The Bible Study Group continues to meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in CR1 at Balformo Road. All are welcome.
Welcome to our Website.
This week I am sure you join me in wishing Helen and Mike Moir every blessing on their Golden Wedding Anniversary on August the 1st. We hope you not only have a lovely day but enjoyable weekend. It is quite some achievement, 50 years, and we send our warm congratulations to you on keeping young and dynamic and our best wishes to you both for health and happiness!
Don’t forget to scroll down. Lots of News! We even remember that Paul McCartney is over 70 and full of dynamic like you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WOb6ePqjIE
We recall your spirit of the Freedom and Civil Rights Songs is still alive! Hear Bob Dylan and Blowing in the Wind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOXACTqWT7c
We know you alive to Faith’s challenges: We join Cliff in the Lord’s Prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lndS4tWE0hM
See the button immediately above, where you can click for our Church Service on the Main Page. Click on to 2nd August, immediately above. This week the Service features some of the well-loved Psalms to the familiar tunes and these we found in upbeat and fine rendition courtesy of the Free Church. Some of the singings are so lovely you must remember to Backspace. We offer prayers, and a Power point entitled, “God is Good”. It is an invitation to Faith and Adventure. We include a modern hymn or two, one familiar and one tune less so but at that point you are invited to listen and to meditate. Thought for the Day is for your exploring. Our closing hymn is the King of Love my Shepherd is. This week we are not following the lectionary.
Please remember to Back-space as you leave each item.
Last week’s service is on the Church News section. Seconds of patience are required if an advert appears. Just wait, it will go away or the sign will come up saying skip ads. Hope you explore the opportunity which develops in different ways from week to week.
*** CHURCHES OPENING: We congratulate the Roman Catholic Church on the opening of its doors for Prayer and Meditation! SOON, SCONE AND ST MARTINS DOORS WILL OPEN TOO. MUCH PREPARATION IS ONGOING. We can assure all those phoning in to enquire about the date that everything we need is bought and this week will be in place.
The List of Volunteers is well into double figures and is GROWING! If you are working, you might like to volunteer for the Sunday afternoon rota. The other day is Wednesday. Balformo Road (Scone New) and St Martins will open on Wednesdays and Burnside (Scone Old) on Sundays – afternoon arrangements for prayer and meditation. If you would like and are able to help contact Mike Moir, Depute Clerk or myself. The Manse phone number is 01738 551942. Please leave your Name and telephone number.
When we open for worship, and we hope that will not be long now, personally speaking I don’t mind how many services require to be held – the more, the better! We are limited to 50 at a time. We will publicise well! Look out for detail! Flags and balloons will fly! We’re working well on this! And now, we await Presbytery’s Blessing.
There seems to be much interest and enthusiasm around. We ask you wear your mask and bring a wee bottle of water with you. I am sure you will come if you are well and able and will have the good sense to look after yourself at home if you are unwell. Keep Awake, Keep Alive, Keep Alert! And God bless you.
***VJ DAY is on the 15th August when all Church Bells are invited to ring 75 times! More detail next week.
***Masks: READ THIS: Linda Martin invites us to make or buy a mask for donation to the PKAVS mental health and well-being hub and the Salvation Army drop in centre in Perth. If you take them to her home, she will ensure that they are taken to the organisations for distribution. Linda’s address is 24, Highfield Road, tel. 01738 574405. Olson Mask Pattern: https://www.unitypoint.org/filesimages/COVID-19/UnityPointHealth-OlsonMask-Instructions.pdf Also, the Big Community Sew provides information on how to make masks for your community: https://www.bigcommunitysew.co.uk/
VIRTUAL SUMMER CLUB DETAILS: Pass on the word that a Virtual Summer Club for young people will be on offer from our website. We thank our friends in Overtown Parish Church for flying our way to Offer it. They invite us to fly back with them via the web. Keep Watching the Website this week!!!
WEIGHT LOSS:: Well today marks the formal end of the Weight Loss Campaign for Church Funds, 31st July. I have lost almost 3 stones 7 lbs and intend to keep going until the clocks change! Even more might have been lost but at the same time I have been trying to cut down on another habit as well, and this has been quite an exercise during Lockdown so please ensure the Church benefits as much as I, and encourage the sponsorship. And a big thank you to those who have been encouraging and sponsoring me along the way!!!
MORE RECIPES for the Lockdown Recipe Book are coming in, another fundraiser for Church Funds. As you will be aware we have been phoning the Roll throughout Lockdown and thank you to those who have responded by phone. It has been lovely to receive letters, cards, recipes, emails and phone-calls, thank you!
In addition to all else the income of the Church locally and nationally requires to be sustained. We’re told that many church buildings could close. Your support of your Church is vital! The Treasurer has written us all to say he will be so appreciative of receiving the offerings saved up. Donations too are always appreciatively received.
