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ST MARK’S CHURCH, ABERDEEN Member of Aberdeen City Grouping

Sunday 4 March 2012 Songs of Praise for the Second Sunday in Lent A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for Diane’s safe return Theme: Just, Transparent Good News!

Jesus spoke about it plainly. (Mark 8: 32)


Welcome and Church Family News Call to worship Praise: CH4 180: Give thanks with a grateful heart The Offering Praise of Dedication and The Lord’s Prayer The Sunday School: CH4 204: I am the Church! Prayer with the Children Praise: CH4 191: Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you Reading: Psalm 22 v 23 – 31 (page 453) Praise: MP 119: El-Shaddai, El-Shaddai El-Shaddai, El-Shaddai El-Elyon na Adonai Age to age, You’re still the same by the power of the name. El-Shaddai, El-Shaddai Erkamka na Adonai We will praise and lift You high, El-Shaddai. Through Your love and through the ram You saved the son of Abraham. Through the power of Your hand, turned the sea into dry land. To the outcast on her knees You were the God who really sees, and by Your might You set Your children free. El-Shaddai……..


Through the years You made it clear, that the time of Christ was near. Though the people couldn’t see what Messiah ought to be. Though Your word contained the plan they just could not understand. Your most awesome work was done through the frailty of Your Son. El-Shaddai………. Praise: CH4 251: I, the Lord of sea and sky Reading: Mark Ch 8 v 30 – 38 (page 828) Praise: CH4 533: Will you come and follow me Praise: CH4 543: Christ, be our light! Address: Just, Transparent Good News Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession Praise: CH4 512: To God be the glory Benediction CCL Licence No 409105


CHURCH FAMILY NEWS 1. The Trustees (Congregational Board members and Elders) will meet at the close of worship this morning to approve the annual Accounts. 2. The Annual General Meeting of St Mark’s Church will take place during morning worship next Sunday, 11 March. 3. The Kirk Session will meet on Monday 12 March at 7.30 pm. Relevant papers will be available in the Deacons’ Room this morning. 4. Office Bearers will have begun telephoning the congregation, as mentioned in the last Church Magazine. If you have not received a call by the end of March, please contact Diane. 5. The Guild of Friendship meets tomorrow afternoon when Moira and Fred will provide the entertainment. 6. The Guild and Men’s Club meet together tomorrow evening when Steve Packwood will talk on Operation Mobilisation. There will also be a Bring and Buy sale. 7. The Scottish Country Dancers meet on Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. 8. Lent Studies “Ram to Lamb”: this series of five weekly Lenten studies will begin in St Mark’s on Friday 9 March at 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm. The studies continue every Friday afternoon up to Good Friday. The studies are open to people from all three parish grouping churches - everyone welcome.


9. The Men’s Club is holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 10 March from 10 am – 1 pm. Donations of home bakes and items for the Raffle would be most welcome. Please come along and support us. 10. Afternoon Communion on Sunday 1 April: volunteer drivers are required to take members of the Circle of Care to and from Communion. Please add your name to the list in the vestibule if you are able to help. 11. The Signing Class will meet on Wednesday 7 March at 6.30 pm. All are welcome! 12. Fairtrade Helpers - if anyone is interested in running a Fairtrade table when we have coffee/tea after Sunday Services please give your name to the Church Office using the slip which is available in the vestibule or in the Hall. 13. The Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping Prayer Circle will meet in Queen Street Church chapel on Wednesday 7 March at 2.30 pm. Please come along and be part of an informal gathering of people from all three of the grouping churches. 13. Advanced Notice: there will be a Pilgrimage to Israel in November 2013. More information to follow.


EASTER COMPETITIONS! Easter Egg decorating and An Easter picture made of anything Adults and children - everyone - put your thinking caps on! Enter one or both competitions. There will lots of prizes!

Thank You! Malcolm Steel would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, cards and phone calls I received following my recent spell in hospital. I look forward to being back to normal soon.


Order of Service 4 March 2012