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Photos from last week’s ‘Afternoon Tea’

It was 'Afternoon Tea for the Over 60s' last Wednesday. Here are some photos from Donald. He reports 'A good number of people attended, though some rightly chose to enjoying the good warm weather. Bob Johnson had a big birthday the following day. Whatever the number was he is maintaining “79 and holding.'  

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Be thou my vision: songs we sang at the service yesterday
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Crown Him with many crowns Turn your eyes upon Jesus O to see the dawn Jesus, be the centre Be Thou my vision  

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Freedom and Fulness: Duncan’s sermon on Exodus 20:3-11
Putting God First

Yesterday’s sermon from Duncan was the second of a series reflecting on the ‘10 commandments’ or ’10 words.’  This time, we were looking at the first four commandments – Exodus 20:3-11: 3 ‘You shall have no other gods before me. 4 ‘You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
Putting God First

Exodus 20:3-11 3 ‘You shall have no other gods beforeme. 4 ‘You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those

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Jonathan’s Study Leave
Princeton Seminary

Jonathan has written an excellent Study Leave Report describing his time in the United States at the end of May.  Click here to read it. He spent a day at Allentown Presbyterian Church in Allentown, New Jersey where he spent a year on placement prior to coming to Hilton. He discussed with former colleagues there ‘the current joys and the challenges of youth ministry in both the USA and in Scotland.’ For the next four days, he attended the Princeton

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Housegroup Questions on Exodus 19:1-6; 20:1-2 and Matthew 22:37-40
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Housegroup Questions on Exodus 19:1-6; 20:1-2 and Matthew 22:37-40 A central theme of Duncan’s sermon was the relationship between grace and Law – between receiving freedom and life from God as a free gift on the one hand, and modelling our lives on the commandments on the other. Some people in the group may wish to explain their understanding of this relationship. Does anyone want to share about times in their lives when they have (a) tried

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Here are the songs we sang this morning
Dores Duncan

I waited patiently for God, for God to hear my prayer (Psalm 40) Not found on Youtube A new commandment How lovely is Thy dwelling place (Psalm 84) Brother, sister let me serve you Christ be beside me O breath of life come sweeping through us (This is different tune to the one we used this morning)  

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Seeing God in creation
Ewing Big Bird

My very favourite part of the service this morning was when Duncan was talking about birds. He mentioned the Ewing Family’s ‘Big Year’ when  Simeon, Joanna and the girls are trying to identify and photograph 150 different species of birds in Scotland. It’s helping raise money for charity – and getting them out as a family into the great outdoors! Duncan had been prompted by a verse in today’s Bible reading (‘I carried you on eagles’

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The absolute givenness of grace: Richard Rohr’s experience
Richard Rohr

On the subject of grace and law,, I loved this refection from the American Franciscan priest and spiritual leader Richard Rohr. He is describing something which happened during his year as a 'novice' before beginning training for the priesthood: I was kneeling in the chair alone in the novitiate house…Suddenly, I felt chains fly in all directions. The Scripture that I had read that day was from Philippians 3: ‘What I once considered as asset,

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Gratitude
Gratitude

Here's the lovely reflection on gratitude which Duncan felt prompted to read us this morning. Let's seek to be grateful, recognising the many gifts which God gives us. To be grateful is to be humble, recognising how much we receive from God and others.   To be grateful is to pay attention to all the good that is happening in our lives, and see God’s signature.   To be grateful is to be so thankful for our blessings that we try to be God’s blessing

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