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Sunday 2nd May 202109:30In-Person Morning Worship in Barry Church
10:30Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
19:00Scottish Churches Call to Prayer Carnoustie Church Facebook
God whose name is Love, We see your love revealed In the giving of your Son. May we embrace the offer of your love And live in response to your generosity. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose name is Love, We see your love revealed In the One who shares in our humanity and who suffers on our behalf. May we live as those who share a common humanity And in the suffering of the world. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose name is Love, We see your love revealed In the community of your people and in all who are made in your image. May we share in the life of your people And recognise your image in the life of others. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose name is Love, We see your love revealed among us In the places where love is known and fear is cast out. May fear be cast out and love be known In the community we share and in the spaces we shape. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose name is Love, We see your love revealed among us In the resurrection of your Son and in the promise of your Spirit. May we live as those who share in the hope of the resurrection And in the life of your Spirit. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Monday 3rd May 202110:00Prayer Meeting on Zoom
Tuesday 4th May 202119:30Angus Presbytery Meeting on Zoom
Wednesday 5th May 202119:00Midweek Focus Bible Study Cancelled until further notice
Sunday 9th May 202109:30In-Person Morning Worship in Barry Church
10:30Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
19:00Scottish Churches Call to Prayer Carnoustie Church Facebook
Living God, You call us to love because we have first of all been loved. May we know that love abides in you And is expressed in your love for the world. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Living God, You call us to love because we have first of all been loved. May we know the depth of your love In the contemplation of the life and death and resurrection of your Son. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Living God, You call us to love because we have first of all been loved. May we hear the call to live by a new commandment And so bear the mark of a disciple. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Living God, You call us to love because we have first of all been loved. May we know what it is to be embraced and affirmed And called a friend of the One who has given his life for us. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Living God, You call us to love because we have first of all been loved. May we, who have been embraced and affirmed, Reach out to the lonely that they might know true friendship. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Living God, You call us to love because we have first of all been loved. May we know the abiding presence of your love In the life we share in the community of the Risen and Ascended Lord. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Monday 10th May 202110:00Prayer Meeting on Zoom
19:30Church Life&Worship Team Meeting on Zoom
Tuesday 11th May 202119:00Kirk Session Meeting on Zoom
Wednesday 12th May 202110:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Cancelled until further notice
19:00Midweek Focus Bible Study Cancelled, but resumes next week
Thursday 13th May 2021 Thy Kingdom Come Day 1
Thy Kingdom Come Day 1: Jesus Following the way The first followers of Jesus weren’t called Christians. That came later. They were called followers of ‘the way’ (see Acts 24.14). This seems like a good place to start: especially at such a dark and difficult time for our world. The Christian faith is a way of life. In fact, Jesus himself says to his friends on the night before he dies, “I am the way”. Jesus shows us what humanity can be like when it is lived God’s way. His kindness, generosity, goodness, and forgiveness are from God. This is what God is like. God welcomes everyone. Life is hard. The way ahead isn’t obvious. And faced with difficulty and uncertainty, God doesn’t send us a rule book or a map. He sends a companion to walk with us: Jesus, the way. And he is not just the way for us – but for each and every person. Let us pray for those we know and love that they may find the way of Christ. PRAYER Loving God, when I’m feeling lost or lonely or afraid or uncertain of the way ahead, be my guide, a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. And today help me to be a good companion to those I meet. Thomas said to him, “''Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?'' Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14. 5-6) Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. (Psalm 42. 11)
Friday 14th May 2021 Thy Kingdom Come Day 2
Thy Kingdom Come Day 2: Praise The way of abundant joy In Christian worship there is lots of praise. Christians often tell God how brilliant God is. What sort of God needs this, is often the response from those who are new to the Christian faith? God must be very insecure, they think. But we don’t praise God because God needs it. We do it because we need it. When we praise God we put ourselves in perspective. We acknowledge that God is the source and origin of everything, even the breath that we’re taking right now. Without God, there is nothing. There is no one who doesn’t need to know that. The way of life which is the way of Jesus Christ is a way of abundant, appreciative joy. Even in the darkest hours, we believe in the light, we praise him. And from the perspective of his light pray for others. PRAYER Faithful God, help me to understand myself, so that even in the most difficult times I may know your presence with me and may sing your praises, defiantly praising your goodness even when there is so much that is wrong. And today, help me show others the good things I receive in Christ and show the world His way.
