We cannot meet together in our church buildings at the moment but please find below a short service for you to read and pray through.

Sunday Worship                                                           ------------Introduction------------------------------------ Hello and welcome to this short service of worship, prepared by our minister.                                          It’s good to be able to share with you by the wonders of technology and the moving of God’s Spirit. For many of us, it may be that we have no idea as to what day it is, but I can tell you that this is Sunday 29th March.  The clocks have gone forward an hour this morning in the UK, which may explain the slightly bleary eyes. We are on the first Sunday in "Lockdown", the second Sunday of not being able to meet together in our church buildings. It is also the 5th Sunday in Lent. Easter is only two Sundays away.                                                                 ——————— Call to Worship ———————    Today, If you are struggling with lockdown, tired of being stuck inside, or weary from having to go to work through a pandemic, or if you are unwell or feeling anxious, hear the words of  Psalm 102, which appropriately has the Hebrew title:  “A prayer by a weary sufferer who pours out their complaints to the Lord.” The first two verses say:                               "Listen to my prayer, O Lord, and hear my cry for help! When I am in trouble, don't turn away from me! Listen to me, and answer me quickly when I call!     Let us worship God!                                                 ———————- Opening Prayer ———————- God of past, present and future, in this moment of quiet, with the thoughts that fill our heads, and the fears that do not leave us; we take the time to speak with you. Only you know all that we have been through this past week. You know how our patience has been tested. You have seen us at our best and at our worst. You have heard the unkind words we have spoken You have been with us as we have cried out in anger So we bring to you that which needs forgiven, as we forgive those who have wounded us. We thank you for the one who took our sin upon himself, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen———————— The Lord’s Prayer ——————Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. AMEN.                                   ———————— Let's talk about rainbows—---------I’ve been noticing lots of rainbows in the windows around the village where I live.  Some are even placed in flower beds and pots. These rainbows are a wonderful way to cheer people up  when life is difficult at the moment. Some of the rainbow pictures remind us to be kind, or to stay inside, or to keep safe. They are a great way for people to connect with each other even when they cannot meet up in person. Thank you everyone for the rainbows.           We can read about the first rainbow in the story of Noah and the Ark, found in the book of Genesis, or in any children's bible. The rainbow appears at the end of the story. It is a side of hope for better days.    ------------Hymn for children of all ages————— Who put the colours in the rainbow? You can find this on YouTube at https://youtu.be/kdlPfxiwDrw         ---------Introduction to the reading-------------         Since the start of the year, at Townhill and Kingseat,  we have been reading through Mark’s gospel,  chapter by chapter.This Sunday we come to one of the more difficult passages. In Mark chapter 13  Jesus speaks about the coming destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem the place he had spent the last few days teaching. In this passage he warns of what the end times will be like, while promising that he will return. I believe in all his words he is reassuring his followers that whatever happens, God is with them and will see them through.                                            --------——— Reading  ————                                   Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised).                                                              13 As Jesus  came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ 2 Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’ 3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ 5 Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. 7 When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.                                                              24 ‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,     and the moon will not give its light, 25  and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.        28 ‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.                                                                       34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’                                                                                  ————Reflection - Hope  in times of trouble-----   What are we to make of such a reading at a time like this?  Is it wholly inappropriate  or does it speak clearly to us in our troubled times? Mark chapter 13 and texts like it have often produced fear within Christians  who are not quite ready for Christ to return.  In my younger days  I hoped that Jesus wouldn’t come back before I was ready.  There were things I’d planned and hoped for in my life  like gaining my degree and getting married. I didn’t want the world to end just yet. But what about now? I’ve heard that  around a fifth of the world is in lockdown Which for many of us  is the end of life as we know it,  at least for the moment.  As a community,  as a nation,  as a world we are anxious, afraid, stressed.  We don’t know what’s going to happen.  We are grieving for the life we knew  only two or three weeks ago. Might these words become more understandable more meaningful  in a time such as this?                                                                        