Order of Service Sunday 17th December 2017

Dalserf Parish Church
17/12/2017

3rd Sunday of Advent

The Sunday of JOY

Christmas Gift Service

Entry of God’s Word
(Please stand if you are able)

Welcome and Intimations

Introit:
Call to Worship

Lighting the Advent Candle

Claire –
Our joy is in God and in his son Jesus Christ.
Like peace, joy is a gift from God.
It overtakes us and fills us when we remember what God
has done and what he has promised to do.

Lorna –
We light this candle today, the candle of Joy
to remind us that Christ came, and is coming again,
so that all people might have a rich and abundant life.
We thank God for the hope he gives us, for the peace he
bestows, and for the joy he pours into our hearts.

(Light the Third Candle)

SONG
A candle is burning, a candle of joy.
A candle to welcome brave Mary’s new boy.
Our hearts fill with wonder, and eyes light and glow
as joy brightens winter like sunshine on snow.

Prayer of Approach and Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: 472 Come thou long expected Jesus

The Pathfinders

Readings:
Isaiah 61: 1 – 4 Karyn Scotland
1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 24 Emma Gilchrist
John 1: 6 – 8, 19 – 28 Lewis Scotland

Hymn: 279 Make way, make way, for Christ the King

GIFTS

Hymn: 478 Behold the amazing gift of love

Anthem:

Offering and Prayer of Dedication
Prayers for others

Hymn: 277 Hark the glad sound

Benediction

Threefold Amen

Intimations Sunday 17th December 2017

Intimations Sunday 17th December Gift Service

A warm welcome is extended to any visitors to our Gift Service today. Soup, tea and coffee will be served in Hamilton Hall after the service and you are invited to join us for a short time of fellowship together.

Bible study will meet in Hamilton Hall tomorrow.

Our Boys Brigade will meet on Thursday night in Rorison and will then be on holiday till Thursday 11th January

Our local Nursing Homes will be visited on Friday. Clinton House 1.45pm, Ballantine Court at 2.15pm and 2.45pm. If you are able please come along to all or some of the above and bring Christian Fellowship and Love to the Residents at this special time of year.

This afternoon at 2.30pm there will be Community Carol Singing behind the Village Hall in Crossford. Underbank Primary School will be performing and there will be hot drinks and Mince Pies in the village hall. This was a great success last year and those of us who attended really enjoyed it.

Next Sunday will be Christmas Eve our usual service will take place here in Dalserf at 11.30am and you are invited to wear your Christmas Jumpers.
Later in the evening our Watchnight service will take place here in Dalserf preceded by Christmas Treats in Hamilton Hall at 10pm. Please come along and enjoy the lovely food and wonderful Christian Fellowship

It has been brought to our notice that some of the new Hymnals may have some pages missing. If whilst using one on a Sunday you notice this or any other mistakes can you please give to me at the end of the service.

Our Christmas appeal continues and all donations will go to the Hamilton Joint Churches Drop in Centre.

There are some Church Diaries left. These are on the front pew. Please help yourself.

Order of Service Sunday 10th December 2017

Dalserf Parish Church
10/12/2017

2nd Sunday of Advent

The Sunday of PEACE

Entry of God’s Word
(Please stand if you are able)

Welcome and Intimations

Introit: Hark the glad sound

Call to Worship

Lighting the Advent Candle
By Sunday Pathfinders
A candle is burning, a candle of Peace;
A candle to signal that conflict must cease.
For Jesus is coming to show us the way;
A message of Peace humbly laid in the hay.
(tune: Away in a manger)

Hymn: 273 O come, O come, Emmanuel

Prayer of Approach and Lord’s Prayer

Time with the Pathfinders

Hymn: 481 Jesus, is the name we honour

Readings:
Isaiah 40: 1 – 11 Lily Budgell
Mark 1: 1 – 8 Revd. John Stevenson

Hymn: 599 Holy Spirit, hear us

Sermon: “A Voice in the Wilderness”

