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The Congregational Board will meet on Wednesday 31st August 2022.
The Kirk Session meet on Wednesday 7th September, 2022.
Covid-19 Update - 1 May, 2022
Permission was given on 23 March, 2021 by the Scottish Government to reopen places of worship under the restrictions currently in place.
Following a successful application to Clyde Presbytery to reopen St Paul’s, a service will be held each Sunday morning in St Paul’s starting at 10.30am.
The morning service is being recorded and will be on the web-site and YouTube later in the day.
The virus continues to be active in the community as you will be aware but we believe that St Paul’s can safely meet the principles outlined in current guidance. We are aware that the guidelines can change very quickly and therefore they will be kept under constant review.
You should not attend church if you are unwell or showing symptoms of Covid-19, if you are isolating or living with someone who is isolating or who is unwell or if you are in the extremely vulnerable (extremely high risk) group. Also you should consider carefully before attending if you are in the vulnerable (higher risk) category.
- Social distancing rules have been removed but you are asked to respect other people's space.
- You must obey stewards instructions.
- You will be required to sanitise your hands.
- Tea or coffee is available after the service in the Large Hall.
The above is subject to Government Guidelines and they may change. While we look forward to being with one another again in the Lord’s House on the Lord’s Day we ask for your support and prayers as we go through the process of opening the Church for worship, all be it in unusual circumstances.
If you have any concerns or questions about the reopening please do not hesitate to contact me.
Up to date information including Sunday Services, can be found on the website www.stpaulsmilngavie.org.uk
- The Thursday evening Worship & Prayer Group meet at 8pm in Jubilee Hall. All welcome.
- Life magazine has been produced and is available on line. Hard copies are available on request.
- Friendship House is open 10am - 1pm on Tuesdays as well as 10am - 4pm Thursday and Friday.
I would ask you to be aware of and follow the latest guidance issued by the Government and the NHS and would encourage anyone who is in a vulnerable group or who is in close contact with someone else who might be vulnerable, and to anyone who feels even slightly ill, to consider staying at home.
The question arises as this situation develops, is how can we maintain our community, our friendships, the joy of meeting and worshipping with others? There are no easy answers and we won’t really know how this is going develop and affect us for some time. Perhaps we could phone someone for a chat and even pray together because it is more important than ever at this time, to stay connected with each other. Remember not everyone is on social media.
St. Paul’s Prayer Notes
GENERAL PRAYER SHEET : August 2022
A prayer for Fergus and Gabrielle.
The Very Rev John Christie when leading the morning service in St Paul’s on 31st July, offered the following prayer and encouraged the congregation to include Fergus and Gabrielle in our prayers in the coming weeks.
God of all grace, we bless you for your love shown to us in Christ.
Today we remember with gratitude our minister Fergus and his wife Gabrielle.
We thank you for their long commitment to our Congregational life and pray that you will sustain them by your Spirit as they prepare for retirement.
In Christ's name.
Psalm 8 : 1 – 9 : O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens; the work of your fingers; the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet, all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Our world is a needy place and there are many issues which people face which are beyond their control. Below are just some of the issues and situation to pray for. Please also bring your own personal prayers to our heavenly Father who hears AND answers prayer.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
- MYANMAR – the military regime has extended its emergency rule until 2023 as the country remains riven by internal fighting following last year's coup. The junta seized power last year after overthrowing Aung Sung Suu Kyi's democratically-elected government. Many in Myanmar are sceptical that the military will hold multi-party elections or transfer state power to an elected government. Security forces have killed more than 2,100 people. The people don’t live in a free democratic country as the military are also accused of detaining thousands of political and civil society opponents. For two years, the people of this country have lived in fear and there is very little freedom for the ordinary man, woman and child..
- UKRAINE - Russian energy giant Gazprom has drastically reduced gas deliveries to Europe - running at 20% capacity. Moscow supplied the EU with 40% of its natural gas last year, and the cuts have caused wholesale prices to increase dramatically. Some countries are struggling to buy enough gas to put into storage for the winter months, when gas usage is much higher. This will cause anxiety for the most needy and vulnerable. All this at the same time as the Ukranian people are continuing to live under the constant bombardment of their homes, hospitals, and essential buildings. There is still no sign of meaningful peace talks taking place to try and halt the bloodshed. We need to continue to pray that the deadlock would be broken and that the people and the country can start to rebuild their lives.
PRAYERS FOR OUR COMMUNITY, COUNTRY AND WIDER WORLD
- Our young people – that they will enjoy their summer holiday and keep in touch with us over the summer at Holiday Club and return to Sunday Club next session.
- Loved ones who are going through a difficult time right now – sometimes things just burst into our lives which cause us or those we love hurt, concern and pain. Pray for our loved ones and church family who are struggling with their own particular concern. Pray too also for those who are struggling with the loss of a loved one and life seems empty and purposeless.
- Pray for Fergus and Gabrielle – at this time in their lives when things are changing – give thanks that they have a new home to go to – and pray that they will feel supported as well as guided in the days ahead.
- Give thanks for everyone who keeps us safe, warm, nourished, educated and well and for the abilities they have to carry out their work.
- Friendship House – pray that they will continue to have the people to staff the three days they are on (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) so that they are enabled to provide a Christian presence in Milngavie.
- Bible Society, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Barnabas Fund, Christian Aid, Tearfund - as they seek to bring help and comfort to the most sick and needy.
- Keswick Ministries – are running a three-week programme (16 July to 5 August) of Bible Studies, Seminars and Praise Nights. During these three weeks they have approximately 2000 children and young people attending with their families. It is good for them to have Christian fellowship and we continue to pray for everyone who has heard the Word – maybe some for the first time – that it will begin to take root and meaning in their lives.
- Street Pastors – the people who serve in this way provide a welcome and needed addition for the safety of young people in our cities each weekend. Give thanks to God for new Street Pastors who have come forward. Many young people have been helped in the past and pray that this will be able to continue to support the police and emergency services.
- Blythswood Trust – both here and abroad – as they seek to help the most-needy and provide a caring environment for the most vulnerable.
- Rising Cost of Living in Most Countries in the World – World prices (food, fuel and heating costs) are rising very fast and many people will be caught in the poverty trap as they seek to keep their homes warm and their families fed. Pray for folk on low incomes who are need to have more than one job to survive.
- Countries and peoples of the World who lack the basics in life : food, running water, medicines, healthcare and covid vaccines to fight the virus. They may also be surviving in countries where there is a severe shortage of proper housing, sanitation and education. Pray for all the aid agencies who seek to bring them comfort and relief.
GIVE THANKS FOR
- Our families and friends and for the love and support they give us.
- Summer weather – lovely area where we live – for our gardens with their flowers, trees, birdsong and colour – we are so fortunate to have so much on our doorsteps.
- Medical staff who work to bring healing to the sick, the medical researchers working to bring cures for deadly diseases, and those who work to give comfort and relief to the sick and distressed.
- Care Home Staff – who provide day to day care for so many people
- Emergency personnel – Police, Fire, Paramedics - who work day after day to keep us safe, sheltered and warm.
- Fellowship and Friendship with friends and our Church family
- Sunday worship – give thanks for Fergus and his ministry and pray that you will continue to bless and refresh him. Pray, too, for the recorded message which goes out to so many people.
- Hobbies, books, films, music etc. – which enrich our lives and give us pleasure.