Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one
 
Sunday Service - 29th Novemer
Order of Service
1 Welcome (Julian Birchall)
2 Lighting the Candle (Fiona Burnett)
3 Music: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (played and sung by Anne Dawson)
4 Opening Prayers (Lesley Craise)
5 Music: Christ is Coming! Let Creation
6 Reading: Isaiah ch.64 v.5-9 (Rosalind Birchall)
7 Reflection (Julian Birchall)
8 Music: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
9 Prayers for Others (Anne Dawson)
10 Reading: 1 Corinthians ch.1 v.3-9 (Rosalind Birchall)
11 Sermon (Julian Birchall)
12 Music: The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came
13 Benediction (Julian Birchall)
14 Music: The Angel Gabriel (Instrumental)
Welcome to our service for Sunday 29th November. Today's service is led by Julian Birchall.

The readings today are Isaiah ch.64 v.5-9. and 1 Corinthians ch.1 v.3-9.

We would like to involve the community as much as possible in these services so if you have any suggestions or feedback, or would like to participate in or offer pictures for future services please e-mail isobel@skirlinghouse.com

You can view any of our previous online services by going to the Weekly Services page.
Music in the Sunday Service (29th November)
The full versions of four of the pieces the music included in the Sunday Service for the 29th November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2, 3 and 4 through Amazon and through Apple iTunes. Piece 5 is only available through Amazon.
1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Scottish Festival Singers
    from the album The Hymn Makers: Scottish Hymns
    by Maranatha! Music
    from the album Celtic Hymns
    from the album Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 8
    by Celtic Vision
    from the album Celtic Christmas Instrumental

 
 
New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Christmas 2020
The Christmas 2020 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, has been published and should have arrived on most doormats in the area by now.

This edition contains full details of the programme of events coming up this Christmas. There's more happening than you would think so take a look inside and plan your festivities.
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Christmas Gift Services in Skirling & Stobo
A chance to gift something to those who deserve better at Christmas, Young Carers in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh The Old Kirk and Muirhouse in the West Pilton district of Edinburgh usually benefit from our gift collections.    Clearly this has become tricky so we would like to suggest that people purchase gift certificates - you can buy certificates that can be used in several stores.  We can then post them to the two causes ensuring that they arrive safely and in plenty of time to be distributed before Christmas morning. 
Gifts can be handed in at Skirling Village Hall or the Broughton Village Shop.  The churches themselves have limited seating so if you would like to attend either service please contact Isobel Hunter for Skirling or Jane Gillham for Stobo, There will be collection points in Broughton Village Store and Skirling Village Hall.

 
 
Donate to the Church
With limited numbers in the two of our churches that are currently open, we are facing a growing challenge to fund our services, pastoral care and support, and the maintenance of our buildings and facilities.
The Church of Scotland has a web page which allows you to contribute specifically to the local funds required for this work. If you would like to help out please go to the Donate to the Church page, click on Donate to a Congregation, type in the name of the congregation and proceed from there.
If you buy from Amazon then another way of donating is through Amazon Smile. Skirling and Broughton are now registered with Amazon Smile so if you click on one of the links below and place an order then a commission will go to our churches.

Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd, and West Linton Church Newsletters
Carlops
The current presbytery plan proposes that three churches in Upper Tweeddale (Skirling, Broughton and Tweedsmuir), will be linked in the fullness of time with the three churches in the West Linton group (West Linton, Carlops, and Newlands and Kirkurd).

There are still a few hurdles to be cleared before that comes into effect. However in anticipation of new relationships with our neighbours, and to help to find out more about the three churches in the West Linton area we have been publishing the latest editions of the Carlops Church newsletter, the Newlands and Kirkurd newsletter and the West Linton newsletter here and churches in the West Linton area will make our own Kirk Matters available to their community.
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From the Ashes We Shall Rise Again - Film from Beirut
Following on from our service of the 23rd August which was dedicated to the people of Lebanon, Rev. Pamela Strachan's fellow students at NEST (North East School of Theology) told her about this powerful film produced by Jhony Azeir. Please continue to include the people of Lebanon in your thoughts and prayers.
Christian Aid has an appeal running to raise money for the Lebanon crisis. Click here to visit their appeal site
Our service for Lebanon of the 23rd can be viewed in the Weekly Services page.

Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief!
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
For many, there’s still something of a taboo about death, dying and bereavement in Scotland.  We have to face it when someone close to us dies and we’re grateful for funeral directors and clergy who steer us through the process.

However, I’ve been struck by how many people confide that they wish they’d given these matters much more thought in advance and had considered some end-of-life preparation  well ahead of a loved one’s death - or even had some of these important conversations with family members beforehand.   
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  Broughton Kirk at 10am
Tweedsmuir Kirk at 10am
Skirling Kirk at 11.30am
Stobo Kirk at 11.30am
Coming Soon...
Candlelit Lessons and Carols in Drumelzier Kirk
Sunday  20 December 2020

 

Coming Soon...
Candlelit Lessons and Carols in Drumelzier Kirk
Sunday 20 December 2020