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NOTICES

Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who is in hospital or would appreciate a card or a visit, please let a member of our Pastoral Care Team know. (Jean Morrison, Val Ramshaw, Mary Taylor, Maureen McLellan - 01224 582491)

 

Kirk Session

The next Kirk Session meeting will be on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm in the small hall of the Church.

 

Christian Aid

Envelopes for Christian Aid are available in the entrance hall for donations ahead of Christian Aid Week (13th – 19th May).

 

Parish Profile

The Nominating Committee will be taking photos of Church life in order to update the Parish Profile. If anyone does not wish to be in these photos, please let either Malcolm or Mary know.

 

Messy Church dates
Wednesday 6th June- theme Stories Jesus told continued
Wednesday 4th July- Paul
August- no Messy Church

Any volunteers to help with craft activities or the catering would be very welcome.  Please see Kerry Hendriksen, or there is a catering rota by the door.

FIRESIDE REFLECTIONS

Susan Zappert writes on the hymn “Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You.”

 

Richard Gillard was born in Wiltshire in England but emigrated to New Zealand with his family when he was three years old. He had no formal musical training. “I’m a self-taught guitarist and play mostly in a folk style”.  In this hymn he considers the implications of being servants for each other, companions on the journey.   Indeed, the hymn is sometimes known as “The servant song” or “We are travellers on a journey”.

The hymn recalls the occasion, prior to sharing a Passover meal together, when Jesus insisted on washing the feet of his disciples – a task usually assigned to a servant. When his disciple Peter protests, Jesus says firmly: “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13: 1 – 11). Richard says these verses were in his mind when he wrote the hymn, together with re-enactments of that moment, which he had experienced while attending St Paul’s Church, Auckland, in New Zealand.

 It was in the first half of 1976 that he wrote verse 3 (I will hold the Christ-light for you …) but, initially, no more than that.   It wasn’t until one particularly summery Sunday afternoon in December 1976 or January 1977, back in Auckland, that he took that scrap of paper out of his guitar case and began to meditate on that single verse, exploring the possibilities that it suggested.  He remembers that the other verses came quickly – although not in the order in which we now sing the song.

The hymn’s opening line was originally: “We are travellers on a journey”.   Pilgrimage (v.2) is not just about walking towards a point of worship and meditation, it is seen an opportunity for companionship.  Likewise, servanthood is imaged here as being alongside others, whatever their need or situation – which may evoke tears but equally might be an occasion of happiness or hilarity (v.4).   What is important is the gift, at all times, not only of supporting others (v3 - I will hold my hand out to you), but also of being able to receive graciously the gifts, support and companionship that others have to offer -  Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

Taken as a whole, Richard’s words speak not only of how Christians should be with one another but also how they need to be with those in the communities and world around. 

HUMOUR/QUOTATION:

Seen in another church’s Newsletter:- “Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.”

 

“Be careful of reading health books. You may die of a misprint” – Mark Twain.