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News from St James – St Luke’s Tide

The forthcoming month will be a busy time for members of our congregations. On Monday the Vestry meets to discuss the usual church business – but at the home of our Vestry Secretary, since the road outside St James will be subject to roadworks and digging-up.

This will also affect the Wednesday service – those attending will need to park the other side of the Carron and walk over the white bridge.

On Friday, October 23, there will be a Body Shop Evening – much on display and demonstrations – BYOB and glasses!

Light refreshments will be provided. Details at back of church.

On Saturday, October 31 there will be a FESTIVAL EUCHARIST and flower festival at the Cathdral – again, details at back of church. Sunday 1st November: All Saints will be celebrated with the Eucharist at 10.30, and there will be the traditional remembrance of the departed in a short service for All Souls in the evening, at 7.00 pm.

If you wish names of your family who are no longer with us, please write their names on the notelets provided and place in a basket – these will be read out during the service.

Our Lay Reader, Anne, conducted the Communion from the Reserved Sacrament at both 9.00 and 10.30 am.

She also delivered the address – a review of the life and work of St Luke, Physician and Evangelist.

Luke wrote more of the New Testament than any other author – more even than St Paul!

His twobooks, The Gospel according to Luke and the Book of Acts came about as the result of deep study o the life and work of Jesus, as well as his personal experience of travels with Paul. Anne said that Luke showed himself to be an inspired historian and scholar, and a fine human being.

He was also a defender of the faith, at a time when the Church was under attack from various political and religious groups in the countries around the Mediterranean.

He was also a man of compassion, care and total lack of discrimination.

His gospel is the universal gospel and shows Jesus as friend of the friendless. He showed minorities and others who were discriminated against as worthy of Jesus’s care: the Samaritan who was an example of compassion in the parable, a black man, Simon of Cyrene who carried the cross of Jesus, Jesus healed a woman with a menstrual problem.

He sat down and talked with a man with mental problems.

Anne also noted that Luke seemed to place a great deal of emphasis on women in his gospel: Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, the widow of Nain, Mary Magdalene, Susanna, Joanna, Martha and Mary – the women who wept along the Via Dolorosa.

But also, most importantly perhaps, Luke was the first Church historian – the first to write of Salvation History. To him Jesus was the beginning of Salvation history – for Luke, Jesus Christ within the Church goes on being the friend of the friendless and the Saviour of the World.

Anne concluded with the Intercessions taken from our Healing Service, as being most appropriate on this St Luke’s Tide.

Stonehaven Dunnottar linked with South Churches

On Sunday Reverend Rosslyn Duncan welcomed all to worship.

Having read from the book of Job, Rosslyn encouraged us to reflect on this upright man, who had been overcome by trouble, illness and grief loosing everything which made life meaningful and worthwhile.

His friends believed his suffering had been caused by his sin and tried to persuade him to make a confession. However, Job knowing he had been faithful to God’s law was feeling abandoned by the Lord and vents his anger at God crying out for an answer.

In that answer Job comes face to face with the majesty and awesomeness of God ... the God of eternity who has laid the foundations of the world.

The complete ‘otherness’ of the Almighty was also proclaimed by the congregation in the singing of the hymn ‘Immortal, invisible God only wise’ as they humbly sought that gift ‘to see, ‘tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee’.

The gospel reading told of the story of James and John, those sons of thunder, desiring privileged positions in Christ’s Kingdom, without realising what they were asking. Jesus’ words to them told of that harsh reality that His followers like Himself would have to suffer for the sake of the gospel.

The glory of that eternal kingdom begins at the foot of the cross. Rosslyn reminded us how we also are required to say ‘Yes’ to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him, unsure of what lies ahead, yet trusting and putting our faith in Him.

Worship was concluded with the congregation singing Charles Wesley’s hymn of faith ‘And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood’

Next Sunday, October 25 - Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated 1030 at Dunnottar Church, 1430 at St Bridget’s & 1830 at South Church - ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

Thursday, October 22 1100-1130 Fellowship Coffee at St Bridget’s, 1400-1600 Craft Group South Conservatory Saturday 24th October 1000-1200 Paints and Pray Coffee Morning at Fetteresso, 1930 Musical Concert at St Bridget’s Tickets £4.

Baptist Buzz

Nathan Young highlighted in the notices this week that the CLC bookshop is setting up a stall in Cameron St., Stonehaven for the next two weeks.

He also noted the Baptist Assembly, which will be happening in two weeks time.

In his sermon, Nathan wanted us to understand, from the scriptures, that suffering is an integral part of Christian experience.

This is because God has ordered things, in his sovereignty, so that we become more reliant on him, and are more ready to cry out to Him - please help! For this reason, when trials come along, it is better to ask the question “who purposed this?” than “why is this happening to me?”. Suffering also helps us to identify with Jesus Christ, and to become more like Him.

What an opportunity a Christian has, in sickness, to show his trust in God and hope in Christ? Suffering is inevitable, but it can be a blessing in disguise, depending on how we respond to it. In many places in the world, the church is growing in amazing ways, despite (or perhaps because of) this suffering.

The apostle Peter writes to such, reminding that they are aliens and exiles in the world, and that they have a living hope, into an inheritance in Christ, that can never fail, kept in heaven for them.

The church is participating in the shoebox appeal for Eastern Europe and Nathan encouraged us to prayerfully look for ways to support people caught up in the refugee crisis.

Stonehaven Baptist Church Sunday services are at 11 am, at Carronhill School. For more details visit, email or call 01569 765097.