Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Easter 2021
The Easter 2021 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, was distributed to the residents of Upper Tweeddale a few weeks ago.

If you haven't seen a copy then it is also published here for you to enjoy.

Music in the Sunday Service (18th April)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 18th April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 3 on iTunes.
    by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge
    from the album 100 Best British Classics
2. Will You Come and Follow Me ... ?
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Saint Michael's Singers
    from the album The Hymn Makers: Charles Wesley (Love Divine)
    from the YouTube Channel: Walk by Faith Music

Music in the Sunday Service (11th April)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 31st April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 2 on iTunes.
    from the YouTube Channel: drolas94
    by Nickel Creek
    from the album: Why Should the Fire Die?
3. The Church is Wherever God's People are Praising
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    from the YouTube Channel: First Pres Church - Bay City MI

Easter Egg Rolling at Tweedsmuir

Esater Egg Rolling at Fruid - Easter 2021
The Easter tradition of rolling decorated boiled eggs down hills has been passed down through the generations with many remembering their granny boiled eggs in onion skins to get deep colours, drawing wax pictures or tying string around the eggs and waiting to see what creation would appear.  
Now you are able to buy special egg dyes, and use a variety of pens and paints - and apparently nail varnish - good luck trying to crack that egg!   The rolling of the egg is  symbolic of the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ's tomb before his resurrection. 
Tweedsmuir has kept up the tradition, decorating eggs during the Easter service and (before coffee and cake)  rolling the eggs down the steep slopes at the Kirk.   Under Covid restrictions, other hills have been sourced but the tradition  of decorating and rolling eggs continues through the generations. Happy Easter.
Christine Parker
Tweedsmuir Kirk

Music in the Sunday Service (28th March)
The full versions of all four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 28th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 2 on iTunes.
    by Jubilate!
    from the album: Hymns of Our Faith, Vol. 4
    by the Choir of Wells Cathedral
    from the album: The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the North, Rejoice
    by the DYC Choir
    from the YouTube Channel: DYC Choir
    by Logos Symphony Orchestra
    at the Moody Church in Chicago, IL

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Music in the Sunday Service (21st March)
The full versions of all four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 21st March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
    from the YouTube Channel: spywi
    by Sojourn Music
    from the album: New Again
    by Steve Winwood
    from the YouTube Channel: Steve Winwood
    by Khrisha J Blackwell
    from the YouTube Channel: Khrisha J Blackwell

Vigil for Syria - 15th March 2021
Vigil for Syria
A vigil for Syria will be held on Monday 15th March at 5PM. This will mark ten years of the Syrian conflict as a public expression of solidarity with the Syrian people and Syrian refugees around the world.
The vigil is being organised by Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, Edinburgh City Mission and Mustard Seed Edinburgh, and it will last 40 minutes. Please register online if you wish to participate.
To view or download a flyer please click here.

Music in the Sunday Service (14th March)
The full versions of four of the five pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 14th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
Pieces 1 and 4 are also available to buy on iTunes while piece 5 is available on Amazon.
    by The Psalms Sung
    from the YouTube Channel: The Psalms Sung
    by Community Congregational Church Virtual Choir
    from the YouTube Channel: CCC Church
3. I'll Hide God's Word Inside My Heart
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    Original version: Peter and Hanneke Jacobs
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album: The Hymns Album
    by Classical Praise Musicians
    from the album: You Are Crowned - Classical Praise Strings

