season will be shared by the whole world at all times.
The hymn, ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’, was followed by the uplifting of the offering, and prayers of thanksgiving and intercession. The service concluded with the hymn, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, and the benediction.
Musical offerings by organist Lex Dunlop included In Dulci Jubilo by Buxtehude; Prelude on Child In the Manger by Dom Andrew Moore; and Portlude on On a Christmas Night by Noel Rawsthorne.
A Christmas Day service at the church was conducted by Mr Mowbray, and after the singing of the hymn, ‘See! In Yonder Manger Low’, he reminded the congregation that the first four Advent Candles had been about God’s Promise; the Prophets; John the Baptist ; and Mary, mother of Jesus.
The fifth candle, the White Candle, for Jesus, the light of the world, was lit by Abigail Hood, and followed by the singing of all five verses of the hymn, ‘Christmas Is Coming!’
Mr Mowbray invited children to show him some of the gifts they had received and reminded the children and the congregation that the gift of the birth of Jesus was the reason we gave gifts. Christmas was a time for giving as well as receiving.
Just as the children expressed thanks for their Christmas gifts they also had to give thanks for the biggest gift of all, the birth of Jesus. Abigail had a My Little Pony backpack and Simon Crighton had a guitar which Mr Mowbray helped him play and accompany the congregation in singing Jingle Bells. Abigail, Simon, and Mrs Mowbray then distributed sweets throughout the congregation.
The hymn, ‘Love Came Down At Christmas’, was followed by Mr Mowbray reading St Luke ch 2 vv 1-14, the story of how Mary and Joseph came to be in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
In his second thought, Mr Mowbray engaged six of the children in a pass the parcel which uncovered an alarm clock. This was a reminder that the gift of Jesus at Christmas is a gift from God of God’s time. In Jesus, God came to share time with us, to share in all our joys and sorrows.
Because of the resurrection, Jesus is with us all the time. One of the greatest gifts we can give to other people is to share our time with them.
The hymn, ‘Away In A Manger’ was followed by prayer and the hymn, Good Christians All Rejoice, and the benediction.
It was to have been the end of the service but a couple arrived late so Mr Mowbray asked organist Lex Dunlop, the choir and the congregation to sing one more hymn, ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’, which was done with enthusiasm.
Morning worship will be at 11am on Sunday, December 31, and again on Sunday, January 7, when the service will be followed by the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the side chapel.
The next praise service will be on Sunday, January 7, at 7pm. The prayer group recommences on Tuesday, January 9. There will be an early service on Sunday, January 28, at 9.30am.
At the start of the service Mr Mowbray thanked members of the congregation who donated items for Christmas gift parcels for children, adding that 80 gift bags were packed ready for delivery to children.
Mr Mowbray said co-ordinator Sheila Watkins was grateful to all who made this possible by giving generously of their time and money. It was a real community effort.
Ushers this Sunday - Archie Mitchell beadle, Bob Strachan, Susan Whiteford, Isobelle Howes, Brenda Kerr, Fiona Bain, Ron McLaren.
Tea rota - Connie Irvine, Brenda Kerr, Margaret Conroy.
Crèche - Lynne Murrie and Kathryn Webster. which included the allocation of funds raised throughout the year.
The opening devotions were hymn 316 ‘Love came down at Christmas’ followed by Mary Dow reading from Luke ch 2 and Margaret Conroy leading in prayer.
Treasurer Jean Gibb proposed the following donations which were approved by members: Blairgowrie Parish Church £1,000; Guild Projects, Feed the Mind £300 and Prospects £300 each; Boy’s Brigade £150; CATH £100; Perth and Kinross Foodbank £100; Sunday School £50; Messy Church £50; Jump for Joy £50; SCYD £50; Scottish Bible Society £50; and Prayer Partner, Pakistan £50.
The total amount of money awarded was £2,250. Wilma thanked everyone for their generosity and the treasurer for her work all year.
Mary Dow then demonstrated how to make different decorations to hang on the tree. Mini ‘twig trees’ provided by Mary were given out along with an array of decorative papers and accessories, scissors, glue and much glitter and sparkle, bringing creative fun and much enjoyment, as everyone participated in making decorations for the trees.
The laughter continued with humorous recitations and singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The offering was uplifted and Wilma led in prayer.
Devotions closed with hymn 314 ‘Child in the Manger’ and the Guild prayer.
Fellowship continued over tea, mince pies and shortbread. The Guild reconvenes on Monday, January 8, all are welcome.