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2017Topic and Theme
Sunday
24
December

Christmas
Eve
Christmas Eve at St. Mungo's - 24 December
Christmas Eve Sunday started with our morning service at 11am.

John took the theme 'courage of Mary' for his sermon, drawing on the work of Timothy Keller and his book 'Encounters with Jesus'. We were asked to think about Mary and her courage to think about what she had heard, to reason and consider how could the message from the angel be true. John explained the difficulties that Mary faced in being told what is about to happen. How Mary is open and honest with God about her uncertainties, before making herself ready, and committing to what will happen.
Advent Songcongregation
Hymn 315 Once in royal David's citycongregation
All-Age Talk Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 310  See him lying on a bed of strawcongregation
Luke 1: 26-45Neil Cape
Hymn 290  The race that long in darknesscongregation
Sermon 'The courage of Mary'Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 286  Tell out, my soulcongregation
Prayer of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Interlude during the collectionEileen Marchant
Prayer of thanksgiving and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 305 In the bleak midwintercongregation
Benediction three amencongregation
exit music Eileen Marchant


All-Age Christmas Eve - 24 December
Christmas Eve afternoon saw the Messy Church team put on the Christmas Story for all ages. Joan Cape led the service with help from Sheila Anderson, Margaret Webster, Rae Hunter and Olivia, to tell us the story of the journey to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph and the birth of the baby Jesus. The story contains links to hear what happened during the live service at each stage.  Full Story


Watchnight Christmas Eve - 24 December
St. Mungo's played host to the Penicuik Churches Working Together (PCWT) watchnight service, welcoming members from both North and South churches to join us as we welcomed in Christmas Day and the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The choir opened the service with an introit of 'O come all ye faithful', following which the congregation sang
'Hark the Herald angels Sing'. John continued with an opening prayer, leading to the carol 'Love came down at Christmas' . There followed a reading from Isaiah, leading to the carol ' On Christmas night all Christians sing'.  Our New Testament reading was taken from Luke. John presented a short Christmas sermon which culminated just as the clock struck midnight. John lit the final Christ candle on the advent wreath, after which we wished each other a merry Christmas. A closing prayer was followed by 'O come all ye faithful'' and the benediction.
 
Introit O come all ye faithfulchoir
Hark the Herald angels singRev John Urquhart
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Love came down at Christmascongregation
Isaiah Eric Marchant
On Christmas night all Christians sing'congregation
LukeIsabel Donnachie
SermonRev John Urquhart
Closing PrayerRev John Urquhart
O come all ye faithfulcongregation
Benedictioncongregation
exit music Eileen Marchant
Sunday
17
December
Third Sunday of Advent, and Nativity Play  - 17 December
The focus of today's service was the nativity play, a re-enactment of the birth of Jesus.
John also took the theme of 'peace' brought by the Roman Empire, through fear and slavery, and killing. He compared that to the peace brought by Jesus. It was Jesus who was the true saviour of the world, paying with His life to save us.

 
Advent Song & Hymn 318
Lord you
were rich beyond all splendour. 
congregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Micah 5: 2-5aRev John Urquhart
Nativity Play   Read the Full Story HereSt. Mungo's players
TalkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 314  Child in a mangercongregation
Prayer of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Interlude during the collectionEileen Marchant
Prayer of thanksgiving and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 304 O little town of Bethlehemcongregation
Benediction three amencongregation
exit music Eileen Marchant
Sunday
10
December
Second Sunday of Advent  - 10 December
The advent theme of 'who is Jesus?' continued with John using the all-age talk to remind us of the real meaning behind the arrival of Jesus above the 'noise'  of all the adverts for Christmas gifts and bargains. He encouraged us all to invite people to join us each Sunday to worship God, using a festive video as part of the story.

The sermon took the readings from Isaiah and Romans to explain the meaning of Christmas, to understand who Jesus is. Taking us back into biblical times we recalled some of the history of that time, the injustices and idolotory and injustices experienced by the people. John then explores the influence of God and Jesus.   