Personal Memories of the Parishes of Upper Tweed

Images from the Minister's Walk - 2016
by Jane Gilham, Session Clerk of Stobo Kirk
Personal Memories of the Parishes of Upper Tweed
Fellowship, Friendship, Fun and Food
On 4th June 2016, a group of around 20 or so members of the congregations of Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and their families and friends gathered at Tweedsmuir Kirk at the start of a 23 mile walk through the four parishes. The walk which had been organised to celebrate the retirement of Bob Milne, our minister, proved to be a celebration of our fellowship as a church community, as we enjoyed each other’s company and the wonderful hospitality our congregations have always offered, but it was also an appreciation of our churches and their places within the landscape.
Each church and church community has its very own character. Over the years I (and I am sure many others in our congregations) have come to appreciate and to love each one. Each church evokes different memories and now that the Parish of Stobo and Drumelzier is leaving the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale to join a new linking with Eddleston and Peebles Old, it seems like a good time to remember each parish as I recall our route from Tweedsmuir to Skirling in June 2016.
First Stop – Tweedsmuir Kirk. Bacon sandwiches in the village hall to set us up for the day.
Tweedsmuir Kirk holds the Church picnic in June each year. In the past, I recall that this was often held in the old school. This has now become the ‘café style’ service, which is remarkable for its ice cream with an amazing array of toppings. The Christmas Eve candlelit service in Tweedsmuir Kirk is a perfect start to the Christmas celebrations. When attending Sunday worship as a member of the worship workshop, I remember a very young Robert Parker, taking the offering. After the service coffee was always an opportunity to chat, I recall enjoying this so much that I would sometimes forget that I had to leave time to make the journey to Stobo.
Second Stop – Drumelzier Kirk. Lunch break in the Village Hall.
When I have managed to get to a service at Drumelzier Kirk before anyone else, I have always been struck by the complete silence in the building. The church is lovingly cared for by Julian and Rosalind Birchall, who in addition to doing regular cleaning and checking of the building, also prepare the church for the services. The annual lambing service has usually involved the inclusion of real or (cuddly) toy lambs. Another Christmas highlight in Parishes of Upper Tweed is the Candlelit service in Drumelzier Kirk.
Third Stop – Stobo Kirk. A rest in the porch before tackling the John Buchan Way.
When I moved to Peebles 13 years ago, it was the friendly atmosphere that I found in Stobo Kirk and particularly the encouragement and friendship I received from Rosemary Hall which helped me make the decision to join the congregation. Recently members of the congregation at Stobo have started a community coffee morning and this has created more opportunities to get to know people. Stobo Kirk has a long history reaching back to before the 12th century and I have the sense of being part of a congregation who have worshipped there for many hundreds of years. The Christmas Day services usually attract over 100 people including many young children and, as my own children are grown up now, it is lovely to see the youngsters arriving clutching their presents.
Fourth Stop – Broughton Kirk. Afternoon Tea at Pat Middlemas’s house.
To be honest we didn’t actually walk to Broughton Kirk as we felt that on a journey of 23 miles, this was a step too far. Instead, we stopped for a photo opportunity outside Broughton Old Parish Church on the Drove Road to Skirling.
Broughton Kirk is special to me because this is the church that I attended when we first moved to the area and my children went to Sunday school there. I remember being greeted by Mr Fox the first time I arrived at the door on a Sunday morning. I helped out with the Holiday Club in Broughton village hall (I think I had at least as much fun as the children) and the Cool Club in its very early days. I remember attending Watch Night services and the joint New Year Service including Souper Sunday and I have enjoyed its most recent version in the relaxed environment of the Village Hall.
Fifth Stop - Skirling Kirk. Supper in the Village Hall.
The congregation at Skirling Kirk have their pre-service socialising with coffee and cakes before the service takes place, so as a member of the worship workshop, I soon learned to arrive nice and early so I could take part in this. I also remember how Betty and Jessie Eastland would take such good care of me, the drinking water provided was always ‘luxury’ flavoured bottled water, none of your ordinary tap water!
I associate Skirling Kirk with the Christian Aid Car boot sale and teas in the Village Hall. This event gives everyone in our church community an opportunity to make some kind of contribution. Bringing your own car boot, helping on the Christian Aid stand, baking or serving refreshments in the village hall or just being there on the day – this is a real church and local community effort and a great way to raise money for Christian Aid too.
The Parish of Stobo and Drumelzier has now moved to a new linking with the Parishes of Eddleston and Peebles Old while the remainder of Parishes of Upper Tweed are also preparing to move to their own new linking. I am sure that there is much that we will all miss but there will also be new challenges and exciting opportunities. However, I am certain that we will manage to maintain some of our connections and shared experiences as we move to the next stage of our individual stories.

Citation to Attend Presbytery
FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF MELROSE AND PEEBLES
TO BROUGHTON, GLENHOLM AND KILBUCHO, SKIRLING, TWEEDSMUIR, CARLOPS, KIRKURD AND NEWLANDS AND WEST LINTON: ST ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCHES
CITATION TO ATTEND MEETING OF PRESBYTERY ON 23 MARCH 2021 BY ZOOM
TO BE READ TO THE CONGREGATIONS AT MORNING WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS 14 AND 21 MARCH 2021 OR OTHERWISE CIRCULATED TO OR MADE KNOWN TO THE CONGREGATIONS BEFORE THE PRESBYTERY MEETING ON 23 MARCH 2021.
At a special meeting of Presbytery to be held on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 7pm by ZOOM, the Presbytery Planning Implementation Committee is expected to report that the Basis of Linking of Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho, Skirling, Tweedsmuir, Carlops, Kirkurd and Newlands and West Linton: St Andrew’s has received concurrence from the Presbytery Planning Task Group of the Church of Scotland. Assuming such concurrence has been received, Presbytery will also be invited to set a date from which the linking will take effect. An appeal against a decision of Presbytery to implement the Basis of Linking can only be raised during the Presbytery meeting, by a Kirk Session or member of the Presbytery, and only on certain procedural grounds.
The congregations are hereby cited to attend the above meeting of Presbytery for their own interest. This means that any member of one of the congregations may attend the meeting of Presbytery and may speak (but not vote) on the proposed Presbytery implementation of the Basis of Linking.
If you would like to attend, the ZOOM invitation link can be obtained from your Session Clerk or Interim Moderator. It would be helpful if the Session Clerk or Interim Moderator could let the Presbytery Clerk know the names of those planning to attend to ensure that the ZOOM system allows admittance to the meeting.
Rev Victoria Linford
Clerk to the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles
9 March 2021

Stobo and Drumelzier - A New Linking
Inside Stobo Kirk
On 2nd March 2021, the Parish of Stobo and Drumelzier left Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and became part of a new linking with Eddleston Church and Peebles Old. 

