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Soup lunch after the Souper Sunday service
Mungo's was supporting 'Souper Sunday', a Church of Scotland
initiative, with the elders of our church leading the acts of
worship. There followed a simple
lunch of soup and bread.
Webster led our service, supported by members and elders
of our church. The service was focused on the work of your church
supporting the fight against HIV virus and the impact it has on many
lives across the world.
Margaret offered a new year welcome to the congregation, this being the first Sunday service of 2018. Eric Marchant then introduced the purpose and background to the service.
After our Call to Worship we sang Hymn 172 ' Sing for God's Glory'. An opening prayer led us into the Lord's Prayer which we said together.
The All Age talk
saw Janis Hogg play the part of 'Doctor Janis', complete with
stethoscope, borrowed from her grandchild's nurses set, diagnosing the
pains and ailments of her patients. First up was Mary Paterson,
suffering with a severe cold and sore throat, something many in our
congregation had recently experienced. Dr. Janis offered the rest and
paracetamol cure as her hospital could not afford the new decongestant.
Next up was Agnes Ovenstone suffering from a sprained wrist
following a fall. Dr. Janis tried to strap it up but the hospital had
run out of bandages. Advising Agnes to have a friend tear up a tea
towel into badages, strap the wrist, and another tea towel as a
sling, take some paracetamol, and pray!
Margaret Black came into the surgery suffering a severe migraine
headache. Poor Dr.Janis again had none of the effective medicine, so
prescribed, you guessed it, paracetamol, lie down in a darkened
room, and drink plenty water!.
a very helpful hospital, Dr. Janis reported. We know the NHS is
in trouble, but we know that help is there, and that plans were being
made to improve the situation. Unfortunately many millions around the
world have no access to anything like our NHS, for all we
complain about it.
Many diseases have available medicines,
with HIV being one. However it isn't available to millions, including
children that are suffering this disease. Dr. Janis told us how
the Church of Scotland, with our congregations help through
Souper Sunday, is committed to helping all those in need. Jesus told us
to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, and look after the sick.
That is what we are intending to do today. We finished with a prayer,
thanking God for our good fortune, and to give us strength to reach out
and support those less fortunate than ourselves.
Time to sing Hymn 360 'Jesus is waiting'. Our bible readings were read by Dorothy Paterson; Matthew chapter 25: verses 35-40, and Isaiah chapter 1 verse 17.
Hymn 259 ' 'Beauty for brokenness' led us into the main stories about the HIV project.
The Talk, was in four parts, starting with Christine Jackson, then Ian Dickson, Gordon MacDonald, and Sheila Haig.
Margaret Webster provided a conclusion to what we had heard, followed by a prayer
Hymn 544 'When I needed a neighbour were you there' was followed by our offering, and prayers, led by Bill Webster.
Our final praise for the service was Hymn 123 'God is love, followed by the Benediction.
sunfilled hall as we enjoy our 'souper' lunchThe
kitchen team had been working hard in the hall with a selection of
piping hot home made soup and fresh bread on offer, together with
cheese and biscuits, tea and cake to follow.
A collection box
gathered donations from many in the hall, with Gift Aid envelopes
meaning that our HIV giving would realise an extra 25% on the money we
A thank you to all who took part in the
service, those who attended to hear the plight of those across the
world suffering from HIV, and prepared to do something practical in the
Church of Scotland's plight to help those in need. Praying is good, but
we need to be pragmatic to put God's work into practice.
Sunday offered a brilliant opportunity to raise much needed funds
for a wide range of HIV initiatives at home and overseas.
Published - 11 January 2018