Sunday 27 February 2022

A prayer from the Scottish Church Leaders Forum in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Living God,
Creator and giver of life to all people:
We ask that you would hear our prayer for peace amongst the nations
And for ending of conflict in Ukraine.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who shall judge between the nations:
We ask that that you would lead the nations in the paths of peace
And that the dividing wall of hostility would be broken down.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who has inspired faith across the ages:
Grant peace in the midst of war
And bring harmony to the commonwealth of nations.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who gave his only Son that we might have life:
We ask that you would pour out your Holy Spirit
And inspire in us hope that peace will be renewed.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Here is the weekly news from Bowden and Melrose Church.

Sunday Worship – Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and at 11.00am in Melrose Church. We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper in both places, we also have a baptism in Melrose. Melrose services are livestreamed, and you can join us on our church website or Facebook page or watch the recording thereafter.   The order of service is attached. A worship podcast based on this service will be posted on Facebook, Instagram and our website on Saturday evening.You can listen on 01896 808551.

Facemasks must be worn, unless exempt, and 1 metre distancing observed, 2 metres for those unmasked. You are asked to take a Lateral Flow Test twice weekly, ideally before meeting up with those from other households.

Choir Rehearsals

Melrose Church Choir rehearsals have resumed in the Church Hall on Sunday mornings at 10.00am. New members will be made very welcome.

Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee will be served in the Church Hall after worship in Melrose.

Other worship opportunities

There are other worship opportunities on Sunday. On BBC1 Songs of Praise is 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



Guild members and friends are invited to an informal Afternoon Tea and chat in the Church Hall on Thursday 3rd March at 2.30pm.

Messy Church

There will be a Messy Church Planning Meeting in the Church Hall on Friday 4th March at 4.00pm. All those interested in helping with Messy Church are invited to come along. Messy Church is on Sunday 20th March at 3.00pm. Again, all welcome to come along and take part.

Family Service

We have a Family Service next Sunday 6th March at 10.00 a.m. in Melrose Parish Church Hall. Family services last 30 minutes and are very informal.

Sunday 6 March

Worship next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Sara Embleton.

Lent Study Group

The minister will be leading a series of Lenten studies based on the hymn ‘There is a green hill far away’ on Monday afternoons at 2.00pm in Melrose Church Hall. Each one stands alone. Come when you can!

Monday 7 March         There is a green hill

Monday 14 March       We cannot tell

Monday 21 March       That we might be forgiven

Monday 28 March       No other good enough

Monday 4 April             And we must love him too

Kirk Session

A reminder that the Kirk Session meets on Thursday 10 March at 7.00pm in the Church Hall.