While we look forward to our new linking with anticipation and excitement, we are also sad to be leaving our friends in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale. 

Strong links have been built between our congregations over the past 30 or so years since the creation of the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and it is hard to imagine that these links and the memories that accompany them will simply disappear.  We hope that as we move into the future, while our respective relationships may change, we will find new ways to create links between our congregations.


Music in the Sunday Service (7th March)
The full versions of five of the seven pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 7th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
    by Keith Lancaster & The Acappella Company
    from the album: Only God: A Cappella Worship
2. Listening to the Voices from Vanuatu
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    Adapted from a hymn written by WDP Vanuatu
    Hit Collective
    from the album: Celtic Songs of Praise
    by Reading Phoenix Choir
    from the album: Song of Iona (A Celtic Celebration)
5. Let Us Build a House
    recorded in Broughton Kirk (September 2019)
    Words and music Marty Haugen
    by The Choir of the Abbey School, Tewkesbury
    by The Celtic Expressions
    from the album: Celtic Expressions - Instrumental Worship

Music in the Sunday Service (28th February)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 28th February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
    by The Scottish Festival Singers
    from the album The Hymn Writers: Charles Wesley
    The Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group
    Kate Pearson (Piano)
    by David Baroni
    from the album: A Quiet Place: Instrumental Hymns

World Day of Prayer 2021
WDP Art Work by Juliette Pita
The World Day of Prayer is scheduled for Friday 5th March. Each year the service is put together by a different countries. This year it is the turn of Vanuatu, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
Unfortunately because of the current restrictions we're unable to hold the usual WDP service in Broughton Kirk this coming Friday but will be broadcasting a special WDP service next Sunday (7th March) as the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale online service. The service will be led by the members and friends of the Upper Tweeddale Guild.
If you would like to know more about the World Day of Prayer in Scotland please visit the WDP Scotland web site.

Music in the Sunday Service (21st February)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 21st February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. The second piece was provided by the Church of Scotland's CH4 worship resource pages.
    by Amy King (piano) & Geoffrey Tart (trumpet, vocals)
    (Four Oaks United Methodist Church, North Carolina)
    Choir of Lansdowne Parish Church
    Gordon Munro (Conductor), Stuart Muir (Piano)
    by the Sing Community Choir
    Conductor: Naomi Message
    from the SeraFire Christian YouTube Channel

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.

Their newsletters are published monthly and the previous copies are accessible via the Carlops newsletter page on the Carlops Church web site, the Newlands and Kirkurd news page on the Newlands and Kirkurd web site, or the West Linton news page on the St. Andrews West Linton Church web site.

In the future the news and newsletter pages for each church will be accessible through a panel to the right of the Kirk Matters page and also to the right of the News page.

Citation to attend Presbytery
FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF MELROSE AND PEEBLES
TO BROUGHTON, GLENHOLM AND KILBUCHO, SKIRLING, TWEEDSMUIR, CARLOPS, KIRKURD AND NEWLANDS AND WEST LINTON: ST ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCHES
CITATION TO ATTEND MEETING OF PRESBYTERY ON 2 MARCH 2021 BY ZOOM
TO BE READ TO THE CONGREGATIONS AT MORNING WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS 21 AND 28 FEBRUARY 2021 OR OTHERWISE CIRCULATED TO OR MADE KNOWN TO THE CONGREGATIONS BEFORE THE PRESBYTERY MEETING ON 2 MARCH 2021.
At the meeting of Presbytery on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 7pm by ZOOM, the Presbytery Planning Implementation Committee will report on the outcome of the vote of the congregations of Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho, Skirling, Tweedsmuir, Carlops, Kirkurd and Newlands and West Linton: St Andrew’s on the proposed Basis of Linking of these congregations. Should the congregations vote in favour of the Basis of Linking, Presbytery will be invited to give its approval to the Basis of Linking. Should the congregations vote against the Basis of Linking, Presbytery will decide whether to approve the Basis of Linking in any event or to implement another course of action. An appeal against the decision of Presbytery can only be raised during the Presbytery meeting, by a Kirk Session or member of the Presbytery, and only on certain procedural grounds.
The congregations are hereby cited to attend the above meeting of Presbytery for their own interest. This means that any member of one of the congregations may attend the meeting of Presbytery and may speak (but not vote) on the Presbytery’s consideration of the Basis of Linking.
If you would like to attend, the ZOOM invitation link can be obtained from the Presbytery Clerk or from your Session Clerk or Interim Moderator. It would be helpful if the Session Clerk or Interim Moderator could let the Presbytery Clerk know the names of those planning to attend to ensure that the ZOOM system allows admittance to the meeting.
Rev Victoria Linford
Clerk to the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles
19 February 2021
Please contact Isobel Hunter 01899 860274 if you would like to be forwarded the zoom link for the meeting.

