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Sunday
9
December
Christmas at St. Mungo's
Second Advent Sunday  - 9 December

We continued our journey through advent on Sunday 9th  December,  The second advent candle, signifying peace, was lit by Ruby Sprott from the congregation.

During the informal time John explained  what peace means in the bible. Using a short video we looked at some Hebrew and Greek words.  The word “peace” is translated from the Hebrew word shalom meaning peace in human relationships, but also “completeness or soundness.” Peace also comes from the Greek word Eirene, which can mean national peace, peace between individuals or more likely, coming from the Gospels "complete".  you can see this video

John opened the sermon with a short video clip which displayed how difficult it can be to keep Jesus in the manger. The nativity scene in the stable is played by children and depicts a young girl playing a sheep removing baby Jesus for a cuddle. Not on my watch Mary, recovers the baby, only for the 'sheep' to repeat the action, leading to a tussle. You can see the video at

Whilst a baby Jesus is not threatening, as he grows he says things we did not expect. We heard that nowhere in the gospels does Jesus advocate violence, teaching us to love our enemies. How does Jesus win our alleigance?  This sermon provides an answer.

Call to worship - Lighting the advent candleRev John Urquhart
Hymn 475 - Christ is comingcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Informal time - Peace, ShalomRev John Urquhart
Hymn 481  - Jesus is the name we honour congregation
Issiah 9: 2, 6-7Fiona Hutcheson
Matthew 10: 34-39Christine Jackson
Hymn 472 - Come, thou long-expected Jesuscongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 470 - Jesus shall reign where'er the suncongregation
Prayers for othersRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 319 - Of the Father's love begotten congregation
Blessing and 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Sunday
2
December
Christmas at St. Mungo's
First Advent Sunday  - 2 December
Sunday 2nd December marked the first advent Sunday and our minister John Urquhart invited Charlie from the congregation to light the first candle, the Candle of Hope on our advent circle. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God.

Our theme was judgment, which we all face at the end of our lives. Christ died to take away the sins of many people and come to save everyone who is eagerly waiting for him.


John used the 'informal time' slot in the service
taking us back to his childhood, reverting to 'old tech' using a small model of a front door, which his mother as a teacher used in her classes. He described the features with handles, knocker, and inside bolts to keep it locked. On the top of the door was an extension, though over the years it was worn but not unlike a music stand on a piano. What could it be for? His mother used it in class to hold and display a card with a message. They were texts from the bible, such a Jesus saying 'I am the door' meaning He is the only door by which we may be saved and enter eternal life.

The sermon continued this theme with God having faithfulness in everything that Jesus taught, including patience to know that Jesus will return one day. It was a long wait for the first visit of Jesus, so we also have to have great patience.

During the offering the choir sang an introit 'Gabriels Message' (Hymn 285)

Lighting the first Advent Candle & Call to WorshipCharlie Sprott
Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 273 - O come, O come, Emmanuelcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Informal time - The door that opensRev John Urquhart
Hymn - you are the king of glory congregation
James 5: 7-11Janis Hogg
Mark 4: 26-29Gordon Macdonald
Hymn - When lawless people thrivecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 473 - Thy kingdom comecongregation
Prayers for othersRev John Urquhart
Offering - Choir  introitEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 477 - Lo, he comes with clouds ascending congregation
Blessing and 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchan

Sunday
25
November
When Faith is tested - 25 November
John returned to the book of James and his teaching to pray when in times of trouble. When trials come your way, look on it as an opportunity for great joy. When faith is tested it has a chance to grow. Praise is a way of not forgetting God in our lives. The sermon continued with James and the role of church elders of the day, and the act of praying for those ill or in serious trouble. We heard of the annointment with Olive Oil for healing.    

Hymn 173 - Sing to God new songs of worshipcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Informal timeRev John Urquhart
Hymn 443  - He is Lord, he is Lord congregation
James 5: 11, 13: 20Ian Dickson
Hymn - Holy Spirit, will you becongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - God of hope and Lord of healingcongregation
Prayers for OthersRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeGraham McDonald
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 490 - Jesus, lover of my soul congregation
Blessing and 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicGraham McDonald
Communion
Hymn 559 - There is a Redeemercongregation
CommunionRev John Urquhart
Final BlessingRev John Urquhart

Sunday
18
November
The rich and  selfish - 18 November
John opened the theme for the service at the Informal Time with the story of a brothers request to Jesus for a divided inheritance.

With members of the congregation helping John tells us that Jesus told the brothers to beware of greed. Then Jesus relates the story of the rich man who had nowhere to store his harvest, and the response of God.  The sermon moves us from highlander Scotland to Canada, and the business issues, recalling the book of  James.

Hymn 153 - Great is thy faithfulnesscongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Informal time - The rich and selfishRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - Jesus be thy centre congregation
Proverbs 16: 1-1Bill Webster
James 4: 13-17Margaret Webster
Hymn 722 - Spirit of Godcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - God of the agescongregation
Prayers for othersRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeGraham McDonald
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 129 - The Lord is King congregation
Blessing and 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicGraham McDonald

Sunday
11
November
Remembrance: Armistice Centenary - 11 November
St. Mungo’s welcomed over 200 people from the British Legion, our armed forces, army and air cadets, Scouts Association, Girl Guiding, Boys Brigade, and civil dignitaries, in addition to our normal Sunday morning congregation. Sir Robert Clerk Bt, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian was representing Her Majesty the Queen.

This Armistice Centenary service was particularly poignant falling on the11th day of the 11th month, exactly 100 years from the signing of the Armistice, bringing to an end over 4 years of WW1 hostilities.

The Rev John Urquhart led the service, with Penicuik Silver Band leading the music for the praise.
Full Story with hymns, colour presentation, readings, Act of Remembrance
Sunday
4
November
Consequences of what we say - 4 November
We continued our journey through the book of James starting with a poem by Dr. Malcolm Guite, chaplain at Girton College Cambridge, during the 'Informal Time'. Malcolm posed the question 'what if?' That simple question that haunts all of us from time to time. His poem tests not only your thinking but your vocabulary too.You can watch the video we saw.

Malcolm reflects on the least quoted saying of Jesus, which he thinks should be inscribed across the door above the office of every politician, from Matthew 12: 36.37. "
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

How often do we regret some words we say, rather that they could be lost forever, have never being said? We live with the consequences of what we say.

In the sermon John continued with the last of James teachings and how we speak, using the words of Paul 'speak the truth in love.'
 
