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, 9th AUGUST 2020
21st Sunday of Lockdown
2. opening prayer
3. Bible readings
6. prayers and decrees
6. prayers and decrees
Week beginning: Sunday 9th August 2020
We do hope that you are keeping well and have been enjoying the mini-heat wave!
As discussed last week, the Kirk Session met via Zoom on Tuesday. There is no official date for us to worship together but please be assured that all members will be notified personally and our website and Facebook pages will be updated immediately.
You may have already seen via Facebook that Naomi has been extremely busy making up gift packs for the children in the community and the first of these will be available to those living in the G53 postcode area on Monday 10th August. Full instructions on how to get hold of these free gifts, are detailed here on the website as well as Facebook.
A huge thank you to Naomi and those who helped her with the donations and making up the packs. We pray that they will be a blessing to those receiving them.
Although we are still in the summer season, Lodging House Mission is turning its mind towards their annual Harvest Appeal. This year understandably they are not looking for donations of foodstuffs but instead are asking congregations to consider donating financially the equivalent of the cost of the groceries they would bring along to church on a typical Harvest Thanksgiving Service.
All proceeds will be used to buy food for the hungry throughout the autumn and winter in compliance with the Covid restrictions. Payments can be made online via the LHM website or can be sent to the office at 35 East Campbell Street,
Glasgow, G1 5DT.
The following excerpt is from the latest LHM newsletter:
We ask for your continued prayers for,
the Lodging House Mission Family; our staff team, our dedicated volunteers and our agency partners during this transition time.
our vulnerable client group, who face uncertain futures.
wisdom and compassion from those in positions of authority as they consider amending the temporary housing support for the homeless
our wider church family and decision makers, as they consider what form Harvest worship and collections may take this year.
Glasgow Presbytery are asking ministers and church workers to take their allocated annual leave as usual and not carry it though to next year and so, Douglas will be off from Monday 10th August until Saturday 15th August inclusive. Funeral cover for this period will be provided by Rev Mike Gargrave from Thornliebank Parish Church
Tel 0141 880 5532.
Again we take the time to acknowledge times of celebration in the lives of our church members.
Congratulations to Tess Marshall who celebrated her 16th birthday on Monday, 3rd August; to Margaret Thomas who celebrated her birthday on Friday, 7th August; and to Anne Marie Boyd who celebrates her birthday today, Sunday 9th August; Many Happy Returns to each of you!
P.S. Please see below a letter sent to churches by the moderator, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair. He is organising a Week of Prayer for Church and Country from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 August. You are encouraged to read the letter
and consider participating in it.
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
While some churches have already re-opened for public worship, most are still considering how best, and when, to do so. The need to navigate our way through the challenges involved and to properly implement the published guidelines is causing a degree of anxiety not seen since the beginning of lockdown. Rightly so, there are all kinds of questions to be answered and systems to be put in place to ensure as much as possible that those who visit our buildings are kept safe. I am enormously grateful to all those who at national, regional and local levels have worked so hard to get us to this point.
But while we order supplies of sanitising agents and face coverings, measure our sanctuaries to calculate allowable numbers, and work out how best to handle ‘in church’ worship alongside digital content, we mustn’t miss the opportunity that is now before us to ask the crucial questions of what it is we’re going back to do and how best are we going to do it? Will it be business as usual or might this be an opportunity for us to invite a fresh blowing of the wind of the Spirit to refresh and reinvigorate us and to ‘revive us for this hour?’
This may well be a critical moment in the life of our Church - a paradigm-shifting moment. And if that’s true for the Church then it may be equally true for the country, not least as COVID-related economic realities begin to bite.
It’s with that in mind that I have decided to offer A Week of Prayer for Church and Country, believing that as we head into such a critical period we should be ‘on our knees’ before the One who has promised to lead us. The week will run from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 August and I’m presently working with a group of wonderfully creative colleagues to put it all together. Fuller details of how to get involved and how to involve congregations will follow, but in brief there will be a short recorded reflection and prayer each morning and an opportunity to gather nationally online each evening. These gatherings will be entirely interactive and there will be ways for individuals and congregations to participate - as little or as much as possible.
I very much hope you’ll want to participate in this week, as you are able, and that you’ll encourage members to do likewise.
‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.’ Colossians 4:2
Yours in Christ,
Rt Revd Dr W Martin Fair
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland