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Barry Parish Church
May 2022

Sunday 1st May 2022 09:30Morning Worship in Barry Church All welcome
11:00Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook
19:00Evening Reflections Carnoustie Church Facebook
Monday 2nd May 2022 10:00Prayer Meeting in Philip Hall All welcome
14:00Knitting For Others Hand-In Meeting 21 Barry Road
19:30Mission&Outreach Team Meeting Philip Hall
Wednesday 4th May 2022 14:00Informal Afternoon Communion Service Philip Hall
19:00Midweek Focus Sorry cancelled this weekContact graham.suttie@btinternet.com for venue.
Thursday 5th May 2022 14:00Guild Meeting Barry Church Hall All welcome
Sunday 8th May 2022 09:30Morning Worship & AGM in Barry Church All welcome
11:00Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook
19:00Evening Reflections Carnoustie Church Facebook
Monday 9th May 2022 10:00Prayer Meeting Philip Hall All welcome
19:00Kirk Session Meeting on Zoom
Wednesday 11th May 2022 10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Cancelled until further noticeGOOD NEIGHBOURS DROP-IN CAFE Unfortunately our twice-monthly Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe remains closed at present, but in keeping with our support of Fairtrade we continue to offer the full range of Traidcraft products which have proved popular with cafe regulars over the years. Special offers currently available include: Divine Dark Chocolate 35g Bar 75p, or three for £2 Divine Milk Chocolate 35g Bar 75p, or three for £2 Breakfast Blend Teabags (80 bags) £2 Organic Orange Marmalade (340g) £2 Organic Strawberry Jam (340g) £2 Recycled Toilet Tissue (4 rolls) £2 Freeze Dried Coffee (100g) £3 To arrange purchases, contact 01241 852614 or email graham.suttie@btinternet.com All proceeds from sales will go to church funds. The amount raised in 2021 was £845.75. Thank you for your support.
19:00Midweek Focus 1 John 2:18-27 All welcomeContact graham.suttie@btinternet.com for venue.
Sunday 15th May 2022 Christian Aid Week Day 1
09:30Morning Worship in Barry Church All welcome
11:00Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook
19:00Evening Reflections Carnoustie Church Facebook
Monday 16th May 2022 Christian Aid Week Day 2
10:00Prayer Meeting in Philip Hall All welcome
Tuesday 17th May 2022 Christian Aid Week Day 3
Wednesday 18th May 2022 Christian Aid Week Day 4
14:00Informal Afternoon Service Philip Hall All welcome
19:00Midweek Focus 1 John 2:28 - 3:3 All welcomeContact graham.suttie@btinternet.com for venue.
Thursday 19th May 2022 Christian Aid Week Day 5
Friday 20th May 2022 Christian Aid Week Day 6
Saturday 21st May 2022 Christian Aid Week Day 7
Sunday 22nd May 2022 09:30Morning Worship in Barry Church All welcome
11:00Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook
Monday 23rd May 2022 10:00Prayer Meeting Philip Hall All welcome
Wednesday 25th May 2022 10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Cancelled until further notice
19:00Midweek Focus 1 John 3:4-10 All welcomeContact graham.suttie@btinternet.com for venue.
Thursday 26th May 2022 Ascension Day
Friday 27th May 2022 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 1 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 1 1 PETER 1:1-2 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles, scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. To be a Christian is to be marked out as ‘different’. In his First Letter the apostle Peter writes to an exiled people, communities who are living as strangers and foreigners in Asia Minor. These people knew what it was like to be alien in their society – harassed and rejected. But Peter is also writing to a people who are exiled in a different sense: as Christians, we spend our lives on Earth in exile, separated from our eternal home in Heaven with the Father. To be a Christian is to have been given a different identity to others: rather than defining ourselves according to our family, our nationality, how much money we have, or any of the other things we sometimes think make us who we are, we, the baptised, are ‘in Christ’, a deep truth which is both given and yet to be fully realised. We are called to find our identity solely in the person of Jesus Christ. Peter speaks to those who are exiled but chosen by God. These communities may be reviled on Earth, but they are sanctified – made holy – by the Spirit. Christians are a people who do not consider earthly powers and leaders to be the ultimate source of authority: we are obedient to Jesus. All this is only made possible by the gift of the Holy Spirit. As we pray fervently for others to turn their hearts and minds for Christ, let us start by asking: how do we live in a way that marks us out as different? Does our witness make people curious about faith, rather than resistant to it? How do I live my life differently because of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and how do others see and hear that? Peter speaks to real communities facing real problems, but he greets them in the light of God’s abundant grace and peace. May you bring that grace and peace to all you meet as you begin this journey today.