Hymn 744 - Hark how the adoring hosts abovecongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Informal time - Malcolm Guite poemRev John Urquhart
Hymn 802  - We are here to praise you congregation
Proverbs 6: 12-19Isabel Donnachie
James 4: 11-12; 5: 12Margaret Black
Hymn - Of loyal love and justicecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - He gives us more gracecongregation
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 740 - For all the saints congregation
Blessing and 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
28
October
Jesus the Messiah? communion - 28 October
For the Informal Time, John took a look at the book of Mark. Using a video we saw how Mark's gospel explores, in the first half,  who Jesus is? Was he really the messiah? The second part of the gospel looks at how He became the messianic king.  Finally how Jesus brought the two halves together.
You can follow that story here www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVRixfameGY
The sermon explained the act of passover, why and how it worked.
We then celebrated communion,  the sacrament of the Lord's supper In observing Communion we are remembering Christ and all that He has done for us in his life, death and resurrection.

Margaret Webster
Joan Cape
Hymn 35 - O send thy light forthand thy truthcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Informal time - Introduction to today's themeRev John Urquhart
Hymn 467  - All my days I will sing this song congregation
Mark 14: 12-16, 22-25Sheila Haig
Hymn 662 - Jesus, thou joy of loving heartscongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn - He gave his life in selfless lovecongregation
CommunionRev John Urquhart
Hymn 739 - The church's one foundation congregation
Blessing and 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Sunday
21
October
Supporting those in need  - 21 October
John's
Spotlight during the service focussed on the display in the church  of hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and knitting for the Blythswood Care Shoebox appeal. John explained why, as Christians, we do this each year, following our belief in Jesus who taught us to look after those who are weak and poor. 
During the Spotlight we
watched a video prepared for us by Blythswood Care showing the places they go to in this their 25th year of operation.

The sermon continued with the book of James and Israel as the adultress, meaning the worship of other gods, and how God set out to win Israel back. How God continues to coax us today back to repentance.

Christine Jackson
World Day of Prayer  - 3 NovemberRev John Urquhart
Hymn 286 - Tell out, my soulcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Spotlight - Blythswood Care Shoebox AppealRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus congregation
Deuteronomy 4: 23-31 (NIV)Fiona Hutcheson
James 4: 4-17   (NRSV)Christine Jackson
Hymn 188 - Thou hidden love of Godcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 522 - Oh, for a closer walk with Godcongregation
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 396 - And can it be congregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
14
October
Anger leads to Sin - 30 September
John took us back to our childhood and presented the video introduction to Wacky Races, which brought a smile to many in the congregation, young and old. We heard about the arch villain Dick Dastardly and his hound Muttley, how they continually attempted to win the races by scurrilous deeds against the others, usually coming undone in the attempt.   See the video here

Of course John reminded us this was a cartoon, and real life is not like that world at all. Presented with such cunning devilment in real life what are we supposed to do. We can try to be like them, but God does not like that. Pretend it doesn't matter, but it does matter. Getting bothered and angry can result in doing something stupid yourself, and lead you to sin and regret.

What happens if you report it to those in charge, but they too are corrupt? Trust in the Lord, be patient, and don't let it bother you when all goes well for others who do sinful things. Do not be angry or furious as this will lead to sin.

The sermon continued with the book of James, exploring what kind of life we should live.
Christine Jackson
Hymn 485 - Dear Lord and Father of mankindcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age  - Wacky Races and anger and sinRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - Spirit of holiness, wisdom and faithfulness congregation
James 3: 13-18  4: 1-3Neil Cape
Matthew 5: 1-10   (NIRV)Joan Cape
Hymn 619 & 620  Spirit of the living Godcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - Great God of wisdom, loving yet all seeing!congregation
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 465 - Be thou my Vision congregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

  
Sunday
7
October
Harvest Thanksgiving - 7 October

St Mungo's sanctuary displayed a wide range of foods on and around the communion table at the front of the church on Sunday 7 October, all donated by church members,and visitors for our thanksgiving service. Margaret Webster announced the theme of our serviced 'End Hunger Penicuik, as part of a wider UK campaign.

John explained the campaign to 'End Hunger' as a petition to raise the need for changes in the Universal Credit system being rolled out which has led to a significant increase in food poverty, which in turn is driving an increase in foodbank use. St. Mungo's supports the charity Food Facts Friends who have seen an increase to over 40 families a week receiving food parcels, help with finding other support agencies in Midlothian, and friendship, as they struggle in food poverty, whilst waiting for the Universal Credit system to commence. The display in our church will go in part to Food Facts Friends, and our sister North Church Foodstore.

We heard from the scripture readings how Jesus taught those with wealth, the rich, must share their good fortune for the benefit of the poor in need, and those falling on hard times. The sermon returned to James, the Lord's brother, continuing the theme of the uses of wealth.


Margaret Webster
Hymn 229 - We plough the fields and scattercongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Spotlight - End Hunger Penicuik & UKRev John Urquhart
Hymn 240 - God in such love for us congregation
James 5: 1-6Janis Hogg
Matthew 6: 19-21Mary Paterson
Hymn 231 - For the fruits of all creationcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - Show me how to stand for justicecongregation
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 233 - Come, you thankful people come. congregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
30
September
The Parable of Prayer - 30 September
John's theme took Jesus's parable of prayer, always pray, never be discouraged or give up. In our reading from Luke we heard Jesus's parable, always to pray.

It is too easy to think God is only for  a Sunday, is not be bothered by individuals, only the big things. Jesus tells us God is always listening, so you can cry out day and night, though God may be slow to act.

John relates the story of a story Jesus told his disciples, of a judge who could not be bothered, not concerned with justice or the little people. The parable is all about testing our faith, waiting on God's patience.

The service was followed by a short communion.
Intimations
Margaret Webster
Janis Hogg
Christine Jackson
Hymn 445 - Alleluia, sing to Jesuscongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Spotlight - AlphaChristine Jackson
Hymn - More about Jesus I should know congregation
Psalm 123Agnes Ovenstone
Luke  18: 1-8Gordon MacDonald
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 557 - O Love, that wilt not let me gocongregation
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 562 - Through the love of God congregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Communion
Hymn 664 - Here, O my Lord, I see thee (v1-4)congregation
CommunionRev John Urquhart
Hymn 664 - Here, O my Lord, I see thee (v5-7) congregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Sunday
23
September
The Power of the Tongue - 23 September
John continued the letter of James where James explains what your life should look like, and your church community, if you have welcomed the good news of Christ into your life.

