Calendar

<< December 2017

January 2018

Sunday 7th January 2018 09:30Morning Worship All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
Monday 8th January 2018 12:15Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcome
19:30Worship Team The Manse 44 Terrace Road
Wednesday 10th January 2018 10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Barry Church Hall All welcome
GOOD NEIGHBOURS DROP-IN CAFE, Barry Church Hall, Wednesday 10th January 2018, 10 to 11.30 a.m., tea/coffee & biscuits only £1, books, home baking & Fairtrade stalls, all welcome, come along & bring your friends, proceeds in aid of church funds, enquiries 01241 852614.
19:30Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road All welcome
Thursday 11th January 2018 10:00Study & Fellowship Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
Friday 12th January 2018 13:45Sports&Crosses Youth Initiative BB Hall Maule Street S1-3
Sunday 14th January 2018 09:30Morning Worship followed by short Kirk Session meeting
Monday 15th January 2018 12:15Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcome
19:30Mission & Discipleship Team Philip Hall Duthie Room
Wednesday 17th January 2018 19:30Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road All welcome
Thursday 18th January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 1
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
DAY 1 WELCOMING THE STRANGER
STARTING POINT
The memory of a liberated people, that they were once enslaved, should compel us to
welcome the stranger in our midst. The experience of Biblical Israel resonates with the
experiences of the peoples of the Caribbean region, the majority of whom were once
slaves. We remember how God restores the dignity of God’s people and the churches of the
region play an important role in reminding their society of the duty to welcome refugees
and displaced persons.
Leviticus 19.33-34
You shall love the alien as yourself
Psalm 146
The Lord watches over the strangers
Hebrews 13.1-3
Some have entertained angels without knowing it
Matthew 25.31-46
I was a stranger and you welcomed me
REFLECTION
We are good because we are loved,
not loved because we are good.
If it was up to each one of us to earn it,
we might not be loved very much.
Too much goat and not enough sheep.
And yet loved we are, since God is in all things,
even the bits we think are ugly and unmentionable.
We are loved,
but God wants us to give some love back,
giving and receiving
in a mutual relationship.
Love makes us better
holds us together
reaching out to the other.
Being in relationship with God means being with other people,
doing some good.
Looking after the creation
and not seeing everything as being there for our enjoyment.
It means being fair and not exploiting others.
It means giving and not taking.
It means being alongside not overpowering others.
It even means welcoming and respecting the stranger in our midst since
it may be the Christ unannounced.
QUESTIONS
How have you experienced being a stranger?
Have you visited another church (perhaps whilst on holiday)? How were you
welcomed? How did you feel?
How might being truly hospitable be challenging? What might hold us back from being
genuinely hospitable?
PRAYER
Barrier-breaking God,
You embrace all cultures and lands,
But keep a special place in your heart
For the stranger, the widow and the orphan.
Grant us the gift of your Spirit
That we may become as You are,
Welcoming all as brothers and sisters,
Your cherished children,
Citizens together in Christ’s kingdom of justice and peace.
Amen
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
The Caribbean Council of Churches has been involved in advocacy to challenge
those nations that are restricting or stripping Haitians of citizenship rights.
Visit Go and Do to read Milciades story about being denied his rights in the
Dominican Republic.
Visit Go and Do to find inspiration and encouragement to keep helping those
who have been forced from their homes across the world.
THAT ALL MAY BE FREE.
Friday 19th January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 2
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 2 RESISTING MODERN SLAVERY
STARTING POINT
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. How should this be challenged and ended?
In the parable of the Good Samaritan and in Paul’s response to the slave Onesimus we
see how transgressing social norms affirms the image of God in every individual, and
thereby challenges those things that exclude people or hold them in chains. A united
Christian voice is essential and unless Christians act together, modern day slavery will
be too strong to resist.
Genesis 1.26-28
God created humankind in God’s own image
Psalm 10.1-10
Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Philemon
No longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother
Luke 10.25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
REFLECTION
Not a daughter, but a dollar
not a sister, but profit gained
not a brother, but cheap labour
not a family fleeing terror
but a fortune to be made.
