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Sunday Service for All Saints – 1st November 2020

With thanks to Revd Canon Alison Peden for providing us with this service to follow, for those unable to come to the service at At Mary’s this Sunday

All Saints  November 1st    2020

We remember, O God…
The countless saints of history

who have blazed a trail of courage through time.We remember, O God…
The tenderness of loved ones, the example of heroes,

the healing words of comforters, the remarkable acts of fearless ones.We remember, O God…
The gentle strength of grandparents, the loyalty of friends,

the kindness of strangers, the joy of children, the sacrifice of parents.We remember, O God…
The supreme love of Jesus, the blessing of his Spirit, the reminder of his words, the sharing of his suffering, the glory of his resurrection:

shown forth in the lives of his disciples, young and old,
dead and living, strange and familiar, brilliant and ordinary.We remember in every time and place the saints of God

who have shown us the Lord.
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us worship God with joy!

Gloria:   Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away
the sin of the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen

Collect:   Almighty God, your saints are one with you in the mystical body of Christ: give us grace to follow them in all virtue and holiness
until we come to those inexpressible joys which you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.
Amen.

Reading:  Revelation 7:9-17
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, singing, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

Gospel:    Matthew 5:1-12    An all-age version of the Beatitudes
Blessed are the saints who trust God’s power and loving care,
for they are part of the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the saints when they are sad because the world is so unfair.   They have God’s promise that justice will come.
Blessed are the nobodies who know they are nobodies and still do God’s work.   In God’s world they are the leaders.
Blessed are the saints whose greatest wish is to do what God desires.
God will give them what they want.
Blessed are the saints who treat other people gently,
God will treat them gently.
Blessed are the saints who get in trouble when they do what God requires, for they are surely among God’s saints.

Reflection:   St Modoc’s has been sharing stories of unsung saints who have inspired us. Saints are not just those officially canonised by the Church, with their holiness and remarkable deeds; they are also those who let a little of the light of Christ shine through their lives and show what God hopes human beings can be like, in their great diversity.

One striking memory is of interviewing Mother Teresa of Calcutta when she was virtually unknown.  ‘Tiny, determined … she struck me as a powerful, driven woman’.  She had the saintly quality of self-forgetfulness, refusing to answer questions about herself, demanding instead:  ‘Ask me about the work!’

Another person described ‘would be horrified to be included in any list’ of unsung saints.  A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she inspires through her ‘gentleness, firmness, uprightness and unfailing interest in, and support for, other people’.

We can be helped and uplifted by creative souls who enlarge our vision.  Someone remembers acting in a play about St Cuthman by Christopher Fry, a Quaker playwright better known for ‘The lady’s not for burning’, who tried to convey spiritual truth.  In exquisite poetry, he depicts Cuthman trying to build a church and encountering Christ:
             But gradually I was aware of some one in

                 The doorway and turned my eyes that way and saw

                 Carved out of the sunlight a man who stood 

                 Watching me. So still that there was not

                 Other such stillness anywhere on the earth.
                 So still that the air seemed to leap / At his side …
                 I cried out, and I cried at last ‘Who are you?’
                 I heard him say ‘I was a carpenter’ …

Finally, saints can be found amongst those not obviously ‘religious’.  Arthur Collyer – remembered as a great-uncle – confronted government plans to move the Masai from their lands where he was a District Commissioner in Kenya in 1908.  He was young, dying from TB but passionately committed to protecting the interests of his fellow human beings.  “I often think what it must have been like: young, alone in the wilds of Africa, dying, bitter about injustice and worried about the Masai people.”  As Jesus said, ‘Inasmuch as you did it to the least of my brethren, you did it unto me’.  Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Prayers:  

For all the saints who went before us, who have spoken to our hearts and touched us with your fire, we praise you, O God.  May we all hear their wisdom and inspiration and become a better place for all.
Lord graciously hear us.

For all the saints who live beside us, whose weaknesses and strengths are woven with our own, we praise you, O God.  May we listen, love and care, building a community that you will rejoice in.
Lord graciously hear us.

For all the saints who live beyond us, who challenge us to change the world with them, we praise you, O God. May their sacrifices bear fruit in the renewal of your world in justice, peace and righteousness.
Lord graciously hear us.

