Welcome to the website of St. Serf's Church of Scotland, Tullibody


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Last Sunday, thousands of Christians across Scotland answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following positive feedback from last week's prayer initiative, a further letter has been signed by 14 Christian organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland.

The letter states: "We pray in solidarity with those across Britain and Ireland and in solidarity with those across the world who face the challenge that the Covid-19 pandemic brings."

A version in Gaelic is also available.

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "When so much is not normal how lovely it can be to come together at 7pm each Sunday and have a few moments in which we can pray together.

"Let me encourage you to keep hope alive and join with us in prayer."



"Cast all your cares on to Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter chapter 5 verse 7)


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.  (Hebrews Chapter 13 verse 8)



God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way  (Psalm 46 verse 1)


 Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

(Matthew chapter 11 verse 26)








 


Like all Church of Scotland congregations our services are cancelled until further notice.  So too are all our mid week meetings.  I know that this will be a disappointment to many people and we will miss the fellowship and human interaction.  We must try to remember that our connection to God, and indeed in the modern world our connections to one another, do not depend on us being in a particular place.  God says, “Heaven is my throne; the earth is my footstool.  What kind of house could you build for me?” (Isaiah 66v1).  No matter where you are you can speak to God in prayer and you can hear his voice in the Bible and in many other ways.

This is a very worrying time for everyone and we are all probably praying more than we normally do.  Because we are all not going out so much we have more time to do other things.  If you find yourself with more time at home than usual perhaps as well recognising it as a frustration you can try to see that it is also an opportunity.  

Our congregation have been looking at Mark’s Gospel this year.  As well as reading a few verses or a chapter at a time it is good to read the whole of the Gospel of Mark as you would any other book.  So I invite you to make yourself a mug of tea or of coffee and to sit down and to read through Mark’s Gospel.   This is a time to do some of the things that we always mean to do.  Most of those reading this will probably want to read Mark's Gospel from their Bible.  Alternatively Mark's Gospel can be read on line here: Mark's Gospel.

Every year we all send and receive Christmas cards and when we do we say, “I really must speak to so and so this year.”  Now would be an opportunity to phone them.  They are likely to be in!  Such a contact reminds us not only of the value of our friendships but of the truth that Christmas will come.  In a time of despair we need hope.  Now as always we need God.  We are reminded by Mark’s Gospel, and indeed by thinking about Christmas, that God has come to be with us in Jesus Christ.

Drew Barrie (Minister)




Like all Church of Scotland congregations we are a parish church which means we are here for the community as well as for our own members. If you want to talk to someone about the Christian faith or for that matter anything else I’d be happy to speak to you. You can phone me on 01259 213326 or you can email me at DBarrie@churchofscotland.org.uk




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Whilst we are forced to temporarily miss being together for worship in St. Serf's, there are sources of listening to Christian worship each week broadcast on national radio and available to listen at anytime via the internet.

 

Radio 4 - Sunday Worship - broadcast every Sunday morning at 8.10am and available on catch-up here:   https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnds   

 

Radio 3 - Choral Evensong - broadcast every Wednesday at 3.30pm and repeated on Sunday's at 3pm.   Catch-up available here:   https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tp7r    

 

Radio Scotland - New Every Sunday - broadcast every Sunday at 6.30am and available on catch-up here:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05ps1jk  


In addition the BBC will also aim to broadcast a weekly Sunday morning church service on BBC One, but this will be subject to outside broadcast capacity.



Every week day from 10am, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, will be leading a short reflection live on his Facebook page