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Worship Sheet for Sunday 1 January – Mainly carols  

A very Happy New Year to you. We are holding a joint service at Ferryden on New Year’s Day – perhaps a wee signal that we are up for change in 2023 with the prospect of the three charges joining to become one congregation – albeit with three worship centres. We do need to be ready to move forward, not only with our neighbours but also with God. The Christmas message isn’t only good news for the festive season – it’s about the gospel of Jesus – not only the baby at Bethlehem but the Saviour on the cross and Christ risen and ascended. Let some familiar carols refresh your souls and prepare you for the year ahead as we allow them to tell the story of Jesus – yes, at his birth – but also all the rest. We go into the new year and all that lies ahead of us with a God who has promised to be with us always, come what may. Jesus really is Immanuel, God with us – always.

Today’s service is mainly carols. Hope you are able to sing along!


Call:    Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let’s worship the Saviour who is still Immanuel, God with us today and every day.

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Praise: CH4 323  The First Nowell   v 1,2,3 & 6
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Pray : Lord, once again many of us were glad to come to the end of another year filled with sadness, uncertainty, financial stress and sometimes even fear. Yes, there have been happier moments too and we’ve probably been more aware of the love and support of others. We’ve had to learn not to take anything for granted and some ways we’ve been reminded of our need to rely upon you rather than our own resources. Amidst all the uncertainties, pressures and challenges, help us to hold firmly to you and to believe your promises are valid and relevant even for us in 2023. Assure us of your presence and sustaining power, take away our fear, forgive us our failings and strengthen us for your service. Open our eyes to see what is possible with you and even as we are having to keep our distance from one another, bind us together in your love, for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

Praise: CH4 304  O Little Town of Bethlehem v 1,3 & 4
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Luke 2:8-16     Good news shared
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Praise: CH4 309  Still the night
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John 1:1-5, 14  The Word dwells among us
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Praise: CH4  301 Hark the herald angels
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Thought- One of the things of the joys this Christmas compared to the previous two was the opportunity to sing – and to sing together in bigger numbers. We were able to have our Carol Concert with Montrose Town Band and the Song Shop and what a joy that was. We were able to have a Watchnight Service too and we didn’t have to conform to low numbers or sit two metres apart or wear masks. I’ve still a raspy throat but it’s a lot better than it was. Lots of things will never be the same again – normal doesn’t mean the same as it did before the pandemic – and now you wonder if we will ever return to prices being stable and not leaping up every month (or more frequently!). We need to be on the look out for others who are really feeling the pinch even more than ourselves. Being a good neighbour isn’t only for the Good Samaritan in the Bible. But the Christmas message still hold good.  – Christ the Saviour is born! The Lord is come! Glory to God in the highest. Peace on earth. Amen.

Pray: Lord, for all sorts of reasons many people still feel that we are still a world in darkness – war, oppression, poverty, injustice loom large. We can no longer pretend that things are getting better when far too many are suffering, are in danger, are fleeing their homelands, are in dire poverty and see no future. Help us to be open to change – to change things for the better – for our neighbour as well as for ourselves, to be open to your lead so that we assess success not by wealth or prestige but by your standards of grace, truth and love. Help us to look out for one another. Be near to those whose worries and concerns are sorely getting them down. Help us to help one another into a future, though filled with unknowns, which has hope – not least because our hope is in the Lord. In our prayer walk as well as praying for those who live in Erskine Place and Street let us pray for peace in the world in 2023. SILENCE. Gracious and loving God, remind us that you are always there for us; be near to bless us and all for whom we have prayed whether out loud or in silence, for Jesus’ name Amen.

Praise: CH4 315  Once in Royal David’s city
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Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.