Holy God, join our prayers with those of the saints in eternal light, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

The Great Thanksgiving
Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord our God,
for it is right to give our thanks and praise.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!

Worship and praise belong to you, Father, in every place and at all times.  All power is yours. You created the heavens and established
the earth; you sustain in being all that is.
In Christ your Son our life and yours are brought together in a wonderful exchange. He made his home among us that we might
for ever dwell in you. Through your Holy Spirit you call us to new birth
in a creation restored by love.

As children of your redeeming purpose we offer you our praise,
with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven,
singing the hymn of your unending glory:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.      
Hosanna in the highest.

Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving Father, for the gift of your Son born in human flesh. He is the Word existing beyond time, both source and final purpose, bringing to wholeness all that is made.
Obedient to your will he died upon the Cross. By your power
you raised him from the dead. He broke the bonds of evil and
set your people free to be his Body in the world.
On the night when he was given up to death, knowing that his hour had come, having loved his own, he loved them to the end. At supper with his disciples he took bread and offered you thanks. He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying: “Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.” After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying: “Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant; it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven. Do this in remembrance of me.” We now obey your Son’s command. We recall his blessed Passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension; and we look for the coming of his Kingdom. Made one with him, we offer you ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice. Hear us, most merciful Father, and send your Holy Spirit upon us that, overshadowed by his life-giving power, we may be kindled with the fire of your love and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.
Help us, who are baptised into the fellowship of Christ’s Body to live and work to your praise and glory; may we grow together in unity and love until at last, in your new creation, we enter into our heritage in the company of the Virgin Mary, the apostles and prophets, and of all our brothers and sisters living and departed.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be to you, Lord of all ages,
world without end. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:   Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.   Amen.

The Communion:   draw close to Christ in spirit and thanksgiving,
and be nourished by his presence with you and within you. 

Closing prayer:    Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses, each of whom lived a life of faith in God, let us lay aside every weight that slows us down, and let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus Christ, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. And may the peace of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit, be among us and within us always. Amen

For all the saints …’ was written by William Walsham How, known as ‘The poor man’s bishop’ and ‘the children’s bishop’ for his work amongst the destitute in London and Yorkshire and his interest in children.
Perhaps another uncanonised saint? The RSCM youth choir sings it at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOC0Mb–FWY 

For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy Name, O Jesu, be forever blessed.  
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. 
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
and singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sunday service for 25th October 2020

For those who cannot come to St Mary’s for Richard Grosse’s Final service this Sunday

This service is very kindly provided by Revd Canon Alison Peden, our Interim Pastor

Pentecost 21  October 25th   2020

Commanded to love?

Preparation:  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: the first commandment is this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love
the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this:  “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.       Amen.  Lord, have mercy.

Gloria:   Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away
the sin of the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen

Collect:   O Lord, in your mercy: grant to your faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen

Reading:  Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.  You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.  You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.

Gospel:    Matthew 22:34-46
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,  “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand,    until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Reflection:  
We are getting used to trying to summarise what is most important in a raft of commands:  ‘Hands, face, space’  or ‘Test and protect’.  The Jewish law was wide and complex, touching many areas of daily life. The summary Jesus gave was Biblical and well-known, and is now prayed at every Eucharist.

The summary of the Law is still a commandment.  But can you command someone to love?  That seems to go against our common understanding of love as an emotion, a feeling in our hearts.  It can be a bit daunting to say ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Do you(really) love God?’  or ‘Do you (truly) love your neighbour?’  We may quite like them, or even love them sometimes, but is that the same as real love?

We may be able to say ‘actions speak louder than words’.  This is what the wife, Golde, says to her husband, Tevye, in the musical Fiddler on the Roof  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_y9F5St4j0 ) when he asks ‘Do you love me?’:
          For twenty-five years I’ve washed your clothes, cooked your
          meals, cleaned your house, given you children, milked the cow. 
          … if that’s not love, what is?’

Yet it’s not just that loving deeds prove our love; it’s also the case that if you commit to loving actions, your love will grow.  The commandments draw us into a pattern of living that increases our love:  if we honour our family, we find we care more and more for them;  if we respect our neighbours – as our first reading prescribes, by not slandering them or bearing grudges – we find that we actually do care about their welfare and maybe even love them.