Anthem: CH4 Hurray the Lord is near

Offering and Prayer of dedication

Prayers for others

Hymn: 476 Mine eyes have seen the glory

Benediction
Threefold Amen

Intimations Sunday 10th December 2017

PRESBYTERY PLAN STATEMENT

From Rev Devid Doyle

Dalserf people will recall that in September and October an independent review group, commissioned by the Presbytery’s Implementation Committee prepared proposals for a way forward for the churches of Larkhall and Dalserf. These proposals, when presented, first to the Dalserf Kirk Session and then to the Committee itself, were vigorously challenged. Therefore, perhaps surprisingly, certainly boldly, the Committee presented an alternative plan, a commendable plan with higher vision and greater realism. At last Tuesday’s Meeting, Presbytery rejected the Review Group’s proposals and adopted the alternative plan by an overwhelming majority, 90 votes to 6!
So, it is all change!
In brief, the three churches in Larkhall will move towards union, initially between Chalmers and Trinity, (the Trinity building to be disposed of) and in time also with St. Machan’s; there will one congregation with two places of worship and 2.5 ministers/members of staff.
As for Dalserf, we will no longer be part of the Larkhall plan: Dalserf will be given a 0.5 ministry. This could mean a part-time ministry, or, preferably, a linkage with another church in the area (not Larkhall) with a shared full time post.
This a much better option than had been offered, though it does present a great challenge to our congregation. It must be our hope and our prayer that here will be found a positive and realistic way forward for the ministry and mission of Dalserf, for the continuing worship of our congregation, and for its effective work and witness in this parish.
DD.

Intimations Sunday 10th December

2nd Sunday in Advent

A warm welcome is extended to any visitors to our Service today. Soup, tea and coffee will be served in Hamilton Hall after the service and you are invited to join us for a short time of fellowship together.

Bible study will meet in Hamilton Hall tomorrow.

Our Girls Brigade will meet tomorrow night in Rorison. They will then be on holiday till Monday 8th January.

There will be a Kirk Session meeting in Rorison on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Our Guild Christmas Sing-a-long with Kenny Mason and Friends is on Wednesday night in Rorison at 7pm. Cost is £5.00. Kay Blair has tickets.
Our Boys Brigade will meet on Thursday night in Rorison
Next Sunday here in Dalserf will be our Christmas Gift Service. Please bring along a gift marking the age that the gift is suitable for.

Our church Christmas appeal is also underway. Please take this opportunity to donate to the Local Drop in Centre in place of giving each other in the Congregation a Christmas Card. This way we are sharing our Christmas greetings with those less fortunate than ourselves. Just pop your donation in the envelope back in the basket and hang your card on the tree.

Church Diaries are available on the front pew. Please help yourself.

Mrs Nessie Brodie one of our members died on Sunday. Her Funeral took place yesterday.

Received a letter from St Andrew’s Hospice to say that we raised £136. 10 through the sale of their Dove Badges and CD’s . This added to the money raised at the Harvest Lunch makes a grand total of £1,282 10. They extend their grateful thanks.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Our local Nursing Homes will be visited on Friday 22nd December. Clinton House 1.45pm, Ballantine Court at 2.15pm and 2.45pm. If you are able please come along to all or some of the above and bring Christian Fellowship and Love to the Residents at this special time of year.

Sunday 24th December Christmas Treats will be served in Hamilton Hall at 10pm prior to the Watchnight service here in the Church at 11.30pm.

Order of Service Sunday 3rd December 2017

Dalserf Parish Church
03/12/2017

1st Sunday of Advent

The Sunday of HOPE

Entry of God’s Word
(Please stand if you are able)

Welcome and Intimations

Introit: ch4 Baptised in Water

Call to Worship

Lighting the Advent Candle

A Candle is burning, a flame warm and bright,
A candle of HOPE in winter’s dark night.
While angels sing blessing from heaven’s starry sky,
Our hearts we prepare now for Jesus is nigh
(tune: Away in a manger)

Hymn 472 Come thou long expected Jesus

Prayer of Approach

Hymn: 631 A little child the Saviour came
(vs 1-3)

Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Hymn 631 O give thine angels charge good Lord
(vs 4-5)

Readings
Romans 5: 1 -5 John McPhee
Mark 13: 24 – 37 Revd. John Stevenson

Hymn: 600 Spirit of God, unseen as the wind

Sermon: HOPE for a Broken World

Anthem: He will come when we least expect him

Offering and Prayer of dedication
Prayers for others

Hymn: 475 Christ is coming

Benediction
Threefold Amen