Advent Songcongregation
Hymn 543 Longing for lightcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All-Age Talk Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 279  Make way, make waycongregation
Isaiah 11: 1-10Mary Paterson
Romans 15: 4-13Sheila Haig
Hymn 473  Thy kingdom comecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 320  Joy to the worldcongregation
Prayer of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Interlude during the collectionEileen Marchant
Prayer of thanksgiving and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn A King on high is reigninigcongregation
Benediction three amencongregation
exit music Eileen Marchant


Sunday
3
December
First Sunday of Advent  - 3 December
John used the All Age talk to show how God gives people strength to complete tasks that appear beyond their own strength, using the  invention  of the architectural  'flying buttress' to explain.


The sermon continues with Matthews gospel 'in their weakness they were made strong, when they turned to God'.  The importance of ancestry in biblical times was of great importance and John explores Jesus's own ancestry, and family tree, through the gospel of Matthew.'Who is Jesus?'.
  
Hymn 273 O come, O come, Emmanuelcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All-Age Talk Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 339  Sing of Andrew, John's Disciplecongregation
Jeremiah 33: 14-16Margaret Webster
Romans 1: 1-7Margaret Webster
Matthew 1: 1-24Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 472  Come, thou long-expected Jesuscongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 277 Hark the glad soundcongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Interlude during the collectionEileen Marchant
Closing Prayer and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 477  Lo, he comes with clouds descendingcongregation
Benediction three amencongregation
exit music Eileen Marchant
Sunday
26
November
The Last of the Three Parables - 26 November
The sermon looked at the third parable in our series of accountability,  'the sheep and the goats', continuing the series which started with the wise and foolish young women, which talked about being ever ready. This was followed by the three servants, testing if we are faithful with what we have been entrusted with. The focus broadens this week to the nations and being accountable for their treatment to those who spread the gospel. Those who carry the gospel to others will at some point suffer.  We recalled the sermon from Mike Parker 'Who do you say I am', back in August. Listen to how this progresses and concludes.   

Hymn 449 Rejoice! The Lord is Kingcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Informal TimeChristine Jackson 
Hymn 197  As we are gathered, Jesus is therecongregation
1 Corinthians 4: 1-5Christine Jackson
Matthew 25: 31-46Fiona Hutcheson
Hymn 28  Thy mercy, Lord, lie in the heavenscongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - Christ, who for our salvation came.congregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Interlude during the collectionEileen Marchant
Closing Prayer and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 459  Crown him with many thornscongregation
Benediction three amencongregation
Short monthly communionRev John Urquhart
exit music Eileen Marchant
Sunday
19
November
What has God entrusted to You? - 19 November
The sermon built on the earlier reading 'Parable of the Three Servants', using  the TV programme 'The Apprentice' to illustrate the story. Using three questions that come out of the story, starting with 'What has God entrusted to you?' Is it you time, responsibilities to your friends or family, the gospel, the good news about the Bible, a dream or a vision?
'What has God given you?'  Your talents, and how you use them. Listen to the sermon to see where this leads to.

Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age TalkRev John Urquhart
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11Isabel Donnachie
Matthew 25: 14-30Gordon MacDonald
SermonRev John Urquhart
Prayer of thanksgiving and IntercessionRev John Urquhart
Closing Prayer and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
BenedictionRev John Urquhart
Sunday
12
November
Remembrance Service - 12 November 
St. Mungo's once again hosted the British Legion Armistice service on Sunay 12 November, honouring those who gave their lives defending our freedon in all conflicts since the Great War.

The Rev John Urquhart introduced a short video 'The Poppy Story' relating the history and the background of the poppy that we all wear proundly at Remembrance. You can view this video

The sermon started with Rev John Urquhart showing a copy of a pocket sized Gospel of St. John, given to every soldier in the First World War, and what it meant to many, before exploring the readings we had heard from Debbi McCall and Sir Robert Clerk.
You can read the full story of the service Remembrance 2017

Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 160 Praise, my soul, the King of Heavencongregation
Prayer of confessionRev John Urquhart
Act of RemembranceAnnell Burns
Last postbugler
Lamentpiper
Reveillebugler
Hymn 161 O God our help in ages pastcongregation
The Poppy StoSunday
12
November
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video sound track
Amos 5: 21-24Debbi McCall
Matthew 25: 1-13Sir Robert Clerk
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 486  Forgive our sins as we forgivecongregation
Interlude during the collectionPenicuik Silver Band
Prayer of intercession and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn - Our home through every passing agecongregation
National Anthemcongregation
BenedictionRev John Urquhart
exit music Penicuik Silver Band

Sunday
5
November
God's mission, God's power. - 5 November
The All Age talk set the scene for this morning's theme. On display were over 500 knitted hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets. John explained how our practical love as Christians, reaching out to those with little cheer at Christmas, know that God loves them. A video showed us what happens to our knitting. Click to see the video

John started sermon started by showing us the picture restoration of 'Adoration of the mystic lamb' which hangs in Ghent cathedral. We see a section before and after, and see what the original looked like. This is what the new testament does, where we see a new picture of the old testament church and what we can learn from it. What we can apply to our church. John developed this mornings readings from Acts, first covering the discouraging items. Listen below to how the sermon story progresses.     

Wow - Hats Gloves for Blythswood Shoeboxes Christine Jackson
Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 352 O for a thousand tongues to singcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - Age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 791 Open your eyescongregation
Acts 11: 19-30, Acts12: 24-  Acts 13: 5Bill Webster
Matthew 28: 16-20Dorothy Paterson
Hymn 596 Breathe on me, Breath of Godcongregation
Sermon - God's mission. God's powerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 252 As a fire is meant for burningcongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Organ Interlude  (Gigue - Handel)Eileen Marchant
Closing prayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 112 God, whose almighty wordcongregation
Blessing and threefold amenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit music Eileen Marchant
Sunday
29
October
Commitment to Jesus. - 29 October
The theme of both the All Age and Sermon explored the difficulty in making our commitment to Jesus. There are so many other callings on our lives, important things we need to do. How do we make that commitment to follow Jesus? The scriptures offer help, from Paul and James and John.  Our sermon used stories from scripture to help us make our commitment decision.
A full holy communion, sacrament of the last supper followed.

Introit  - Holy Spirit, gift bestowerChoir
Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 130 Ye servants of Godcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - Age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 641 Seek ye first the kingdom of God congregation
Luke9: 51 - 62Sheila Haig
Hymn What is our mission in this placecongregation
Sermon - Commitment to JesusRev John Urquhart
Organ interlude (Pastorale -Leon BoellmannEileen Marchant
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Holy Communion - Sacrament of the Last SupperRev John Urquhart
Closing prayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 740 For all the saintscongregation
Benediction Rev John Urquhart
Organ exit music  (All'Offertorio - D. ZipoliEileen Marchant
Sunday
22
October
Peter Restoration. - 22 October

We continued our theme with Peter. Starting with the All Age where we heard of Jesus leaving Jericho and the small man in a tree, Zacchaeus, the tax collector, public enemy number one, the most hated person! The people hoped Jesus would scold Zacchaeus. But he went to his house. Zacchaeus had come to hear Jesus, to repent his greed. 
John Urquhart then presented a dramatic monologue in the person of Peter as his sermon. Peter talks of his last times with Jesus, and how Jesus told Peter that before the cock crows he would fail and disown Jesus three times.  Listen to the full sermon. Click on the link below
Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 642 Ye that know the Lord is graciouscongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - Age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 722 Spirit of God, come dwell within mecongregation
John 21: 1 - 25Agnes Ovenstone
Hymn 552 Oh, for a closer walk with Godcongregation
Sermon - Peter VIII: RestorationRev John Urquhart
Hymn 465 Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heartcongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Profession of Faith &Confirmation J. ArchibaldRev John Urquhart
Organ interlude (Fughetta in A - J.C. Kittel)Eileen Marchant
Closing and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 644 O Jesus, I have promisedcongregation
Benediction Rev John Urquhart
Organ exit music  (Postlude - Leon Boellmann)Eileen Marchant
Sunday
15
October
Peter Crumbles - 15 October

We returned to the story of Peter, after the break for Thanksgiving, and were presented with a short video in the All Age talk. We watched and listened to the conflict Peter fought with, when he denied being a follower of Jesus, not once but twice.
The readings and sermon developed this story and how Peter came to terms with the denials he had made to the crowd, and how he faced his Lord Jesus, finding restoration and a new start. Listen to the service.

Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 153 - Great is thy Faithfulnesscongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - Age talk.    Watch the videoRev John Urquhart
Hymn 533 - Will you come and follow me...?congregation
1 Peter 4: 12 - 19Fiona Hutcheson
Luke 22: 54 - 62Gordon MacDonald
Psalm 38 - Lord, will you turn from your angercongregation
Sermon - Peter crumblesRev John Urquhart
Hymn 482 - Come let us to the Lord our Godcongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Organ interlude ('Offertoire' C.A. Chauvet)Eileen Marchant
Closing and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 378 - Praise to the holiest in the heightcongregation
Benediction Rev John Urquhart
Organ exit music  ('Roundo' H. Purcell)Eileen Marchant
Sunday
8
October
Harvest Thanksgiving - 8 October

Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - Age talkRev John Urquhart
Leviticus 19:1-2 and 9Dorothy Paterson
Galations 2: 6Eric Marchant
Sermon -ThanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Closing and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Benediction Rev John Urquhart

Sunday
17
September
Developing and Understanding - 17 September
John opened his sermon by showing how misconceptions can lead us down the wrong path. Using a personal story from John's childhood we were led into the story of how Peter and the crowd had misconceptions of the identity of Jesus. When asked by Jesus 'who do people say the son of man is?' the disciples reply they say 'some other prophet'. Though many people admire Jesus, and think well of him, their miconception is they do not realise that God is doing something special through Jesus.  
We hear how Jesus describes to Peter that he is the Messiah, but then tells
Peter not to tell anyone. This confuses Peter. Hear how this story unfolds, how Peter rebukes Jesus, as he cannot understand what he is being told.  
Christian Aid thanks congregation fo donationsJanis Hogg
Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 471 - To the name of our salvationCongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - Age videoRev John Urquhart
Isaiah 52:  13 - 53; 12 Janis Hogg
Matthew 16: 13 - 28Christine Jackson
Hymn 405 - We sing the praise of him who diedCongregation
Sermon - Developing UndertandingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 402 - Take up your crossCongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Organ interlude
Closing prayer  and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Benediction Rev John Urquhart
Organ exit music

Sunday
10
September
Developing Faith - 10 September
John took the theme from Peter 3, exploring how we develop faith.

John talked with Margaret Webster in the All-Age talk, of her experience as a child with scarlet fever. How she had used prayer with Jesus, as she had been taught at Sunday School, to see her through her time of suffering.

John in his sermon told us how Jesus works with us, how we are challenged, when experiencing grief, and how Jesus can turn that desolation of grief, and heal us. He described the feeding the five thousand, where Jesus turned the problem around. Getting the people to buy the food, with Jesus taking the inadequate amount of food, all that they could afford, breaking it and making it sufficient for the crowd.

Further examples are presented, where asking God through prayer, will provide. Trusting God, as Simon Peter did when he saw Jesus walk on water, when they were fishing.