And if we commit to prayer, worship, communing with God in Christ, our love of God will grow through the power of the Spirit, so that we can love our neighbour even more, because we love those whom God loves, cherished children as we are of one Father.

You might like to pause with this chant from Taizé, which is sung at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvfr_2euIFo

                      Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas, Deus ibi est.
                      (Where charity and love are …  there is God)

Prayers:   From the Church of Scotland
Holy God, who gave your Law to Moses, and who personified your Law of love in Jesus your Son, as Jesus reached out to those on the margins, so now in our prayers we do likewise:

We pray for all who have little love in their lives – those who are lonely and afraid, those who are addicted and trapped, those who grieve and mourn, those whose relationships have shattered into a thousand shards.   God of love, help us to hold them close.

We pray for those who love the wrong things – those for whom money or possessions are “god” and where greed has taken over, those who love only for gaining the approval of others, flattery, or power, those who can only love self and where bitterness or hurt has made them inward-looking. God of love, help us to unlock their hearts.

We pray for those who love so much that they give themselves totally – those who are persecuted for truth or oppressed because they take a stand for justice; those who face discrimination because of skin colour, gender, sexuality or class; those who strive tirelessly for the Good News of Jesus, often facing hostility or apathy from others.
God of love, help us to work in solidarity with them.

And now we pray for those most in our hearts, for whom we know special love and concern …  
God of love, help us to trust your compassionate and infinite love for them.

God of Love, hear our prayers spoken and unspoken, and receive them in Your grace and mercy, through Jesus, our loving Saviour.  Amen

The Great Thanksgiving
Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord our God,
for it is right to give our thanks and praise.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!

Worship and praise belong to you, Father, in every place and at all times.  All power is yours. You created the heavens and established
the earth; you sustain in being all that is.
In Christ your Son our life and yours are brought together in a wonderful exchange. He made his home among us that we might
for ever dwell in you. Through your Holy Spirit you call us to new birth
in a creation restored by love.

As children of your redeeming purpose we offer you our praise,
with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven,
singing the hymn of your unending glory:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.      
Hosanna in the highest.

Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving Father, for the gift of your Son born in human flesh. He is the Word existing beyond time, both source and final purpose, bringing to wholeness all that is made.
Obedient to your will he died upon the Cross. By your power
you raised him from the dead. He broke the bonds of evil and
set your people free to be his Body in the world.
On the night when he was given up to death, knowing that his hour had come, having loved his own, he loved them to the end. At supper with his disciples he took bread and offered you thanks. He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying: “Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.” After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying: “Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant; it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven. Do this in remembrance of me.”

We now obey your Son’s command. We recall his blessed Passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension; and we look for the coming of his Kingdom. Made one with him, we offer you ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice. Hear us, most merciful Father, and send your Holy Spirit upon us that, overshadowed by his life-giving power, we may be kindled with the fire of your love and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.
Help us, who are baptised into the fellowship of Christ’s Body to live and work to your praise and glory; may we grow together in unity and love until at last, in your new creation, we enter into our heritage in the company of the Virgin Mary, the apostles and prophets, and of all our brothers and sisters living and departed.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be to you, Lord of all ages,
world without end. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:   Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.   Amen.

The Communion:   draw close to Christ in spirit and thanksgiving,
and be nourished by his presence with you and within you. 

Closing prayer:    Almighty God, who gave the Law through Moses, and grace and mercy in Jesus Christ:   grant, we pray, that this law of love may be so written upon our hearts, that whatever we do in your name, we do humbly; whatever we seek in your Kingdom, we seek faithfully; and whatever we give of ourselves, we give lovingly; through the servant King, Jesus, our Saviour.  Amen

Love is the gift of the Holy Spirit, prayed forin our first prayer, and          in this hymn which was sung at Dunblane Cathedral as part of Songs
of Praise  – see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIvKDgktutI

Come down, O love divine, seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
and kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, ‘til earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace, till they become the place
wherein the Holy Spirit finds a dwelling.