Music in the Sunday Service (14th February)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 14th February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. The first piece is also available to buy on Apple iTunes.
    by The Mandate - Stuart Townend
    from the album O Church Arise (Live)
2. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    written by Graham Maule and John L. Bell
    by The Modern Classics Orchestra
    from the album Instrumental Hits - Romantic Night

Music in the Sunday Service (7th February)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 7th February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. They are also available to buy on Apple iTunes.
    by Saint Paul’s Parish Choir, Washington D.C.
    from the album Praise to the Holiest
    by Saint Michael's Singers
    from the album The Hymn Makers: Charles Wesley (Love Divine)
    by Worship Without Words
    from the album Worship Without Words - Lord, You Have My Heart

Music in the Sunday Service (31st January)
The full versions of two of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 31st January are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. They are also available to buy on Apple iTunes.
    by Marty Haugen
    from the album Anthology I: 1980-1984 – The Best of Marty Haugen
2. Spirit of the Living God
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
3. Touch the Earth Lightly
    by Scottish Festival Singers
    conductor: Ian McCrorie
    organ: John Kitchen
    from the Church of Scotland's worship resources web site
    by David Shelley Ensemble
    from the album 50 Golden Hymns - Volume 1 – Amazing Grace

Music in the Sunday Service (24th January)
The full versions of the last of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 24th January are available through YouTube. It is listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. Items 1 and 3 are also available to buy on Apple iTunes.
    by Roger Jones & Timothy Dudley-Smith
    from the album Seasons and Reasons
    by Matt Beckingham
    by Celtic Expressions Band
    from the album Celtic Expressions - Instrumental Worship

Music in the Sunday Service (17th January)
The full version of the last of the three of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 17th January is available through YouTube. It is listed here. Click on the title to listen to it on YouTube.
1. Oh Where Are You Going
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    written by Graham Maule and John L. Bell
2. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    written by Graham Maule and John L. Bell
    by Instrumental Christian Songs
    from the album Music Guitar - Instrumental Christian Songs

Music in the Sunday Service (3rd January)
The full versions of three of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 3rd January are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube. Item 1 is also available for purchase through iTunes.
    by the Cathedral Singers
    conductor John Bell
    from the album God Never Sleeps
2. Amazing Grace
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Notre Dame Folk Choir
    from the YouTube channel Emmaus Music

Christmas Day Service
Here is a film of the Christmas Day service held at Skirling Kirk on Christmas Day morning and led by Rev. Pamela Strachan. This is in its raw unedited form so apologies for any mistakes or lack of quality.
You can listen to a higher quality audio version of the reflection by clicking here and you can also read a transcript of this reflection by clicking here.

Christmas Community Concerts
This is an extended compilation film from the three Christmas Community Concerts held in Skirling, Broughton and Tweedsmuir from 22nd December to the 24th December. the video clips were recorded at the Skirling and Broughton events and the stills used at the end of the film were taken at Tweedsmuir.
The readings from Luke's Gospel were recorded in advance and played through the sound system on each evening.

Music in the Sunday Service (20th December)
The full versions of two of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 20th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
    by the Choir of St David's Church Exeter UK
    directed by Nigel Walsh; soloist James Bellamy; organist Imogen Walsh
    by Kings College, Cambridge
    from Carols From Kings 2009
    by Catherine Strutt
    from the album No Wind at the Window: Celtic and Gaelic Sacred Melodies