We should follow God's guidance, though it may be easier to remain where we are in our comfort zo
The theme of both the All Age and Sermon explored the difficulty in making our commitment to Jesus. There are so many other callings on our lives, important things we need to do. How do we make that commitment to follow Jesus? The scriptures offer help, from Paul and James and John.  Our sermon used stories from scripture to help us make our commitment decision.
A full holy communion, sacrament of the last supper followed. 
ne. The sermon concluded with a reflection.
Christian Aid Appeal for East AsiaJanis Hogg
Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 201 - Worship the LordCongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - Age talk with Margaret WebsterRev John Urquhart
Acts 11:  1 - 4; 18 - 21 Bob Jarmson
Matthew 14: 13 - 36Isabel Donnachie
Sermon - Developing FaithRev John Urquhart
Hymn 518 - Lift up your HeartsCongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Closing prayer  and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Benediction 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Sunday
3
September
Do not be afraid - 3 September
John introduced his theme using the All-age talk, with the help of a video clip depicting God speaking to Moses out of the burning bush on Mount Horeb. The story shows Moses overwhelmed, frightened and afraid, at hearing God and what he was being asked to do. His fear however was tempered by God telling Moses not to be afraid, as 'I am with you.'

The New Testament reading told us the story of Simon Peter, who, after fishing all night catching nothing, had faith in Jesus when asked to go out in the morning to fish in deeper water, even though he was not sure it would work. John analyses Luke's account of the incident. How Jesus changed His disciples into fisher of men. 


Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - age talkRev John Urquhart
Isaiah 6:  1 - 8 Gordon MacDonald
Luke 5: 1 - 11Dorothy Paterson
Sermon - Do not be afraidRev John Urquhart
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Closing prayer  and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
BenedictionRev John Urquhart

Sunday
27 August
Who do you say I am? - 27 August
John welcomed the Rev Canon Mike Parker as guest preacher to the Sunday 27 August service. Mike's theme was Christianity in the Middle East, in particular Egypt, where he has worked in conjunction with the Christian community.

Mike set the scene for his All Age address. Egypt has seen a time of revolution, and
just as Egypt experiences a new start, stumbling at the moment, we here in St. Mungo's are embarking on a new start., What is important to us in our new start?

Mike focused on Christians in the middle east. Using young helpers, inluding David, Adam, Charlie, and Ester, from the congregation to display the Egyptian flag, the Egyptian pound, and a copy of the Egyptian bible.

Our friends in Egypt find it really important to understand who they are, their nation and nationality. They say Egyptians have three identities.
When they play football they are Africans. Sometimes they are middle easterners, and sometimes they are just Egyptians. 

A friend of Mike in Egypt for 25 years knows Arabic backwards, and makes papyrus. Mike brought scrolls and book  markers 'for you at a special price!' as they say in Egypt!

What the Egyptian Christians need to hear is Gods word. We saw a Bible in Arabic, reading right to left, and also in English, left to right, making a big book. Some words in blue and red. for their Muslim friends so they know what salvation, communion, fellowship, the cross mean. To hear that Jesus did not die but lives on. We recalled that Jesus had to flee Israel into Egypt, which is important to todays Egyptian Christians, setting the question Jesus asked 'Who do you say I am?'

Mike continued the Egyptian theme in his sermon, using a couple of videos to highlight the turmoil the country is experiencing as the Christians struggle to maintain their culture, under extreme pressures.

Listen to Mike's stories below.
Welcome to Rev Canon Mike ParkerRev John Urquhart
Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 36 - God is our refuge and our strengthcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - age talkRev Mike Parker
Hymn 527 - Lord make me servant of your peacecongregation
Exodus 1:  8 - 21 Neil Cape
Matthew 16: 13 - 20Joan Cape
Hymn 594 - Come Holy Spirit Comecongregation
Sermon - Who do you say I am?Rev Mike Parker
Hymn 424 - Blest be the everlasting Godcongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Organ 'Interlude' Eileen Marchant
Closing prayer  and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Mission and Praise - In Christ Alonecongregation
Benediction 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Closing organ musicEileen Marchant
The service was followed by our short monthly communion, led by the
Rev John Urquhart.

Sunday
20 August
Whats in a name?" - 20 August
In the first full service led by the Rev John Urquhart, we opened with a Call to worship then Hymn 60 'Come, let us praise the Lord.'  John led into his 'all-age' talk with an opening prayer.