Thank you so very much for the way in which in all parts of the parish you have been engaged in Christian service and celebrating the Love of Christ alive in our midst. And, isn’t it such a privilege and blessing to keep company with our Saviour and Friend, Jesus Christ!
Dear Congregation and Community,
Just a little note to wish you God’s blessing and with a prayer that you all keep safe and well. As you are aware, all Churches are now closed even for prayer. Keep up the praying wherever you are because Prayer and Meditation are not shut down. We can pray and meditate in our homes and when we have our time of exercise.
I hope you received word about praying with all denominations of the Christian Faith at 7pm last Sunday night, and about lighting a candle and placing it in your window at 7pm.
The detail was and is on site under the section Church News.
It would be good to continue this practice not only each Sunday evening but every evening.
Let the light of Faith, Hope and Love, be seen and felt throughout the parish of Scone and St Martins and may your prayers be constant for the Church and for this community, and all communities world- wide.
In your prayers be sure to include Medical, Surgical, and Nursing Staff and all who help in hospitals, hospices, residential and nursing homes, and out in the districts.
Many are the people here and, in the world, who know sickness and suffering on every day of every year and many are their dear ones who give them loving support.
Remember, too, the dying and bereaved.
Please remember each one known and unknown.
Remember that not all suffering is physical. Remember the depressed and all who know suffering in their minds, remember those challenged by a lack of life’s usual routine in their lives and all who care for them. Remember those challenged and suffering due to Covid 19 Remember all working on the Front Line including the Scientists seeking a vaccine.
In addition to your prayers at 7pm and to your lighting the candle of Faith, Hope and Love and to your placing it in your window and to your encouragement of others to do likewise it is always good to give thanks.
I was glad that the country remembered to give thanks last night, Thursday evening, for Medical, Surgical, Nursing and Caring Staff and all who support them. Again, that is good practice on every day of every month of every year. Keep the thanksgiving and prayers for their wellbeing.
It is great to hear of the good deeds quietly done as you Love your neighbour in this time of lockdown. Alive and well, my ministry continues. Thank you to those who have made contact and offered to be of help as circumstances permit. As with the word “prayer”, “society” is a word that is not redundant. Keep us posted if we can be of help in any way at all. The Manse telephone number is: 01738 551942.
Suggestion: If unable to get out for a walk, use your telephones to keep in touch. Don’t over listen to the corona virus reports but be sure to play music and enjoy it! If we are operating as if in wartime conditions may our oldest friends continue to sing the songs of these times; you’ll recall “Keep right on to the end of the road” and from the hymn book there are many hymns we may sing including “Fight the good fight” and in quieter mood, “Christ be beside me, Christ be before me” to the tune of Morning has broken.
See the guided worship, more than usual, with Prayers and a Thought, to be found under Order of Service.
Love and Blessing,
PRAYER of St MARTIN
It is said of St Martin that he was one of God’s Saints who influenced the West with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Martin was at one in spirit through his love of Jesus. He lived in close affinity to God’s Creation. He embraced the poor and those who were in need; he respected all of God’s creation even the very flowers and animals of the field and birds of the air. God we thank you for your servant Martin and pray that we may respect your creation in all its fullness. In this special time of challenge may we appreciate the goodness around us and share your love with all in need and remember the animals who give comfort, loyalty, and unconditional love especially to those who cherish and love them most. In Jesus Name, Amen
PRAYER of St. COLUMBA
Be a bright flame before me, O God, a guiding star above me. Be a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me,
today, tonight, and forever more
PRAYER OF ST PATRICK
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me.
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ inn danger,
Christ in hearts of all who love me. Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
LIGHTING THE LIGHTS
We will light three lights for the Trinity of Love
God above us, God beside us, God beneath us;
The Beginning, the End, the Everlasting One.
Jesus Christ, Son of Mary, Holy Spirit, Light of Life,
Shield and sustain us and all our dear ones,
this day, this night, and every day and night. AMEN.
Weddings: We have no weddings booked until later in the year.
God bless all who Love One Another.
Christenings and Baptisms:
We look forward to this Sacrament when the Church doors open and we are able again to have a Great Celebration of New Life! Remember these words: Let the children come to me. Do not try to stop them for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.
Funerals: At this time attendances are limited to nearest and dearest.
Services of Thanksgiving may be arranged for a later date.
EASTER SUNDAY: Bells in Scone and St Martin will ring out The Day of RESURRECTION! THE EASTER ACCLAMATION will be made thrice: Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!!!
Further detail will be given. Keep a look out! And an ear tuned in!
If you require pastoral help do not hesitate to contact me on 55194
The Bible Study Group continues to meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in CR1 at Balformo Road. All are welcome.
Every First Thursday at Burnside Hall
Every Third Thursday at Balformo Hall