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With Christmas approaching, Aberluthnott and Laurencekirk Parish Churches are aware that this is a difficult time for the bereaved and their families. This can be so, not only for those who have lost loved ones this year, but also for those who have suffered a bereavement in the past.
The festive season can often feel like an ordeal, rather than a time of joy and celebration.
Towards the end of November, and the beginning of December, when everyone seems to be caught up in the bustle and busy-ness of Christmas, a special service is to be held in Laurencekirk Church of Scotland, on Sunday 29th November, at 2:30 p.m.
All are warmly invited to come along to remember loved ones no longer with us. Is there someone you miss? Come and remember them with thanksgiving, and hear God’s words of hope and comfort.
During the service, there will be an opportunity, if you wish ,to light a candle in memory of your loved one. For those who wish to stay afterwards ,tea and biscuits will be served. If you would like someone to come along with you to the service,
or should you require transport, then do not hesitate to contact Phil and Madeleine Smith on 01561377665.
Last Sunday we welcomed back Chas and Jenny Tanner. They should be working in Nepal but are back in the UK because of a family bereavement. Chas led our service and for his sermon spoke about 2 characters referred to in Mark 5 - Jairus a ruler of the synagogue and the woman who was healed when she touched the hem of His garment. For her Jesus was her last resort after she had suffered serious illness for many years. Chas reminded us that Jesus should be our first resort - not the last one. We must trust God for everything, even in difficult circumstances. Jesus healed the woman and brought Jairus’s daughter back to life because of their faith. Is our faith strong? Are we trusting God and the promises of his word?
As you read this (on Thursday), we are tucking into a Thanksgiving Dinner, co-ordinated by Krystal but involving everyone in the church. This is one American tradition I for one am really delighted to participate in.
Those of us who are involved in the Zone will be able to run off the extra pounds at Carronhill on Friday evening.
On Monday the ladies crafts group will be meeting at the church office from 7.30 pm when they will be making Christmas cards.
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On Sunday, Rev. Rosslyn Duncan welcomed everyone to worship, including the visitors who were attending the baptism of Luke Steven Esson, son of Steven and Frances.
After the baptism, the poppy wreath was dedicated and placed on the wall of Remembrance by Donald MacRae, as this was our first service in Dunnottar Church since Remembrance Day.
Eileen Sim read the scripture from the Book of John 18:33-37 and then launched the Giving Tree for 2015. This is where we as a congregation are asked to fill carrier bags with new toys for children under the aged of 12, which then are given to the Salvation Army to distribute to children in the area who may, otherwise, not receive a gift at Christmas. The filled bags can be returned to Dunnottar, the South or St Bridget’s on or before the December 13, so that they may be collected, wrapped and delivered for the children before Christmas Day.
As this was the end of Guild Week, our President, Hazel Patterson gave us all a very informative talk about the Guild, its objectives and the projects they are supporting over the next three years. She certainly dismissed the thoughts that the Guild were just woman sitting around chatting and drinking tea! Hazel also announced that the total raised at Saturday’s coffee morning raised a total of £405.
Rev Duncan ended the service with reminding us that as a congregation we are not only called by God to support our own community but to do what we can for the rest of the world.
The December/January Spotlight was available for distributors to collect and these should be popping through your letterboxes very soon.
The Coffee Group continue to meet on a Thursday morning at St Bridget’s Hall from 10am to 11.30am. Come along and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee along with a delicious homebake.
There will be a Fairtrade event in the Conservatory at the South Church on Saturday November 28 from 10.30am to 12noon.
On Friday December 4 the Lunch Club will meet at St Bridget’s at 12.30pm for their Christmas Lunch. This will be the final lunch until the New Year and will cost the usual £5 and will have afew little extra treats. Come along and join in the festive feast.
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Bishop Nigel celebrated mass this Sunday. The theme being Christ the King.
Pope Pius the 11th instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind rulers of the world, politicians and military rulers that the church looked to the power of God (Christ the King)in ruling the world.
The Bishop reminded us that the statue of Christ the King is engraved in the stone behind the altar, and when we came up for communion to look at his eyes.
The first reading came from Daniel 7: verses 9-10 13-14
Daniel says as I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him.
The 2nd reading came from Revelations1: 4b – 8
It tells us that Jesus is coming with the clouds and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him.
God is with us even in a world where we are driven by e-mails, face book etc.
In John’s gospel Pilate asked Jesus are you the King of the Jews, as was written on the cross.
When Pilot said so you are the king of the Jesus answered, you say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.
This Sunday is referred to as stir up Sunday, where the Christmas puddings and cakes are stirred ready for Christmas.
One of the hymns sung was O come, O come Emmanuel, which shows our readiness for the Jesus coming.
The Bishop finished by reading a poem by R S Thomas called The Kingdom.
Next Sunday (November 29) is our AGM, which follows the 10.30am service. Saturday December 5 is our coffee morning 10am to 11.30am cost £2.
Saturday December 12 we have a ceilidh 6.30 for 7pm, there is a sign up sheet in the church.