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Blair­gowrie Par­ish Church

The Mother­ing Sun­day ser­vice com­menced with the choir’s in­troit, O For A Thou­sand Tongues, To Sing My Great Redeemer’s Praise, af­ter which Rev Harry Mow­bray gave his wel­come and in­ti­ma­tions.

Fol­low­ing the hymn, New Ev­ery Morn­ing Is The Love, prayers of ap­proach and con­fes­sion were said. The min­is­ter com­menced his First Thought by say­ing that Moth­ers’ Day was the fourth Sun­day in Lent where peo­ple give thanks for all moth­ers for every­thing they do. They also give thanks for the Mother Church and the nur­ture and love they have re­ceived over the years. He re­ferred to the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tack in Lon­don and of West­min­ster be­ing the Mother of Parliament and then re­flected on the re­sponse of politi­cians to ter­ror­ism. The peo­ple of Lon­don met peace­fully which re­minded him of a news­pa­per columnist who said that vi­o­lence was a fail­ure of hu­man re­la­tion­ships and, to re­solve con­flict, they should look at the points of view of oth­ers. The Min­is­ter told the chil­dren that peo­ple also think of moth­ers in the church who are the peo­ple look­ing af­ter oth­ers and, in or­der to thank them, the chil­dren dis­trib­uted bunches of daffodils to the ladies in the con­gre­ga­tion dur­ing the singing of thee hymn, Come Down, O Love Di­vine.

Jim Gibb read the scrip­tures from 1 Sa­muel ch 16, v 1-13 and John ch 9, v 1-7 and 24-39 which were sep­a­rated by the choir’s an­them, The Heav­ens De­clare the Cre­ator’s Glory by Beethoven.

Fol­low­ing the hymn, The Lord’s My Shep­herd, Mr Mow­bray com­menced his ser­mon by say­ing that the Bi­ble read­ings were to do with see­ing, hear­ing and judg­ing. God does not judge as oth­ers do. When each of Jesse’s sons was brought be­fore Sa­muel he had to learn that God’s ways are not other peo­ple’s. God looks not at the out­ward ap­pear­ance but what is in the heart and chose the youngest son David, a shep­herd, to be King. The shep­herd was a sym­bol for the King and like­wise Je­sus was also seen as the Shep­herd. Peo­ple can all be taken up with ma­te­rial things but God, in Je­sus, shows how they can care for one an­other. In the read­ing from John’s gospel, Je­sus opens the eyes of a man, blind from birth and much later Je­sus re­turned to hear the man’s procla­ma­tion of faith. Je­sus gave light to the man who had lived in dark­ness and heal­ing was a sign of his iden­tity. Je­sus was the light of the world yet the Pharisees failed to see it and thus were left blind. Je­sus looks at peo­ple with com­pas­sion and says that blind­ness has noth­ing to do with sin. By cur­ing the blind man, God’s power can be seen work­ing. God does not want peo­ple to suf­fer, he wants us to help. The mother­ing role of any con­gre­ga­tion is some­times turned on its head. God has never fit­ted into the box of hu­man un­der­stand­ing. The peo­ple killed in Lon­don were just do­ing ev­ery­day things. Je­sus heal­ing the blind man doesn’t ex­plain why tragedies hap­pen but ex­plains that evil will not win.

Be­tween the hymns, Re­joice! The Lord Is King and Will You Come And Fol­low Me, prayers of thanks­giv­ing and in­ter­ces­sion were said. The ser­vice con­cluded with the bene­dic­tion.

Mu­sic by or­gan­ist Lex Dun­lop were Cho­rale Pre­lude ‘If Thou But Suf­fer God To Guide Thee’ – Bach, Aria ‘O Rest in The Lord’ (from ‘Eli­jah’) – Men­delssohn and Pre­lude and Fugue in C Ma­jor – Bux­te­hude.

This Sun­day, the stated an­nual meet­ing of the con­gre­ga­tion will be held fol­low­ing morn­ing wor­ship.

Ush­ers: Bea­dle, Anna Gra­ham, Mal­colm Chisholm, Martha Eas­ton, Ge­orge Car­frae, Mary Dow and Alan Thom.

Tea Rota: Ethel Dow, Eve­lyn Chi­garo and Maureen Mow­bray.

Crèche: Anne Ste­wart and Mar­jory Carnegie.

River­side Methodists

On Sun­day, April 2, there will be no Methodist Ser­vice in Blair­gowrie.