Captured by a web of lies
Snared by fear and manipulation
Seized by deceitful hands
Bound by broken promises
All dignity denied
Heart hard
a commodity to exploit
Heart sore
a beloved child of God
Heart held
in hope of liberation.
QUESTIONS
What do the words ‘human trafficking’ and ‘slavery’ evoke for you?
To what extent do you think Paul challenges slavery in the letter to Philemon?
How does a united Christian response make a difference in challenging injustices,
such as human trafficking?
PRAYER
Just and righteous God
You called your people out of slavery
And onwards to the new humanity
Where all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Enfold with your love those trafficked as slaves today.
Empower your Church
To denounce and work to end that evil trade
Living out the love and compassion of Christ
As we tend its victims.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
Reformed Churches in the Caribbean have joined with the Council for World
Mission and the Caribbean and North American Council for Mission to
educate Christian communities to end the scourge of human trafficking.
Visit Go and Do to read the story of Sanlaap, helping those who
have been trafficked.
Organise a meeting between the churches in your area and invite
a speaker from an anti-trafficking organisation to come along to
inform, educate and inspire you to take action together against
human trafficking. Visit Go and Do to find out more.
10:00Friday Coffee Break Philip Hall All welcome
Saturday 20th January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 3
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 3 UPHOLDING HUMAN DIGNITY
STARTING POINT
Our image of a slave is often of someone wearing iron chains and being forced to work
against their will. But there are other forms of enslavement where the chains may be
less visible. Pornography, especially via the internet, is an assault on human dignity,
and, because it commodifies the human person, it is as destructive as slavery, where
women, children and young people can be the first victims. As Christians we are called
to uphold human dignity, recognize God’s gift to sexuality and to work against those
things that damage that dignity and gift.
Exodus 3.4-10
God frees those who are in human bondage
Psalm 24.1-6
Lord, we are the people who see your face
1 Corinthians 6.9-20
Therefore glorify God in your body
Matthew 18.1-7
Woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!
REFLECTION
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
the saying goes;
but what if those who look on
are not interested in beauty?
A rose by any other name
can still be pruned
too early,
before it is in bloom;
petals not allowed to unfurl as yet
fall between the weeds that would choke.
Beauty held
captive,
by the hand that wants only for itself.
Hands can be washed,
but the stain of shame
is not so easily removed.
Beauty held
tenderly;
precious.
Tears wiped away,
tables turned
in our temples;
where is God’s hand
in all of this?
QUESTIONS
What do the words ‘pornography’ and ‘exploitation’ evoke for you?
How do the internet, social media and other forms of modern technology
liberate or enslave us?
How in the modern world might we uphold human dignity?
PRAYER
God of beauty,
You made us in your image
Endowed us with a loveliness
Little lower than the angels’.
Save us from the exploitation
Of each other’s bodies.
For the sake of Christ,
Who became flesh and reigns in glory.
Teach us that
Our bodies are sacraments of grace,
And vessels of your beauty.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
Many Christian churches in the Caribbean share a concern about the issue of
pornography, especially via the internet.
Visit Go and Do to find information about how you can provide information
about pornography addiction support groups in your churches.
Explore and discuss in your church small group or bible study group where
bodies can be viewed positively and holistically in our culture, e.g. art
galleries. You could read a book together to explore a positive perspective on
how to view the body. e.g.
Body
by Paula Gooder.
Sunday 21st January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 4
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 4 OVERCOMING VIOLENCE
STARTING POINT
Christian discipleship lived out in the world cannot avoid the reality of violence. Most
religions declare themselves to be peaceful and against violence. However, churches,
called into unity and called to be part of God’s mission in the world, are also called to
discern the Gospel of hope. This is a Gospel that can be proclaimed to those who live
with the consequences of gang warfare, domestic violence or the fear of violence.
