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Blair­gowrie Parish Church

The first morn­ing ser­vice of the New Year com­menced with the choir’s in­troit, O God, Our Help in Ages Past, after which As­so­ciate Min­is­ter the Rev­erend Bill Ewart gave his wel­come and in­ti­ma­tions.

Be­tween the hymns, An­gels from the Realms of Glory and Long­ing for Light, We Wait for Dark­ness, the Min­is­ter gave his chil­dren’s ad­dress.

He said that he had been think­ing about New Years’ res­o­lu­tions and that he had wanted to give up eat­ing choco­late, how­ever he had re­ceived so many gifts of beau­ti­ful choco­lates that he had bro­ken his res­o­lu­tion al­ready. There­fore prom­ises were bro­ken which can make you feel down­hearted but Je­sus for­gives us.

When the an­gel ap­peared to Mary he said that she was to name her son Je­sus who would save and for­give us.

Je­sus gives us time to en­able us to be all that we can be. When we open our hearts to him he will find us and can change our lives so that we see the world in a different light. It changes our pri­or­i­ties. We do not need to be afraid as he as­sures us of his for­give­ness and love and gives strength to over­come ob­sta­cles.

Al­lan Mackay read the scrip­ture read­ings from Isa­iah ch 60 vv 1-6 and Matthew ch 2 vv 1-12 which was fol­lowed by the hymn, Lord of life, We Come to You.

Com­menc­ing his ser­mon, Mr Ewart said that this was the twelfth night, the time when the wise men went to wor­ship Je­sus, and how they chose not to re­turn to Herod to tell him of their find­ing of Je­sus. He was most un­happy when he learned that Je­sus had been taken to Egypt and was so an­gry that he or­dered that all baby boys un­der the age of three were to be killed.

The Min­is­ter then pro­ceeded to re­flect on Herod’s as­sess­ment of him­self and jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for his ac­tions.

After this Herod’s health failed and peo­ple plot­ted to kill him.

Con­tin­u­ing with the words of Herod, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews?’ Mr Ewart said that if Je­sus is your King he will use up the throne of your heart. Many rid them­selves of Je­sus but oth­ers let him in to be their King. There is no mid­dle way, he takes up your hearts.

The hymn, Christ’s is the World in Which We Move, was then sung and the of­fer­ing as up­lifted.

The ser­vice con­cluded with the hymn, Bright­est and Best of the Sons of the Morn­ing and the Bene­dic­tion.

Mu­si­cal of­fer­ings by or­gan­ist Lex Dun­lop were chorale pre­ludes To Us Is Born A Lit­tle Child by Flor Peeters and In Peace And Joy I Now De­part (The Nunc Dimit­tis) and In Thee is Glad­ness (Pre­lude For the first Sun­day of the year), both by Bach.

This Sun­day, Souper Sun­day, there will be a soup lunch fol­low­ing morn­ing wor­ship in aid of the Church of Scot­land’s HIV/Aids ini­tia­tive.

Ush­ers this Sun­day - Bea­dle, Jim Gibb, Myr­tle Petrie, Alex Eas­ton, John Dow, Alis­dair Drum­mond, Con­nie Irvine and Ross David­son.

Creche - Mar­garet McKay and Ethel Dow. Tea Rota - Martha Eas­ton, Wilma Gibb and Corinne McKen­zie.

The next Messy Church will be held in Rat­tray Hall on Sun­day, Jan­uary 21, from 9.30am.

The next Jump for Joy will be held in the church hall on Satur­day, Jan­uary 27, from 10am to 11.30am.

The next early morn­ing ser­vice will be on Sun­day, Jan­uary 28, at 9.30am.

River­side Methodists

Coffee morn­ings are held on the first Mon­day of the month at the Wellmeadow Café.

The next coffee morn­ing is on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, from 10am to 11.30am. All wel­come.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on the web­site at www.river­side-methodist-church.co.uk.

Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Churches

Sun­day was the first Sun­day in the sea­son of Epiphany, when we re­flect on Christ’s man­i­fes­ta­tion to the whole world.

There were cel­e­bra­tions of the Eucharist in Blair­gowrie, Coupar An­gus, and Alyth, dur­ing which the con­gre­ga­tion heard how Christ was bap­tised by John the Bap­tist in the river Jor­dan.

Sun­day, Jan­uary 14, is the sec­ond Sun­day after Epiphany.

There will be cel­e­bra­tions of the Eucharist at St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie at 9.30am, and at St Anne’s in Coupar An­gus and St Ninian’s in Alyth at 11am. All wel­come.

The par­ent tod­dler group held in St Anne’s church hall in Coupar An­gus will restart on Thursday, Jan­uary 11, and from then on will take place on Thurs­days rather than Mon­days.

There will be a fundrais­ing ceilidh for Mary’s Meals on Fri­day, Jan­uary 12.

The An­nual Con­gre­ga­tional Meet­ing at St Ninian’s, Alyth will take place on Sun­day, Jan­uary 14, after the morn­ing ser­vice.

The med­i­ta­tion group re-starts on Tues­day, Jan­uary, 16.

Mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tions will hold a church ser­vice in the Bal­housie Care Home in Coupar An­gus on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 17 at 2pm.

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

For more de­tails see www.abc­saints.org.uk or search on Face­book for ABC Saints.

A re­mark­able Blair­gowrie woman cel­e­brated her 103rd birthday on Mon­day, Jan­uary 8. Ida Mo­ran is still a reg­u­lar church-goer and parish­ioner of St Stephen’s in Blair­gowrie, as well as a reg­u­lar at Strath­more Day Op­por­tu­ni­ties based in the Adult Re­source...

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