Linkage Bulletin for the weeks beginning 17th December 2018 until Sunday 30th December

Notices for the week beginning 17th December 2018 until Sunday 30th December

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Carol Service Sunday 16th December

A number of thanks are due for making these services the success they were. Beforehand, two teams of volunteers led by Carol Seymour (St Marys) and Heather Swain (St Andrews) decorated their respective churches to perfection. On the Saturday at St Andrews there was a ‘spring cleaning’ morning. There was also a cloakroom decorating team. The end result was a transformation. On the Sunday, Fiona Gibson and her team at St Andrews managed the feeding of the five thousand after the Carol Service. An anonymous labourer dug a neat path through the snow from the porch door to the road.  For the services themselves, Mary-Clare Brown struggled from her sickbed to mastermind a Carol Service that included two choirs and instruments. Towards its end, George Willis masterminded the opening of the floodlighting scheme. Previously he and others had worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition. For the first time in some years extra chairs had to be brought in to seat those attending. Later at St Andrews, Callander Chorale and Brass led by Margaret and Ian Milligan provided a wonderful accompaniment to the service.  All in all, a memorable weekend. The Rector’s deep gratitude to all concerned.

Christmas Rotas

No sides persons or readers will be required at either morning service on the 23rd December. Christmas Day sides persons and readers at Aberfoyle required please; offers to Richard.

This week

Wednesday 19th December

10.00 Callander

Luke 1. 5-25

Sunday 23rd December

The fourth Sunday of Advent

Collect:

God our redeemer,

who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of your Son:

grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,

so we may be ready to greet him

when he comes again as our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

St Andrews 10.00 Holy Communion (said BCP)

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

St Mary’s 11.15 Holy Communion (said BCP)

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

Monday 24th December

Christmas Eve

Collect

Almighty God,

you make us glad with the yearly remembrance

of the birth of your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our redeemer,

so we may with sure confidence behold him

when he shall come to be our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

St Mary’s

11.30 Midnight Service

2Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11

Acts 13:16-26

Luke 1:67-69

Tuesday 25th December

Christmas Day

Collect

Almighty God,

you have given us your only-begotten Son

to take our nature upon him

and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:

grant that we, who have been born again

and made your children by adoption and grace,

may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever

8.00 Holy Communion Balfron

Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

10.00 Holy Communion Callander

Isaiah 9:2-7

Titus 2:11-14

Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

11.15 Family Communion Aberfoyle.

Isaiah 9:2-7

Titus 2:11-14

Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all when it comes.

Wednesday 26th December

No midweek at St Andrews.

Sunday 30th December

The first Sunday of Christmas

Collect

Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image

and yet more wonderfully restored us

through your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,

so we may share the life of his divinity;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever

10.00 Callander

1Sam 2:18-20,26

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:41-end

11.15 Aberfoyle

1Sam 2:18-20,26

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:41-end


Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. Thank you to all who contribute.

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

Household goods – good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.