Isaiah 9.2-7a
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace
Psalm 34.1-14
Seek peace, and pursue it
Revelation 7.13-17
God will wipe away every tear from their eyes
John 14.25-27
Peace I leave with you
REFLECTION
In our beautiful (is)land
violence breeds violence;
(‘an eye for an eye…’)
and abuse, murder, rape,
(‘limb from limb….’)
become a way of life
as teenage bodies are ravaged beyond repair,
neighbourhoods are gang-violated,
and lives abused –
domestically
(‘heads dashed against rock’?)
We see.
We know,
and we wail: “For the love of God. In the name of Jesus. Stop.”
The hand of God stretches into the pain saying:
‘I bring comfort, justice, righteousness,’
and we remember that
veiled by the violence;
obscured by our walled communities,
beneath the facade of this island-idyll
lie true all-inclusive packages of
beauty
seen and known
by our God of hope.
Each single sacramental life,
precious beyond measure,
is made whole
in the healing
hand of God.
We believe that
in the paradise-heaven
as close to us as the waves
lapping our golden shores
there is
no hunger
no thirst
no torching of lives
or scorching of earth.
Here our tears are wiped away.
Springs of living water
revive our worn-out bodies,
our weary earth.
PRAYER
Reconciling God,
Christ’s nail-pierced hands
Are your intent from eternity
You call us to be signs of peace
In the midst of violence,
The embodiment of hope
In the midst of despair.
May Christ so live in us
That we might spend and be spent
In his ministry of reconciliation.
Amen.
THAT ALL MAY BE FREE
QUESTIONS
Have you felt threatened in a place
where you previously felt safe?
In what ways are you concerned
about increasing violence in your
area and in society?
What is the message of hope that
Christians can bring in a world
troubled by violence?
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
Within the Caribbean, violence is a problem to
which the churches are called to respond.
Visit Go and Do to find out more about
the story behind the holiday images of the
Caribbean.
Contact your nearest Women’s Aid to find out
what supplies they currently need and organise
a joint collection between churches in your
area.
Wear black on Thursdays in solidarity with
victims of rape and domestic violence, visit Go
and Do to find out more.
09:30Morning Worship Ordination of new elder All welcome
14:00Safeguarding Training Panbride Hall Arbroath Road
Monday 22nd January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 5
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 5 PURSUING ECONOMIC JUSTICE
STARTING POINT
The inheritance of slavery and colonialism has meant that the economies of the
Caribbean have never been self-sustaining. As a result, they have become dependent
upon borrowing on the international markets in order to sustain economic
development, which impacts upon the poorest, with regard to things such as transport,
health and education. The Church is called to hear the voice of the poor that is often
silenced but the disunity of the Church hinders this prophetic voice. Therefore,
Christian unity is critical for the Church in its vocation to be on the side of the poor.
Deuteronomy 1.19-35
The Lord God goes before you and carried you
Psalm 145.9-20
The Lord upholds all who are falling
James 1.9-11
The rich will disappear like a flower in the field
Luke 18.35-43
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
REFLECTION
I don’t have time to hear
beyond the din of the crowd
the pointless bleating of some sightless tramp.
Just a nuisance.
More important things to do.
Plans to be completed.
Status to be sustained.
The field lies barren,
faded flowers crunching under foot.
Until God comes
to sow from bountiful hand
a meadow of new hope
and a feast for eyes that were blind.
QUESTIONS
How do you work with other Christians to engage with social issues?
How do churches working together in service to the community contribute to
Christian unity?
How has the unity of Christians enabled the prophetic voice? What can be learned
from this?
PRAYER
God of the poor and dispossessed,
You hear the cries of your despised ones.
You look with favour on the lowly
And bring down the powerful from their thrones.
Hear our cries for those who are silenced,
Our protests for those pushed to the margins.
In our advocacy with them
May we find the unity to which you call us
In Christ’s name.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
The Caribbean Conference of Churches has launched an initiative to address
the current debt crisis in the region and through their international networks
to come to the aid of the poor.
