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


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We have a Prayer Meeting on line on Tuesdays.  If you would like people to be asked to pray for you or for a situation or to join us in prayer please email dbarrie@churchofscotland.org.uk  Requests for prayer can be framed anonymously or by name (e.g.  “Someone has asked us to pray for their brother who has cancer and has had his treatment postponed” OR “Frank asks you to pray for him because he has lost his job”)  Please make clear in the email the information you would want shared publically.



Please light a candle and put it in your window at 7pm on Sunday and join Christians all over the country in praying about the current crisis.

Whether you pray regularly or only occasinally, God will hear your prayers.

The Bible says,

"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)








 


One of the best known of the Psalms is Psalm 121 “I to the hills will lift my eyes.”  

The person who wrote it asks, “Where does my help come from?” and he gives the answer that his help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121 was written around 3000 years ago.  It was not written in Scotland but in Israel.  Its truths are timeless.  The words are ancient and were written far away, but they could could as easily have been written recently and here.  In most parts of Tullibody we can easily look out on the Ochil Hills.  They have looked the same for generations.  As we look at them we are reminded that we are much younger than the hills. 

Lee Ann Womack sings a song called "I hope you dance."  It has the line, “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder ...I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.”  The hills have that effect too. The ancient hills dwarf us in many ways.

We are but dust and of yesterday.  God is above and outside of time yet present in every moment.  He is without beginning or end.  He does not change.  He is reliable in every circumstance.  The hills remind us of this truth, as do the words of the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.  Generations have known the eternity and permanence of God, and have drawn strength from it. 

Another part of the Bible, a slightly newer part written just 2000 years ago says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. (Hebrews 13:8)  God does not change.

In a very strange and difficult time we can draw strength as well as comfort from God.

You can read Psalm 121 here. 

 
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 building the congregation are meeting on line.  If you want to be part of this please email the minister dbarrie@churchofscotland.org.uk

Among the things we are doing on line is that we are holding a service every Thursday.  You can listen to an abridged version of it below.  Back copies are available on the News page.

Service : 9th July 2020

Reading : Psalm 2


The BBC are broadcasting a weekly Sunday morning church service on BBC One followed by "Reflections" on BBC One Scotland.


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 Sundays 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