Rectors Bulletin week ending 15th November

St Mary’s Aberfoyle & St Andrew’s Callander

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Richard Grosse Rector 01877382887 07759497826

 

Notices for week beginning Sunday 8th November

 Headlines

Today’s services 

Remembrance Sunday

10.00 St Andrew’s

Short service of Remembrance

10.45 Callander Kirk

Joint town service followed by laying of wreaths in the square(12 noon)

 

There is no service at St Mary’s today. Joint service with Aberfoyle Kirk commencing 10.45

Firework-Sparkler Spaceships by Barbara Carruthers

For some years Barbara, a member of St Mary’s has been by turn educating and delighting the congregation with the wisdom and wit of her writings in the Sunday pew bulletin. Lord Michael Forsyth has recently gathered Barbara’s reflections into a book. With illustrations and a forward by the Primus, it retails for just £5.00 and will be found at the back of both churches from next week, or direct through Barbara or Richard. It will make an ideal ‘stocking filler’!

Refugee Appeal

During September, an appeal was launched by Re-Act Scotland to help refugees fleeing from their homeland. One volunteer, Gill McArthur who has been organising collections in Edinburgh has just gone out to Samos to assess the situation. This is what she has to say

‘I’m sorry I have not updated sooner, the situation is changing all the time and there is so much information to absorb.

We arrived on Tuesday morning. We met Elena Housni who works for the Mayors office. She showed us to our accommodation that is free for volunteers all arranged by her.
We hired a car and went to the port. There are some 4000 refugees in Samos just now. The port was full of people, tents everywhere. Men, woman and children. We were asked to help with the food distribution which happens from porta cabins, I’m told that 2 of the cabins house the families who lost people at sea in recent days. One man lost his wife and 2 children, he is a Gynaecologist from Syria, he only wants to help us even after his losses. Then there are 4 or 5 cars of local people who arrive with food that they have cooked for us to distribute. They can afford this only through cash donations as they have no money left as they have been doing this for months and the Greek economy is seriously struggling.
The distribution was so busy and there are only a few volunteers and people are desperate. They don’t know when they will get food again.
For anyone that says these people can help themselves. Some people don’t know when they leave on the boats where they will arrive they don’t know when or how they can leave. They are scared to move they miss boats.
There are no boats until maybe Friday because of the ferry strikes which is causing thousands of refugees to be stranded and also slowing aid getting to Samos.
In the morning the locals give all children breakfast, aglass of milk, sandwich, fruit but then we run out. Children are crying and mothers are looking at us but we cant help.
At 2.30 more meals arrive from locals which we distribute and again run out.
Today we bought 300 chicken kebab sandwiches and distributed them along with the islanders.
Re-Act have donated £1000 pounds to Elena she has a bank account set up for refugees only. She has shown me the receipts. The woman that cook tell us how much it costs. They have no job, one woman cooks 400 meals she has 4 children.
We have looked into buying food, giving restaurants money to bulk cook. The cheapest option is the locals.
We must support the island as they are supporting the refugees.
They have an old prison building and the non Syrian refugees are there, the conditions are OK.
Tonight 500 people turned up in the dark at the port in coaches collected from beaches around the island. We have nothing to give them, we cant give them food because it will lead to chaos. They have no shelter no food, no blankets.
We have a small warehouse and we will go and get all blankets at night we will give all people without blankets one. Last night 60 people had no blankets that we could see and we only had 40.
Not all people sleep in the port some go to empty buildings, the forest, hotels if they have money but they have had to stay 6 days so running out of money quickly.
THE WAY YOU CAN HELP NOW IS DONATE MONEY, PLEASE SHARE. PLEASE DONATE. NO FERRYS MEAN NO AID WE CAN BUY IT HERE. WE CAN SET UP PROPER FOOD ORDERING AND DISTRIBUTION IF WE HAVE MONEY.
Please help me not leave children cold and hungry any more.

Thank you”

 

Richard adds thanks to Anne Winther for organising our collection and for the many who contributed.

Tuesday 10th November

There is no Fellowship Group this month.