In­stead the con­gre­ga­tion will par­tic­i­pate in wor­ship at the Evan­gel­i­cal Church, Kirk Wynd, be­gin­ning at 11.15am.

On Sun­day, April 9, the ser­vice will be led by Keith Pear­son and will be in the usual lo­ca­tion at the Wellmeadow Café on Blair­gowrie’s Gas Brae.

All are wel­come to join the con­gre­ga­tion for wor­ship and for tea or cof­fee af­ter­wards.

Cof­fee morn­ings are held on the first Mon­day of each month in the Wellmeadow Cafe. The next cof­fee morn­ing is on Mon­day, April 3, from 10am to 11.30am.

Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Churches

Mother­ing Sun­day was cel­e­brated with ser­vices in St Catharine’s in Blair­gowrie, St Anne’s in Coupar An­gus and St Ninian’s in Alyth.

Mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tions had pre­pared posies of freshly-cut flow­ers which were dis­trib­uted to all present.

The Lent groups churches con­tinue meet­ing weekly up un­til Holy Week.

All those join­ing the ec­u­meni­cal EPACTS group on Cum­brae in the first week of May are in­vited to an in­tro­duc­tory meet­ing on Fri­day, March 31, 2-3.30pm in St Catharine’s Cen­tre.

The next Messy Church at St Anne’s will be on Mon­day, April 3, 10am to noon and will have an Easter theme.

There will be a cof­fee morn­ing at St Anne’s on Satur­day, April 8, from 10am to noon with the usual stalls. En­try will be £2.50 and pro­ceeds will go to the Scot­tish Bi­ble So­ci­ety.

On Palm Sun­day, April 9, there will be a united ser­vice of Palm Praise with a speaker from the Bi­ble So­ci­ety in St Anne’s at 6.30pm.

St Ninian’s Church will be hold­ing a cof­fee morn­ing in Air­lie Street Hall, Alyth, on Satur­day, April 22, from 10am to noon.

Do­na­tions are in­vited to the Bishop’s Lent Ap­peal which this year will be shared be­tween Churches Ac­tion for the Home­less (CATH); Stir­ling In­ter­faith Com­mu­nity Justice Group and Ex­press Groups in Fife.

On Sun­day, April 2 there will be the usual ser­vices at 9.30am in St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie, and at 11am in St Anne’s, Coupar An­gus and St Ninian’s, Alyth.

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

St Stephen’s RC Par­ish Church

Open­ing hymn, Abide With Me was beau­ti­fully played by or­gan­ist Mar­i­lyn Gal­bally. The first read­ing was taken from Sa­muel ch 16, v 1, 6-7, 10-13, while the sec­ond was from Eph­e­sians ch 5, v 8-14. The gospel was taken from John ch 9, v 1-41. Pro­gramme of talks dur­ing Lent: Fri­day, March 31, from 6pm - Bishop Stephen Robson on ‘the ABC of In­car­na­tion’, fol­lowed by re­spon­dent Canon An­gelosanto Aldo. A break will feature a mu­si­cal in­ter­lude from Anne Marie Scrim­geour prior to Rev Fa­ther Ignatius Edet de­liv­er­ing a talk ti­tled ‘the Prob­lem of Suf­fer­ing: God’s self iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with the God­for­saken’ from 7.15pm. The re­sponse will be given by Jeanne Hack­ett and the Mod­er­a­tor will be Larry Scrim­geour PHD.

Satur­day, April 1, from 10am - Holy Mass fol­lowed by, from 10.40am, Dea­con Tony Cousins on ‘Rad­i­cal evil/Tragedy and Chris­tian­ity: Where is God in the Car­nage in Aleppo, Syria’. The re­spon­dent will be David Meik­le­john. A mu­si­cal in­ter­lude will be pro­vided by Anne Marie Scrim­geour, in­clud­ing re­fresh­ments. From 12.30pm, Rev Fr Sa­muel Alabi will speak on ‘The mis­sion of the church in Africa: Liv­ing the in­car­na­tion in poverty and plu­ral­ity’. The re­spon­dent will be Mary O’Duf­fin. The Mod­er­a­tor will be Mar­ion Duffy.

In his homily, Fr. Gre­gory Umunna said: “Je­sus shows him­self as the light in whom there is no shadow of dark­ness. He is the light of the world. In the en­counter of Je­sus with the man born blind, we can re­flect on the gift of sight and ask: What do I see? What do na­tions see, and what do cor­po­ra­tions see?”

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