Texts like this one were written for people who were suffering. Those, just like us, who were struggling with what was happening to them, in their day. Mark’s gospel was written in the middle of a war around the time when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans  in AD 70.  In the midst of the horror of war and destruction  the writer of Mark  says to his readers then and now:  Remember how Jesus told us this would happen? Remember when he said we would be persecuted? Remember when he told us not to be afraid.  He’s coming back for us.  He will gather us to himself from wherever we are in the world. Hold on to your faith! Not faith in the system of government,  certainly not faith in buildings like the temple,  not even faith in religion  because all these things will eventually be destroyed.  But faith in God,  faith in Jesus Christ,  the one we know as friend and master.                  Jesus is the master in the parable we heard. He is the one who will suddenly return. But first he must endure suffering and death. As he speaks he knows he will be crucified very soon. These are his own end times. In telling his parable,  Jesus refers to four periods of night  - evening, midnight, cockcrow and daybreak. It’s worth noting that these periods of time coincide with what happens  throughout the night of Jesus’ arrest.  In the evening he has a meal with his disciples  and Judas leaves to go and betray him. At midnight they go out to pray and Jesus is arrested.  At cockcrow Peter realises that he has denied Jesus three times and at daybreak Jesus is taken to Pilate, the Roman governor.  This chapter in Mark prepares us for what will happen next in the story, just as Jesus tried to prepare his disciples.  He says: Here is what’s about to happen.  (Earthquakes and the darkening of the sky also happen at the crucifixion.) It will be awful at the time,  but later you will see God’s purpose within it.  Now you cannot begin to understand  but later you will see.                                 I believe these words about end times  are there to bring us comfort.  Not to frighten us further. Instead they can give us the courage and strength we need  to face what we are going through in this generation.  They tell us that Christ is faithful and will return for us one day,  They also say that God is ultimately in control, even when it doesn’t seem like it. In these difficult days we can remember that  God loved us so much he gave us Jesus  who bravely faced his own end of days,  so that we can face our challenging times. To his name be all the praise and the glory forever, Amen.                      ———————- Prayer for others ———————-     O Faithful God, who gives us every good thing We thank you for the homes we live in, the food we eat, the clean water we drink, the medicine we take. We thank you for the parks and paths we enjoy, the games we play, and the music we listen to. We thank you for the people we love and who love us. We thank you for your comforting words and that we can trust you with our lives today and always, no matter what the future holds.                                                                         O Eternal God, we cry out to you in these dark days answer us in these days of trouble Hear us as we pray for all who are ill, at home or in hospital,  including those known to us; all who treat the sick, risking their own health as they do so, including those known to us; all who work to keep things moving along, including those known to us; all who make sure we have food to eat, including those known to us; all who are serving time in prison and those who guard them, including those known to us; all who are isolated and lonely, including those known to us; all who are suddenly home educators, including those known to us; all who lead us and make decisions on our behalf, including those known to us.                                                                       Last of all we pray for ourselves. For the strength, patience and comfort we need during the week to come. We pray in Jesus’ name and for his sake Amen                                                                  ———— Blessing ————-                                Now may the peace of God which is beyond our understanding  Guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus And the blessing of God Father, Son and Spirit nw with you and all whom you love now and forever  Amen

All services have been cancelled at present.
 

Sunday Morning

Kingseat Church 9.45am

Townhill Church 11.30am

 

Sunday School

Kingseat Church 9.45am

Townhill Church 11.30am

 

Creche facilities are available each Sunday morning in both churches.

 

Communion Services

Celebrated on the third Sundays of February, May, September and November. Communion is also celebrated on Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday (evening) and Easter Day.

 

There is a retiring offering at each Communion Service. All monies collected go to designated charities.

 

 

 

 

 

Glendale Lodge Nursing Home Service 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Cancelled at present.

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A service for you to read can be found on the menu bar (to the left), under 'church services'.                               A new service for Sunday 29th March is now available.

Prayer for the day           God of past, present and future, in this moment of quiet, with the thoughts that fill my head, and the fears that do not leave me; I take the time to speak with you, to listen for you.

Thought for the day      Hold on to your faith! Not faith in a system of government, certainly not faith in buildings, beautiful as they are, not even faith in religion, because all these things will eventually come to an end; but faith in God, the eternal one, faith in Jesus Christ, the one we know as friend and master.

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