Church Sunday Services

As we are of course currently unable to meet for worship you may find the following links to online services that are available.

The Old Parish in East Kilbride
  www.ekopc.org.uk  

Another good link for Sunday morning worship would be to St Columbas, Pont Street, 
 https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/worship/sermons/

The New Laigh Kirk    http://www.nlk.church/   and Fullerton Church and Glasgow Cathedral
 have all been highlighted previously.  You are familiar with them and indeed other congregations who are streaming worship. 

Life and Work Magazine: May 2020

During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected and so the May 2020 issue is being made available online.  This can be accessed by visiting https://www.lifeandwork.org/resources/free-download-may-2020
 
Highlights from this issue includes:
 
  • FEEDING THE HUNGRY
  • ‘GOD HAS NOT FINISHED WITH SCOTLAND’
  • ASSEMBLY CANCELLATION
  • WAR’S END
I hope you will enjoy reading this issue.

Graeme’s Garden

Hi Folks,

 Last week or was it this week?!   Janet asked me to post this excellent wee bit of video on Graeme’s Garden….Easter was going on and I thought probably best to hold this back a few days before posting.

“Graeme is a keen gardener and a member of Scotland Garden Scheme. He sent me the clip yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and asked if I could share it with you all.” states Janet.

 Anyway I’ve put three different way of accessing this for you and hope that one of them works for you!
 Keep well and safe.

 

Graeme garden

https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AOZ%5FTdLlWsfiULQ&cid=6DA808E35A3F719E&id=6DA808E35A3F719E%21395&parId=root&o=OneUp

https://1drv.ms/v/s!Ap5xP1rjCKhtgwvmf03S5VrH4lC0

An Easter Day Word

Letter 2020, Easter

Easter Sunday 2020

An Easter Day word from the Rev Fiona Maxwell

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all’

As many of you will be aware, I am currently on extended compassionate leave after the death of my Dad four weeks ago. Dad’s funeral was attended by a very limited number at the Crematorium and we were unable to have a Thanksgiving Service. This, of course, the experience for so many in these changed times.

I take this opportunity to ‘thank you’ for your kind words in cards, your thoughts and prayers for me and my family which have been a source of comfort.

In many and varied ways all our lives have been changed not just for now but perhaps for ever. I wonder what thoughts, questions, doubts, fears, hopes and dreams have been going through your minds in these days? There are no easy answers. No glib statements that can make everything ok. We need to acknowledge the sadness we feel. So many kinds of grief afflict us, as we think of the losses of this time, not only those associated with bereavement but everything else we have ’lost’ in these days. We need to be gentle with ourselves and one another, now and in the days to come when we emerge from isolation back into community.

On this Easter Sunday, so different as we find ourselves apart and not together, I pray that you may each know that Christ has walked where we walk and is with us in these days.

The words of poet John O’Donohue

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning’

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again, Jesus said, “Peace be with you! (John chapter 20)

 

May the celebration of resurrected life bring new hope to your being.
May the victory over earthly death turn your eyes to the promises of heaven.
May the empty tomb help you to leave your sorrows at the foot of the cross.
So that God’s hope, promises and forgiveness reign in your life forever.

Amen.

 

 

Holy Week and Easter Services

Christ is risen

Christ is risen

Christ is risen, indeed!

The good news of resurrection is personal. It is for you. It is for any death-dealing circumstance that feels impossible in your life. It is for any relationship that needs to be risen from the grave.

The good news is for the whole world. The gift of new life is cause for running, for celebration, for eager sharing and a joy-filled life. Because Christ is risen, we can be risen here and now. We can wake up to life with excitement. We can hold on to and live into and boldly claim abundant life in Jesus Christ. Share the good news!

Happy Easter to one and all from Kay Park Parish Church

Rev Fiona Maxwell, Fiona has directed us to regard the following which allows us further opportunities for worship.

For Good Friday you may wish to go to the website of Glasgow Cathedral, where from 12noon they will be streaming music and reflections for Good Friday.  The link to Glasgow Cathedral is:-
Glasgow Cathedral holy week services

Another website you can visit is where   Barbara Graham introduces us to the undernoted regarding New Laigh Kirk Kilmarnock Services as undernoted.
Subject: Holy Week and Easter services.
I hope that you continue to keep well as we travel through Holy Week towards Easter.
If you have internet access, you may like to join in some online services for this season of the Christian year. Here is an invitation from Rev. David Cameron of New Laigh Kirk.

Maundy Thursday – Online 7.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday Vigil – Online 1.30pm Meditations and Hymns
Please note video clips used in this service will be from the film The Passion of the Christ, although short they are graphic.  Some people might find the clips of film disturbing and upsetting.

Another option you might choose is to undertake your own personal vigil…
 

Easter Day
Online 9.00am Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
On line 11.00am Easter Service
Please ensure you log on through the New Laigh Kirk Website http://www.nlk.church/
and click the button Watch live Sunday 11.00am.
  “IF YOU WISH TO JOIN ME AT HOME IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER PLEASE, PROVIDE FOR YOURSELF AND THOSE SHARING WITH YOU A SMALL GLASS OR CUP OF WINE/JUICE AND A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD AND FOLLOW ME ONLINE.”

May this holy week in such unfortunate circumstance bring much blessing upon you and yours.