Prayers for Lebanon
Rev Dr. Rima Nasrallah and Rev Pamela Strachan
The Presbytery World Mission Group have been exploring possible links with Lebanon for a few years. This came out of links that Earlston made with Tripoli and continued with Marina Altounian visiting in Augist 2018. Our locum minister, Rev Pamela Strachan, also went out in October 2018 for a 3 month study leave course at the Near East School of Theology (NEST) based in Beirut. We are making progress and hope to bring a report with recommendations to Presbytery in the near future.
As part of this process, the committee had a zoom call with Rev Dr Rima Nasrallah, a lecturer at NEST and also a pastor in a local church in Beirut. She and Pamela struck up a friendship when Pamela was at NEST. Rima was able to give us apersonal update on what the situation is in Lebanon, Beirut and NEST which was distressing in its detail. She described 3 crises. The first last year when political unrest led to the Government having to resign and a new one formed, then COVID hit an already fragile infrastructure. Finally the blast in the port area of Beirut in August which destroyed most of the port, killed and injured hundreds, made 1000's homeless and destroyed the stores of wheat which normally feeds the nation over the winter. With the world gripped in a pandemic and political storms waging in that part of the world, aid has been slow and the Lebanese people face an extremely difficult winter.
We in Melrose and Peebles Presbytery cannot hope to sort the problem but Rima asks that we as a Presbytery pray for our brothers and sisters in Lebanon. The fact that we are concerned and remember them in our prayers goes a long way to help people realise they have not been abandoned. If nothing else this pandemic has made us all realise how small the world really is and how interconnected we all are.
Some Possible Prayer Pointers:
  • The impact of rampant inflation and economic collapse resulting from years of corrupt and inept leadership at Government level.
  • The rise recently in Covid-19 cases burdening an already underfunded and over stretched health system
  • The ongoing aftermath of the August explosion in the Docks area of Beirut which resulted in over 200 deaths, 6,000 severe injuries and disabilities, and 300,000 homeless
Please share this request with your family and your church family and on behalf of the World Mission Committee, I pray you have a safe Christmas and look forward in hope to 2021.
Best wishes,
Fiona Burnett - Chair, Presbytery World Mission Committee
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You can also read about the catastrophic explosion on the BBC's web site (11th August 2020)

Music in the Sunday Service (13th December)
The full versions of two of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 13th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
    by Blane Abernathy, keyboard. Rob Garretson, guitar. Kimberly Cortner, coordinator
    from the YouTube channel Keith Yamamoto
    by David Haskell · Godspell Ensemble · Original Off-Broadway Cast of Godspell
    from the album Godspell (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)
3. Mary's Song
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
4. When Out of Poverty is Born
    played and sung by Anne Dawson

Music in the Sunday Service (6th December)
The full versions of four of the pieces the music included in the Sunday Service for the 6th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
    from the YouTube channel Emmaus Music
    from Hallelujah Broadway
    recorded in the Church of St Simon & St Jude in Prague in 2010
    Anthony Kearns, Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album The Worship Library: Volume 2
    from the YouTube channel Emmaus Music

News from the Joint Christian Committee in Lebanon
Work of the JCC in Beirut
Our locum minister Rev Pamela Strachan came to know Sylvia Haddad, Director of the Joint Christian Committee (JCC), during her studies in Beirut a couple of years ago. During that time she visited the Sabra camp twice and witnessed the "dreadful conditions of both the Palestinian refugees followed then by the Syrian refugees who were crammed into already overcrowded living quarters".
With ICU beds at a premium during the Covid-19 pandemic life in the refugee camps is harder than ever. Sylvia has recently shared two articles from the JCC with us. The first explains how DSPR/JCC has been helping out after the Beirut blast. The second is the moving story of how teenagers under the auspices of the JCC are working hard in Beirut to help with the relief effort.
DSPR is the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees

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

Music in the Sunday Service (22nd November)
The full versions of three of the pieces the music included in the Sunday Service for the 22nd November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 3 and 4 through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
    by Jancis Harvey
    from the album Distance of Doors
2. Amazing Grace
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Cambridge Singers directed by John Rutter
    from the album Sing Ye Heavens, Hymns for All Time
    by Kevin Mayhew Ltd
    from the album Just Instrumental Hymns and Songs for Children

Music in the Sunday Service (15th November)
The full versions of three of the pieces used in this service (2, 3 and 4) are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
The first (Lord You Have Always Been Our Home) is available through the music section of the Church of Scotland's web site.
You can also buy titles 2,3 and 4 through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
1. Lord You Have Always Been Our Home
    by Scottish Festival Singers, Ian McCrorie (Conductor), John Langdon (Organ)
    from the music section of the Church of Scotland web site
    by John Bell and the Cathedral Singers
    from the album Take This Moment
    by Norwich Cathedral Choir
    from the album 23 Favourite Hymns
    by Sally Deford
    from the album Hymn of Grateful Praise - Accompaniment Tracks

Music in the Remembrance Day Service
The full versions of the four pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy titles 1 and 4 through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.

    by London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
    from the album Holst: The Planets - Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations
    Congregational singing by Metropolitan Tabernacle, London
    from the YouTube Channel -Daily Hymns
    by Rachel Nicholls · Sir Mark Elder · Edward Elgar · Hallé Choir · Hallé
    from the album Edward Elgar & Arnold Bax: For The Fallen

Music in the Sunday Service (1st November)
The full versions of two of the pieces used in this service (1 and 4) are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
The third (May the Lord Bless You by Yvonne Lyon) is available through the new music section of the Church of Scotland's Resourcing Mission web site. Again you can click on the title to listen to this piece.
You can also buy titles 1,3 and 4 through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
    by The Scottish Festival Singers
    from the album Timeless Hymns, Vol. 6: The Wonderous Cross
2. Touch the Earth Lightly
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Yvonne Lyon (Satellite)
    from the album One Church, One Voice
    by Mark Lloyd and Allan Gaskin
    from the YouTube Channel - Mark Lloyd Music