Wednesday 11th November

10.00 Callander Midweek Communion

Thursday 12th November

Invitation to Callander Guild

Evelyn Nicolson 01877 33436 has the details

Sunday 15th November 2015

2nd Sunday before Advent

Trinity 24

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Mark 13:1-8

 10.00 Callander

Psalm 16

Daniel 12:1-3

Heb. 10:11-14[15-18]19-25

Mark 13:1-8

 11.15 Aberfoyle

Daniel 12:1-3

Heb. 10:11-14[15-18]19-25

Mark 13:1-8

Future Notices

Wednesday 18th November 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 19:11-28

Saturday 21st November

Roslynn Grant, the Fair organizer writes

‘St Andrews Christmas Fair will be from 10-2pm in Callander Kirk Hall. This is our main fund raiser of the year.
There will be the usual tombola, cake and candy, and gift stalls. The Cubs will be there and of course we will be having our wonderful Christmas Hampers raffle. There will be tea/coffee, scones, cakes, soup, and toasties for sale and this year, Christmas music will be provided between 11-1 by Callander Chimes. We hope to see you there, and please encourage family and friends to call in and help support our wonderful Church in our fundraising efforts.

Donations for the tombola and raffle are required, and there are boxes at the back of the church for these, or you can drop them off at Roslynn’s house, or alternatively call her on 330353 to make arrangements for collection. Please note this year, there will not be a bric-a-brac stall’.

Eco congregation

Following last month’s very successful “Love God, Love God’s World” event in Edinburgh we have now been able to make available both the video of the evening and the texts from all the speakers. Please see: http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/news/video-and-notes-from-edinburgh-event-now-available/

Saturday 28thNovember

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin. Preceding the march through Edinburgh on Saturday 28th November will be a service in St George’s Square at 11.00.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rectors weekly Bulletin week ending 8th November 2015

 

 

Notices for week beginning Monday 2nd November

 Headlines

8th November Remembrance Sunday.

There are changes to the usual service pattern and times. 

Please see below.

 

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair Saturday 21st November. There are now boxes at the back of church to receive tombola and raffle prizes. Please see below

Wednesday 4th November

Midweek Services

10.00 Callander followed by coffee

11.30 Killearn Kirk Session Room

 Friday 6th November

19.30 St Mary’s Finance Committee meets

Sunday 8th November 2015

Remembrance Sunday

Trinity 23

10.00 St Andrew’s

Short service of Remembrance

10.45 Callander Kirk

Joint town service followed by laying of wreaths in the square(12 noon)

 

There is no service at St Mary’s today. Joint service with Aberfoyle Kirk commencing 10.45

 

Wednesday 11th November 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 17:11-19

 

Thursday 12th November

Invitation to Callander Guild

Evelyn Nicolson has the details

 

Saturday 21st November

Roslynn Grant, the Fair organizer writes

‘St Andrews Christmas Fair will be from 10-2pm in Callander Kirk Hall. This is our main fund raiser of the year.
There will be the usual tombola, cake and candy, and gift stalls. The Cubs will be there and of course we will be having our wonderful Christmas Hampers raffle. There will be tea/coffee, scones, cakes, soup, and toasties for sale and this year, Christmas music will be provided between 11-1 by Callander Chimes. We hope to see you there, and please encourage family and friends to call in and help support our wonderful Church in our fundraising efforts.

Donations for the tombola and raffle are required, and there are boxes at the back of the church for these, or you can drop them off at Roslynn’s house, or alternatively call her on 330353 to make arrangements for collection. Please note this year, there will not be a bric-a-brac stall’.

Eco congregation

Following last month’s very successful “Love God, Love God’s World” event in Edinburgh we have now been able to make available both the video of the evening and the texts from all the speakers. Please see: http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/news/video-and-notes-from-edinburgh-event-now-available/

Annual Meetings

St Andrew’s 29th November

St Mary’s 6th December

both following the morning services

Pew Leaflet 23rd October 2015

Sunday 18th October 2015 Trinity 20

Luke the Evangelist

READINGS: Isaiah 35: 3—6 (P.719); 2 Timothy 4: 5—17 (P. 1197); Luke 10: 1—9 (P. 1041)

FUTURE NOTICES

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal.

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St. Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October  Anti-Human Trafficking Group — Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to     4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street. You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.

It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all.

Further detail available through Richard.

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets.

Wednesday 28th October 16.00—17.30 – Also Thursday 10.00—15.30

 Camphill blair Drummond – Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

Friday 30th October 2015

19.30 Les Trio Blondes at St. Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris.

Tickets—£10—from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 28th November

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at

www.ecocongregationscotland.org

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Among my many books I have one written, published in 1939 ,and written by a dog. Not many people have a book written by a dog and this one is indeed special.