The Spotlight talk featured Sarah Murphy from Equal Futures, a local charity that aims to reduce social isolation for people with disabilities, by recommecting communities and building social networks. Full Story

The sermon looked at James teaching on the use of our tounge, how believing in Christ should have a profound influence on how you speak and treat others. James examines out tongues, using three metaphors. A bit in the mouth of  horse, controlling it, a very small rudder turning a very large ship, or a tiny flame setting on fire a huge forest. Something very small having a big effect, for good or evil. Words can have destructive power. Words can go places that sticks and stones can never go.

Welcome and intimationsMargaret Webster
Hymn 97 - O God, you search me and you know mecongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Spotlight - Equal FuturesSarah Murphy
Hymn 694  - Brother, sister, let me serve you congregation
James 3: 1-12Margaret Black
Matthew 12: 33-37Bill Webster
Hymn 721 - We lay our broken worldcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 455 - I greet thee, who my sure Redeemer artcongregation
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 352 - O for a thousand tongues to sing congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
16
September
Faith without Action is Dead - 16 September
John continued our study of James, reminding us of the Apostles Creed in his All Age talk, and its relevance to real faith. A creed can express and deepen our faith, but real faith is about a relationship with God. James told us that if  our relationship with God is real, then  it should show itself through the actions that we do, then it is dead!  Solemn words indeed. Our reading from James highlighted that faith needs actions to prove it. It is of little good to simply ask God to bless those who have no home or food to eat, if no action is taken to help these poor souls.  Faith without actions is dead.

John's sermon opened with a video clip of  C.S. Lewis book the Screwtape Letters written by a senior demon named Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood (named after a star in Revelation), a younger and less experienced demon, charged with guiding a man "the patient" toward "Our Father Below" (the Devil / Satan) from "the Enemy" (Jesus). It highlights the paradox of the road which can lead to heaven and the road leading to hell, and the dilema we face.  watch the video

Our guest organist Graham McDonald played the music to lead our praise
Welcome and intimationsMargaret Webster
Hymn 484 - Great God, your love has called us herecongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 506  - All I once held dear, built my life upon congregation
Genesis 22: 9-18Isabel Donnachie
James 2: 14-28Margaret Webster
Hymn - Tell his praise in song and storycongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 554 - Rock of Ages cleft for mecongregation
Prayers of intercessionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeGraham McDonald
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 162 - The God of Abraham Praise congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicGraham McDonald
Sunday
9
September
Compassion Mercy Forgiveness - 9 September
Taking the parable of the unforgiving servant, John led the story, playing the part of the unforgiving servant, aided by Ian Dickson playing the king, and Bill Webster the second servant.

The story of the parable as told by Jesus and written in the book of Matthew, started with John begging for mercy, unable to pay his 55 billion pound debt ( a slight increase in Matthew's 10000 talents, once 2000 years of inflation are taken into account!).

Filled with compassion for the servant, the king, Ian, showed mercy and wrote off the debt. Delighted our servant, John, headed off and met a friend, also a servant, who owed John 100 Deanrii (about 4 months wages), and also unable to pay back the debt. Infuriated the unforgiving servant, John, grabs the servant and hands him over to the authorities to be put in jail until he clears his debt. On hearing of this behaviour, the king immediately recalls the unforgiving servant and sends him to jail for his lack of forgiveness.

The sermon took up the reading of the parable, read by Bob Jarmson, which recalled Peter asking Jesus, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I don't tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven. Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants. Listen to how compassion, mercy, and forgiveness are core attributes of a true Christian.

Thank you from Christian Aid for donations to KeralaJanis Hogg
Hymn 124 - Praise to the Lordcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 503  - I will offer up my life in spirit and truth congregation
Matthew 18: 10-35Bob Jarmson
Hymn 555 - Amazing Gracecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 374 From heaven you camecongregation
Prayers of intercesionRev John Urquhart
Offering interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 259 - Beauty for brokeness congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant


Sunday
2
September
Love your neighbour - 2 September
John opened the next stage of our study of the apostle James talking about, and using  a video to explain what is meant by 'Love' .You can watch the video for yourself.

In our second hymn 558 'Lord I lift your name on high' we were taught the actions to go with the words, John assisted by Joan Cape, leading from the front.
 
The sermon opened with a story of the a man entering a church, dressed in torn denims and barefoot, half way through the service. Finding nowhere to sit he sat on the floor at the front of the church.  The minister stopped preaching. The church fell into silence. What did the congregation do next? How we treat those that are rich, and those that are poor are usually very different. James told us that God honours the poor, He chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith. Paul said the same thing to the church in Corinth. Hear how this sermon progresses.

Call to worship
Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 225 - Summer suns are glowingcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talk     (Video)Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 558 - Lord, I lift your name on high congregation
Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23Dorothy Paterson
James 2: 1-13
Ian Dickson
Hymn - I'll praise my Maker while I've breathcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 318 - Lord, you were rich beyond all splendourcongregation
Prayers of intercesionRev John Urquhart
Offering organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 512 - To God be the glory congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant


Sunday
26 August
Listening to God  - 26 August
John continued the study of the apostle James and listening to God. John used James analogy of looking in a mirror and forgetting what we look like. John produced an ancient style mirror. Unlike our modern mercury backed glass mirrors, the ancients with no mercury or plate glass used polished metal. This allowed only a dim reflection.

Using a model covered in tinfoil he showed the children what their reflection looked like. not very accurate. With few places to see your reflection it would have been very easy to forget what you look like. James said to do what God's teaching says. If you listen and do nothing, it is like looking in a mirror and going away, forgetting what you look like. Those blessed by God look into God's perfect law making people free, not forgetting what they heard.

We also watched Fruitfulness on the Frontline video,  an introuction to the forthcoming Alpha Course.

A short communion was held after the main morning service     


Fruitfulness on the Frontline     (video)Margaret Webster
Call to worship
Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 173 - Sing to God new songs of worshipcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - Teach me to dance to the best of your heart congregation
Ezekiel 33: 30-33Eric Marchant
James 1: 19-27
Christine Jackson
Hymn 189 - Be still, for the presence of the Lordcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 486 - Forgive our sins as we forgivecongregation
Prayers of intercesionRev John Urquhart
Offering organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 691 - Be still, my soul congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Communion
Short Communion ServiceRev John Urquhart,


Sunday
19 August
Sin Iniquity and Transgression  - 19 August
The All Age spot set the scene using a video
to explore the concept of “moral failure” that underlies the important biblical word 'sin'. You can listen or watch the video. In the sermon John told us of a programme on midwives he had recently seen and how 'childbirth' is used by James three times where he talks about trials and temptations, and then the 'change' that God makes in the person who believes in Jesus. John starts with the latter and expands calling on additional passages from the bible to guide the sermon.

