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

Sunday 11 March 2012 Third Sunday in Lent Theme: Holy Space! Faithful action and celebration of adult Baptism

Welcome and Church Family News Call to worship Leader: All: Leader:

God is here with us today. Make us aware of Your presence, Almighty God. We come to reflect on the faithful Word of God, Jesus Christ. All: Increase our understanding and love of You, Almighty God. Leader: Rejoice for the Lord is full of wisdom and grace. All: We worship now in confidence of Your everlasting Love. Leader: Gracious God speak to us and help us to understand Your will. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen. Praise: CH4 193: God is love: his the care The Offering is collected Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer Talk with children Praise: Walking, talking, listening, dreaming (words on insert) Reading: Psalm 19 v 1 – 10 (to be said as a responsive psalm) Leader: All:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.


All: Leader:

All: Leader: All:

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. Amen.

Praise: CH4 595: O Breath of life come sweeping through us Adult Baptism of Oliver Praise: CH4 600: Spirit of God Reading: John Ch 2 v 13 – 19 (page 873) Sermon: A Holy place and faithful action Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession Praise: CH4 192: All my hope on God is founded Benediction CCL Licence No 409105

CHURCH FAMILY NEWS 1. The Annual General Meeting of the Congregation will take place immediately after worship this morning. 2. The Kirk Session will meet tomorrow evening at 7.30 pm. Relevant papers are available in the Deacons’ Room this morning. 3. 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. 4. The Guild of Friendship meets tomorrow afternoon for gentle exercise with Anita. 5. The Strollers will meet on Tuesday 13 March at 10 am outside Lloyds TSB at Holburn Junction. You are welcome to join them. 6. Signing Class: Join us this Wednesday evening, 14 March, at 6.30 pm in the Meeting Room. 7. Lent Studies “Ram to Lamb”: this series of five weekly Lenten studies continues in St Mark’s on Friday 16 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. 8. 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. 9. 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. 10. Heart and Soul in Edinburgh - Sunday 20 May: this event will take place in Princes Street Gardens during the week of the General Assembly. Members of South Holburn Church are trying to arrange a coach to go to Edinburgh for this. Would you like to go? Please contact Ian or Marjorie Lord if you would like to be put on the list. 11. Accommodation required: long-term booking (1 year), 2 nights per week for a Chaplain working with Aberdeen Council. Please contact Stephen Steiner on 07751 493 542 or if you can help. 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!

HOLY WEEK EVENTS The City Centre Parish grouping services throughout Holy Week will all take place in Queen Street Church - full details to follow. The Way of the Cross - Good Friday, 6 April: the Ecumenical urban pilgrimage will commence at 11.45 am at St Andrew’s Scottish Episcopal Cathedral on King Street. Please see the notice in the vestibule for full details of this special journey.

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 11 March

6.30 pm OAK Evening Service Songs of Praise with the Acclamations in aid of the Scottish Bible Society Crown Terrace Methodist Church

Sunday 25 March

Fifth Sunday in Lent 11 am Morning Worship

Sunday 1 April

11 am Morning Worship followed by tea/coffee in the Hall 2 pm Afternoon Communion and Afternoon Tea for Circle of Care

Holy Week Services: Monday 2 – Friday 6 April Queen Street Church at 7.30 pm

Sunday 8 April

Easter Sunday 9 am Easter Celebration - Well of Spa Plazza 9.30 am Easter Breakfast in the Hall 11 am Morning Worship Family Fun Service, Easter competitions followed by a short celebration of Holy Communion 6.30 pm OAK Evening Service Crown Terrace Methodist Church

Order of Service 11 March 2012  

Order of Service for Sunday 11 March 2012

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