Week commencing 16 April: Easter

  • Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
  • If the women and the disciples who went to the empty tomb and met the Risen Jesus struggled to understand  what they had experienced, maybe we have an excuse, Lord, help us to try to get our heads around what happened that day
  • Thank you for the new hope that Easter gives us: the hope that cruelty, indifference, abuse and hatred will not have the last word; the hope that it is worth investing time, effort and suffering into seeking healing and wholeness for the world; the hope that life does not end with death
  • Encountering the risen Jesus transformed the lives of those who met him. Help us to open our hearts and lives that we may be transformed
  • Help your whole church to live out the hope, the message of Easter

Update on Messy Church

Messy ChurchOur Easter Messy Church was very busy with our best attendance of children and adults yet.

As usual the children delighted in many Easter crafts such as egg decorating, Easter cake making, small crosses decorated in stained glass window fashion, Easter baskets etc.

It is lovely to see children of all ages using their imagination and skills and producing something of their very own.

The Games Hall was vey busy with children and parents enjoying themselves in all the activities on offer there.Daffodil Cross

Everyone later went through to the Main Hall to have their appetites and thirsts quenched by a lovely supper which included such delights as hot dogs, sandwiches, cakes, ice cream and juice.

The supper was followed as usual by a story, in this case the Easter Story, and finally a sing-song.

Week commencing 27 March: Easter

  • Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
  • If the women and the disciples who went to the empty tomb and met the Risen Jesus struggled to understand what they had experienced, maybe we have an excuse, Lord, help us to try to get our heads around what happened that day
  • Thank you for the new hope that Easter gives us: the hope that cruelty, indifference, abuse and hatred will not have the last word; the hope that it is worth investing time, effort and suffering into seeking healing and wholeness for the world; the hope that life does not end with death
  • Encountering the risen Jesus transformed the lives of those who met him. Help us to open our hearts and lives that we may be transformed
  • Help your whole church to live out the hope, the message of Easter

Holy Week Services 2016

Monday 21st March
Service in Dumbarton: West Kirk at 7:00pm

Tuesday 22nd March
Service in Dumbarton: St. Andrew’s at 7:00pm

Wednesday 23rd March
Service in Dalreoch United Free at 7:00pm

Thursday 24th March Maundy
Communion Service in Dumbarton: Riverside at 12:00 noon
Passover Meal in St. Augustine’s at 7:00pm

Friday 25th March
Walk of Witness followed by a service in the Town Centre at Noon.
Good Friday Service in Dumbarton: Riverside at 7:00pm.

Sunday 27th March
Sunday Service in Dumbarton: Riverside at 10:00am

Holy Week (Week commencing 20 March)

  • Lord Jesus, we wish you would ride into our town, that crowds would welcome you with shouts of “Praise God” – but maybe you would weep over it, as you Jerusalem. We pray for our town and all who live here
  • You drove out the money-changers in the Temple, you created mayhem. You hate corruption, you hate systems that exclude people. You do something about it. Stir us up to action for change
  • You challenged your disciples to have faith. You challenged them to pray earnestly. Help us to do both
  • You faced up to questioners bombarding you from all sides. Often we dodge getting involved in discussions/arguments about our faith. Help us to stop dodging the issue, and help us to be ready to learn more about our faith so that we are not so vulnerable when we do get caught up in arguments
  • You met with your friends for the Passover meal, when the past, the present and the future come together as God’s mighty act of salvation is remembered and celebrated. As we share in bread and wine may we be aware of what you did, of your presence with us now, and your promises for the future
  • In the face of your suffering and love what we say. Forgive us
  • As the disciples were filled with despair by what happened, may we be filled with hope, with courage, with renewed commitment

Lent And Holy Week 2016

Ash Wednesday

10th February

As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind and set out on his way to Jerusalem. Luke 9: 51

Sunday 14th February

As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, he went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. He was going in to a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin-disease. They stood at a distance and shouted, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us!’… When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back… and thanked Jesus. The man was a Samaritan. Luke 17: 11-13, 15-16

Sunday 21st February

Jesus said to the twelve disciples… ‘Listen! We are going to Jerusalem where everything the prophets wrote about the Son of Man will come true. He will be handed over to the Gentiles, who will mock him, insult him, and spit on him. They will whip him and kill him, but three days later he will rise to life’ Luke 18: 31-33

Sunday 28th February

Some people brought their babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. The disciples saw them and scolded them for doing so, but Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ Luke 18: 15-16

Sunday 6th March

A man ran up, knelt before him and asked him.. ‘What must I do to receive eternal life? … Ever since I was young I have kept the commandments.’ … Jesus said, ‘Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.’ When the man heard this, gloom spread over his face, and he went away sad, because he was very rich. Mark 10: 17, 20 – 22

Sunday 13th March

Jesus went on into Jericho and was passing through. There was a chief tax collector there named Zacchaeus, who was rich… Jesus said to Zacchaeus, ’I must stay in your house today.’… All the people who saw it started grumbling, ‘This man has gone as a guest to the home of a sinner!’ Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Listen, sir! I will give half my belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much.’ Luke 19: 1-2, 5b-8

Sunday 20th March

The disciples took the colt to Jesus. Then they threw their cloaks over the animal and helped Jesus get on. As he rode on, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near Jerusalem, at the place where the road went down the Mount of Olives, the large crowd of his disciples began to thank God and praise him in loud voices for all the great things that they had seen. Luke 19: 35-38

Monday 21st March

Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive out all those who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the stools of those who sold pigeons… He taught the people, ‘It is written in the Scriptures ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!’ Mark 11: 15b-17

Tuesday 22nd March

Jesus said… ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. … Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ Mark 12: 30-31

Wednesday 23rd March

While Jesus was eating, a woman came in with an alabaster jar full of very expensive perfume… she broke the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head… Jesus said… ‘She poured perfume on my body to prepare it ahead of time for burial.’ Mark 14: 3b, 8b

Thursday 24th March

There was a garden in that place, and Jesus and his disciples went in. Judas, the traitor, knew where it was, because many times Jesus had met there with his disciples. So Judas went to the garden, taking with him a group of Roman soldiers… Then the Roman soldiers with their commanding officer and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus, bound him and took him to the High Priest’s father-in-law. John 18: 1b-3a, 12

Friday 25th March

The soldiers took charge of Jesus. He went out, carrying his cross, and came to ‘The Place of the Skull’… There they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men… Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, ‘He is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘She is your mother.’ From that time the disciple took her to live in his home. Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed… He said, ‘It is finished!’ Then he bowed his head and died. John 19: 16b, 17, 26-28a, 30b

Saturday 26th March

Joseph, who was from Aramithea, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body… Nicodemus… went with Joseph… the two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen with the spices according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial. There was a garden in the place where Jesus had been put to death, and in it there was a new tomb where no one had ever been buried. Since it was the day before the Sabbath and because the tomb was close by, they placed Jesus’ body there. John 19: 38-42

Sunday 27th March

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance… Mary stood crying outside the tomb… She turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus… She thought that he was the gardener… Jesus said to her ‘Mary!’ She turned towards him and said in Hebrew ‘Rabboni!’ (This means ‘Teacher’) John 20: 1, 11, 14, 15b, 16