Visit Go and Do to read of how debt relief has made an enormous difference
to one farmer’s life.
Visit Go and Do to find out more about the Jubilee debt campaign and how
you can take action as churches together and be part of the global movement
to break the chains of debt.
12:15Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcome
Tuesday 23rd January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 6
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 6 GOD ACTS FOR THE POWERLESS
STARTING POINT
People from the Caribbean working overseas who send money home find this more
difficult because of changes due to international banking regulations. This has had
a negative impact on the Caribbean region with increased economic hardship for
many families. In response to this the churches of the region have introduced Credit
Unions. This preferential option for the poor is also God’s option: the right hand of
God always acts for the powerless against the powerful. Christians are therefore called
to live across the divisions of the global North and South and affirm our common
humanity together.
Isaiah 25.1-9
Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation
Psalm 82
Maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute
Philippians 2.1-4
Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the
interests of others
Luke 12.13-21
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed
REFLECTION
To have, or not to have,
that is the question.
If we have, we have control,
the future’s in our hands: life’s assured.
And as we eat and drink and just enjoy,
we boast about our handouts
so we can forget the rest
who have not.
Who know no power or control.
And look to just tomorrow as a land unknown.
And yet,
when God hands out his justice,
brim full barns and sure investments fall
and then we see
our greed for what it is.
Then, dare we
stand as one
and ask, instead,
how best to be?
QUESTIONS
What are the realities of economic hardship in your community?
How do overseas partnerships enable solidarity between the global North and
South?
In our partnerships with churches in the global South, how do we ensure genuine
partnership and equal exchange?
PRAYER
Generous God
Your overflowing love gave birth to creation;
Your redeeming love journeyed
Through lands of forsakenness
So that the tomb might be empty,
And our life with you unending.
Teach us your logic –
That to give is to receive,
To empty ourselves is to be filled,
That as we point away from ourselves
We might discover anew our unity in Christ.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
The Churches in the Caribbean introduced the Credit Union movement in
order for the poor to have access to finance for economic activity.
Visit Go and Do to find out how micro-credit schemes can make a difference
to communities across the world.
Find out more about the Churches Mutual Credit Union and how your
churches can get involved.
Wednesday 24th January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 7
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 7 DIFFERENT FAMILIES
STARTING POINT
The protection and nurture of children are important functions for any family. The
experience of the holy family fleeing an atrocity, for example, offers one model of
family life that demonstrates God’s fidelity to us. Life today also poses significant
challenges for carers in the protection and nurture of children. The churches of the
Caribbean aim to respond to this, wrestling with factors that include migration,
financial problems and domestic violence. As Christians, we are called to be
communities where all families are supported and strengthened so that all are safe
and may flourish.
Exodus 2.1-10
The Birth of Moses
Psalm 127
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain
Hebrew 11.23-24
Moses was hidden by his parents…because they saw that the
child was beautiful
Matthew 2.13-15
Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went
to Egypt
REFLECTION
The head of the family
gathers us all in…
ushered from near and far,
we each take time to find our place;
so we can take our seat at the table.
The meal is prepared,
the banquet set.
For some, the table is just out of reach for now;
we lift them up
so they can see the others,
reach the food that seemed distant before.
For others, the chairs are too heavy to move;
so we swap places,
shuffle around
and help them get comfortable.
Couples move around,
gaps are filled,
odd numbers don’t matter;
after all…
it wouldn’t be a proper family gathering
if we weren’t all there.
QUESTIONS
How is our understanding about what is ‘family’ changing?
In what ways do you experience ‘family’ in your church?
What role does the church have in supporting families during turbulent times?
PRAYER
God of love
You risked your life
Through the womb of a teenager,
And shared the nurture of your Son
With a village carpenter.
You understand families, communities, relationships –
Mixes all of beauty and brokenness.
Bless all those who raise children
And care for the vulnerable
And through your grace
Gather them into the life of your kingdom,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
The churches of the Caribbean are working to give
support to both nuclear and extended families.
