Round the Churches

Dunnottar linked with South Churches

On Sunday, the Rev Rosslyn Duncan welcomed all to worship, to a service which focused on Rededication and Living as a Community.

Speaking on the Church of Scotland Guild AGM, when Rt. Rev John Chalmers reminded the meeting of the significance of the dove of peace, Rosslyn asked us to consider two other birds - the lark and the night owl. Like birds, we as individual people may differ as to what time of day we best function but it is good to realise that having time out to rest can lead to renewed enthusiasm to work for Christ.

The gospel readings from Matthew reminded us of the importance of forgiving each other and being reassured that Christ is indeed within our midst. The nature of this forgiveness was spelt out to us by Rosslyn in her preaching on Romans 13.8-14, loving one’s neighbour as oneself .

We are called to serve our neighbours in the community. Rosslyn encouraged us to think of what needs to be done within a mile of our Church and to take these tasks as our acts of service to God and His World. Worship was concluded with singing ‘All my hope on God is founded’.

There will be no Thursday Coffee at St Bridget’s on September 18 owing to the hall being used as a Polling Station.

Thursday, September 25 - all funds raised from coffee morning will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Care.

This Sunday, September 14 Morning Worship 10am Dunnottar Church All Welcome.

Baptist Buzz

School’s back, the leaves are falling, it must be Autumn. That means the Zone is back! Well, actually it isn’t. This year we are trying a new format, for secondary-age only. If you are an S1 to S6 student come along at 7.15pm tomorrow (Friday) to Carronhill School. Help shape the new look and choose a new name.

Last Sunday Nathan continued our study in Philippians. We have reached Chapter 4. In this passage Paul names two women whose difficult relationship was affecting the church and the progress of the gospel. If, in 200 years time, someone unearthed papers relating to your church and you were named - what would you like the researcher to discover about you? What we believe directly affects how we act. Some people we find easy to get along with, and others we don’t. To work in unity with everyone is something we need to work on and can only do with God’s help.

Remember - Sunday Communion starts at the earlier time of 10 am. Remember, too, the church lunch to welcome among us Pastor Jeff Lyle from our partner church in Georgia, USA

News from St James’

The 10.30 Eucharist was conducted by the Rector, Rev Maggie Jackson, who began by introducing the intimations, chief among which was a reminder of the forthcoming ‘Ladies Pamper Night’ this Saturday, September 13, from 7pm. This is an opportunity to explore new ideas in make-up and accessories as well as nail art. Tickets are £3 and include light refreshments.

Lay Reader, Anne, preached on the Gospel reading from Matthew chapter 18, verses 15-20.

The theme asks what to do when a member of the congregation offends another member. If neither personal entreaty nor the judgement of the congregation can bring the offender to repentance he is to be excommunicated. This is one of the hard teachings of Matthew, whose gospel may be seen as a guide to three areas of church life: worship, discipline and ethical conduct, and missionary activity.

But the teaching here is clear ‘ if another member of the church sins against you’. In the true spirit of reconciliation – and this could well have been taken from the pages of the ACAS Handbook – then take the person to one side and have a quiet word. And by so doing they may accept what you say – but if they are in denial, then the situation becomes more difficult, and depending on the severity of the offence may involve a senior member of the church. One of the most difficult problems in most congregations is gossip. People spreading stories about one another – sometimes stories that may not be true, or even if they are, may contain details that the victim might prefer to keep secret.

Focus on Fetteresso

On Sunday morning, in the last of our series on being Christians in a time of referendum and after, Fyfe reminded us that while Jesus made no attempt to seize political power, he did come up against it and he did suffer at his hands.

Also reminding us that as Christians we’re called to live a ‘different’ way in the world, Fyfe invited us to listen to the familiar passage in John’s Gospel, Chapter 19, which describes Jesus being sentenced to crucifixion. We were invited to imagine ourselves placed in the encounter described, to sense the tensions and passions running high in the events unfolding.

The scene is that of a ‘Decision Day’ – things coming to a head, feelings running high, all those involved experiencing tensions, fears, anxiety. The atmosphere is one full of passions. Pilate is faced with a dilemma that causes him great fear – and that fear leads to his failure of nerve and moral character in the decision he makes. This is a cautionary tale of leadership that fails in virtue and character.

So Fyfe invited us to consider the question of where we see virtue and so political character in those who govern us today and in the present context of the forthcoming referendum - decision day. Fyfe also pointed out that amidst the clamour and tension is Jesus at the centre, who says very little and yet his reply to Pilate is one of integrity of character.

Jesus reminds us also that ours is a guardianship of authority towards one another and that how we conduct our lives must reveal something of God’s Kingdom.

On Sunday evening we began a new series on ‘Beginnings’ focussing on the first two verses of the Old Testament and considering the wonders of creation, recognising that we live in God’s amazing world, and that His promise of fulfilment for His creation means that we can be confident in Him and stake our lives on Him, which in turn gives us a deeper sense of faith which we celebrate through our praise and worship.