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


We are now able to hold services in the church building.

10.00am & 12.00noon

There are a number of restrictions on what we can do and for example for the time being we will not be able to sing hymns.  We ask you to wear a face mask and to follow government advice www.gov.scot   

The number of people we can have in the building is also limited so we will be holding two services.  The second service will be a repeat of the first one so please only come to one of them!

We appreciate that some people can't or don't want to come to church right now.  We have an online service (we use Zoom) every Sunday at 2pm.  For further information please email dbarrie@churchofscotland.org.uk   We also have an on line prayer meeting on Tuesdays at 7.30pm followed by a Bible Study at 8.00pm.  There is an online service every Thursday at 2pm.  You can listen to an abridged version of it below.  Back copies are available on the Services and Meetings page.

Service : 3rd September 2020

Reading : Psalm 24 verse 1-6

Please join Christians all around the country by lighting a candle, putting it in your window and praying every Sunday at 7pm



Candle

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.







 


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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There are various services available on the web and you can also listen in to a number of services on BBC Radio.

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