Organise an ‘extended family’ dinner between the churches in your area. Each
church could offer to provide a course, drinks or the venue.
Invite those in your community who are living
away from their family for a Sunday lunch
in your home.
Visit Go and Do to find ideas of how you
might best support families in your area
and across the world.
10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Barry Church Hall All welcome
The twice-monthly Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe held in Barry Church Hall next meets on Wednesday 24th January from 10 to 11.30 a.m. Tea/coffee and biscuits only £1, and there are also books, home baking and Fairtrade stalls. Come along and bring your friends. A warm welcome awaits. Proceeds in aid of church funds. Enquiries, telephone 01241 852614.
19:30Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road All welcome
Thursday 25th January 2018  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 8
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 8 THE CALL TO RECONCILIATION
STARTING POINT
The formation of a united covenanted people is part of God’s intention towards a
reconciled world. The historic legacies of colonialism have led to apologies which have
transformed relationships for example between British and Jamaican Baptists. This
serves as an illustration of how the Church in its unity is called, like Biblical Israel,
to be both a sign and an active agent of reconciliation. The work of reconciliation
therefore extends beyond the walls of the church and means that Christians are called
to work for reconciliation in the world.
Isaiah 11.12-13
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not be
hostile towards Ephraim
Psalm 106.1-14, 43-48
Gather is to give thanks to your holy name
Ephesians 2.13-19
He has broken down the dividing wall
John 17.1-12
I have been glorified in them
REFLECTION
Past hurts rooted in slavery and dominance have left
a legacy of deep divisions among God’s children.
The lack of repentance for history and memories make us cling to hurts;
we let ourselves be defined by them.
And our embarrassment in having caused them
and the pride which will not let us admit it
ensure that hurts and divisions are perpetuated.
The Body of Christ remains broken;
we are pulled ever further from the reconciler of our faith
and the unity that is possible through His love.
The Spirit speaks
but are we listening?
Can we not hear?
Enough! Enough!
We can say sorry,
seek forgiveness,
forgive,
let go.
What should be rendered to God? Are we willing to surrender to God the hostility,
jealousy, bitterness and guilt that separates us from God’s reconciling grace and mercy?
Lord reveal to us our failings, that becoming aware of them and seeking your grace
and forgiveness, we may be united in a relationship of love where institutional
divisions fall away.
Then together we will move towards a spiritual reconciliation which unites in the
dance of the Triune God.
QUESTIONS
What does the word ‘reconciliation’ evoke for you?
How might the church make a difference, bringing reconciliation, in situations of
conflict and division (both inter-personal and in society)?
Does reconciliation between churches help to foster a wider reconciliation in the world?
PRAYER
God of unity,
Trinity of the Three,
You call your people to be one
That the world may believe.
Grant us your Spirit
That we might act and speak with one voice
So that our world’s pains and divisions
May be transformed by healing, hope and reconciliation,
Our Lord’s prayer be answered,
And your name glorified and hallowed.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
The Caribbean churches work together to heal the wounds in the Body of
Christ in the region, which are a legacy left by colonization. Visit Go and
Do for stories of inspiration and challenge from the Caribbean.
Create a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity paper prayer chain – find
instructions on the Go and Do website.
Create a (scratch) choir which includes representatives from each of the
churches in your area to sing a song together at the next Week of Prayer for
Christian Unity service.
10:00Study & Fellowship Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
Friday 26th January 2018 13:45Sports&Crosses BB Hall Maule St S1-3 ages
Saturday 27th January 2018 10:00CrossReach Coffee Morning Philip Hall All welcome
Sunday 28th January 2018 09:30The Lord's Supper All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
11:00The Lord's Supper Carnoustie Church All welcome
18:30The Lord's Supper St Stephen's Chapel All welcome
Monday 29th January 2018 12:15Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcome
19:30Youth Initiative Meeting Philip Hall Duthie Room
Wednesday 31st January 2018 15:00Afternoon Service Braehill Lodge
19:30Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road All welcome
<< December 2017