke in three reflections on Fear. She said that Fear is a strange part of who we are. Its purpose is to stop us from being reckless. Irrational fear can however be detrimental as it can make us incapable of doing anything.

The Bible Appreciation group held its monthly meeting on Monday afternoon at St Bridget’s

The Friendship Coffee morning meets every Thursday morning in St Bridget’s from 10-11.30. A warm welcome is assured .

This Saturday (August 16) Dunnottar Church will hold its annual summer sale in the Town Hall from 2-4pm.There will be a range of stalls and there will be afternoon teas with home baking with tickets at only £3 for adults and £1 for children.

News from St James

and St Philip’s

The 10.30 service at St James comprised our monthly ‘All Age’ service, conducted by the Rev Lizzie Campbell with her ‘support team’ of visiting children – and some adults, too! She began with intimations: many thanks to all who participated in the coffee morning on Saturday, which raised nearly £400 for church funds. And a reminder about the concert on Saturday, August 23, by folk singer/songwriter Gaye Anthony – tickets £7.50 to include light refreshments now available from Anne O’Gorman (01569 765793) or at Ma Simpsons in Evan Street.

The theme of the service of worship was the reading from Matthew’s gospel where Jesus walked on the sea and invited Peter to do the same. The narrative was acted out by the children assisted by some of the adults, and pointed to the true meaning of the gospel – having trust in Jesus.

This theme was also taken up by the Rev Maggie Jackson in the afternoon Eucharist at St Philip’s.

Baptist Buzz

The apostle Paul made the cross of Christ his central theme, and indeed he boasted of it. Mike led us in a communion meditation on the cross, which “towers over the wrecks of time”.

In the main service, we heard from Jack Girdwood, as Nathan is away. He spoke about the dedication and consistency of the athletes in Corinth, whom the Christians were encouraged to emulate by living disciplined lives for Christ.

On Saturday, the church ran a stall at the Johnshaven Fish Festival where members of the public were invited to “meet the Bereans” – a group of 18th Century Christians who had two members in the village. Their way of life, like that of the Berean Jews who welcomed the apostle Paul (Acts 17), was to search the scriptures daily, to see if Jesus was the promised Messiah. So we read aloud the book of Jonah, hearing how the whole city of Nineveh repented of their wickedness, and how God provided for their salvation. Their Christian descendants are possibly those now being persecuted and killed in N.Iraq as you read this.

Focus on Fetteresso

As our minister was on holiday the service was graciously lead by David Porter, with Andrew Bromley delivering an inspiring sermon. Both are part of the congregation.

The church services are at 10.45am and 7pm.

The web site is where you can access the full sermon and intimations. CDs of the services are also available on request through the office.

The holiday club, Space Academy has been running this week and all are welcome to come to the Friday Evening Event 6 pm – 6.30pm followed by refreshments.

Psalm 100 was the text for the sermon. God created us, not the other way around. This is from verse three of Psalm one hundred which reads: “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us and we are His, we are His people, the sheep of His pastures.”

When we think that we are the centre of our universes and in control we can become selfish and self centred, even our prayers can be selfish, like the song “Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.....” Which Andrew sang as an illustration of this wish list mentality, which swept Middle America.