Sunday 17th November – 2nd Before Advent

Services for the coming week

 

Midweek Services Preacher/

Officiant

St Ninian’s Wed 10:15 Eucharist Christopher
Christ Church Thurs 10:00 Eucharist Christopher
Sunday 24th November – Christ the King
St Ninian’s 08:00 Eucharist Christopher
Christ Church 09:30 Eucharist Helen/Christopher
St Ninian’s 11:00 Eucharist Helen/Christopher
St Ninian’s 6:00pm Taizé Jenny Wright

Please note: The service at Christ Church is at 09:30 next week.

Notices

Christ Church AGM follows today’s service.

 

Today at 7:00pm Dalbeattie Churches Together at St Peter’s Church.

 

Carol Services: Christopher would like suggestions for carols and poems to be used at our carol services in December.

 

19th Nov Castle Douglas MU 12.30 “Living Nativity” at Crossmichael – Ahrlene Fuller

 

21st Nov Mother’s Union Regional Rally at St John’s, Dumfries

There will be a Eucharist followed by lunch and a talk by Anna Shukman: Russia: The Country where religion was destroyed – and how it recovered.

All are welcome! (Mothers Union welcomes men and women.)

 

23rd Nov Christ Church Winter Sale. Only 1 week away now, please be thinking about what you can contribute: baking, craft items, time – volunteers are always needed for the stalls. Donations are needed for the prize hampers. Contact Jane Greenwood to volunteer or for information on 01556 611144.

 

Meditation eRetreat With Laurence Freeman OSB ‘Who Do You Say I Am’

“This Retreat has been prepared to help you spend quality time in the most fundamental relationship of your life, your relationship with God. In the ground of this relationship are planted all your human relationships, even your relationship with yourself.”

The cost of the Retreat is £20.00. (we have a group concession) Please contact Christopher (the Rector) for more details.

 

1st Dec @ 4:00pm Musical Reflection for Advent at Christ Church, Dalbeattie.

God’s promise of a Redeemer is about to be fulfilled.   This will be a quiet space to express our contrition, and through prayer, scripture and music, to reflect on God’s mercy and forgiveness and his wonderful gift of Redemption and Salvation.  This is a non-denominational time of prayer.   All are welcome.

 

Healing Blankets are available in both churches. If you know of someone suffering illness, grief or loneliness, in need of a

‘comforter’, please take a blanket from the front of church. The recipient will know that they are enfolded in the prayers of the church. More blankets would be appreciated.

 

Donations for local Food Banks can be left at the back of

both churches. St Ninian’s supports CD ‘Helping Hands Food Bank’ and Christ Church supports Kirkcudbright Food Bank. Non-perishable foods please, also toiletries. NB: Please will you write the Best Before Date clearly on food items. This helps the people at the Food Banks and saves them time looking for hard to find dates.

Please pray for…

Rosemary Elliot

Barbara Chadwick

Ron Newton

Katherine Hatfield (Jenny Wright’s daughter)

Daniel Collins Snr

Andrew Milner

Susie Ross

Pray also for those who are caring for these people.

The Bishops as they seek God’s will in choosing the next bishop for our diocese.

 

Dates for your Diary

29th Nov Study Day on Matthew’s Gospel at St Ninian’s Castle Douglas 11:30am – 4:30pm.

30th Nov from 10:30 – 15:30 Paint your Guardian Angel at Gordon Memorial Hall, St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas. Booking required. See poster for details.

14th Dec a Celebration of the Eucharist to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in the Scottish Episcopal Church at 2.00pm, at St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth.

14th Dec Advent Quiet Day. Rediscovering the child of Christmas. St Ninian’s Castle Douglas. See poster for details.

17th Dec  @ 12.30 Castle Douglas MU Christmas Party.

 

A Celtic Prayer

Adapted from the Gaelic by Mary Rogers

 

Deep peace of the running wave to you,

of water flowing: rising and falling,

sometimes advancing, sometimes receding…

May the stream of your life flow unimpeded!

Deep peace of the running wave to you!

 

Deep peace of the flowing air to you,

which fans your face on a sultry day,

the air which you breathe deeply, rhythmically,

which imparts to you energy, consciousness, life.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you!

 

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,

who, herself unmoving, harbours the movements

and facilitates the life of ten thousand creatures,

while resting contented, stable, tranquil.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you!

 

Deep peace of the shining stars to you,

which stay invisible till darkness falls

and disclose their pure and shining presence

beaming down in compassion on our turning world.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you!

as printed in Water, wind, earth and fire: the Christian practice of praying with the elements © 2010 Christine Valters Painter.