Week commencing 9 April 2017 (Holy Week)

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

Week commencing 2 April 2015: Those with problems or issues in our parishes

  • There are people in our parishes who have problems with alcohol, drugs or other substances. They often sit alongside other problems – physical or mental health issues, complex and difficult family relationships, unemployment, difficulty in maintaining regularity or structure in life, poor educational attainment and so on.
  • Pray for them, that they will find the support they need to break out of their addictions and to cope with the other issues in their lives.
  • Pray for their families, friends and neighbours who are trying to cope with their problems.
  • Pray for those who work with people with addiction problems
  • ‘Old age doesn’t come alone’. For some it means physical problems – restricted mobility, chronic pain, difficulty breathing, spells in and out of hospital, adjusting to not being able to do things you used to do, adjusting to losing your independence and having to rely on others. For other people it is the mind that is affected as forgetfulness or dementia develops. It is stressful and distressing.
  • Pray for those who are experiencing the problems of age in their own lives, and those who are having to cope with them in relatives, friends or neighbours.
  • Pray too for those who work with older people who have age-related problems
  • Attitudes to people with disabilities, learning difficulties, ‘conditions’ or ‘syndromes’ have changed markedly over the last two generations. They are now much more readily included in the mainstream of society. But coping with a family member, friend or neighbour can still be hard work.
  • Pray for continuing change in attitudes, and greater inclusion.
  • Pray that those who have disabilities etc will be enabled to reach their full potential.
  • Pray for those who have to cope/ look after them, that they will have the stamina and patience they need

Lent and Holy Week 2017

Lent
March    Lent
Wed 10th    11am Lent Study Group: Some of Paul’s Letters – background & Philippians West Kirk Session Room
Wed 15th    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Thessalonians West Kirk Session Room
Thu 16th    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
Wed 22nd    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Corinthians Part 1 West Kirk Session Room
Thu 23rd    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
Wed 29th    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Corinthians Part 2 West Kirk Session Room
Thu 30th    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
April
Wed 5th    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Corinthians Part 3 West Kirk Session Room
Thu 6th    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
Holy Week Joint Services
Mon 10th    7pm Worship West Kirk
Tue 11th    7pm Worship St Andrew’s Bellsmyre
Wed 12th    7pm Worship Dalreoch UF
Thu 13th    12noon Communion West Kirk
   7pm Passover & Eucharist St Augustine’s
Fri 14th    12noon Walk of Witness & Town Centre Service High St
   7:30pm Communion Riverside

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

Congregational Board (Week commencing 13 March)

  • Being a member of the Congregational Board involves attending meetings, being on rotas, being on committees or working groups. Give thanks for the willingness of elders and members of the congregation to do these things, and pray that they may continue to be willing to do so
  • Pray for those who hold specific offices within the Congregational Board – Clerk, Treasurer, Convener of certain committees or groups

Fact Box

The Congregational Board looks after the financial and fabric matters of the congregation, including fund-raising

In Riverside all elders are members of the Congregational Board, in West Kirk elders serve on the Board by rotation

Members of the congregation are elected, on a rolling basis, at the Stated Annual Meeting to serve for three years. The number of elected members may equal but not exceed the number of elders on the Board

Members of the congregation (week commencing 6 March)

  • Give thanks for those who week by week (or maybe a little less often) share in worship with us, making it a more enriching experience for us all. Pray that they may continue to find friendship in our congregation, and an encounter with God in our worship
  • Give thanks for those who give generously to the church of their time, abilities and money. It is appreciated. Pray that they will continue to feel that it is worthwhile doing so
  • Pray for those who are unable to come to church because of illness or disability. Help us reassure them that they are not forgotten – by us or by God
  • Pray for those who no longer come because they ‘got out of the habit’ or who feel they no longer want to be part of the church family

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

Mobile App for Lent

Christian Aid have once again produced their “Count Your Blessings” app for mobile phones & tablets. It will help you reflect, act and pray over the 40 days leading up to Easter.

With daily reflections, stunning photography and other tools for your Lenten journey, the app is available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play, or follow this link for more details:

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/lent/count-your-blessings/app-guide.aspx