Sunday 21st June Trinity 3
HYMNS: A&M : 224, 220, 395, 234
READINGS Job 38: 1—11 (P.538); 2.Corinthians 6: 1—13 (P.. 1161)Mark 4: 35—end (P.1006).
Collect for Trinity 3
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to our service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
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 forever.
Sunday 21st June
At least 6 gardens in Doune will be open to the public from 2—5.30 pm, with part of the proceeds going to St. Modoc’s church funds and the rest to charity. Admission £5, children free. Teas at St. Modoc’s, with plant stall and live music.
Sunday 28th June
11.15 St. Mary’s Holy communion
2.00 p.m.—5.00 p.m.
Scotland’s Garden Scheme: Thorntree (Arnprior) and Woodstone House (Kippen) , Stirling FY8 3JB open.
Woodstone House is bounded to the south by the old Kpen vinery wall, this is a relatively new garden of around one acre, with some species trees (including a mylberry), shrubs, rockeries and vegetables. Wonderful views of the Trossachs. Teas for all at Woodstone
Woodstone House is at the top end of Kippen off the fntry Road.
Thorntree garden is ALSO open on the same day jointly. A plant stall will be open at Carol and Mark’s house at Thorntree, Arnprior FK8 3EY. Admission £6.00 (includes both gardens) or £4.00 for one, children free.
Thursday 23rd July
Parish trip to Dunfermline abbey. Details to follow
Friday 31st July
7.30 Feis Fhorit Concert
Tickets £10 available from 01786870710
Saturday 1st August Port of Mentieth Church at 7pm
Airs and Phrases—an evening of words and music
One hour programme followed by refreshments.
Tickets in aid of Port of Menteith Restoration – £15.00 each.
Children 16 and under !7.50 Tickets reserved through Jan Simpson Arntomie, Port of Menteith FK8 3RD
Sunday 20th September
St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth,
Richard will be installed as Synod Clerk and Canon of the Cathedral during evensong. Details to follow.
A little bit of history
My grandmother was a feisty person. One of a big family with a father who owned a greengrocer’s shop and who was also a lay preacher. She was brought up to accept hard work in her father’s shop and to be a faithful worshipper in the local church. Her father, as a lay preacher, would go out to preach in the churches he visited on a Sunday evening and then visit the local hostelries for liquid refreshment on the way home, arriving there the worse for wear and requiring only just to be put to bed – a duty my grandmother and her sisters carried out without comment.
My father was her only child and my grandfather her rather laid-back husband.
When the war broke out in 1939 my parents deemed it sensible to bring my grandparents from their Burnley home to live with us in our Glasgow home as travel between the two areas would be well-nigh impossible. And so I got to know them very well – and admired my grandmother hugely. One of her favourite things was knitting, something she engaged in avidly during the war – knitting many, many pairs of socks and endless mittens for the soldiers. She refused to knit on a Sunday until one day when she said “Our soldiers fight for us on Sundays, so why shouldn’t I knit for them on Sundays too?” And thenceforth the knitting needles never had a day’s rest.
She retained her pleasure in the church and worshipped regularly at a little Baptist church a tram ride and then a walk from our home, never missing a Sunday. Songs of Praise was her Sunday evening “must” and many a time she would sing a hymn right through without recourse to a hymn book – she knew them all.
But I want to tell you of a gift she gave me on my eighth birthday – it was Arthur Mee’s Children’s Bible. A rather large tome of nearly 500 pages full of illustrations many of which could be taken for photographs. It is subtitled “The Greatest Book in the World in its Own Words”. And just to quote from it: “It is a wondrous story. It is seventy books made into one. It was written by hundreds of men through a thousand years. It begins with a poem and ends with a dream, and between the poem and the dream are some of the greatest and wisest and most beautiful things that men have ever written.” Many are the pictures of Jesus as e.g. the Light of the World and The Good shepherd. There are separate sections on the lives of the apostles, Paul’s Letters, and the beautiful Closing chapters of the Bible – the Dream of St. John
Each group of chapters begins with a précis of what these chapters contain and the chapters all had sub-headings to clarify what they are about. I am ashamed to say that it is only now that I am appreciating what a wonderful gift it was. I still have it and how much pleasure I am getting from it now! Perhaps I wasn’t quite old enough to make good use of it when I was eight, but now in my eighties, I am very much enjoying it.
I wish “Grannie” was here so I could thank her.