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)


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

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.


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


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.


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.