Sunday 30 May 2021

You can listen to the Mid-week Reflection ‘Pentecost Moments’ on our church Instagram and Facebook pages.


Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Sunday is Trinity Sunday when we will be Celebrating the Lord’s Supper in both churches. For those worshipping online or by telephone please be prepared in advance with a piece of bread and a small glass of juice or wine.


We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. Numbers in the buildings are limited and you may still prefer to keep safe at home. Please note – the regulations have changed slightly. There is still the requirement for distancing, face masks, hand sanitising, trace and protect, no singing etc.. We are now able to use the balcony in Bowden Kirk which accommodates 5 people with up to 20 downstairs. In Melrose we have 38 seating areas. (We can accommodate 38 households.) The attendance cap of 50 has been removed. You can join us live at 11.00am on Sundays on both Facebook and our website www.bowdenandmelrosechurch.org or watch the recording thereafter. A Sunday Worship podcast will be posted on Facebook and Instagram at 6.00pm on Saturday evening. You can also listen by phoning  01896 808551.


Television and Radio

There are other worship opportunities on Sunday. On BBC 1 at 11.00am Reflections at the Quay will be led by Sam Nwokoro and Victoria Walker, both students at New College, University of Edinburgh. Songs of Praise is at 1.15pm. The Service is on BBC Scotland at 12noon when Archbishop Leo Cushley leads Mass from St James’ Church in St Andrews. New Every Sunday is at 7.30am on Radio Scotland and Sunday Worship at 8.10am on Radio 4. Both will be available afterwards on BBC Sounds.


General Assembly

I have spent much of the past week in Edinburgh at the General Assembly. There is a highlights programme on Sunday on BBC Scotland at 10.30pm. There are also pictures and recordings on  https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about-us/general-assembly The business of the Faith Nurture Forum which I convene ended up being taken over 3 days – over 7 hours of questioning and debate. It does not yet appear on the website as it is still being edited….


Prayer

On this Trinity Sunday, Christians across the country – and further afield – will once again join together in prayer and reflection at 7pm.


Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
Even in our weakness.
May we know You as Your presence is revealed
And as Your calling is renewed.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In all the gifts of Creation.
May we receive these gifts as a sacred trust
And treasure all that You have given to us.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In the One whom You have sent to redeem us.
May we share in the life of Christ
And in the life of the body of Christ.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In the One whom You have poured out upon us.
May we be renewed by the Spirit
And share in the life the Spirit gives to us.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In our worship in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
May You receive us as we are
And accept us in our weakness.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Offering

Despite the restrictions of these days the work of the church goes on. Thank you for your ongoing support. Many of our members now make their offering by standing order and we would encourage you to do so! Please contact Helen to set this up – bowden.melrosepc@btinternet.com Alternatively you can send or deliver your offering to the church, or you can make an online offering to Bowden and Melrose Church via the Church of Scotland website. https://cos.churchofscotland.org.uk/donate/?cong=040271