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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, 17th MAY 2020

the FIFTH sunday of easter

1. song

2. opening prayer

Opening Prayer 17.05.2020
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3. bible readings

Luke 5 : 27-32

Philippians 3 : 12-21

1st Bible Reading - Ray Jamieson
00:00 / 00:47
2nd Bible Reading - Doreen Kier
00:00 / 01:51

4. song

5. sermon

6. prayer and decrees

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
00:00 / 04:03
Decrees 17.05.2020
00:00 / 01:00

7. song

There are no singers on this recording ...

so you are encouraged to sing along yourself!

8. benediction

Regular Benediction
00:00 / 00:54

Week beginning: Sunday 17th May 2020



Dear friends,


In these days when many are working from home, using Facetime or Zoom to see loved ones, the Church of Scotland has had to be inventive this week as it marked the installation of our new Moderator.


This year’s Assembly in Edinburgh was obviously cancelled but yesterday, Saturday 16th May, when it should have been beginning, a service was streamed online.  With only a skeleton media crew, the outgoing Moderator, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair and his wife, our now new Moderator Rev Dr Martin Fair and his wife, and the Principal Clerk were present to mark the changeover.


Martin Fair is currently the minister of St Andrews Parish Church in Arbroath but he is a dear friend of one of our neighbouring churches, Thornliebank Parish Church where his father was an Elder, his mother was heavily involved in the Guild and he himself attended the Sunday School and youth fellowship. So he is a well known face to many in the southside!


Speaking ahead of the service, which is still available to view on the Church of Scotland website, Rev Dr Fair said: “Taking on the role was always going to be a challenge. But at least I had many others to follow and there was an established pattern. But no one has been this way before so I’m going to have to step out into new territory without a map. So for me, trusting in God to lead is where I’m at personally. And that perfectly mirrors the place of the Church as it looks toward a yet unknown future. I guess that’s what my year is going to be about, not what was planned.”

And so it is for us all, not being able to engage with the things we had planned – holidays, weddings, family gatherings, moving house etc however, in Jeremiah 29 v 11 we read 11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

This promise brings us comfort in these uncertain days. Our ways are not God’s ways and He is sovereign, He is in control. 

If you are struggling emotionally or spiritually and find it difficult to trust that God is loving you, watching over you and has a plan for you or you are struggling in any way please do not hesitate to contact either Douglas, Kirsteen or Naomi simply to talk or for prayer.  All calls/texts/emails will be treated in complete confidence.  Please do not struggle alone.  We have all experienced a huge range of emotions since lockdown started and sharing these concerns or fears can be hugely beneficial.

We mentioned last week that the grounds in Priesthill Road have been given a new lease of life thanks to some volunteers.  We have since learned that all of this work has been done by Kim and John O’Donnell, Davie, our caretaker, and Heather Owens, and we are so grateful to them for undertaking this project.  We look forward to the day when we are all back and can admire their handiwork. 

We continue to celebrate our church family’s birthdays and anniversaries. Many happy returns to Ross Diamond who celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday, 11th May.  Congratulations to Alan and Diane MacDonald who celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, 12th May.


If you have any good news, words of encouragement or things you would like to share via this online newsletter please email Douglas at the address given below.


Prayer @ 7pm


Church groups across Scotland are asking Christians once more to join together in prayer at 7pm this evening, Sunday, 17th May.

This week's renewed prayer for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is signed by 13 Scottish churches and Christian organisations.

Across the country people have answered the call to pray at the same time each week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "When so much is not normal how lovely it can be to come together at 7pm each Sunday and have a few moments in which we can pray together."

"Let me encourage you to keep hope alive and join with us in prayer."


This week's letter accompanying the prayer states:


 In the days following the first Easter Sunday, the disciples of Jesus would have gone through any number of different reactions, from uncertainty and anxiety to joy and celebration, through incomprehension and fear to recognition and hope. If the Cross had robbed them of his presence, the Resurrection has restored his presence. Surely Jesus will continue to be with them always?

The Gospel of John (14: 1-21) portrays the disciples wrestling with the dawning reality that Jesus will not continue to be physically present to them. It would seem that they are again to be left bereft and ‘orphaned’. Uncertainty and anxiety threaten once more. In response, Jesus speaks into their incomprehension and fear with the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus reassures them that they are not alone and that his spiritual presence will be renewed in this world through the Spirit. Jesus, through the Spirit, continues with us always as the assurance of God’s love for us.

Let us pray:


Living God, you are our Creator and our Maker

And the very breath of life is given as your gift.

We thank you for the gift of life

And we embrace and treasure that gift.

Living God, you are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

Whose presence in the world reveals your love for us.

In the giving of your Son,

You reveal the depths of your love.

Living God, your Son embraced the Cross

And the depths of human suffering.

We thank you that you delivered him

On the day of Resurrection.

Living God, as you spoke to the bereft and the orphaned in days past,

Speak to the bereft and the orphaned in days present.

Speak to the uncertain and the anxious.

Speak into the depths of our incomprehension and fear.

Living God, your promise

Is that we will not be left alone to face the world.

We thank you that through the gift of your Spirit

That promise is fulfilled.

Living God, be with all who sustain our common life at this time,

Carers and nurses, cleaners and porters,

Doctors and ambulance staff, delivery drivers and posties.

Through their giving our common life is sustained.

Living God, as you have watched over us in the past,

Watch over us in the present.

As once more we thank you, that through Christ

And by your Holy Spirit, we are not alone. Amen.


Signed by:

Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland

Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church

Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church

Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)

Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland

Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)

Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland

MINISTER: Rev Douglas Nicol, 36 Springkell Drive,


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