7th December 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News


Peace at Christmas


Lots of people look forward to Black Friday when they hope to get a great bargain either for themselves or for someone else as a Christmas gift. In the last few years, the images of shoppers playing tug of war with a flat-screen television were really too much to bear. Everyone looking for the best bargain and the tensions that came with them being a far cry from any scene of peace and goodwill. This year has made Black Friday shopping more of an online event and websites became busy and even had ‘virtual’ queues to enter.


However, all of this is a far cry from what God intended for any one of us and for the world He created to be good. Among the many names attributed to Christ, Prince of Peace as we find in the prophecy of Isaiah, indicates something of what He came to bring to our lives and the world around us.


Pulled in different directions we, like the people of Isaiah’s time, yearn for peace but struggle to find it. The pandemic, which has had devastating consequences, might have struck terror in our hearts leading to many uncertainties, but it hasn’t destroyed faith or what faith in the Lord Jesus can bring to all our lives.


When we find peace with God we find that we are then at peace with ourselves, accepting who we are as God accepts us. This has such a positive bearing on how we live our lives in difficult times and how we learn to live and accept others quite different from ourselves in their lifestyle and outlook on life. Also in Isaiah, we see the picture of the kind of kingdom that the Prince of Peace came to establish... a place where ‘the wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat’. This demonstrates that as different and diverse as we are we don’t need to let these differences divide us but rather enrich who we are and what we share together.


As we journey through this Advent season let us continue to think of those who struggle in these difficult days and pray for peace and understanding in our world.


"Let there be love shared among us,

let there be love in our eyes."


Christmas blessings to you all,

Margaret Muir, National Vice Convener







Watch the Big Sing again


We hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas Big Sing. You can watch it again using the link below. Donations to our 'Light Up Malawi' solar light appeal are still being taken on the Guild donate page on the website <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=b40855850c&e=43d4a1fa0e> . Please make a small donation if you are able to help transform the lives of children and women. Cheques can also be sent to the Guild office if you would prefer to donate this way. Enjoy the Big Sing!


Watch again <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=97c742f900&e=43d4a1fa0e>







Welcome Elliot!


It's not every day that a Guild member has a baby so huge congratulations to Caitlin Robinson, who some of you will remember from her wonderful singing at our Christmas Big Sings. Caitlin and her husband Aaron were delighted to show off their beautiful son Elliot as was his proud granny, national vice convener Andrea Houston. I am sure it won't be too long until Elliot is at his first Guild meeting.







Knit yourself a tree


Inspired by a photograph in a Guild mailing which was then shared in their monthly 'Encounter' magazine with the words "over to you", members of Inverurie Guild got out their knitting needles and crochet hooks to create squares, pom poms, tassels, streamers, and even a star! The tree stands about 5ft tall on a slice of locally sourced wood and is a great illustration of their coming together whilst physically apart.







Chocolate orange anyone?


The committee of Auchterarder Guild has been busy making hats to go on chocolate oranges to give to each of their members, along with a Christmas newsletter. They have also been able to donate some oranges with hats to the local foodbank which their church has just set up. What a cheerful addition to any Christmas table. They all look delicious.







Christmas Guild meeting


St Andrew's Blackadder Guild has recorded a Christmas service that features the work of Blythswood Care. There are favourite carols plus prayers, bible readings, and a Christmas poem. You can watch it using the link below.


Watch the service <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=9e37ef809a&e=43d4a1fa0e>







Monday memories


This week, we're at the 2012 Annual Gathering in the Caird Hall in Dundee. Many of you will remember this procession of representatives from all over Scotland showing the reach of the Guild. I am sure many of you will spot someone you know.







What are capitation fees and how are they used?


Every member of the Guild pays a small annual capitation fee or a membership fee which enables the Guild to operate nationally. This covers the cost of the salaried staff, administration, maintaining the website, organising events such as the Annual Gathering, producing and circulating the twice-yearly magazine to every member, and supporting the national leadership team (who are all volunteers). Sometimes the capitation fee is paid by the local Guild on behalf of their members but in most cases, members pay this fee to the local Guild who pass it on to the national Guild Office.


This year we have managed to save some money and so the capitation fee is being reduced for 2021 to £9. We hope that as many members as possible may be willing and able to pay this amount to help the Guild to continue to function effectively.







Saviour's Day


Our music choice this week is a contemporary Christian pop song from the ever youthful Cliff Richard. It takes us on a journey through Advent as we wait for the coming of the Saviour.


Listen now <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=c7b2c7c62e&e=43d4a1fa0e>







Pray this week


Monday: giving thanks for all who were part of our Christmas Big Sing either by participating or watching.

Tuesday: that God will give peace to all who are struggling with a terminal illness and to their families as they support them.

Wednesday: for all who have been victims of genocide, ethnic cleansing or war crimes. Praying for peace, healing and reconciliation.

Thursday: reaffirming the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.

Friday: particularly for children living in a family where addiction is part of their daily lives. Asking that they may find safe spaces and people who can support them in times of instability.

Saturday: celebrating the breakthrough in finding a vaccine to tackle Covid-19 and praying for a plan to immunise those most in need as a matter of urgency.

Sunday: for the joy of this Sunday to permeate all aspects of our lives.





Contact us


Phone: 0131 225 5722 <tel:+013120225205722>

121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN

Printer Printable Version