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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.

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