Saturday 28th May 2022 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 2 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 2 1 PETER 1:12 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. Every single person seeks meaning for their life. All of us go through life searching for something. Perhaps we long to be loved, or accepted, or seen for who we really are. Maybe we yearn to understand who we are ourselves, and why we’re here on this Earth. We desire to be closer to our God and creator, even if we aren’t aware of it. We have this desire for meaning because this is how God has made us. And it is only His meaning which fulfils our searching. ‘You have made us O Lord for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You,’ as St Augustine famously put it. Everyone who has ever lived has known this ache of longing. In today’s verse, Peter talks about the prophets. They were searching too: ‘inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated’ (1 Peter 1:11). Even though Christ was not yet born, the Holy Spirit was within them, enabling them to anticipate God’s greatest gift, Christ Jesus – God with us. Now that person is revealed, the good news announced; and we are served, we learn, by those prophets who strove to be closer to God, over two and a half thousand years ago. Such is the wonder of God that we don’t just make His promise known to those around us, but we can build a chain that may help those seeking long after we are gone. And the truly astonishing news is that what we long for most has been given to us freely. The God we search for has not only come to us and lived with us; but died for us! We have been brought the good news by the Holy Spirit, sent from heaven! Even the angels have a longing, to look closer into the wonder of our salvation. Through this gift all are drawn towards salvation. The prophets searched for it. The angels long to look into it! God knows that we long for His presence, but our longing for Him is but a pale reflection of His longing for us. That is why He sent His son. It’s why He gives us His spirit. Calling to mind the five who are the focus of your prayers, what do you detect of their searching? How might you shine light, as the prophets of the Old Testament did, that helps direct people towards the treasure they seek? How can your search – which will last all of your life – point more people towards the God that extends His hand to us, and hopes we might clasp it back?
Sunday 29th May 2022 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 3 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 3 1 PETER 2:2 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. Babies, born into a strange and harsh new world, are utterly reliant on those who give them care. Their needs and instincts are very basic – food, warmth, love. For these things they are dependent on others, helpless, weak. We call to mind the image of the Christ-child, the God who made Himself small and helpless for the sake of us who are truly helpless without Him. Those Peter is writing to also live in this strange and harsh world, a world where we go wrong, where the only comfort is from God. But babies grow. Hopefully they become wise, kind, productive members of society – but only with the nourishment of those who care for them. ‘Milk’ in the Bible often represents blessing and abundance: a mother gives her milk freely, out of love, whenever the child needs it, without condition, without the child needing to ‘earn’ or ‘deserve’ it. It’s a source of life, a sign of care, but it’s also easy to digest. If you give a child meat as soon as they are born, they won’t have the teeth to chew it. Just so, when we come to Christ, we are born again. We begin a new life as children of God. God gives us space for growth, for maturing, for nurturing – a process which lasts our entire lives. We never outgrow the milk, for what we start with on this journey sustains us throughout our lives as Christians. What is this milk, which strengthens and feeds us to grow in this new life? I think it is the word of God – through scripture, and the call of the Holy Spirit on our hearts. We are fragile, but His word strengthens us. We hunger and thirst, and only He can satisfy us. We are surrounded by hatred and division, but His abundant blessing shows us the possibility of love and joy. Out of the experience of all that has been given to strengthen us, we can call others, and let them be nourished in turn. We can spread the love of God so that those around us might also be strengthened and succoured by His word. What those five friends who we hold before God most deeply need, is given by God. Christ calls us to be child-like, to lean not on ourselves, but on the promise of God, the person of Jesus, and the presence of the Spirit. Let us be like children, in our simple need for, and dependence on, God alone to strengthen and nourish us, as we grow towards His salvation.
