Dunnottar linked with South
On Sunday, the service was conducted by Mr Ian Wilson, as Rev. Rosslyn Duncan was on annual leave. The sermon was linked to the readings from Genesis chapter 29, 15-28 and Matthew chapter 13, 31-33 and 44-52.
The Old Testament reading told the story of Jacob who went to work for his uncle Laban and when asked what his payment should be, he asked that he be given Rachel, his uncle’s youngest daughter, for his wife. Laban agrees to this but Jacob had to work seven years before the marriage could take place. After seven years Laban deceived Jacob and substituted his eldest daughter, Leah into the marital bed. The next morning Jacob confronted his uncle and is told that the youngest daughter cannot marry before the eldest, but if he completed the bridal week with Leah then he would be given Rachel for his wife. He would also have to serve another seven years as payment. Jacob agreed to this because he was in love with Rachel.
The New Testament readings, the seven parables of the Kingdom of Heaven, had a similar theme. One parable told of the man who found treasure in a field and who hid it again before going home to sell all of his possessions to make enough money to purchase the field. Another told of a merchant looking for fine pearls, when he found one of great value he went away and sold everything he had so that he could buy it.
All these readings tell us one thing, that when someone wants something badly enough then they will sacrifice everything to obtain their ultimate goal. The message in the sermon is that God sacrificed his greatest treasure, his son Jesus, for all of us. *** The Friendship coffee mornings continue every Thursday throughout the summer months in St Bridget’s Hall from 10-11.30am. Please come along as everyone is welcome.
This week Stonehaven Baptist church reaches out to children, their parents and friends through “Bible Time” activities in the evenings at the Scout Hut and the Mill of Forest School. American friends of our church have come over to help with this exciting program. On Sunday afternoons the tearoom in Johnshaven Kirk hall is open too for “Gospel encounters”. We pray that through these events Jesus will be “lifted high” so that people will see Him and be saved, like Nicodemus. Nicodemus met Jesus by night, to find out who he was. Jesus told him the stark and startling truth that nobody can enter God’s kingdom unless he is born again. He reminded Nicodemus how people were once perishing in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land as they were bitten by poisonous snakes. God had sent this plague as just punishment for their sin of rebellion. But God also told Moses to make a bronze snake on a pole and lift it up for people to see. If people would just look at that snake, they would not perish. Jesus told Nicodemus “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life”. Nicodemus will have remembered these words when Jesus was lifted up on the cross, and believed: we read how he and another disciple prepared Jesus’ body for burial in a way that was fit for a king, with 75 pounds of spices, wrapping it in linen. We pray that like Nicodemus, people in and around Stonehaven will recognize and put their trust in Jesus, God’s only Son, whom he gave to this world so that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Focus on Fetteresso
A few years ago, the word ‘awesome’ was a very popular to describe something good. We might forget that the ‘awe’ in awesome refers to feeling respect and amazement at something truly wonderful. In Psalm 97, the writer uses examples from nature to show how awesome God is. When we look around us at our lovely countryside and coast in Summer, we feel awe. Our God has made all this for us and even non-believers feel awe when they look at His creation. The psalm tells us that when we praise God and remember what He has created, our lives will be full of joy and happiness because we will be in touch with our awesome God. He is all around us.
There are still places available for the space themed holiday club starting on the 11th of August and running Monday to Friday 10 – 12noon. This will give children the chance to make friends, sing, do crafts, have fun and learn about Jesus. There will be an evening event for parents to come along to on the Friday. The holiday club is open to any child of primary school age. Booking is essential.
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Patronal Festival and blessing of the new altar frontal
It has been a busy weekend at St James: first we had a very successful Craft Fair on Saturday – and we look forward to one of our now well-known Book Browses on Saturday 2nd August (all welcome – entry free and refreshments provided).
The Bishop of Brechin, Nigel Paton, joined us to lead the service of worship at 10.30 when he preached on the calling of James the Great to be a follower of Jesus. Then he blessed the new altar frontal, created especially for St James’ Lady Chapel altar. This wonderful piece of church embroidery was purchased as a memorial to the late Chrissie Guild from funds she bequeathed specially for this purpose in her Will. (See photo’s and article elsewhere in this publication.)
The new altar frontal at St James
Bishop Nigel led prayers to bless and receive this wonderful new altar frontal. Chrissie Guild, a life-long member of St James congregation, bequeathed a sum of money and the altar frontal is in her memory. Chrissie’s granddaughter Rachel, together with husband Jonathan and great-grandchildren Holly and Annabelle were able to come up from their new home for this special occasion. Afterwards the Bishop led the children in identifying and explaining the symbols in the embroidery. ‘Why the sea?’ he asked. ‘Because Stonehaven is a historic harbour’. ‘And ‘the fish?’ ‘Because Stonehaven was an important fishing port, and also Jesus said his disciples were fishers of men’. The children also remembered other stories about Jesus and fishing. There is also a beautiful crab – though this is not mentioned in the Gospels, it is however another symbol that links with Stonehaven.
Then the Bishop asked about two lovely flowers appearing on the frontal. ’What are these?’ he asked. ‘’Flowers’ was the reply. ‘But does anyone know what kind of flowers they are?’ It took an adult member to identify the species ‘Freesias’ came the reply. ‘So, why freesias?’ ‘Because they we Grandma’s favourite flower’ replied Rachel.
‘And what a good choice’ replied the Bishop with a huge smile for the children.
The altar frontal, which is mainly white in colour, will be used whenever there is a festival where the liturgical colour is white or silver – Easter, Christmas and the festivals of Mary.