Call to worship
Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 132 - Immortal, invisiblecongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talk   VideoRev John Urquhart
Hymn 547 - What a friend we have in Jesus congregation
Ephesians 2: 1-10Margaret Black
James 1: 12-18
Sheila Haig
Hymn 466 - Before the throne of God abovecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - Now as a lamp to guide my footstepscongregation
Prayers of intercesionRev John Urquhart
Offering organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 458 - At the name of Jesus congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Further Reading

Sunday
12 August
Teambuilders Holiday Club Family Service - 12 August
St. Mungo’s welcomed families and friends from the North and South churches to a family service that celebrated the completion of another successful holiday club week. visitors were welcomed to the church decorated with a full stadium of 'faces', on the galleries, pillars and walls. 

Presented by the team who led the holiday club, held in the North Church, we were given an insight and flavour of the content and activities that took place with the children throughout the week.

Read the Full Story here with links to talks, songs and videos presented during the service. Alternatively click on the links below

Sunday
5 August
Finding security in God - 5 August
John opened the theme with the all Age talk, speaking about Abraham, hearing God's call, going out into the world not knowing where he was going.

Living in a tent all year round is not a holiday, an insecure place to live.It may collapse at any moment.

Abraham was looking toward the security in God, and trusting in him.

John left us with the question, 'do we find security in God, or in other ways?' 

The sermon explored the old testament, where God has a concern for the downtrodden. Using the book of Psalms and Deuteronomy to explain God's law, John took  three strands, from Psalms where God is a father to the fatherless,
Deuteronomy where God loves everyone and provides food for all, and that God expects His people to be like him, extending love to others, strangers and foreigners. Finally, taking today's reading from Psalm, where  the poor person is portrayed as righteous and the rich person as wicked.

We followed the letter of James, which we started last week, and his work of his church in Jerusalem, working with the poor. John investigated the Psalms statement that all rich people are wicked, re-evaluating our status in God's eyes.  

Forward Planning Coordinating Group announcementRev John Urquhart
Choir IntroitChoir
Call to worship
Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 688 - By cool Siloam's shady rillcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 180 - Give thanks with a grateful heart congregation
Psalm 49: 1-20Fiona Hutcheson
James 1: 9-12
Gordon MacDonald
Hymn - Take God's good news to saddened heartsrcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 402 - Take up your crosscongregation
Prayers of intercesionBill Webster
Offering organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 738 - Glorious things of thee eare spoken congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
29 July
How to be good at life - 29 July
John used a series of videos to illustrate his theme of how to be good at life, using the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job, known as the 'wisdom literature'. The all age time used Proverbs to talk about 'wisdom' through the eyes of a teacher. Our reading from Proverbs built on this story. 
In the sermon we saw  Ecclesiastes, the critic, who contradicts wisdom and makes life out to be meaningless!  A dark and depressing story, where life is simply time and chance. Fortunately the author in the story puts the story into context.

Finally Job, who is accused of  'working the system' being faithful to God only because he is rewarded. God strips him of all his good life, and we hear how he copes with this rejection, how he can always trust God's wisdom.  You can see all three videos by clicking on the link below
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH0Szn1yYNeeKPNIy7YXjO3MGD8h8ifhr ​ 

John then introduced us to the book of James, the leader of the first church in Jerusalem, whose teachings were steeped in the wisdom books of the Old Testament, and the teaching of Jesus. We will hear more about James in future weeks.

Our short monthly communion followed the morning service.

Call to worship
Hymn 515 - Soldiers of Christ, arise
Rev John Urquhart
congregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talk - ProverbsRev John Urquhart
Hymn 550 - As the deer pants for the water congregation
Proverbs 8: 1-11Joan Cape
James 1: 1-11
Neil Cape
Hymn - When mines are dug for silvercongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 551 - In heavenly love abidingcongregation
Prayers of intercesionRev John Urquhart
Offering organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 737 - Will your anchor hold? congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Communion
Hymn 556 - I need thee every hour (v1-3)congregation
Communion - Sacrament of the last supperRev John Urquhart
Hymn 556 - I need thee every hour (v4) & Blessingcongregation
Sunday
22 July
Follow the Lord and you will be safe - 22 July
St. Mungo's welcomed back Rev John Urquhart from his holiday in Peru.

John opened his theme with the All Age spot with the story of the man building his house on hard rock.  Jesus said that 'everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock'. John then had the congregation join in the mantra 'The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat on that house',  and it didn't fall, for it was founded on the rock. We heard of what happens to those who built on sand,. where it fell—and great was its fall.

The sermon took the reading from Psalm 73, relating the man whose faith was slipping and nearly gone, noting that evil people seem to do so well. Does God hear the cries of injustice from the oppressed in His creation?  We have to listen to Jesus and put his words into practice.

Call to worship:Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 127 - O worship the Kingcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age talk - House built on rockRev John Urquhart
Hymn 782 - Lord of life, we come to you congregation
Psalm 73: 1-28Janis Hogg
Hebrews 10: 22-39
Christine Jackson
Hymn 560 - Jesus, the very thought of theecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn - When you feel weakestcongregation
Prayers of intercesionRev John Urquhart
Offering organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 159 - Lord for the years congregation
Blessing & 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
15 July
What's Important to You? - 15 July
St. Mungo's elder Joan Cape led the service Sunday 15 July, taking the theme 'What's important to you?'

Using the All age spot Joan described what others have said is important, while our congregation was asked to write down on a piece of paper what was important to them. Joan would come back to that later but talked of the wide range of 'things' that people find important above all others.

Joan started her sermon, describing the urge to win, using the recent Wimbledon and football world cup matches as examples. Joan then reflected on the reading, read by Isabel Donachie, about the rich man meeting Jesus, taken from Mark 10, where Jesus tells the man to give away all his 'things' and follow him. How difficult that would be, and does Jesus really mean us to live in abject poverty and live of others charity? There is a difference in looking after your family and making sure they are safe, secure, and well fed, and creating a life full of 'stuff' as Joan put it. We don't need all this 'stuff' to enable us to follow in the way of Jesus and become a disciple. But are we strong enough, unlike the young man in the story. 

We then reviewed our own notes of 'importance' that we wrote earlier an reflected how this aligned with the teaching of Jesus and the love of God.     
 
