sunday, 18th OCTOber 2020
Today, following our return four Sunday ago, we continue to worship in the sanctuary at Priesthill Road at 11.00am.
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Week beginning: Sunday 18th October 2020
Today we celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. This year, because of the restrictions, it was decided that we will not ask for any harvest goods to be brought in but rather we should restrict ourselves to asking for monetary donations.
In addition to uplifting our weekly Tithes and Offerings, we are also uplifting a Harvest Collection which will be divided between four charities: Christian Aid (Autumn Appeal), Lodging House Mission, Glasgow City Mission and Glasgow South West Foodbank.
If you have been unable to attend church and would like to contribute to the Harvest Collection please contact Douglas Nicol and he will arrange to collect it from you.
FILMING OF THE SERVICE
This week again there have been more technical issues when trying to get the recording of the service online. It seems that as each week comes, new challenges present themselves! We believe it is important to persevere and so we do thank you for your continued patience.
Tonight, (18 October), as restrictions continue across Scotland, Christians across the country – and further afield – will once again join together in prayer at 7pm in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s theme is “Does God go with us?’
Does God go with us as we journey through the latest stage of the challenge that we face personally and as a community? Does God go with us in the uncertainty of the times in which we live? If so, how do we know? Moses led the people out of Egypt and during the subsequent journey in the wilderness it seems that the persistent questions asked of him by the people of Israel can be summed up as follows:
Does God go with us? If so, how do we know? In reply, the response of the Lord is this: ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest…and I know you by name.’ In return, Moses asks that he might see the glory of the Lord. In reply, the Lord offers to put him in ‘a cleft of the rock’ as a place of safety. (Exodus 33: 14, 17, 22) The words of a traditional hymn capture the image: Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.
Does God go with us? Yes, even on the hardest journey. If so, how do we know? We know because the Lord leads us to the place of safety.
The Church of Scotland website has a printed version of a prayer and also a version recorded by the Moderator. Sometimes our prayer lives can become dry, and we cannot always find the words to express our despair in all the restrictions and difficulties and so this recording may help to articulate how we are feeling and help lead us into our own time of prayer and worship.
Knowing that we have a loving heavenly Father who cares about every aspect of our lives is so encouraging. As ever, if you are struggling in any way, have concerns or worries and would appreciate a listening ear, please do not hesitate to contact anyone in the Ministry Team who will gladly chat and/or pray for you. All in the strictest confidence.
CONGRATULATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS
Although there is so much difficulty and anxiety at this time we take the time to mark the times of celebration in the lives of our church family members.
Many happy returns to Finlay Buchanan who celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday, 13th October.
Congratulations to Cameron and Elizabeth Buchanan who celebrated their 33rd
Wedding Anniversary on Thursday, 15th October.
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