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Imagination is a wonderful thing. It can take us on many journeys and fill many quiet hours with beautiful thoughts and marvellous images.

Writes have wonderful gifts of imagination . One such writer (writing as Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters)) has, as the first paragraph of one of her books, a description of an angel coming to earth which is wonderfully evocative. Sadly the laws of copyright prevent me from quoting it, but perhaps I can find a way to bring the picture to you.

She talks of the angel’s arched wings, his beautiful feet and hands and the radiance all around.   Long golden hair quivering from his flight and “the shuddering hum” of his huge wings . She talks of his eyes , shielding themselves from the “unbearable brightness” and how his body was poised for his alighting with the ’silver sinews’ braced ready to touch the earth. The “tremulous air vibrating like a bowstring along the descending arc of his passage from heaven.”

The creator, she says, bent his head to look upon his work , and saw that it was good.

What a marvellous picture!

I’m sure we meet angels on earth – I’m sure my grandmother (of soldier’s mittens fame)was one ( not with wings or radiance, but just with her presence) and there are many others who just by being there bring with them a greeting from the Almighty.

What has that to do with a little dog writing a book.

Well, I suppose for a start, it is an unusual happening. It is not everyday one picks up a book written by a dog, or is inspired by and angel, and in both cases it requires a human hand to bring it to life.

The dog is a spaniel called Raq (pronounced Rak) and he belongs to a gypsy called Romany who lives in a Vardo (a gypsy caravan). Romany was the main figure in a radio programme called Children’s Hour when he brought to us children all the sights and sounds of the countryside in which he lived. Raq was his faithful companion who went with him on all his adventures, and a young boy called Tim also joined them. There being no TV at this time, the sense used to bring the programme alive was our hearing and we learned the different calls of the birds and the different noises that the animals made talking to each other, sending happy sounds or alarm calls where danger threatened. Romany talked to Raq and so brought the programme alive and we children learned through that. To write one of his books as if Raq was the writer awakened our imagination even more and even now I get a great deal of pleasure going back to Raq’s stories.

A quote – Raq speaking……………..

“I have always taken great care in selecting suitable friends for Romany Take that unprincipled ruffian Billy, the squirrel. This light-fingered little pick-pocket lives in a wood near the farm and Romany is constantly hob-nobbing with him in a manner that angers me beyond measure. In addition to his thieving habits, Billy has a flow of bad language that would turn a blue-jay green with envy . “

God has given us the gift of imagination which not only enhances our world but also saves us from making terrible mistakes. Thanks be to God for these gifts and for the gift of Raq the dog and his wonderful book.

Rectors Bulletin week ending 23rd October

Free to a good home – one pumpkin! Apply Richard

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair Saturday 21st November. There are now boxes at the back of church to receive tombola and raffle prizes

Wednesday 21st October

10.00 Callander midweek service

Thursday 22nd October

The Filling Station, Callander meets in the Deli Ecosse from 18.30 and the speaker will be joined by Allan McKinlay songwriter. Refreshments

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets

 Sunday 25th October 2015

Trinity 21- Bible Sunday

British Summer Time ends – clocks go back an hour!

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Psalm 126

Jer. 31:7-9

Heb. 7:23-28

Mark 10:46-52

 

11.15 Aberfoyle

Jer. 31:7-9

Heb. 7:23-28

Mark 10:46-52

 

Wednesday 28th October 2015

10.00 Callander

John 15:17-end

Future Notices

Wednesday 28th October( 16.00 – 17.30)  and Thursday 29th October (10.00 – 15.30)

 camphill blair drummond Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

 

 

Friday 30th October 2015 

19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Tickets – £10 – from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or 01786 870710

 

Saturday 21st November

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair Details to follow

Saturday 28th November

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

Notice of Linkage Annual General Meetings

St Andrews

Sunday 29th November following a shortened morning service

St Mary’s

Sunday 6th December following a shortened morning service.