Call to worship:Joan Cape
Hymn 124 - Praise the Lord, the Almightycongregation
Opening PrayerJoan Cape
All Age talk - What's important to you?Joan Cape
Hymn 481 - Jesus is the name we honour congregation
Mark 10: 17-31
Galations 5: 22 & 25
Isabel Donachie
Hymn 489 - Come down O Love Divinecongregation
SermonJoan Cape
Reflection and piano interlude during offeringJoan Cape, Eileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingJoan Cape
Hymn - Take my life, and let it becongregation
Prayers of intercession & Lord's PrayerNeil Cape
Hymn 506 - All I once held dear congregation
BlessingJoan Cape
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
8 July
Hearing the voice of God - 8 July
The Rev Stephen Manners led our service on Sunday 8 July. We were introduced to the theme 'Hearing the voice of God' as Stephen asked us all to talk amongst ourselves,and listen to what we heard at the same time.

When he called 'stop' it became apparent that you cannot hear someone when everyone is talking at the same time. We can however hear when talking to one person only in a small group, though talking and listening at the same time is unlikely to work either.

If you are hard of hearing, or listening to unusual dialects then this too can hinder understanding, Stephen quoting his experiences as a minister in Orkney. What helps us hear the voice of God speaking to us? The bible helps us as does the Holy Spirit, but we have to make space to listen to what they are saying.

This led on to the sermon where Stephen talked of Gideon's story and whether what he was hearing was really God speaking, using the story of the fleece. Could he trust God, was it really his voice? He was doubting as what he was hearing was a really hard thing to do. All of us struggle to hear God speak, and to obey. To do what He says, even if it is a small thing.

We followed Gideon's story, obeying and following God's command, even though he was afraid. There is a cost to all of us when we follow Jesus. Stephen told of his dilemma when contemplating a move to a new charge in Orkney. If we really believe in God we need to be telling other people about Him, and sharing our knowledge of Jesus with others, being disciples.      

Call to worship:Rev Stephen Manners
Hymn 600 - Spirit of Godcongregation
Introduction to the themeRev Stephen Manners
Opening PrayerRev Stephen Manners
JP 152  - Let us praise God together congregation
Judges 6: 25 - 40Gordon McDonald
Hymn 255 - Father hear the prayer we offercongregation
SermonRev Stephen Manners
Hymn 542 - Lord speak to me that I may speakcongregation
PrayersRev Stephen Manners
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's PrayerRev Stephen Manners
Hymn 251 - I the Lord of sea and sky congregation
BlessingRev Stephen Manners
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
1 July
True Aliveness: Goodness for all  - 1 July
We welcomed Salvation Army Major Daniele Norton to lead our service on Sunday 1 July.

For the All Age spot Daniele told us of her work with the Salvation Army before arriving in Scotland. As a translator working in France and Belgium she travelled between Paris and Brussels. This involved translations of Salvation Army public ministry from English to French, and French to English, which was a good grounding for moving to Scotland. Or was it? Daniele soon found out that Scots have their own variation of the 'English' language, resulting in some unexpected challenges when she arrived in Scotland. There were however compensations, the kindness and welcome received from the people. Starting as part time chaplain in the Edinburgh Homeless and drop in centre, and time leading worship in a church in Prestonpans.

Preparing for an event, not unlike our recent summer fair, Daniele was waiting in her office for a lady to arrive for a meeting. Unknown to Daniele the lady had arrived, but in the church hall. Each were waiting for the other to arrive. Only a few metres apart, so close but so far. Eventually they met and  enjoyed each others presence. Not unlike waiting for God to be with us, where we ask God to be with us in our worship. But He is there, He is already there, we just have to be aware that He is there, and believe He is there, just like Daniele was only a few metres from the lady visiting. How could they benefit from each others presence, if they were still waiting for each other. It is like us, we wait for the Lord to come, but he is already here.

Daniele started her sermon comparing how many humans are plotting evil, versus our God plotting goodness. How we try to persuade God to help us in our evil deeds, to climb to the top of the pyramid, where we can dominate others, or ask God to condemn or deprive, even kill those whom we wish to overcome. She referred to a sermon from a service she attended from John Urquhart 2 weeks previous, from Psalm 139, 'If only you God would slay the wicked'. Continuing with the story of Jonah, how he came to love God for his steadfast love. We explored the effects of anger and the plotting of harm against those we are in disagreement with. How God can see the big picture and how small our disagreements are. True 'aliveness' is when we receive a blessing, and become a blessing to others. 'Be blessed to be a blessing'. Are we on that journey of faith?       
 

Call to worship:Major Daniele Norton
Hymn197 - As we are gathered Jesus is herecongregation
Opening PrayerMajor Daniele Norton
All Age talkMajor Daniele Norton
Hymn - Be still for the presence of the Lord congregation
Genesis 12: 1 - 9Mary Paterson
Psalm 103: 1 - 12; 20 - 22Eric Marchant
Hymn 160 - Praise my soul the King of heavencongregation
SermonMajor Daniele Norton
Hymn 506 - Knowing you Jesuscongregation
PrayersMargaret Webster
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingBill Webster
Hymn 624 - In Christ no east or west congregation
Boundless (see video on Youtube)video
Blessingcongregation
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
   
Sunday
24 June
The Christian Aroma  - 24 June
The theme focused on what aroma, or smell does a Christian  have?  The Apostle Paul knew about aroma. It made a great vehicle to explain the fragrance of Jesus. To some he is a delightful aroma. To others he was the stench of death. This is the way Paul put it 'But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere'.  John's sermon looks at this  'aroma'  in more detail.

The Spotlight on Scripture Union saw Agnes Haggart tell us of her experience at summer camps in her youth. This led to a request to pray for the SU camps this year, for 40 camps and 32 missions. 1100 youngsters are booked for these camps with 500 places still available. Volunteers are always required, and Agnes can help find you a place for your skills.

Call to worship:Rev John Urquhart
Hymn183 - Fill now our life, O Lord our Godcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Spotlight on Scripture UnionAgnes Haggart
Hymn 577  - Christ be beside me congregation
Psalm 133: 1 - 3 & 2 Corinthians 2: 14 - 16bIan Dickson
John 11: 45 - 53; 12: 1 - 8Dorothy Paterson
Hymn - How good a thing it iscongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 724 - Christ's is the world in which we movecongregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 622 - We sing  a love that sets all people free; congregation
Benediction 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

The service was followed by our monthly short communion
Sunday
17 June
God's Complete Knowledge and Care  - 17 June
Psalm 139 set the theme for the service on Sunday 17 June. John introduced  the theme through using a quote from Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,  'Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space'. Psalm 139 tells us how mind boggingly big God is. But that God knows us intimately, everything we do, and believe.
In the sermon we were reminded of the fear of government surveillance of phone calls and emails, the loss of privacy. However God knows all of our thoughts and actions, the good and bad, the 'dodgy' as well as the decent. God is all knowing, all powerful, everywhere, omnipresent. John took three examples of God's presence, breathtaking, uncomfortable, and transforming.  


