Baptism of Caelan Glen McGillivray
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At the service this morning, Caelan Glen McGillivray was baptised. Here are a couple of pictures of the family (Leanne, Stephen and Caelan's sister Isla.

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Served and serving – a report and reflection on this morning’s service
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A report from John Dempster on this morning’s sermon. Duncan began the sermon, which centred on Isaiah 42:1-9, by thinking back to 9/11 reflecting on the impact which the destruction of the Twin Towers has had on subsequent history. The ‘war against terrorism,’ and the associated torture of suspects which has been highlighted over the last week has, far from bringing peace, simply promoted further terrorism and conflict. Things could have been

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The servant king
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Bible passages for tomorrow’s service Isaiah 42:1-9 The servant of the Lord 1 ‘Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4     he will not falter or

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Advent reflection: arrival or journey?
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Are you looking forward to Christmas? ‘Watch, Prepare, Rejoice, Behold’ – four themes of advent, each word written on one of the Advent candles in the banner which hangs in the church at this time of year. It’s a time when we look forward to the coming of the king. We await the arrival of Baby Jesus, winding ourselves back in time, anticipating the promised nativity. We look ahead in faith to the future coming of the king at the end of time,

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Messy Church report
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On Sunday, Duncan thanked everyone who'd been involved in Messy Church on 30th November - those who prayed, those who led crafts, organised sports, cooked, tidied-up afterwards, and those who did all the other things necessary to make the event as enjoyable as it was. Between 80 and 90 people were present, and it all happens again on 8th February, when the theme is Journeys.

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Sounds familiar: music awakens memories
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Last Sunday, Duncan mentioned that he'd been present on 2nd December as Sounds Familiar, the singing group for people with dementia and their carers, held there regular meeting in the church.  There were around 100 people enjoying the occasion. Here's a report from earlier in the year about the group: The woman with dementia, touched through the singing of old songs with a forgotten joy raised her arms and exclaimed ‘I just feel so free.’ This

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Track from Hilton songwriter features in new album
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At Hilton Church we’re familiar with the moving and lyrical worship songs written by Stephen Hutchison. One of these After the darkness appears in the second Satellite album Church come alive just released by a group of Scottish worship song leaders. Stephen’s own CD Songs for this journey  is still available – all the tracks on it are written by Stephen. It's reviewed here. Stephen has copies of both albums available for sale. Church come

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Jonathan, Susie and the boys light the second advent candle
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Three months to clear the diary……
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A report on this morning’s sermon from John Dempster Three months to clear the diary…. This morning Duncan linked a 2500-year-old story with a significant date in the future of the Hilton Church community. The event from the past was an attempt by an evil man to wipe out the Jews still living at Susa in Persia after the rest of their number had returned to the land of Judah and the city of Jerusalem.  The story centred round a young woman named

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Angels with fur?
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Lorna and I went to see the new Paddington movie last night. Great fun – I loved the interpretation of the old joke ‘Dogs must be carried on escalator!’ But the film has a very Christian theme which speaks to all of us – its message is the need to welcome the stranger, the outcast, and make them at home. Paddington’s expectation of the hospitality he will receive in London  is initially disappointed, but in the end he finds himself welcomed

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