Sunday 24 October 2021

Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal –

The shoeboxes are being collected from Melrose Rugby Club car park on Monday 25 October between 2.20 and 2.50pm. You can either bring your showbox to church on Sunday or take it direct to the Blythswood van at the Rugby Club. Thank you!


Tea and Coffee after the Melrose Service –

We will be serving tea and coffee after worship in Melrose from Sunday. If you would like to volunteer for the rota please contact Helen in the office. We need 2 people each week. There are some ‘rules’ that we must follow to keep everyone safe….

If you wish to stay for tea or coffee please access the church hall from the Gattonside porch. Try and observe 1 metre distancing, keep your mask on – you can take it off when you are drinking, sanitise your hands as you pass, put your ‘trace and ptotect’ slip in the box in the hall so we know who has stayed for a drink. You will be served your drink, milk, sugar and a biscuit from the hatch and then you are asked to take a seat. Try and sit with someone you don’t normally get a chance to talk to…. Leave your mug on the table when you have finished. Leave by the Gattonside door. It’s another step forward….


Sunday Worship –

We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. The theme of the service is ‘ What a good thing it is that God is not fooled by outward appearance! The 11.00am service is livestreamed on both Facebook and our website www.bowdenandmelrosechurch.org or you can watch the recording thereafter. The hymn sheet is attached so you can sing along…. A podcast based on this service will be posted on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday evening. You can also listen by phoning  01896 808551.


Keeping Safe –

Whilst most Covid restrictions in Scotland have been lifted the virus is still a threat and care still needs to be taken. Physical distancing is still recommended as is hand sanitising and the wearing of masks at indoor events. Complying with Test and Protect remains in place. The Church of Scotland is advising that we continue to observe 1 metre distancing in the short term. This gives us good capacity in both our buildings – up to 180 in Melrose and 40 in Bowden. Different options for joining in worship are now a part of church life. Please do what is right for you.


Television and Radio –

There are other worship opportunities on Sunday. Songs of Praise is on BBC 1 at 1.15pm. 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.


Prayer –

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

Today, there are many voices crying out to be heard. The voices are of those who suffer and who are broken, and of those who are isolated and alone. These voices are intermingled with many others that cry out, whether for good or ill, and seek to be heard. Truly, there are many voices crying out to be heard. The Gospel of Mark records an occasion when Jesus heard a particular voice crying out to be heard. The voice was that of Bartimaeus who was determined to be heard even in the face of the crowd. The voice of Bartimaeus was raised in spite of the rebuke of those who told him to be quiet. Jesus hears his voice and calls him into His presence: “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus hears his voice and responds to the depth of his need: “Go… your faith has healed you.” (Mark 10: 46-52)


From the depths of the crowd, Jesus hears our cry and wills to answer and to bring healing. We pray:


Lord, hear us,
Graciously hear us,
As we turn to You and cry for mercy:

Hear our voice today,
Even from the depths of the crowd,
And answer our cry.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Lord, hear us,
Graciously hear us,
As we turn to You and cry for mercy:
Hear the voice of those who suffer,
Even in their brokenness,
And answer their cry.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Lord, hear us,
Graciously hear us,
As we turn to You and cry for mercy:
Hear the voice of the lonely,
Even from their place of isolation,
And draw them into the community of Your people.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Lord, hear us,
Graciously hear us,
As we turn to You and cry for mercy:
Hear our voice today,
Even as You heard the cry of Bartimaeus,
And inspire in us faith and bring to us healing.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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