Rev Bill Ewart conducted morning worship at Blairgowrie Parish Church on Sunday which commenced with the choir singing the introit,Worship the Lord In the Beauty of Holiness, followed by the minister’s welcome and intimations.
The hymn, Blest Be the Everlasting God, was followed by prayers of approach and confession and the minister’s First Word. We are encouraged to ask questions and sometimes are asked ‘’trick’’ questions to test us.
In Jesus’ time Roman taxes weren’t at all popular and the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus on taxation hoping for an answer which would antagonise Rome. Jesus saw through their plan and His answer left them speechless. The moral is we should be prepared to gift to God. We belong to Him and should give ourselves to Him.
The hymn, Jesus Puts This Song Into Our Hearts, was followed by scripture readings by Alex Easton from Psalm 96 vv. 1-9, God the supreme king, and St Matthew ch. 22 vv. 1522, The question about paying taxes. Between the readings the choir sang the anthem, Sing a New Song by Alexandre Lesbordes.
The hymn, Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer, was followed by Mr Ewart’s sermon. The Pharisees were good people of the day as regards knowledge of the Scriptures and Law but were spiritually weak. They were confused by Jesus who was prepared to forgive sinners and tax collectors and heal the sick on the Sabbath.
The importance of the Law appeared compromised and upset the Pharisees who rejected Jesus and, when they felt He was a danger to them, tried to trick Him over taxation with the hope his answers could enlist support from the Romans. But the ruse failed and Jesus called them hypocrites as they didn’t offer to God what they should. God loves us and forgives sinners and we should do our best to follow Him.
The hymn, Before the Throne of God Above, was followed by the uplifting of the offering and prayers of thanksgiving and intercession
The service concluded with the hymn, O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, and the benediction.
Musical contributions by organist Lex Dunlop included Voluntary in A Major by William Selby; Ballade by Richard Coeur De Lion; and Sanctuary of the Heart by Albert Ketèlbey.
A Jump for Joy session will be held in the church hall on Saturday from 10-11.30am. There will be an early service on Sunday starting at 9.30am. The next praise service will be on Sunday, November 5, at 7pm.
The Guild will hold a coffee morning in the church hall on Saturday, November 4, from 10am-noon. The theme is Made in the Parish. All who can knit, sew, sculpt, paint or are wonderfully creative in any craft are asked to offer items for sale in aid of Guild projects.
There will be only one Trussell Trust foodbank collection at Tesco Blairgowrie this year. It will be from Thursday to Saturday, November 30 to December 2, and as many volunteers as possible are required to make this event run smoothly and stock up the foodbank for the winter.
The church website is now live blairgowrieparishchurch.org.uk. The organising group asks that members of the congregation to contact the team with comments, ideas and information regarding aspects of worship, organisations, photographs, and calendar dates. The contact names and numbers of those involved are: Margaret Conroy on 01250 870569 or email@example.com; Alisdair Drummond on 873207 or ajdrummond@ btinternet.com; Dr Alasdair Shaw on 872078 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Susan Whiteford on 874304 or susan.whiteford@btinternet. com or Brenda Kerr on 875214 or skerr5214@ aol.com.
Intimations for the order of service can be phoned to David P Howat on 01250 874715, or sent by email to email@example.com, or left in the plastic pocket in the lower hall of the church by Thursday evening, although later intimations may be included.
Ushers this Sunday - Archie Mitchell beadle, Bob Strachan, Susan Whiteford, Isobelle Howes, Brenda Kerr, Fiona Bain, Ron McLaren.
Crèche duty - Susan Edwards and Janette Crighton.
Tea rota - Yvonne Taylor, Anne Robertson, Abigail Crawford Ireland.
On Sunday, October 29, the service will take place at 11am at the usual location at Wellmeadow Café on Blairgowrie’s Gas Brae. The preacher will be Beryl Cowling.
All are welcome to join 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 November 6, from 10 – 11.30am. All welcome. Further information can be found on the website, www.riverside-methodist-church. co.uk.