Call to worship: Hymn 97 O, God you search me Rev John Urquhart
& congregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All-Age Talk -  Mind Boggingly bigRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - Purify my heart congregation
Psalm 139: 1 - 24Margaret Black
Mark 5: 35 - 43Bob Jarmson
Hymn 128 - How shall I sing that majesty..?congregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 125 - Lord of all beingcongregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - In Christ alone my hope is found; congregation
Benediction 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Sunday
10 June
Hallelujah 'What does it mean?'  - 10 June
John put us  on our mettle with a quiz at the All Age spot, to guess the title of a book from the opening lines, with quotes from novels by Jane Austen,
Dickens, George Orwell and others. This led on to Psalm 111, where we were introduced to the term Halelujah, which would be covered in the main sermon. For now we were asked  'What does it mean?' After a few responses we hit the right answer,  'Praise the Lord'.  God is worthy to be praised, because he has done great things for us.

The sermon explored Psalm 111 and three things we needed to know about it. The first we covered in the all age spot, it starts with  'Hallelujah praise the Lord', secondly its an alphabetical Psalm, an acrostic. An acrostic is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, message or the alphabet. An acrostic can be used as a mnemonic device to aid memory retrieval. We looked at a small chunk of the Psalm, which contained hebrew letters (only 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet compared to our 26). Thirdly, it is part of a set of two Psalms, 111 and 112. Together they form a Diptych, two poems which start the same way and complement each other. A diptych is any object with two flat plates attached at a hinge, e.g the standard notebook and school exercise book of the ancient world was a diptych.

Listen to the sermon reflect how this technique was used to present to the people how God never forgets us.

Call to worshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 147 - All creatures of our God and Kingcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All-Age Talk -  Hallelujah,what does it meanRev John Urquhart
Hymn 791  - Open your eyes  congregation
Psalm 111Agnes Ovenstone
Mark 14: 22 - 26Isabel Donachie
Hymn 603 - For your gift of God the Spiritcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 490 - Jesus, lover of my soulcongregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 248  - For my sake and the Gospel’s go congregation
Benediction 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
3 June
Communion Service  - 3 June
John opened our communion service in the All Age spot with a video explaning  evil and humans, through atonement.
Starting with the old testament method of animal sacrifice, purification to make thing clean and forgiven. We heard how the prophet Isaiah predicted that a king would come, but as a servant, who we know as Jesus. The new testament talks of Jesus's death as purification. As we know Jesus's death was not final, he rose from the dead, so breaking the power of death and evil. He was the perfect sacrifice.
(watch the video).

The sermon told us about Moses, the snake and the pole and the people of Israel wandering in the desert. God was still caring for them in this hostile place. But the people were dissatisfied with their situation. We heard how God gave his only son, not as a judge, but as its saviour.

The Sacrament of the last supper was then performed.

Call to worshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 63 - All people who on earth do dwellcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All-Age Talk - AtonementRev John Urquhart
Hymn 722  - Spirit of God, come dwell within me congregation
John 3: 13-17Joan Cape
Hymn 542 - Lord, speak to me, that I may speakcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 549  - How deep the Father's love for us congregation
Sacrament of the Last Siupper - Holy communionRev John Urquhart
Hymn 251 - I, the Lord of sea and skycongregation
Benediction 3 AmenRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
27 May
Trinity Sunday  - 27 May
For the Holy Trinity, Father Son and Holy Spirit, John opened with the question 'What do you think of when you think of the Holy Spirit's work? Miracles, peace, teaching, guidance, healing were some of the responses from the congregation. John explained that the Spirit converts us to Jesus Christ, bringing new life where there was none before. He brings us gifts that makes us more like Christ.  For the sermon John related a conversation with a friend who was a  Jehovah's Witness, who, like Judaism, Islam, or Unitarianism, do not believe in the Holy Trinity. John went on to explain the trinitarian format of our church services.

Using a series of questions, such as 'is the Trinity scriptural'? He explores how the early followers of  Jesus had to rethink their understanding of God. How God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit relate to each other. What they are, and what they are not. 

The service was followed by our short monthly communion.
 
Hymn 111 - Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty congregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All-Age TalkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 559  - There is a Redeemer congregation
Romans 5: 1 - 5Margaret Webster
John 16: 12-15Bill Webster
Hymn 625 - O thou who camest from abovecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - God for us, God with us, God in us congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Music interlude
Prayers of thanksgiving & Lord's prayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 160 - Praise my soul, the King of heavencongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Sunday
20 May
Pentecost  - 20 May
The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost. When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Call to WorshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 588 - Praise the Spirit in creationcongregation
SpotlightRev John Urquhart
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 600  - Spirit of God unseen as the wind congregation
Ezekiel 37: 1 - 14Fiona Hutchison
Acts 2: 1-21Gordon Macdonald
Hymn 189 - Be still, for the presence of the Lordcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 595  - O Breath of life, come sweeping through us congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 582 - O Day of joy and wondercongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Sunday
13 May
Christian Aid Week - 13 May
Christian Aid Week supports those falling on hard times after natural and man made disasters. The Spotlight related a story from the Haiti disaster, through the eyes of
Jocelyne.

John's sermon reflected on the two earlier readings. From the Acts reading we hear how the disciples felt following  the betrayal of Judas, and how the others had run away when Jesus was arrested.

Call to WorshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 439 - Look ye saintscongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
SpotlightRev John Urquhart
Hymn 213  - Every new morning congregation
Acts 1: 15 - 17Mary Paterson
1 John 5: 9 - 13Dorothy Paterson
Hymn 1 - How blest are those who do not straycongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 443  - He is Lord congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Organ interlude
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 459 - Crown him with many crownscongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Sunday
29 April
Tending the Vine  - 29 April
In the all age spot, John asked if we knew what a vine was, relating the story of a young boy who picked a bunch of flowers from a vine, noticed that the flowers died the next day, but those on the vine were still in bloom. Later he noted the grapes on the vine if plucked too soon also died, but later they were delicious. John told us why the fruit grew, nourishment, water and attachment to the vine.

Jesus said to his disciples before going to the cross "I am the vine, and you are the branches, if you stay joined to me you will have lots of fruit." We explored what that meant. The vine theme continued in the sermon, using more examples from the Bible. You can hear how vines appear in Jesus's parables, and other stories, reaffirming that Jesus is the vine, without whom we can do nothing spiritually.       