Saturday 15th May 2021 Thy Kingdom Come Day 3
Thy Kingdom Come Day 3: Thanks Expanding the heart When we stood outside on Thursday evenings in the summer of 2020 cheering the NHS, did we realise how much it would change us? By giving thanks, by praising, we learnt to put the needs of others before our own. We discovered a deep appreciation for those who put their lives at risk to serve us. Thanksgiving expands the heart. We cheered other key workers as well. And who would have thought that the person stacking the supermarket shelves was an essential worker? We learnt that we belong to each other: that my well-being is tied up with everyone’s well-being; that Covid-19 won’t be dealt with anywhere, until it is dealt with everywhere. This is also the way of Jesus, where we learn that we are sisters and brothers, children of one God. Let us pray that the people we know, and the whole world, may find the way of Christ. PRAYER Generous God, fill my heart with thanksgiving for all the blessing I receive in life. Expand my heart, and help me love, support and cherish those who serve me. And today help me to live as sister or brother to all whom I meet. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. (COLOSSIANS 3:15) Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth. (Hosea 6.3).
Sunday 16th May 2021 Thy Kingdom Come Day 4
Thy Kingdom Come Day 4: Sorry Turning around Jesus begins his ministry with the word repent (see Mark 1.15) It means turn around. You’re going in the wrong direction. Re-orientate your life. The whole world needs to hear this message. Whether it is the way we treat each other or the way we treat the planet, we are going in the wrong direction. No one seriously disputes this. The world has to change. But who has the answers? Who do we follow? Jesus says, follow me and you will be walking in the light (see John 8.12). Jesus gives us a way of inhabiting the world and living with each other that is, truly, the world’s best hope. It begins by turning around. By following him. The Christian faith is a way for everyone. PRAYER Steadfast God, redirect my life and redirect the life of the world. Help us to live in peace with each other and with the planet. And today help me to tread lightly on the earth, praying for others that we may all find for ourselves the way of being human that God shows us in Jesus. Give me the chance to start again. To turn around.
09:30In-Person Morning Worship in Barry Church
10:45Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
19:00Scottish Churches Call to Prayer
God and Father Of our Lord Jesus Christ, We thank You for all that we have received from Your Hand. We thank You for the life You have given to us And Your presence with us in all we face. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God and Father Of our Lord Jesus Christ, We thank You for all that we have received from Your Son. We thank You that He has prayed for us And that He continues to uphold us in all we face. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God and Father Of our Lord Jesus Christ, We thank You that You watch over us and protect us. Watch over us as we continue the journey we have taken in past months And protect us in days to come. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God and Father Of our Lord Jesus Christ, We thank You that You watch over and protect this world. Watch over us as we give thanks for the gift of Creation And enable us to better care for the world You have entrusted to us. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God and Father Of our Lord Jesus Christ, We thank You that Your Son is Risen and Ascended. We join with the community of all Your people And anticipate the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God and Father Of our Lord Jesus Christ, We thank You that Your Risen and Ascended Son prays for us once more. We join with all Your people in every place And ask that You might renew us by Your Holy Spirit. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Monday 17th May 2021 Thy Kingdom Come Day 5
Thy Kingdom Come Day 5: Offer A new heaven and a new earth The offer of the Christian faith is the offer of abundant life (see John 10.10). Not a life lived somewhere else, but this life lived to the full; this life lived in the way God intends. Some people have never really heard this offer. They thought the Christian faith was just a private thing with God, a way of getting to heaven. But God doesn’t just promise life after death, but heaven come down to earth, a better and more fulfilled life now. It starts by turning around. We see ourselves in right relationship with God. That God is the source of life. That we are the ones who have received the gift of life. Acknowledging this, our hearts overflow with thanksgiving. We start to live differently. We follow the way of Jesus. We pray that this way of life will be found by everyone. PRAYER Generous God, pour your abundant life into my heart. Help me to live differently. And today may others see and receive this offer of life through me. Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favour and good repute in the sight of God and of people. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3.3-6) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone. (1 Timothy 2.1)
10:00Prayer Meeting on Zoom
19:30Mission&Outreach Team Meeting on Zoom
Tuesday 18th May 2021 Thy Kingdom Come Day 6
Thy Kingdom Come Day 6: Pray for Make your life a prayer What then should we pray for? Paul sets the bar of expectation very high. We should pray for everyone. We should pray all the time. I see it this way. Make your life a prayer. Make your life an offering. Ask God that your life and your prayers, your words and your actions, might make a difference in the world. To follow in the way of Jesus means living a Jesus shaped life, so that all the good things that we see in him can also be seen in us, at least in part. In this way our following Jesus is more than attending services, or even believing certain things. It is a way of life. A way that makes a difference for us and for the world. PRAYER Transforming God, make me more like Jesus. And because I know my life is not like that, show me Jesus today. And change my prayer from asking things for myself to asking you what you would like for me, so that my life can be part of your story. And help me to pray for others, that they may know Christ for themselves.
