Online Worship Services
Welcome to our Online Worship Services. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak leading to us to be unable to gather in person for church as we usually would we have dedicated this space to bring the weekly service into your homes.
Please come here each Sunday to see the next service as it is uploaded, and services will remain available following this time so feel free to 'catch up' or re-watch a service through the week as desired.
sunday, 26th JULY 2020
19th Sunday of Lockdown
2. opening prayer
3. Bible readings
6. prayers and decrees
6. prayers and decrees
Week beginning: Sunday 26th July 2020
We hope you are continuing to enjoy more freedoms as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
The ability to be able to meet with friends, go shopping or have a meal in a café or restaurant has been very appealing to a lot of people however, many are experiencing a real sense of fear and anxiety at the prospect of being in close proximity to larger numbers of people, having been so restricted for so long.
From media reports it would seem that most shops and public places are being very strict with hygiene and social distancing issues. This is most certainly the case with the church. It has been somewhat frustrating for some folks that we are not yet gathering as a congregation under the same roof for weekly worship however it is imperative that every Health and Safety aspect of opening up the church is looked at fully.
To that end, under the guidance of the Glasgow Presbytery, the ministry team, Douglas, Kirsteen and Naomi will be carrying out a full Health and Safety survey with added input from the Session Clerk, Douglas McLaren and the Property Convener, Jess Mitchell.
Once this has been completed and all suitable arrangements have been put into place, the Kirk Session will reach a verdict on the date of our first worship service. We are aware that some Church buildings are already open for a time of personal reflective prayer but when we open it will be for a full Sunday morning service albeit in a different format from when we last met in March.
While it is very understandable to have reservations about coming back to Church, and indeed some congregations are exploring the issue of not reopening in the next few months for various reasons, we have to be lead by Scriptures that speak into our situation and use these as a basis for our prayer lives. We are reminded that in the letter to the Hebrews we are instructed to ... “not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”(Hebrews 10v25)
We have been “meeting together” in that we have been watching the same online service and having the Monthly Healing Service held via Zoom but there is something very powerful when we are together physically. We know that “ ... where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18 v20)
When we have doubts or concerns we can take the word of God and pray it back to Him, making it personal to our situation ie looking at 2 Timothy 1 v 7 Father God, I know that you have not given me a spirit of fear or timidity but instead a spirit of power and love and sound judgement and discipline, giving me the ability to be calm, have a well-balanced mind and self-control. I lay at your feet all that concerns me about the lifting of lockdown and pray that by the power of Your Holy Spirit I will know when the time is right to meet again with Your people for Your praise and glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
As you pray please continue to uphold those involved in the Health and Safety Risk Assessment and the whole Kirk Session that they would know a greater measure of God’s wisdom and discernment as they make these very important decisions and also that resources and people are made available to facilitate a joyful gathering again.
Please continue to pray for Kirsteen and Naomi and the young people and families that they are supporting. Also, please prayerfully consider the giving of your tithes and offerings, as, as in every economy, money is an important factor when it comes to the running of the Church building.
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team in confidence for a chat and/or prayer if you have any concerns, fears or anxiety about returning to public worship or indeed any issue that is troubling you.
Again we take the time to acknowledge times of celebration in the lives of our church members.
Congratulations to Finlay McIntosh who celebrated his 9th birthday on Monday, 20th July; to Irene Downie who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, 22nd July; to Peter McInnes who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday, 23rd July; and to Ruby MacLaren who celebrated her 7th birthday on Saturday, 25th July. Many Happy Returns to you all!
MINISTER: Rev Douglas Nicol, 36 Springkell Drive, GLASGOW G41 4EZ
0141 427 7877 Email: DNicol@churchofscotland.org.uk
PART-TIME PARISH ASSISTANT: Kirsteen Marshall
07720 625 789 Email: KMarshall@churchofscotland.org.uk
PART-TIME children and Families Worker: Naomi Sutton
07486 563 779 Email: NSutton@churchofscotland.org.uk