Call to WorshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 153 - Great is thy faithfulnesscongregation
All Age SpotRev John Urquhart
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 547  - What a friend we have in Jesus congregation
Isaiah 5: 1 - 7Margaret Webster
John 15: 1-8Bill Webster
Hymn 506 - All I once held dearcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 536  - May the mind of Christ my Saviour congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn - Lord of the churchcongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Our service was followed by the monthly short communion
Sunday
22 April
The Good Shepherd  - 22 April
The all age spot  opened with John asking if we were to be an animal, what would that animal be?  Most chose a dog or a cat, or a bird,possibly due to having one as a pet. Others were more unusual, elephant, meercat, even a Vicuna (a camelind living in the high Andes).  John told us that there are no less than 400 references in the Bible to one animal, the sheep. There are also some 100 references to shepherd. Humans are like sheep, with their good and bad qualities. We go astray, and are often afraid. Sheep depend on the shepherd, and we depend on Jesus, our shepherd.
This theme 'The Lord is my Shepherd' was continued in both our praise and the sermon.  

Christian Aid Week - Request for volunteersJanis Hogg
Call to WorshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 60 - Come let us praise the Lordcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age Spot Rev John Urquhart
Hymn  - The Lord's my Shepherd congregation
Psalm 23:  Ian Dickson
John 10: 11 - 18Gordon MacDonald
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 461  - How sweet the name of Jesus sounds congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Piano interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 167 - Guide me, O thou great Jehovacongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Piano exit musicEileen Marchant
Sunday
15 April
Miracles and the Disciples  - 15 April
We heard how Peter told the story of the whole of scripture, to explain to people his testimony to Jesus. Starting with the allage spot we watched and listened to a video of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, meeting the snake. We all know the disaster that occurred when Adam ate the fruit, but this video presentation explains it in a different way. The reading from Acts tells us more.  

John's sermon started by relating a story of a mans visit to his GP doctor, complaining that he could not understand the graffiti written on on his house and was cross, asking if it had been the doctor who carried out the deed! This raised a chuckle from the congregation. John continued by explaining that miracles are signs, and how we have to understand what they mean. He took the first miracle of the disciples on their own, without Jesus after his crucifixion, but with the Holy Spirit. We explore some of the miracles in the Bible and how they are viewed. Listen to how this story progresses in the sermon.  

Call to Worship - Hymn 195 Come now is the timeRev John Urquhart
Hymn 425 - The Saviour died but rose againcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age Spot Rev John Urquhart
Hymn  - Cleanse me from my sin congregation
Romans 8: 18-21   Joan Cape
Acts 3: 1 - 26Neil Cape
Hymn 9 - O God my refuge, keep me safecongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 467  - All my days I will sing this song of gladness congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 352 - O for a thousand tonguescongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant


Sunday
8 April
Low Sunday - 8 April
The Sunday after Easter is often referred to as 'Low Sunday', a time when we feel a little low after the activity of Easter and holy week. Using a video John introduced his theme of not being 'low' this Sunday, reminding us that Jesus appeared to His disciples after the resurrection, showing them his wounds in his hands and side, saying  'peace be with you'. We then shared that peace with one another, before John invited us to take out the message to our friends and neighbours. Jesus said 'I am with you always' ready to help and support us.

The sermon continued the reappearance of Jesus to the Discuples and how they were scared of what was happening. Jesus gave them confidence to go forth by 'breathing' on them, as God did to give life to His creation. We hear the story of Thomas, his doubts, and Jesus's response. 

Call to WorshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 421 - Our Lord Christ hath risencongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age Spot Rev John Urquhart
Hymn 559  - There is a Redeemer congregation
1 Peter 1: 3 -9   Shiela Haig
John 20: 19 - 31Janis Hogg
Hymn 55 - Safe in the shadow of the Lordcongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn  - Name of all majesty congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Prayers of thanksgivingRev John Urquhart
Hymn 646 - Forth in the peace of Christ we gocongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart

Easter Sunday
1 April
Easter Sunday: He is Risen - 1 April
Our call to worship and first hymn sang Allelluia! Christ is risen. John told the story how the disciples heard the good news, and how confused they were. We took the example of 'texting' on our mobile phones as how we communicate today. How much faster the good news would travel across the world now. See the video that we played .

John's sermon took us on a journey to catch 'pleasure', how difficult it is to find and keep. We heard the dream of a stranger seeking pleasure without success, until he met a man, with wounds and scars who told him, 'My ways are ways of pleasantness, and all my paths are peace'. By following Christ we can know and find that elusive pleasure.

Hear the full service to find out how this resurrection story unfolds. 
Call to WorshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 410 - Jesus Christ is risen todaycongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age Spot        (Hearing the good news video)Rev John Urquhart
Hymn - I Serve a risen Saviour, he's in the world today congregation
John 20: 11-18   Bob Jarmson
Hymn 426 - All heaven declarescongregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 540  - I heard the voice of Jesus say congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Hymn 19 - Ye gates lift up your heads on highcongregation
Holy CommunionRev John Urquhart
Hymn 419 - Thine be the glorycongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Good Friday
30 March
Good Friday - 30 March
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion, a day of mourning in church.
Our service took the gospel of Luke to follow the journey to the cross. Starting with the denials, read by Gordon Macdonald, we progressed to the questioning read by Agnes Ovenstone, followed by the verdict read by Ian Dickson, and the execution read by Margaret Webster.  John's address told us of Simon of Cyrene, returning for the passover, but seized by the Roman Soldiers before celebrating passover, and forced to carry Jesus's cross on the road to Calvary. It was a hard and painful task.  This Good Friday we remembered Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for our faith.

IntroductionRev John Urquhart
Call to WorshipRev John Urquhart
Hymn 392 - When I survey the wondrous crosscongregation
Opening PrayerRev John UrquhartIan Cathcart
Luke 22: 54-62  (The Denials)Gordon Macdonald
Psalm 38 - Lord, will you turn from your anger congregation
Luke 22:63 - 23-12   (The Questioning)   Agnes Ovenstone
Hymn Isaiah 53 - Who believes what we have heardcongregation
Luke 23: 13-26   (The Verdict)Ian Dickson
Hymn 402  - Take up your cross, the Savious said congregation
PrayersRev John Urquhart
Luke 23: 44-56    (The Execution)Margaret Webster
Hymn 775 - Jesus, remember me  (repeated 6 times)congregation
Luke 23:  44-56  (His Last Breath)Rev John Urquhart
Hymn Isiaiah 53 - So he spent his final breathcongregation
BlessingRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEileen Marchant

