MessyChurch ac­tiv­i­ty­time

At the bread-mak­ing are (from left) An­drew Ding­wall with his daugh­ters Sophia, Olivia and Cara, Zara King, with helper Linda Dur­ward at the back

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Blair­gowrie Par­ish Church River­side Methodists

A Messy Church in Rat­tray re­cently was based on the theme of Joseph.

The ac­tiv­i­ties aimed to show how his jeal­ous broth­ers de­cided to get rid of him and how the Ish­maelites paid 20 pieces of sil­ver The Rev­erend Harry Mow­bray ex­tended a warm wel­come to the con­gre­ga­tion which in­cluded fam­ily and friends of Brody Harry Colville who was to be bap­tised.

Wor­ship com­menced with the choir’s in­troit, For Your Gift Of God The Spirit, and af­ter the Min­is­ter’s call to wor­ship the hymn, O Lord, Thou Art My God And King was sung.

Prayers of Ap­proach and Con­fes­sion were said and fol­lowed by the Bap­tismal hymn, Our Chil­dren, Lord, In Faith And Prayer, the verses be­ing in­ter­spersed with the bap­tism of Brody, son of Gary and June. A posy was pre­sented to Brody’s mum by Sun­day School mem­ber Abi­gail Hood and a bi­ble was pre­sented by district el­der, Anna Gra­ham.

The scrip­ture read­ings from Ex­o­dus ch16 vv2-15 and Matthew ch20 vv1-16 were read by Jim Bax­ter. Be­tween the hymns, Take This Mo­ment, Sign And Space and Look For­ward In Faith, Mr Mow­bray com­menced his ser­mon.

He won­dered if, like him, oth­ers had heard the geese call­ing as they flew over­head, a re­minder that au­tumn has ar­rived.

Mr Mow­bray re­ferred to the signs of God’s faith­ful love in the con­stancy of the chang­ing sea­sons and to the gen­eros­ity of the world God has given us.

Re­fer­ring to a re­cent farm­ing pro­gramme on tele­vi­sion he spoke of how there is still a sense of won­der dur­ing the lamb­ing and calv­ing sea­sons. It’s a re­minder of the won­der of na­ture. God pro­vides for our needs.

In the read­ing from Ex­o­dus, the peo­ple of Is­rael are on the move and are in the wilder­ness and sub­ject to God’s mercy.

Their food sup­plies are run­ning low and they won­der if they would have been bet­ter off in slav­ery, ques­tion­ing the lead­er­ship of Moses.

God, how­ever, has not for­got­ten them and pro­vides quails and manna for all of them even though they were dis­obe­di­ent. God is pa­tient and gen­er­ous and the peo­ple were saved by the giv­ing of daily bread which helps to take him to Egypt where he was sold to Potiphar, an of­fi­cer for the Pharaoh.

Mums and dads joined their chil­dren in coin-rub­bing as a re­minder of this part of Joseph’s

our un­der­stand­ing of the Lord’ sup­per.

God’s pres­ence is in the lit­tle things of ev­ery­day life and we should give thanks for our daily bread.

In the read­ing from Matthew we hear the para­ble of the labour­ers in the vine­yard. The landowner hires men to work for him. Some are em­ployed from the start of the day and oth­ers from the lat­ter part of the day yet all are given the same wage.

God’s love is not about fair play, but this para­ble il­lus­trates the gen­eros­ity of the landowner and of God’s grace. Grace is some­thing given with­out it be­ing asked for or of us de­serv­ing it.

Wel­com­ing Brody and cel­e­brat­ing a new life and Bap­tism, we also recog­nise the re­spon­si­bil­ity it brings. We recog­nise the world of care and our de­pen­dence on each other.

A skein of geese fly in a V for­ma­tion, but it is the ones at the back who make all the noise. If one of them drops to the ground, oth­ers ac­com­pany it to care for it. They work to­gether.

On our planet we work to­gether to keep it. We give out of love for our neigh­bour and, be­cause of God’s love for us, we con­tinue to recog­nise his love in our lives and share it.

The hymn, On­ward! Chris­tian Sol­diers was then sung and the ser­vice con­cluded with the bene­dic­tion.

Mu­si­cal of­fer­ings by or­gan­ist Lex Dun­lop were In­ter­mezzo by Rhein­berger, Pre­lude on Kil­marnock by Robert Field­ing and March (From the Third Or­gan Symphony) by Charles W Wi­dor.

This Satur­day is the lat­est Jump for Joy get to­gether which takes place from 10am to 11.30am.

Ush­ers this Sun­day - Bea­dle, Kirsty Spit­tal, San­dra Flem­ing, Wendy McLag­gan, Joy Kearns, Al­lan McKay, Alex Fer­gu­son and Bruce Dow.

Creche - Mar­garet Drum­mond and Mar­garet Conroy.

Tea Rota - Martha Eas­ton, Wilma Gibb and story.

Other craft-mak­ing at the Messy Church in­volved mak­ing mod­els of jails and mak­ing masks and bread, which were all fea­tures of Joseph’s life.

Cor­rine McKen­zie.

Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Churches in Alyth, Blair­gowrie and Coupar An­gus On Sun­day the Eucharist was cel­e­brated at the usual times of 9.30am in St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie, 10.30am in St Michael’s, Ballin­tuim and 11am in St Anne’s, Coupar An­gus and St Ninian’s, Alyth.

The re­cently-started par­ent and tod­dler group meets each Mon­day from 9.30am to 11.30am at St Anne’s church hall, Coupar An­gus. All are very wel­come.

Har­vest Thanks­giv­ing will be cel­e­brated on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1 at St Catharine’s and St Anne’s, and on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8 at St Ninian’s.

There will be a Har­vest Sup­per on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3 in St Catharine’s cen­tre.

En­try to this event will be by ticket only as the num­ber of seats is lim­ited.

The Rec­tor, the Very Rev Kenny Rath­band, can be con­tacted via the church of­fice on 01250 874583.

For more de­tails see the web­site at www. abc­ or ser­ach for ABC Saints on Face­book.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, the ser­vice will take place at 11am at the usual lo­ca­tion at Wellmeadow Café on Blair­gowrie’s Gas Brae.

The preacher will be Sue Mar­shal­lJen­nings.

All are wel­come to join the con­gre­ga­tion for the ser­vice and for a cup of tea or cof­fee af­ter­wards.

Cof­fee morn­ings are held on the first Mon­day of each month at the Wellmeadow Café. The next cof­fee morn­ing is on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 2, from 10am to 11.30am. All wel­come.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on the web­site at www.river­side-methodist-church.

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