Pew Leaflet 18th October 2015

Sunday 18th October 2015  Trinity 20  Luke the Evangelist

READINGS: Isaiah 35: 3—6 (P.719); 2 Timothy 4: 5—17 (P. 1197); Luke 10: 1—9 (P. 1041)

FUTURE NOTICES

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal.

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St. Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October  Anti-Human Trafficking Group — Crossing Continents toCombat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to      4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street. You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.

It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all.

Further detail available through Richard.

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets.

Wednesday 28th October 16.00—17.30 AND Thursday 10.00—15.30

Camphill blair Drummond

Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

 

 

Friday 30th October 2015

19.30 Les Trio Blondes at St. Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris.

Tickets—£10—from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk

 

Saturday 28th November

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at

www.ecocongregationscotland.org


 

In April of this year, George Willis wrote in the pew leaflet of his experience of meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town at the Easter Service there 20 years ago. He spoke movingly of the impact that service had on him.

Now, in October , he writes again of his memory of the conclusion of that wonderful service – the grand finale! as he calls it.

George writes:

A few months ago, I submitted an article about the most wonderful service I have ever attended in Capetown Cathedral, at Easter over twenty years ago. In it, I told you of how the Archbishop dealt with “The Peace”- it was truly wonderful,   George says.

And he continues………….. May I tell you of another facet of that quite extraordinary service, which also left such a lasting

impression on me!

At the conclusion of the service, in response to the normal sending out we, as usual, responded

…….”In the name of Christ”

He smiled his beaming smile and said

“I think you can so much better than that! – I’ll start again!” ………………….. And so he did!

In the name of Christ!” we responded – much louder this time!

Again this great smile “I’m sure you can do even better than that!”

                           It was almost like a pantomime!

This time the huge congregation , of some two thousand people who packed the great Cathedral, took a huge breath and the words “In the name of Christ!” resounded round the Cathedral almost blowing the roof off – everyone smiling by this stage!

 What a conclusion to the most extraordinary service I have ever been privileged to attend !

 

George.

 

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Many thanks to George for sharing that moving and uplifting

experience with us.

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And finally, another thank you this time from Carol Seymour:

Carol would like to thank Fiona Stirling, Saffrey Miller, Susan Forsyth, Margaret Sutherland, Robin Willis, Melanie Grosse, and Gill Brown for all their hard work decorating the church for Harvest. She says: “It was fun seeing it all come together.”

Barbara writes: Carol and her team of helpers filled the church with beauty in colour and floral beauty and in the presentation of all the gifts that had been donated. It was a wonderful experience to walk in to the church and be surrounded with the fruits of their endeavours. We are indeed fortunate to have those among us who share their skills with us not just on special days but all through the year. Our thanks go to all of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Rectors Bulletin week ending 18th October

 

Sunday 18th October 2015

Trinity 20

Luke the Evangelist

 

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Luke 10:1-9

 10.00 Callander

Isa. 35:3-6

  1. Tim. 4:5-17

Luke 10:1-9

11.15 Aberfoyle

Isa. 35:3-6

  1. Tim. 4:5-17

Luke 10:1-9

 

Wednesday  21st October 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 12:39-48

 

Future Notices

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group – Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to 4pm in St George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street.  You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.  It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue.  The conference is free and open to all.  Further detail available through Richard

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets

Wednesday 28th October

16.00 – 17.30

camphill blair drummond

Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

Also

Thursday 29th October

10.00 – 15.30

 Friday 30th October 2015 

19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Tickets – £10 – from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or 01786 870710

  Saturday 28thNovember

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

 

 

 

 

Pew Leaflet week ending 11th October 2015

Sunday11th October 2015  Trinity 19

Hymns:   A&M 201, 220, 156, CG 74.

Readings: Amos 5: 6—7, 10—15 (P. 920); Hebrews 4: 12—16

(p.1203); Mark 10: 17—31 (P.1014).

 Headlines ………..

Many thanks to all who came to the harvest supper last Friday evening and Evelyn and Fiona for their organisation. Donations at the Festivals to Surestart Stirling were delivered yesterday.

And tailpieces ……….

The apple trees in St. Andrew’s back garden are now fruiting. To save them being wasted, please call and pick them before they fall.

Recent ’Country Life Magazines’ are available free of charge.

Please contact Richard if this is of interest.

