Worship Consultation résumé

At Wednesday’s meeting it was agreed that

  • the Easter display in the porch will remain to Pentecost (20th May) after which a new display will focus on images of doves and flames;
  • as part of ‘Jonah in June’ two open evenings will be held on Wednesdays 6th and 27th June to explore and deepen our scripture knowledge;
  •  a series of exploration evenings will be held in autumn on the theme of “Talking of God” on Wednesdays 26th September, 7th October, 14th and 28th November – these fit within the university term;
  • a different approach will be taken to “fifth Sunday” worship on Sunday 29th July (lectionary Gospel is John 6, ‘the great picnic’) with a shorter act of worship then invitation to join a shared meal elsewhere (details to be developed!);
  •  Sunday 24th June will be united worship in Marketgait led by URC Ministers;
  • the next meetings will be on Monday 11th June at 12 noon (to plan 29th July service / outing), and Wednesday 22nd August at 1 pm.

Jonah in June

The Methodist Church encourages us to take a month to study a book of the bible in depth. In June, all the circuit preachers will be looking at the book of Jonah.

To complement the preaching, we have arranged two evening sessions in which we will be able to discuss points that arise from our studies. These will be held in Marketgait on Wednesdays 6th and 27th June at 7pm. All are welcome.

Good Friday worship

We have been invited to share in the Good Friday service on March 30th at the Congregational Church in Dundee along with Salem URC and Meadowside St Pauls. Nick will be preaching the sermon. The service starts at 6:30pm. All welcome.

Lent 2 Liturgy

Psalm 27

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

God, our friend and our parent,
we give you thanks
that in your might and power
you gave birth to our universe
and this wonderful world,
with all its richness and beauty.

We give you thanks
that you made us in your image,
and that within us you placed
a yearning to seek out that which is beyond us
yet makes us whole beings –
your wonderful, transforming presence
in our lives.

We give you thanks
that through the passage of time,
through prophet, priest, ordinary people
and the whole of creation,
you have reached out to us and all humanity,
that we might know you more.

We give you thanks
for the ultimate revelation of you,
O gracious God,
in the coming of your Son Jesus to this our world,
and for his death on the cross –
that ultimate picture of how much you love us.
For all this we give you thanks. Amen.

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World Day of Prayer

On the first Friday of March every year, Christian women around the world invite everyone to join in a Service on a theme prepared by women in one part of the world; for this year the material has been written by Christian women in Suriname on the theme

“All God’s creation is very good”.

The Dundee service will take place on Friday 2nd March at 2.30pm in St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Nethergate. All are welcome and there will be refreshments served afterwards.
Note that the District Event in Perth includes observance of World Day of Prayer in its programme.

Lent 1 Liturgy

Psalm 91

Prayer

I, who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord,
‘My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’

For you will deliver me
from the snare of the fowler,
and from the deadly pestilence;
you will cover me with your pinions,
and under your wings I will find refuge;
your faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

Amen.

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Lent 2018

The Lenten liturgy to be used in worship this year comprises the reading of and a reflection on a selected Psalm for each week. A copy of each Psalm will be placed on the Cross in the worship area.

A display in the porch has also been created to assist our own meditation and to be visible, like the Nativity figures during Advent and Christmas, to people outside.

Advent Liturgy

This year’s Advent Liturgy in Dundee was created at the Circuit Preachers’ Training Day and is offered as a gift from the Preachers to our churches and ecumenical partners.

Church Council résumé

On Wednesday the following decisions were taken:

  • reappointments of Church Treasurer (D Easson), Council Secretary (M Goudie), Pastoral Secretary (J Easson), the Independent Examiner (“auditor”) (F Thomas) and the appointment of the in-coming Finance & Property Convener (K Pearson);
  • in connection with the church development, opening of a property scheme in the Connexional property system, also appointment of Andrew Black Design as architect; an initial sum of £5k to be identified within the church accounts as a redevelopment fund;
  • as there will be no Communion Offering in November (Service in Salem URC), the sum of £50 will be forwarded to the Earl Haig Fund with no need for a (subsequent) retiring offering. This is the amount of the Communion Offering in November 2016 allocated to Tayforth Veterans, but returned to us because of difficulties within the organisation. The Council agreed that, given the work of Tayforth Veterans and the Earl Haig Fund both aim to offer support to former Service personnel, this amount could be treated as the 2017 Communion Offering for the Earl Haig Fund. Please contact the Church Treasurer with any comments or queries, and / or any further donations.
  • Public Worship will take place in Marketgait on Christmas Day at 10.30am.
  • Next meeting – Wednesday 7th February 2018, at 7pm.

Updates were received from the ClothesBank and the Link Club; discussion was held about Scottish Churches Housing Action, ‘MHA extra Christmas card’ (details to come), the return to be made to OSCR, process for decision-making by email, and Data Protection requirements.