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ABERDEEN ST MARK’S CHURCH OF SCOTLAND Member of the Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping

Sunday 2 December 2012 Sunday Family Worship for the First Sunday in Advent including the Guild Dedication “A Faith to Proclaim”

“But blessed us the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8 (NIV)


Welcome to everyone here today on the first Advent Sunday Church Family News Call to worship Leader: Our Souls find rest in God alone. All: Our Salvation comes from God Praise: CH4 272: O come, O come Emmanuel The Offering Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer Children’s address: Jelly babies and baubles Praise: I have come with specials news I have come with special news Special news, special news. I have come with special news (repeat) My fair Lady. You will have a baby boy, Baby boy, baby boy. You will have a baby boy (repeat) My fair Lady. He will be the Son of God Son of God, Son of God. He will be the Son of God, My fair Lady. Praise: Eternal God, we You adore


Eternal god, we You adore as did the Guild before We offer You our hymn of praise for loving us always Through cloud and sunshine. Joy and tears upholding through the years and thanks we give in grateful song, that we to Christ belong. So as the Guild in this our day following Jesus way We seek to serve all those in need to comfort and to feed And though it’s true we’ve often failed Your mercy’s not curtailed You still provide redeeming grace keep us in Your embrace. Then when the Guild does look ahead There’s nothing we need dread For Christ Himself is always near to take away our fear We know that He will ever stay close by us day by day On Him we know we can depend until life’s very end. (Margaret Donald) Guild Dedication (The response by Guild members is ‘This we believe’) Prayer of Dedication and Blessing Praise: Inspire us, Lord


Inspire us, Lord give us strength and courage to serve with grace, unselfish and sincere. Commit our lives, supporting one another with hope and peace replacing hurt and fear. Reach out and help with love and compassion give strength and hope to those who are in need; to work as one, to change the lives of many. Express our faith in worship, prayer and deed. So, Lord, awaken us to every challenge with confidence, determined to succeed. Let us act justly, always showing mercy; break down the walls, transform lives indeed. With willing hearts, we gladly serve the Lord our God in Him we trust and in Him we believe and reach beyond our every expectation. Let us have faith in all that we can achieve. (Diane Cumming) Readings: St Luke Ch 4 v 14 – 21 (page 844) 1 Corinthians Ch 1 v 18 – 31 (page 942) Praise: CH4 533: Will you come and follow me? Sermon: A Faith to Proclaim Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession Praise: CH4 363: We have a gospel to proclaim Benediction

There will be a retiral collection for World Aid’s Day CCL Licence No 409105 Scottish Charity No SCO15451


Forthcoming Services

Sunday 9 December

Second Sunday in Advent 11 am Morning Worship 6.30 pm OAK Evening Service Crown Terrace Methodist Church

Sunday 16 December

Third Sunday in Advent 11 am Morning Worship

Thursday 20 December

12 noon: Shoppers’ Service

Sunday 23 December

Fourth Sunday in Advent 11 am Nativity Service led by the Sunday School

Monday 24 December

10.45 pm Carols & fun 11.30 pm Watchnight Service followed by tea and mince pies in the Hall

Tuesday 25 December

10.30 am Christmas Day Family Celebration Service Bring along a toy or other present to show to everyone.

Sunday 30 December

11 am Morning Worship Endings and Beginnings.


CHURCH FAMILY NEWS Sunday 2 December2012 1. Anyone who requires pastoral care should contact the Session Clerks (321882) or the church office. 2. Home Communion: if you know of anyone in the congregation who would like to have a Home Communion please speak to the Session Clerks. 3. District Elders are asked to collect their District envelopes, magazines etc this morning for distribution. 4. The Congregational Board will meet on Monday 10 December at 7.30 pm. Papers are available in the Deacons’ Room this morning. 5. Will you need a lift to church on Christmas morning? If you do please speak to Diane, or to Ian and Marjorie Lord. 6. Malawi: thanks to all who came along and supported the Pot Luck Lunch for Malawi. £375 was raised which includes money from the Malawi Quiz. A marvellous result. £600 will be sent to the LifeStraw project which Aberdeen Presbytery is supporting. The balance of £225 has been taken from St Mark’s Malawi Fund. We look forward to your support for events planned for the future. 7. The Guild of Friendship meets tomorrow afternoon at 2.15 pm when they will hear the Beacon Singers. 8. The Guild and the Men’s Club have their joint Christmas party tomorrow evening. 9. The Scottish Country Dancers meet at 7.30 pm on Wednesday evening.


10. Sign Language Classes: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 5 December at 6.30 pm in the Meeting Room. 11. The December Grouping Prayer Diary is available in the vestibule this morning. 12. The Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping Prayer Circle will meet in the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting on Wednesday 12 December at 2.30 pm. You will be made very welcome. 13. The Christmas Coffee Shops will be open on Saturdays, 8 and 15 December. Please do come and support these. 14. Life and Work Subscriptions for 2013 are now due. The discounted rate to each subscriber for paying annually is £19.50. Please give your cheque to Rosalyn Rennie or Alex McConochie as soon as possible. 15. Visiting Speaker to Aberdeen: you are invited to hear Grigori Stupak share his first-hand experience of what God is doing through the ministry of Scripture Union in the Ukraine. He will speak in Torry United Free Church of Scotland, Grampian Road, Torry, on Tuesday 11 December at 7.30 pm. The evening will finish at 9 pm.

Starting on Sunday 6 January 2013 the way in which the offering is collected is to change. Your offering will no longer be collected during worship by passing collecting bags along the pews. Instead your offering will be given/collected when you enter the vestibule and before you enter the Sanctuary. This will apply to FWO envelopes and to ‘open plate’ donations. Duty Elders will remind worshippers in the first few weeks of the change so as to avoid any problems. The offering will be brought into the Sanctuary by the Duty Elders for dedication in the usual way. Any member who wishes to change from FWO/Open Plate to giving by Standing Order will find application forms available in the vestibule or from the Treasurer.


First Sunday in Advent  

Order of Service for Sunday 2 December 2012

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