Palm Sunday Prayer

Rev Fiona Maxwell, Fiona, has asked me to post this evening prayer for you

url is:- 


  Palm Sunday Prayer

Churches in Scotland are joining together in prayer at 7pm this Palm Sunday, 5 April.

Boy praying
Photo by David Beale at Unsplash.

For the last two weeks, thousands of people across Scotland have answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Thirteen Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, are taking part in the joint prayer.

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said:

“Many people have commented how helpful it is to have this time of prayer when we can join together with Christiansfromall round the country and from different denominations and share similar words expressing our concerns at this time”

Churches Together in England will also be praying each Sunday at 7pm and will be using the #prayersofhope to share the message on social media.

The churches have issued a letter with this week’s prayer that reads:

“As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever-renewed Call to Prayer.

“We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7pm on Sunday 5th April, which is Palm Sunday.

A Gaelic version of the statement and the prayer can be found here

A prayer for this time

Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us,

We give you thanks.

For the enduring presence of your love in this world,

We give you thanks.

For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day,

We give you thanks.

On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak of hope,

We hear the cry: Hosanna!

We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise,

We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

On this day, we journey in hope as we trust in your promise.

Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come,

We are conscious that we share in the life of the world.

We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us,

And of those from whom we are apart.

Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love.

Lord, we are conscious of others,

Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society,

And upon whom we now depend.

We pray for them:

For delivery drivers and posties,

For refuse collectors and cleaners,

For police officers and care workers,

Protect them and keep them safe.

For nurses and doctors,

For scientists and surgeons,

For midwives and ambulance drivers,

Protect them and watch over them.

For those who govern on our behalf,

For those who make decisions that impact upon us all,

For all who shape our common life,

Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And grant us faith to journey into the week to come,

Assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord,

Jesus Christ. Amen.”

The statement and prayer is signed by:

Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland

Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church

Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church

Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)

Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland

Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)

Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland

Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army

Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God

Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)

 

News re Online Services Etc

KAY PARK PARISH CHURCH WORSHIP

KAY PARK PARISH CHURCH. – WORSHIP

Our Minister, Rev Fiona Maxwell is currently on extended compassionate leave. The Business Committee has taken the necessary steps to cease meeting for Sunday worship and has cancelled all lets. Some additional cleaning has been undertaken ensuring that the building is safe when we are able to return.

With the church being closed due to the Coronavirus situation, the Business Committee thought it might be helpful to provide a number of sources which you may wish to use to allow you some element of worship on a Sunday, or whenever you wish.

Some of the suggestions are “online“ and require the use of a computer, but we have also provided information which does not require any modern technology. We hope you find some/all of this helpful.

Live Streaming : A number of churches currently stream their Sunday worship live. The following are three which you might like to try. A full list of churches which stream is available from

churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/services-online.

Sanctuary First; Fullarton Connexions; Stewarton: John Knox.

The following is a programme of readings and hymns which can be used without any modern technology, only a bible and hymn book are required.

5th April Matthew 27 v11-54 Jesus and Pilate, and the Crucifixion Hymn 364 All glory laud and honour; Hymn 404 Lord of the dance

12th April John 20 v 1-18 The empty tomb and Mary Magdalene Hymn 410 Jesus Christ is risen today; Hymn 419 Thine be the glory

19th April Acts 2 v 22-32 Peter addressing the crowd; John 20 v 19-31 Jesus appears to his disciples Hymn 459 Crown Him with many crowns; Hymn 449 Rejoice the Lord is King

26th April Luke 24 v 13-35 On the road to Emmaus Hymn 562 Through the love of God our Saviour; Hymn 14 The Lord’s my shepherd

3rd May John 10 v1-10 Jesus as shepherd and gate Hymn 644 O Jesus, I have promised; Hymn 551 In heavenly love abiding

10th May John 14 v 1-14 Jesus is the way Hymn 543 Longing for light; Hymn 154 How great Thou art

17th May Psalm 66 v8-20 Praise the Lord who is always with us Hymn 132 Immortal, invisible, God only wise; Hymn 174 God of great and God of small

24th May John 17 v 1-11 Life is difficult ………..but… Hymn 436 Christ triumphant, ever reigning; Hymn 449 Rejoice, the Lord is king

31st May John 20 v 24-31 Jesus appears to Thomas Hymn 448 Lord, the light of your love is shining; Hymn 582 O day of joy and wonder

7th June Matthew 9 v 9-13 Calling of Matthew; Matthew 9 v 18-26 Jesus healing Hymn 500 Lord of creation to you be all praise; Hymn 502 Take my life, Lord, let it be

14th June Matthew 9 v35 – chapter 10 v8, and Matthew 10 v 9-23 Jesus sends out the disciples; Hymn 528 Make me a channel of your peace; Hymn 533 Will you come and follow me

21st June Psalm 86 v1-10, 16-17 A prayer of David Hymn 110 Glory be to God the Father; Hymn 124 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation

28th June Genesis 22 v 1-4 Being tested Hymn 600 Spirit of God, unseen as the wind; Hymn 626 Holy Spirit, truth divine

May God’s Holy Spirit be with you and yours over the coming weeks and months and we look forward to being back in the church, worshipping together when it is safe to do so.

Blessings

Janet Grant

Session Clerk