Music in the Sunday Service (25th October)
The full versions of three of the pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy titles 1,3 and 4 through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
    by Jason Silver
    from the album Love the Psalms Vol. 5
2. Morning Has Broken
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Mandate - Stuart Townend
    from the album O Church Arise (Live)
    by Celtic Expressions
    from the album Celtic Expressions of Worship Vol. 4

Music in the Sunday Service (18th October)
The full version of all five of the pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy titles 1,4 and 5 through Amazon and 1 and 4 through Apple iTunes.
    by St. Michael's Singers
    from the album The Best Hymns Album In The World… Ever!
    by Rod Smith
    from the Rod Smith YouTube Channel
    from Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
    by Julie Andrews
    from the album The Sound of Music
    by The Sound of Music Ensemble
    from the album Sound of Music - Highlights from the Musical

St Francis and the Environmental Crisis
This reflection was presented by Rev Pamela Strachan as part of the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale Zoom Communion Service held on Sunday 27th September. It's worthy of a wider audience so Pamela has kindly recorded it for use on our web site. You can also read a transcript of the reflection by clicking here.

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Music in the Sunday Service (27th September)
The full version of all four of the pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy titles 2,3 and 4 through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by Mark Lloyd
    from the Mark Lloyd Music YouTube channel
    by Reading Phoenix Choir
    from the album Morning Song (Spirit of Iona)
    by The Scottish Festival Singers
    from the album Timeless Hymns, Vol. 6: The Wonderous Cross
    by Hymns on Piano
    from the album Hymns of Thanksgiving - Volume 1

Clydesdale and Peeblesshire Foodbanks

Clydesdale Foodbank
This year, for our harvest festival thanksgiving, we are asking people to donate to one (or both) of the two local foodbanks. The main hub for Clydesdale Foodbank is in Carluke and there are satellite sites in Lanark, Biggar, Douglas and Kirkmuirhill. Peebleshire, as the name implies, covers what was once the county of Peebleshire (now Tweeddale).
Referrals to foodbanks have increased throughout the country due to coronavirus and both foodbanks are heavily dependent on local donations. Please give generously.
To donate to Clydesdale Foodbank go to:  www.clydesdalefoodbank.org.uk/Give-Help/
To donate to Peebleshire Foodbank go to: peeblesshire.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/

Please make donations by 25th October when there will be a harvest festival service in Stobo Kirk (restrictions at that time permitting).There will also be a harvest related online service on 27th September which will launch this appeal.

Music in the Sunday Service (13th September)
The full version of all three of the pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all titles through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by David Baroni
    from the album A Quiet Place: Instrumental Hymns
    by Nikita
    from the album Love Eternal
    by Choir of Jesus College Cambridge - director: Richard Pinel
    from the album Praise My Soul: Favourite Hymns from Jesus College Cambridge

Pat Middlemas
It is with great sadness that we report the death of our much loved former Session Clerk, Pat Middlemas, earlier today (8 September 2020). We extend our sympathy to Pat's family.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions regarding numbers the funeral, which will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday 15th September, will be private and therefore by invitation only. .

Music in the Sunday Service (6th September)
The full version three of the pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
The fourth, Be Still by Kirkton Church, Carstairs, Praise Band and Singing Group was provided through the Church of Scotland's Music page.
You can also buy all titles through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by Kirkton Church, Carluke, Praise Band and Singing Group
    by The Mandate - Stuart Townend
    from the album O Church Arise (Live)
    by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers and City of London Sinfonia
    from the album ‘Be Thou My Vision’ Sacred Music by John Rutter
    by The Kings Chamber Orchestra
    from the album String Heaven

Music in the Sunday Service (30th August)
The full version of all three pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all titles through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.

    by Ian White
    from the album Psalms Vol. 1
    by Catrin Finch and Sinfonia Cymru
    from the album Blessing
    by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers and City of London Sinfonia
    from the album ‘Be Thou My Vision’ Sacred Music by John Rutter

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.

Returning to Church ... Slowly
Skirling Pews
Over the last few weeks we have been taking small steps back into worship in church.  Each week Skirling and Stobo churches are holding short socially distanced service, often with music but sadly without singing sadly. The services in Skirling and Stobo churches are held at the usual time of 11.30am.
For now Broughton Church has decided not to reopen. Tweedsmuir Church is currently investigating how to reopen safely.
The need to rope off pews means that there will are very small congregations of regular worshippers and no coffee! This is all that the regulations allow us to do at present. As regulations change and as we become more confident in coming together we hope that we can extend our offering. However at present we need to know ahead of time who wishes to attend the service so that we can allocate the few spaces we have.

We will of course be continuing to post services on Facebook and here on the website for those who are not able to attend in person.

