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Life and Work – subscribe for 2018
life and work

Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland which is issued monthly.   The magazine has many articles which are interesting and informative of the work both here in Scotland and around the world.   Orders are now being taken for 2018 and if you wish to renew your subscription or take out a new subscription please contact Jean Barron 01463 242883 or Jane in the office.  The cost for 2018 has been held at £27.36 and should be paid

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
Temple

1 Kings 5:1-5 Preparations for Building the Temple 5 When Hiram king of Tyre heard that Solomon had been anointed king to succeed his father David, he sent his envoys to Solomon, because he had always been on friendly terms with David. 2 Solomon sent back this message to Hiram: 3 “You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the Lord his God until the Lord put his

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Housegroup questions on Joyce’s sermon
God sees

Housegroup questions on Joyce Mitchell’s sermon on 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 51:10 and John 7:24 Joyce focussed on the thought of seeing others as God seems them, without showing prejudice. The folk in the group may wish to discuss situations where they have been, or still recognise themselves to be prejudiced against a certain group of people. What leads us to be prejudiced for, or against a particular person or group of people? Do you agree that

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For everyone born a star overhead
Star

The thing that struck me most about the service this morning was a line from the song For everyone born a place at the table. The line was this: ‘For everyone born a star overhead.’ The star of Bethlehem, to which I suppose this refers, was a sign from God that Jesus was special, Jesus was loved, Jesus had a mission. And from God’s perspective, for everyone born there is indeed in this sense ‘a star overhead.’ Each of us is special, called

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Songs we sang this morning
Samuel heart

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness  The church is wherever God’s people are praising   (Couldn’t find this on Youtube) Oh for a heart to praise my God For everyone born a place at the table Jesus is King and we will extol him

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Report of Joyce’s sermon this morning on overcoming prejudice
Joyce

This morning, Joyce Mitchell was preaching on 1 Samuel 16:1-13 – the passage describing how, prompted by God, the prophet Samuel anoints David to be king of Israel, a replacement for Saul whom God has rejected. It’s probably a very familiar story to most of us, Joyce said. But often we forget the challenge even the most familiar Bible passages bring to us, and fail to apply them. And often as we re-read very familiar verses, something we have

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
Samuel heart

1 Samuel 16:1-13 Samuel anoints David 16 The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’ 2 But Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.’ The Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.”

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Songs we sang this morning
Speak Lord

Praise my soul the King of heaven I will offer up my life in spirit and truth Wonderful Lord, wonderful Lord, you are my shield and my protector Be still for the presence of the Lord From the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun Be thou my vision  

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A dream: John shares a personal story
John at Primary School

Just something I wanted to share with you about a dream I had last night. Barry mentioned that some dreams come from God: I don’t think this is one of those, though it could be. Our own psyches are very good at producing dreams as they process the events of our day, and sometimes if we reflect on these dreams that can reveal to us things about ourselves which we didn’t know we knew. It’s the way God has made us, and it can be helpful to listen

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Salt of the earth: Barry’s kids’ talk
Salt2

Barry had a lovely chat with the children this morning about Jesus comment in Matthew 5:13 – ‘You are the salt of the earth.’ He brought along a shopping bag with lots of different kinds of salt: table salt, garlic salt, rock salt, Epsom salts (good for constipation, he said – if you don’t know what that is, ask you mum or dad.) He talked about salt blocks for cows, which was a new one on me. To help us understand what Jesus meant by ‘You

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