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January 2021

Service: Sunday 31 January 2021

  • 31 January 2021
  • lorna.graham

Church from your Couch

Hymns at Home

CH4 609
Played by Catriona Lachlan at Polbeth Harwood Church

 
1 Come, living God, when least expected,
when minds are dull and hearts are cold,
through sharpening word and warm affection
revealing truths as yet untold.
 
2 Break from the tomb in which we hide you
to speak again in startling ways;
break through the words in which we bind you
to resurrect our lifeless praise.
 
3 Come now, as once you came to Moses
within the bush alive with flame,
or to Elijah on the mountain,
by silence pressing home your claim.
 
4 So, let our minds be sharp to read you
in sight or sound or printed page,
and let us greet you in our neighbours,
in ardent youth or mellow age.
 
5 Then, through our gloom, your Son will meet us
as vivid truth and living Lord,
exploding doubt and disillusion
to scatter hope and joy abroad.
 
6 Then we will share his radiant brightness
and, blazing through the dread of night,
illuminate by love and reason,
for those in darkness, faith's delight.

 

Kids Kirk

A Message from our Minister: January 2021

  • 30 January 2021
  • lorna.graham

Due to the current lockdown restrictions, we are not able to have worship in our churches at the moment. But please remember: While our buildings might be closed – THE CHURCH IS STILL OPEN! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any kind of support, or even just want a wee blether!

Every Sunday on our Church Website and Facebook pages, you can join in Sunday Worship form the comfort of your own home. There are 3 clips available: Church from your Couch, Hymns at Home, and Kids’ Kirk. These are available from 10am, but can be watched at any time after that. We also have a phone service, which means that if you don’t have internet access, you can dial 01506 286 884 to listen to the worship service. A transcript of the sermon is also available on the website.

Every now and again there will be an invitation to meet via Zoom over a cuppa after church. The log-in details will be posted with the service.

On Wednesdays at 4pm there is a Midweek Message on the Website and Facebook pages.

As soon as we are allowed to open our church doors again, we will do so – please keep an eye on the Webpage/Facebook for details about this and any other events.

During these strange times, please remember the words of Jesus at the very end of the Gospel according to Matthew: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

May God be very close to you all.

Nanda

Service: Sunday 24 January 2021

  • 24 January 2021
  • lorna.graham

Church from your Couch

Hymns at Home

CH4 (532) Lord you have come to the seashore
Played by Catriona Lachlan

Lord, you have come to the seashore,
neither searching for the rich nor the wise,
desiring only that I should follow.

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,
gently smiling, you have spoken my name.
All I longed for I have found by the water,
at your side I will seek other shores.

Lord, see my goods, my possessions,
in my boat you find no power, no wealth.
Will you accept, then, my nets and labour?

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,
gently smiling, you have spoken my name.
All I longed for I have found by the water,
at your side I will seek other shores.

Lord, take my hands and direct them.
Help me spend myself in seeking the lost,
returning love for the love you gave me.

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,
gently smiling, you have spoken my name.
All I longed for I have found by the water,
at your side I will seek other shores.

Lord, as I drift on the waters,
be the resting-place of my restless heart,
my life's companion, my friend and refuge.

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,
gently smiling, you have spoken my name.
All I longed for I have found by the water,
at your side I will seek other shores

Kids Kirk

Service Sunday: 17 January 2021

  • 17 January 2021
  • lorna.graham

Church from your Couch

Hymns at Home

CH4 251   Played by Catriona Lachlan
I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save 

I, who made the stars of night
I will make their darkness bright
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart

I, the Lord of snow and rain
I have borne my people's pain
I have wept for love of them
They turn away

I will break their hearts of stone
Give them hearts for love alone
Who will speak my word to them
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart
 
I, the Lord of wind and flame
I will tend the poor and lame
I will set a feast for them
My hand will save

Finest bread I will provide
'Til their hearts be satisfied
I will give my life to them
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart

Kids Kirk

Service: Sunday 10 January 2021

  • 10 January 2021
  • lorna.graham

Church from your Couch

Hymns at Home

CH4 96
Played by Catriona Lachlan in -The West Kirk of Calder

You are before me, Lord, You are behind.
And over me You have spread out Your hand;
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
Too high to grasp, to great to understand.

 
Then from Your Spirit where, Lord, shall I go;
And from Your presence where, Lord, shall I fly?
If I ascend to heaven You are there,
and still are with me if in hell I lie.

If I should take my flight into the dawn,
If I should dwell on ocean's farthest shore,
Your mighty hand will rest upon me still,
And Your right hand will guard me evermore.

If I should say, "Let darkness cover me,
And I shall hide within the veil of night,"
Surely the darkness is not dark to You;
The night is as the day, the darkness light.

Search me, O God, search me and know my heart;
Try me, O God, my mind and spirit try;
Keep me from any path that gives You pain,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
 

Kids Kirk

New Year

  • 10 January 2021
  • lorna.graham

Dear Congregation Member,
As we reflect about the New Year, this week’s worship service is about our journey through life. And that made me think back over 2020. What a journey it’s been!
But we’ve also had some actual journeys during lockdown! 
To stay fit and make the most of a strange year, we had 2 challenges:

•    The July Challenge – we challenged people to count their steps throughout July, 
so we could see how many people could virtually walk/run/cycle to Aberdour Beach and back (where we usually have our annual picnic).

Here is a summary of our achievement:

WK-PH July Challenge    
Number of Participants   - 52
Total Steps Counted       -  4,383,855
Average Steps (each - not everyone recorded steps)   -  84,304,90
Total Miles Recorded      - 5,525
Average Miles (each)     - 106.25
PH to Aberdour (rtn) - miles   - 52
Total Round Trips – PH – Aberdour - PH   - 106
That’s 106 people we were able to get to and from Aberdour through our collective walking / cycling / running -  just fantastic!!

Then people were invited to guess how many round tips were made, 
and Nicola Young was closest with her guess of 90.
 
•    Fit for faith – in October Henro challenged me to walk with him for at least 3 miles every single day, 
and he asked people to sponsor our walks. 
We managed walking quite a bit more than that, and in the end raised £1005.22 for West Kirk & Polbeth Harwood.

Thanks so much for all your support!
We don’t know where 2021 will take us, but let’s make sure that we never let go of God’s hand. 
May God bless you all,

Nanda
 

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