Bringing the Church to You

 

If you are unable to come to our Sunday service you can still connect with the Church in many ways.

  • Read our weekly service (below)

  • Read our weekly Sermons on our Blog

This Week's News

 

This week's Diary:

 

Wednesday                          

  • Prayer Group 6.30pm

  • Choir Practice 7.15pm

Thursday   

  • Chums: meeting cancelled

Friday                          

  • Zones (P1-3 6.30pm, P4-5 7.15pm, P6-7 7.45pm)

A Reminder of Recurring Meetings:

  • The Guild - 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 2.30pm

  • Prayer Group - Wednesdays at 6.30pm 

  • Choir - Wednesdays at 7.15pm 

  • Chums - 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at 7.30pm (fortnightly from September 14th - May 24th 2019)

  • Men's Group - 3rd Thursday of the month in Johnstone Arms at 7.30pm

  • Craft Group - first and third Friday of the month at 2pm

  • Zones  - Friday from 6:30pm

Intimations:

    • Church Survey:  The Session would like anyone who wishes to take part in an on-line survey which will look at where we are as a Church and discern where God wishes us to move forward. You can find it here. Should you wish, we can also provide paper copies - please let your elder or one of the stewards know.  We would be grateful if you could complete the survey no later than Christmas Day to allow us to crunch the data and report back in the New Year. 

    • Following today's communion service, the retiring Offering today will be going towards the Fabric Fund..

     

    • The Gate:  The Gate Foodbank has been very busy over the last two weeks with donations of Reverse Advent Calendars. Alva Parish Church has donated 1/2 ton of food and Christmas goodies since the beginning of November. Thank you for all your generous donations.

    • The Church Quiz:  The winner of the November Quiz  was Roy Ramage. The December Quiz,, ‘A Winter Brainy Quiz’ , is available from Alan Conn or at the IT desk.  The closing date is Friday 28th December.  Funds raised from the quiz are going to Sunday Zones to help with their sponsorship of children.

 

Advent Devotional

 

The Spill the Beans Advent Devotional is a great resource, helping us to find time each day to reflect on the Scriptures during the season of Advent.

You can find and download it here

Inheritance... of Love

 

 

Reading: Isaiah, Chap 40, v1-11

 

15 “O Lord our God, you showed your power by bringing your people out of Egypt, and your power is still remembered. We have sinned; we have done wrong. 16 You have defended us in the past, so do not be angry with Jerusalem any longer. It is your city, your sacred hill. All the people in the neighboring countries look down on Jerusalem and on your people because of our sins and the evil our ancestors did. 17 O God, hear my prayer and pleading. Restore your Temple, which has been destroyed; restore it so that everyone will know that you are God. 18 Listen to us, O God; look at us and see the trouble we are in and the suffering of the city that bears your name. We are praying to you because you are merciful, not because we have done right. 19 Lord, hear us. Lord, forgive us. Lord, listen to us, and act! In order that everyone will know that you are God, do not delay! This city and these people are yours.”

Reflection:

As we approach the season of Advent, we want to make a fresh start. The old year is almost gone, we look back and see where we have gone wrong, made mistakes, hurt people, failed in so many ways.

Humility and repentance are called for, from each of us, and from the whole Church.

The calendar year starts on 1 January.

We say the Church Year starts with Advent and then we call Pentecost the Birthday of the Church.

How many times do we need to make New Year Resolutions?

Perhaps New Day Resolutions would be better, more likely to be kept.

Daily prayer, daily worship, daily reflection, all call us to be mindful of our need of the faithful merciful love of God, one day at a time.

by Laura Digan,
Minister in Training

Prayer:

Comfort your people, O God, Comfort your people.
Our God made flesh in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, who came as a baby on that first Christmas. 
Our God, who lived as a human, experiencing pain and suffering.
Our God, who died for our sins, so that we might live forever with him.
Our God, who gives forgiveness to people who probably believe their sins are too many and too horrible to be forgiven.
Comfort your people, O God, Comfort your people.
Amen.

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