Music in the Service for Lebanon
The full version of two of the four pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the fourth through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
1. The Lord's Prayer
    played by Anne Dawson
2. Bless the Lord, my soul
    Taize chant
    played by Anne Dawson
    recorded in the Middle East by SAT7
    by Lori True
    from the album Let This Be the Time: Songs of Transformation and Peace

Music in the Sunday Service (16th August)
The full version of three of the five pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
The fourth (May the Lord Bless You by Yvonne Lyon) is available through the new music section of the Church of Scotland's Resourcing Mission web site. Again you can click on the title to listen to this piece.
You can also buy all titles through Amazon and also all except for the Marty Haugen instrumental version of Gather Us In through Apple iTunes.
1. Can You Hear the Raindrops
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Woody Winn
    from the album Anthology
    by Romans
    from the album Come to Life
    by Yvonne Lyon (Satellite)
    from the album One Church, One Voice
    by Marty Haugen
    from the album Instruments of Peace, Vol. 1

Week of Prayer, 17-22 August - Getting Involved
This week from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd August the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is inviting everyone to join him in a week of prayer.

Each day of the week of prayer will feature a short morning reflection and an online evening event. For more details visit the page dedicated to this event on the Church of Scotland's web site.

News from Lebanon: Disaster Strikes Beirut

View from NEST towards the port of Beirut
We were all shocked by the devastating explostion in Beirut last week. A couple of years ago our locum Minister, Rev Pamela Strachan, spent a few weeks studying at NEST (North East School of Theology) located just a few streets away from the port. The Presbytery has also been exploring ways of developing a relationship with the church in Lebanon and many will remember Rev Rula Sleiman's visit from Tripoli in northern Lebanon to Drumelzier to participate in the celebration of 50 years of women in Ministry.
Pamela has recently received the following e-mail from Sylvia Haddad who runs the school in the Sabra refugee camp. After this is a first hand account from Sylvia of the explosion and its impact on life in Beirut.Christian Aid has set up an appeal for the Lebanon Crisis. Click here to visit the web page for this appeal.

"Dear Pamela,

Thank you for your concern and prayers .  We all continue to be in shock. I cannot even start to describe the destruction and devastation not mentioning the people who cannot believe what happened. We all walk around as though we are in a haze. We were already suffering from  the drastic devaluation of our currency and loss of our money and now this horrible event. I am attaching a short paragraph  I wrote trying to describe something of what happened from my point of view.

I hope all is well with you ….

Best wishes

Sylvia"

Sylvia’s account:

            Disaster Strikes Beirut

On August 4, 2020 at 7pm local time, all buildings in Beirut felt the earth shake beneath them. As I live on the 10th floor of a 12 storey building, my immediate reaction was to run down the steps as an earth quake was about to demolish my building, But seconds later a brief and sharp deafening strong blast stopped me in my tracks and sent me to the window to look up searching for Israeli planes bombing us , an experience we have had before. But a clear sky told me I was mistaken and so I ran to the balcony looking for smoke. Looking down I saw huge window frames flying down from the 4 flats beneath me landing on the parked cars. My immediate reaction was to look with my heart pounding, for the children of our doorman who play most of the day with their toys in a small area right to the side of the parked cars where the window panes had fallen.  Relief engulfed me when I saw they were not there.

But my mind raced-what happened- whom shall I ask!!!  No radio or TV as it was not our turn to have electricity. I then remembered my battery run radio which  saved me and I started to hear the horror of what was happening  as our  excellent reporters had arrived at the  scene and were trying to relay what    was happening . As the electricity came on, I sat dumbfounded watching what was happening on the television and horrified by what I was seeing. Suddenly, the doorbell rang and my two grand- children, who had   gone to the mountains the day before, stood there. "Our house has been hit, they said and our parents have gone to check". Expecting a quick return of the parents, I was shocked to hear from them an hour later that the debris on the streets to their house in the Rmeil area of Ashrafiyeh was preventing them from reaching. They also reported seeing the big Orthodox hospital of Beirut next to their house badly hit.  Upon their return, the expression on my daughter’s face told the story. Their apartment, one mile and a half away from the scene of explosion, was badly hit and most of the contents damaged. We all looked at each other connected with one thought: thank God they were not in their house when the explosion happened.
The next morning, the horror of what had happened   began to unfold. A colossal explosion had taken place at the Beirut Sea- Port which destroyed it completely.  A big number of the one thousand persons who worked there had disappeared under the rubble or in the sea. The main grain silo, which holds around 85 percent of the country’s wheat was destroyed and so were many containers storing vital necessities of life such as medicines and life sustaining equipment were also gone. All the buildings across from the port were very badly damaged including the huge   building of the administrative offices of the electricity company of Lebanon.  The Lebanese Civil Defense and the Red Cross came to the rescue, evacuating the injured.  The last to be rescued was the badly injured CEO of the company who is still struggling for his life.