Wednesday 19th May 2021 Thy Kingdom Come Day 7
19:00Midweek Focus 1 Peter graham.suttie@btinternet.com for venue
Previous study notes from the 1 Peter series: 1 Peter: Week 1 (Wednesday, September 9 2020) Introduction The Heart of the Matter Without a doubt, Peter is the best known among Jesus’s original band of disciples. Bold, brash, impetuous, impulsive Peter; quick to speak, strongly opinionated, well-meaning, and fiercely loyal . . . yet altogether human and given to emotional extremes. We cannot help but smile at him, especially as we see ourselves mirrored in his actions and words. Let’s get better acquainted with the man himself and the first letter he wrote. In doing so, we shall not only become more familiar with him; we will learn the overall theme of the letter he wrote to the Christians who were scattered and living as aliens in a hostile and hateful world. Discovering the Way 1. Brief Sketch of Peter’s Life Peter has a rich history recorded alongside Jesus in the Gospels. From his call to follow Christ and his role among the apostles to his devastating denial and eventual leadership in the church, Peter revealed a human face among the first followers of our Lord. 2. General Survey of Peter’s Letter Whenever we approach a letter, it’s helpful to keep several questions in mind: who was Peter writing to? What’s the theme of Peter’s letter? And for what purpose did Peter pen this epistle? Starting Your Journey We can glean three lessons from Peter’s life. First, failure in the past does not nullify purpose in the future. Second, a broken heart is great preparation for healing fractured lives. And third, one letter of hope brings more encouragement than a thousand thoughts never expressed. 1 Peter: Week 2 (Wednesday, September 16 2020) Chapter 1:1-12 The Heart of the Matter Life has its mysteries. Few people, if any, are able to explain most of them. One great mystery has to do with suffering. Why is there so much of it? Who can make sense of it, especially the suffering of the godly, while so many of the ungodly seem to live out their years virtually free of struggle? God’s Word, known for its timeless wisdom, does not dodge the subject. On numerous occasions, the issue of suffering resurfaces in Scripture. The first letter Peter wrote, in fact, addresses various aspects of this knotty problem none can escape, not even those who walk closely with the Lord. Like the patriarch Job, believers have been led through this dark and mysterious valley, often without understanding why. Let’s embrace a perspective that is rare among sufferers: joy in the midst of pain. Discovering The Way 1. A Brief Reminder (1 Peter 1:1 – 2) Peter wrote to displaced believers who were being singed by the flames of persecution. 2. Regarding Suffering: Why Christians Can Rejoice (1 Peter 1:3 – 9) Why can Christians rejoice? We have a living hope, a permanent inheritance, divine protection, developing faith, an unseen Savior, and a guaranteed deliverance. 3. Regarding Salvation: Why Prophets Were Curious (1 Peter 1:10 – 12) Prophets were curious about the Messiah because they did not have a clear picture of God’s complete plan, and they did not have the Holy Spirit living within and empowering them like we do today. Starting Your Journey A word to the two types of people who may be listening to this study: to those who suffer, only Christ’s perspective can replace your resentment with rejoicing and your hardness with humility. And to those who seek, only Christ’s salvation can change you from a spectator to a participant.
Sunday 23rd May 202119:00Presbytery Pentecost Prayer Meeting
Presbytery Pentecost Prayer Meeting Sunday 23rd May 7.00 - 8.30pm via Zoom Presbytery of Angus The prayer sub-group of the Supporting Mission Foruminvite you to join in an open prayer meeting sharing thesacrament of Holy Communion, praying Thy Kingdom Comeand praying for the General Assembly Contact graham.suttie@btinternet.com for Zoom details THIS IS AN OPEN MEETING - ALL WELCOME Prayer at Pentecost "Come Holy Spirit"
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