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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 mar­garet­b­con­[email protected]­mail.co.uk; Alis­dair Drum­mond on 873207 or aj­drum­[email protected] bt­in­ter­net.com; Dr Alas­dair Shaw on 872078 or [email protected]­in­ter­net.com; Su­san White­ford on 874304 or su­san.white­[email protected]­in­ter­net. com or Brenda Kerr on 875214 or [email protected] aol.com.

In­ti­ma­tions for the or­der of ser­vice can be phoned to David P Howat on 01250 874715, or sent by email to [email protected]­howats.net, 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.

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