Thursday
29
March

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday - 29 March
The Penicuik Churches Working Together team, saw Rev's Ian Cathcart, Lynsay Downs, and John Urquhart lead our service celebrating the Last Supper and washing of Feet.
Opening with the Gathering where we heard of Jesus and His disciples in the upper room. The Peruvian Gloria, was followed by our first reading from Corinthians. The Hymn 'A new commandment', led into the reading from
John, before Rev Lynsay Downs explained the significance of the washing of the feet.
We listened to the Intercessions and the Peace, before singing 'Bother sisters let me serve you'. The story of the last supper, and the communion, ending with the Lord's prayer. The congregation were then invited to partake of Holy communion, after which we sang ' From heaven you came'.The service culminated with 'The dismissal' before we departed for the church.
IntroductionRev John Urquhart
GatheringRev Ian Cathcart
The Peruvian GloriaJoan Cape
Corinthians 1: 23-26Rev Ian CathcartIan Cathcart
Hymn - A new commandmentcongregation
John 13: 1-17 Irene
Washing of the Feet   Rev Lynsay Downs
The IntercessionsMinister team
The PeaceRev Cathcart & Downs
Hymn - Brother sisters let me serve you congregation
The Preparation of the GiftsRev John Urquhart
SermonRev Lynsay Downs
CommunionRev Lynsay Downs
Hymn - From heaven you camecongregation
DismissalMinister team
Sunday
25
March

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday - 25 March
John related the story of Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, illustrating with a short video, which you can view as well. For the sermon we heard the story from the book of the prophet Jonah, and the comic events to make a serious point. When God instructs him to go preach to the city of Nineveh a terribly cruel place in Assyria.  He sets out heading west by sea, the wrong direction as Nineveh is east across land!  Is Jonah running away from God? The story leads to Jonah ending up thrown into the sea and into the whale.
Are you still with this story? Listen to how Jonah makes it to Nineveh, and what he does next.   

Call to WorshipRev. John Urquhart
Hymn 364 - All glory, laud and honourcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age Spot         (full video)Rev John Urquhart
Song - Here comes Jesus     (full video)congregation
Zechariah 9: 9-10Margaret Webster
Luke 19: 28-48Bill Webster
Hymn 367 - Hosanna, loud hosanna congregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 642 - Ye that know the Lord is graciouscongregation
Prayer for Palm SundayRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Thanksgiving and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 365 - Ride on! Ride on in majestycongregation
BenedictionRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEleen Marchant
Communion
Communion Hymncongregation
CommunionRev John Urquhart
Sunday
18
March
Confession, Repentance, Rejoicing- 18 March
John opened the theme talking of two herds of reindeer who met and became mixed up. How did the rendeer shepherds split them into their own herd, seperating them out? They knew all their own by name. Jesus told a similar story. The shepherd counting his sheep, not by number but he knew each by name. When he discovered one, out of a hundred was missing, he went out and searched for it, rejoicing when he found it. This is how God regards us, rejoicing when every sinner repents and returns.

The sermon took up the story again with the confession of Augustine of Hippo of his sinful youth, to ensure his heart was tright with God. Confession is at the heart of the Christian faith. When you know you have failed and sinned, how do we pickup ourselves up? Speaking to God in prayer enables us to share our problems and gain strength. 

The service was followed by the Stated Annual Meeting
Call to WorshipRev. John Urquhart
Hymn 160 - Praise, my soulcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age TalkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 358 - The great love of Godcongregation
Psalm 32: 1-11Gordon MacDonald
Luke 7: 36-50Isabel Donnachie
Hymn 187 - There's a wideness in God's mercy congregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 87 - Lord, from the depthscongregation
Prayer of IntercessionRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Thanksgiving and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 396 -  And can it becongregation
BenedictionRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEleen Marchant

Sunday
11
March
Passover, Pentecost and Feast of Shelters - 11 March
John introduced the three harvest festivals in the Old Testament; passover (barley harvest) pentecost (wheat harvest) and feast of shelters, or Tabernacles.
Sukkot in the Hebrew, (grapes and last of the harvest).

He explained the last of these,  recalling the booths or shelters the people lived in during the time they received the 10 Commandments at Sinai and during the rest of the Exodus experience, as a reminder of the time they were homeless when God delivered them from their enemies and protected them. The sermon continues the theme of harvest celebration, the joy of the harvest, followed by fasting and confession of sins. Is this not the wrong way round? Joy before sorrow. All will be revealed.
Stated Annual Meeting announcement Margaret Webster
Call to WorshipRev. John Urquhart
Hymn 202 - Stand up and bless the Lordcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age TalkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 608 - Spirit of truth and gracecongregation
Nehemiah 8: 13-18; 9: 1-5Christine Jackson
Romans 1: 20-25  (Common English Bible)Margaret Black
Psalm 81 - To God our strength come, sing along congregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 561 - Blessed assurance, Jesus is minecongregation
Prayer of IntercessionRev John Urquhart
Organ interludeEileen Marchant
Thanksgiving and Lord's PrayerRev John Urquhart
Hymn 562 -  Through the love of God our saviourcongregation
BenedictionRev John Urquhart
Organ exit musicEleen Marchant
Sunday
4
March
Starry Nights and Voice of the Skies - 4 March
'The heavens are telling the glory of God', was the opening to John's all-age talk. Taken from the bible and Haydn's oratario 'Creation', we were led into views of the night sky, to the Orion Nebula, thanks to the Hubble Telescope. We were then looking at a much older view of the sky, Van Goch's, 'The Starry Night', one way we can see the glory and majesty of God. But there are other ways God speaks to us, through the scriptures. God finally speaks to everyone through Jesus, the son whom he sent.    

The sermon continues the 'sky' theme, relating a tale from broadcaster John Ebdon, looking through the window on a train in the 60's, entranced by the beauty of the sunlit evening view, exclaiming 'Isn't that just incredible!'. To which a fellow passenger replied, 'It certainly is. British Railways cvan't of cleaned the windows for months!' One saw only the dust, the other the glory through the dust. How do we know about God's creation? through what we can see, and what we hear by his holy word through scripture. We explore the paradox, the skies are silent, but yet they still speak. Upwards we give glory to God, and downwards God speaking to us. Listen to how this paradox develops.   
Alpha SAM and Foodbank Margaret Webster
Call to WorshipRev. John Urquhart
Hymn 148 - The spacious firmament on highcongregation
Opening PrayerRev John Urquhart
All Age TalkRev John Urquhart
Hymn 600 - Spirit of God, unseen as the windcongregation
Psalm 19: 1-14Dorothy Paterson
1 Corithians 1: 18-25Fiona Hutcheson
Hymn 599 - Holy Spirit, hear us congregation
SermonRev John Urquhart
Hymn 234 - 'Tis winter nowcongregation
Prayer of Intercession