A prayer for Ukraine from Christian Aid.
Lord of all people and all nations,
We lift before you the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia,
Each girl and boy, each woman and man living in fear of what tomorrow might bring,
We long for a time you spoke of through your prophet Isaiah,
When weapons of war would be beaten into ploughshares,
When nation will no longer lift up sword against nation,
We cry out to you for peace,
Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety,
Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones,
Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression,
Fill earthly leaders with great wisdom to find paths to peace,
Please Lord come and have your way in your world,
May your will be done here, on earth as it is in heaven,
May your peace reign. Now and always,
We lift this prayer to you, our God who is able to do
more than we can ever ask or imagine,
In the name of Christ our saviour,
Support for Ukraine
As a church we support Christian Aid. Christian Aid is part of the DEC. The government will match fund the first £20,000,000 donated. You can donate, and sign a petition calling on the government to help Ukrainian refugees, at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/ukraine-crisis-appeal
We have our monthly Family Service on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. in Melrose Parish Church Hall. Family services last 30 minutes and are very informal. All welcome.
Rev Sara Embleton will be conducting worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and at 11.00am in Melrose Church on this first Sunday in Lent. Melrose services are livestreamed, and you can join us on our church website or Facebook page or watch the recording thereafter. www.bowdenandmelrosechurch.org 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.
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.
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
A reminder that the Kirk Session meets on Thursday 10 March at 7.00pm in the Church Hall.
Messy Church is on Sunday 20th March at 3.00pm. All welcome to come along and take part.