John started his 'all-age' talk by building a cardboard box. With the help of Gordon MacDonald he turned a flat, soft weak item into a strong useful box to carry things in. The apostle Peter was a bit like that. John told us the story of Peter, how Jesus changed his name from the unreliable Simon, and how Jesus would change, and shape him to make him strong, just like he can do with everyone of us. John would develop this theme as he embarks on a new series on the life of the apostle Peter.

Finishing John explained how we will start a 'wall of names' where our photograph and name will be available for all to see. No more trying to guess which name goes with that well known face we see every Sunday in church.

For the sermon John opened with a slide of John Noakes, mostly remembered for his time in Blue Peter. John recalled when John Noakes visited his boyhood home village in the highlands. Recalling his attempt to see his boyhood hero, at his hotel, then his awe in following him, unable to say anything to him. He then switched to two disciples of John following Jesus. When Jesus turned to them he spoke his first words. What were those first words we were asked? The disciples were star struck. Did they ask a profound question? Listen to the sermon to hear what happened, and what it means. We hear how difficult it can be to become a follower of Jesus.
Call to Worship Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 60 -Come, let us praise the Lordcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All - age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 782 - Lord of  life, we come to youcongregation
2 Peter 1:  1-15Agnes Ovenstone
John 1: 29-42Sheila Haig
Hymn 453 - Christ, of God unseen the imagecongregation
Sermon - Whats in a name?Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 540 - I heard the voice of Jesus saycongregation
Prayer of thanksgiving and intercessionRev John Urquhart
Organ 'Interlude' C.A ChauvetEileen Marchant
Closing prayer  and Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 458 - At the name of Jesuscongregation
Benediction 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Closing organ music 'Trumpet Voluntary' J.StanleyEileen Marchant
       
Sunday
13 August
Is our God "too small" - 13 August
Following the Rev John Urquhart Induction service on Thursday 10th August, our new minister was 'preached in' to his new charge by visiting minister and friend the Rev Shirley Fraser.

John opened the service, by introducing himself, as our new minister, to the congregation, some who were not at the induction service, but would remember him when he preached as sole nominee service at the end of April.

Handing over to Shirley, we opened with our Call to Worship, followed by Hymn 202 'Stand up and bless the Lord'.

With the Sunday School still on its summer break Shirley presented an 'All-age' talk. Recalling that John had arrived when he preached as sole nominee with a backpack containing goodies to show the children, Shirley apologised that she had no back pack, but did have a bag. What could be inside?

First out was a copy of the Edinburgh Fringe programme, packed with shows for everyone. Of particular interest was a play at Palmerston Place church, 'Questioning Aslan', an evening with C.S.Lewis. Those who have read any of the Lewis Chronicles of Narnia stories will know that Aslan is a lion in the stories. Shirley produced a soft toy lion, named Aslan, so the scene was set.

Referring to the Chronicles of Narnia where the children step through the wardrobe into another world, they meet Mr and Mrs Beaver who refer to Aslan. Who is Aslan? the children ask. He is of course the king, the lord of the whole wood replies Mr Beaver. Not a man, but a lion, the great lion. Is he safe? No. But he is good. Shirley would develop this theme of greatness and good later in her sermon.

Shirley told us that Rev Hugh Davidson's sermons were often questions, and followed the format asking 'Is our God too small'? What did we think the answer would be, if we asked the people of Penicuik?  Referring to our reading form Paul's letter to the Romans, where he describes what God really is. God is the source of many things, His grace and goodness, but Shirley focussed on God's patience and encouragement, or endurance. How patient God was when Moses was driven to distraction in the desert, keeping his faith in God. Are we thankful that our God is so patient with us?

At this time of new beginnings we at St. Mungo's made new promises at John's induction, including to follow and serve Jesus Christ, and we have to keep them.  

John returned at the end of the service to deliver the benediction.

Listen to how Shirley developed the theme and how we can move forward with John in our new beginning.

Welcome and IntroductionRev John Urquhart
Call to Worship Rev Shirley Fraser
Hymn 202 - Stand up and bless the Lordcongregation
Opening PrayerRev Shirley Fraser