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

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

Advent 2015

The Church of Scotland online Advent calendar will go live on December 1st, and already thousands have submitted their email addresses to receive daily updates.

On each of the 24 days of Advent, the calendar will feature a short video from a Church of Scotland minister. The videos are all inspired by a line from the Bible, a carol or a poem, and are designed as a daily moment of reflection to consider why Christmas is such a special time.

Prayer Diary: Care homes in our parishes

We all like to be independent and do things for ourselves. Some of us reach a stage in life where we need a bit of help and support at home. Some of us need 24-hour support:

  • thank you that there are Care Homes in our parishes which not only offer care and support, but also strive to respect our dignity and independence
  • we pray for residents feeling the stress of being somewhere new and different, and not being able to do what they used to do. Give them patience and grace when dealing with staff, family or other residents, and not let frustrations show
  • Thank you for all the staff and volunteers who work in the homes, cheerfully and helpfully. Be with them, and help them to go on doing that. Give them patience when residents may behave in ways that are challenging
  • Thank you for the different activities and therapies that happen each day
  • We ask for your blessing on residents and staff who are not well, or are feeling apprehensive of the future
  • Thank you for family and friends who are faithful in coming to see us. Help families cope with the mixed feelings they have when someone close goes into a Care Home

 Fact box:

Which care homes are in our parishes?

Castleview    Castlegreen Street

Dalreoch        Westbridgend

Langcraigs    Gooseholm Road

Strathleven   Strathleven Place

Willox Park    Colquhoun Street

Prayer Diary: Messy Church

  • Give thanks for those who come to Messy Church and obviously enjoy it. Some are part of the Sunday worshipping community, some go to other churches, some don’t have much of a church connection. Pray that the links will become stronger and that all may be drawn into the life of the wider church
  • Give thanks for those who organise it and lead the different activities. Pray that others may become involved in the planning and leading – both to include them, and to enable us to have Messy Church more often


This year’s programme is:

Friday 4 September 6pm   The Rock

Saturday 24 October 4pm Hallowe’en

Friday 11 December 6pm Christingle

Saturday 12 March 4pm   Easter

Friday 20 May 6pm           Holidays

Prayer Diary: Harvest

Praise God for the harvest of orchard and field,

praise God for the people who gather their yield,

the long hours of labour, the skills of a team,

the patience of science, the power of machine.


  • With each meal or cup of tea/coffee we have this week we give thanks that we can afford to buy food, it is always in the shops when we need it, we have clean water to drink and it comes out the tap – we don’t need to go and fetch it
  • We give thanks for all the people who play a part in bringing food and water to our table
  • We pray for people who cannot afford to buy nutritious food, or worry how they will keep themselves and their family fed
  • We pray for those who grow their own food and had a bad harvest or worry that it will be a bad harvest this year
  • We pray that those who grow food will get a fair price for their work
  • We pray for fishermen who go out in rough seas to catch fish for our tables
  • We pray for politicians and officials who make decisions about trade arrangements, subsidies, and such like


Fact box

  • 795m people (more than the combined populations of the EU, USA and Canada) do not have enough food to lead healthy and active lives
  • More people die from hunger each year than AIDS, malaria and TB combined
  • 1 in 4 people in Sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished
  • In the UK roughly 1/3rd of food purchased (6.7m tonnes) is wasted each year

Source: UN Food and Environment Progammes

Prayer Diary: Sunday School

  • Thank you, Lord, for the children who come to church. May they enjoy their time here, learn about you and come to know you themselves
  • We pray for those who work with the children. Thank you for their commitment. May they feel inspired, and enjoy what they are doing. Help us all to give them the encouragement and support they need
  • Help us to know what to do to increase the number of young people in Sunday School, and what to do to keep their interest as they grow older
  • We pray for children who are no longer able to come because they have other (often sporting) commitments on a Sunday morning – you never forget them, may they not forget you
  • We pray for parents and families as they seek to help children and young people grow up knowing you