Wednesday 7th October

11.30 Killearn Midweek Service

Future Notices

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St. Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group— Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30 am to 4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street. You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking. It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all.     Further detail available through Richard.

Wednesday 28th October

16.00 – 17.30 Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House, Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

 Friday 30th October 2015 Concert at St Mary’s

Les Trois Blondes at St. Mary’s Church bringing the only band in Scotland specialising in this kind of French café music. Tickets £10 from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or O1786 870710.

Saturday 28th November

Join hundreds of thousand of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

Www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

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Last Saturday I was taken to a “Working Horses Day”   held at the East Crieffvechter Farm near Crieff.

It was a beautiful day both weatherwise, people-wise, horses-wise and programme-wise. So much to see and hear about.

Hopefully the picture above gives some idea of the surroundings. What the horses are pulling is a haystack-making machine, which they demonstrated.

The weather was warm enough for people to work in shirt sleeves and we were lucky enough to get ringside seats.

The sloping thing behind the horses is a kind of large rake which pulls up the hay from the ground and tips it into the basket-like thing which is also being pulled by the horses.

Two men in the basket thing are busy jumping up and down on the hay to tamp it down and once the basket is filled the horses are held still, the men jump out of the basket and the basket is tipped up, the hay tumbles out, creating a haystack.

This was a apparently a primitive forerunner of the combine harvester.

Once emptied the whole thing was reassembled and away we went to make another haystack.

The horses were so co-operative and willing and the whole scene is one that takes us back to the time when it was nothing but horses that worked in the fields.

The farmers are very proud of their horses and take great pride in dressing them up for showing especially at e.g. the Highland Show. The way of decorating them involves a good hour or two with washing of the hair on their lower legs, combing them and putting the legs in to basins of bran to dry them. This is followed by decorating the manes with plaiting and ribbons and by adding beautiful metal decorations over the horses necks or backs. The horses stand patiently while all of this is going on and seem to feel very proud as they show off to the crowd.

We were lucky to have a beautiful day and to be able to sit out in the sun to enjoy all the goings-on.

During the time of WWII horses were used in place of tractors . Without them hay-making and harvest would have been very difficult.After the War ended that there was serious discussion as to whether horses should continue to be used on farms or whether it would be better just to do without them and use mechanised vehicles instead.   Fortunately there were one or two dedicated people who were horrified at the idea and who campaigned for keeping the heavy horses, especially the Clydesdales; and farmers who still had Clydesdales started a breeding programme to make sure they would not die out.

Relationships of humans with animals is one of God’s great gifts to us and a great responsibility. He trusts us to respect and treasure them and not to discard them when it suits us. To see these beautiful horses responding to our needs is to see that glorious       relationship.

 

Give thanks to God for all his wonderful gifts.

 

 

 

Rectors Bulletin week ending 11th October 2015

St Mary’s Aberfoyle &

St Andrew’s Callander

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Richard Grosse Rector

01877382887

07759497826

 

Notices for week beginning

Monday 5th October

Headlines

Many thanks to all who came to the Harvest Supper last Friday evening and Evelyn and Fiona for their organization. Donations at the Festivals to Surestart Stirling were delivered yesterday

 

And tailpieces…

The apple trees in St Andrew’s back garden are now fruiting. To save them being wasted, please call and pick them before they fall.

Recent ‘Country Life Magazines’ are available free of charge. Please contact Richard if this is of interest.


Wednesday 7th October

10.00 Callander Midweek Service

11.30 Killearn Midweek Service

Saturday 10th October

St Andrew’s

11.00 The funeral of Patrick Drummond

Sunday 11th October 2015

Trinity 19

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

BCP

Hebrews 4:12-16

Mark 10:17-31

 

11.15 Aberfoyle

Amos 5:6-7,10-15

Hebrews 4:12-16

Mark 10:17-31


 

Future Notices

Wednesday 14th October 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 11:42-46

 

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

 

Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group – Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to 4pm in St George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street.  You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.  It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue.  The conference is free and open to all.  Further detail available through Richard

 

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets

Wednesday 28th October 16.00 – 17.30 and Thursday 29th October 10.00 – 15.30

Camphill Blair Drummond

Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

Friday 30th October 2015 

19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Tickets – £10 – from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or 01786 870710

  Saturday 28thNovember

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org