09:30Morning Worship in Barry Church All welcome
11:00Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook
19:00Evening Reflections Carnoustie Church Facebook
Monday 30th May 2022 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 4 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 4 1 PETER 2:5 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In a building, each and every brick is essential. Christ says that each and every one of us is a living stone of His church, dependent on one another and an essential part of the structure. Every building begins with the foundation. No structure will ever hold if the foundations aren’t deep and sure. As Christians, as living stones in the construction of God, we have one foundation: Jesus Christ. The difference between being the living stones of the Church, and dead wood of our own construction, is the need to renew, deepen and celebrate our foundations in Christ every day. We crumble as soon as we build on any other foundation except Jesus. In the places to which Peter is writing, buildings were a way for people to show off their power and status. Not unlike today, people would build elaborate monuments, physical structures which denoted success, strength, and social standing. But the Christians Peter addresses were powerless. They couldn’t compete with these displays of grandeur, or to celebrate their faith in the power of God through building impressive places of worship. Taking these words to heart it would seem that for Peter it does not matter if you cannot build huge temples or erect great monuments to God. It is not about these outward displays. The stones He wants are ‘rejected by humans but chosen by God’ [1 Peter 2:4]. God wants the outcast, the unwanted, the unloved, the rejected. These are the people whose lives can be testament to the greatness or grace. Our lives, our bodies, our very being, bear witness to the transformative power of God who has a place for each one of us. And this happens as we are built together into a spiritual house for God. To be a living stone is to glorify God with our lives, rather than build for own glory or power. It is to transform the way we understand power and status. It is to go exactly where God needs us to be. It is to transform and be transformed – from being ignored, neglected, and oppressed – to being a part of God’s divine plan. It is to inhabit the language of living as God’s people. And each person is essential in this. The five that you hold before God in prayer have an essential place to take in His building. Only the Holy Spirit can do this. Today, we reflect on how our lives glorify God and testify to His grace, in a way that nothing we could ever build ourselves could. Let us pray for deeper and stronger foundations in Jesus that keep us steady, that the Holy Spirit might build us into a dwelling for His glory.
10:00Prayer Meeting Philip Hall All welcome
Tuesday 31st May 2022 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 5 Thy Kingdom Come Novena Day 5 1 PETER 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. I find these verses in 1 Peter to be some of the most compelling passages in scripture. A people once excluded are now embraced. Those who were exiled, now chosen. The reviled have been made holy, the rejected are loved. Those to whom Peter writes know what it is like to be marginalised, oppressed, and harassed because of their faith. They are people without status – except in the eyes of God. They are unknown and unseen and unimportant. Except to the Creator of the universe. In this verse, we are called – perhaps challenged – to see ourselves not as the world sees us, but as God sees us. We are called to judge ourselves not according to the values which seem to matter most to the world – status, wealth, power – but according to God’s boundless love in Christ. Because of God’s work for us in Christ we are called worthy, loved, chosen. You are called worthy, loved, and chosen in the eyes of God. This is how we learn to be God’s people, His ‘special possession’, rather than people beholden to this world. Ours is a status characterised by abundance, hope, faithfulness, and love. What Christ has done is give a people, who had been told they held no value, a sense of eternal value. When we think we are useless, unimportant, a failure, or an embarrassment, the word of God reminds us who we really are: God’s own people. This is a love that transforms us. But for a purpose. For with the gift comes a calling – so ‘that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light’. We are transformed to be agents of God’s transformation; our eyes are opened so we can enable others to truly see. This addresses the human tendency to judge others as ‘less’, which we do for all sorts of reasons. In Christ God has chosen them too, they are included, with us, as part of His people. We cannot put boundaries or walls down between us. Those who we might be tempted to exclude, ignore, and reject are exactly those whom God gathers up and welcomes. Consider your five friends: they are included in on this. Oh! that the Spirit would so move in them that they might come to know it for themselves. The transformation is incredible. Our marks of shame become signs of God’s love. As we pray today, let us pledge to see everyone we meet through the loving eyes of God.
19:30Path Of Renewal Team Meeting Philip Hall