Parallel to the port street on a higher level is the historic Jemaizeh street with its beautiful old Lebanese style buildings.   It is one of the very few remaining old streets   depicting the history and traditions of old Beirut. In a split second these historic buildings started to fall. People screamed as many disappeared under the rubble while others tried to escape. The same scene extended to many streets arriving at the extensive Orthodox hospital where many of the patients and staff had no chance of survival as parts of the structures fell upon them.
Searching for missing people continues as many carry the pictures of their loved ones and go around hospitals and morgues looking for them.

Credible reports state   that some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate unloaded from a disabled vessel in 2014 had been stored in a port warehouse. An accident - undetermined cause yet - caused the ammonium nitrate to explode.
As time goes on, the consequences of this explosion will be even more serious than the immediate casualties and property damage. The port will no longer be able to receive goods especially that, Lebanon imports 80 percent of what it consumes and the government has lost one of its major income revenues. Also, the timing couldn’t be worse as an economic crisis has devastated Lebanon for several months. The country’s currency has collapsed, as a result of years of mismanagement and corruption.  Hundreds of thousands of people can no longer buy food, medicine or fuel. The Lebanese watch helplessly as they see their savings wiped out and their purchasing power disappear,

Meanwhile, the Corona virus crisis still goes on and has placed great pressure on the health sector with patients filling the hospitals. The damage sustained by three of the main hospitals in Beirut as the result of   the explosion has further reduced the capacity of the hospitals   to cope with the injured causing many of the hospital staff to use their parking lots for emergency care.

The Palestinian camps are far from the port where the explosion took place. Yet the JCC Centers in 2 of the nearer camps to Beirut, namely Dbayeh to the north, 10 miles away from the port and Sabra to the south east of Beirut felt the explosion. In Dabyeh, they felt the premise shaking and ran out fearing   an earthquake while in Sabra,   the glass of many windows was shattered and some doors were wrenched out of place.

At present all our youth and especially the youth of Dbayeh camp, who have been trained on helping others especially with the retarded and elderly, are working on different possibilities of how to help.

This is the time to help a country which has hosted the Palestinian refugees for so many years and we intend to do whatever we can to show our gratitude with the  hope of getting  help from our friends and partners.

Sylvia Haddad

Sabra refugee camp school
Beirut, Lebanon.  8.8.20
      


Music in the Sunday Service (9th August)
The full version of all three pieces used in this service are available through YouTube. You can click on the titles below to listen to them on YouTube. You can also buy the first piece through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by Nikita
    from the album Love Eternal
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album The Hymns Album
    by David Baroni
    from the album A Quiet Place: Instrumental Hymns

Music in the Sunday Service (2nd August)
The first piece of music included in the service for the 2nd August is from the Church of England's Worship Workshop site. This is a resource designed for use for worship in schools.
The full version of the second piece is available through YouTube. You can click on its title below to listen to it on YouTube. You can also buy the first piece through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
1. Mayenziwe 'Ntando Yakho
    by Jakaranda
    from the album Hoya Ho! Botswana & Namibia 8-31.8.1993

Music in the Communion Service - 26th July
The full version of the first and third of the three pieces of music included in the Holy Communion Service for the 26th July are available through YouTube. You can click on their titles below to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the first piece through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by Adam and Matt Podd
    from the album Worship in Song
2. O Lord Jesus Enfold Me In Your Arms
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska

Music in the Sunday Service (12th July)
The full version of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 12th July are available through YouTube. You can click on their titles below to listen to it on YouTube.
You can also buy the first and third pieces through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by London Festival Orchestra · The Thomas/Cumberland Choir
    from the album 32 Great Hymns Of The Faith
    from the album The Worship Collection ( Vol-08)
    by The Eden Symphony Orchestra
    from the album 100 Greatest Hymns Volume 1

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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.   

In Eddleston, from before lockdown, we’ve been making plans for setting up a community initiative that would provide support and information on a range of issues concerning end-of-life care and bereavement.  We wonder if this is something that would be welcomed in the parishes of Upper Tweeddale as well?  We are keen to hear from anyone else who has suggestions or wishes to be involved in such a project locally here.  

The idea is that it will be broader than just a bereavement support group (although it would also encompass that) but much more a preparation for and information/support for all matters surrounding death and bereavement: financial/legal/medical/spiritual/emotional, etc. and we would have visiting speakers at the group meetings.  All of this, of course, is planning for post-pandemic gatherings.  In the meantime, we can do some preparation online.

You may have heard of the Scottish organisation called ‘Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief’ (an alliance formed in 2011) and even earlier, the Dying Matters Coalition (2009) both working for more openness about death, dying and bereavement.

And you might like to see what both these organisations offer.  They’re free to join and have a wealth of resources.  In the meantime, if you’re interested and wish to support the idea for a local group - do get in touch:

Pamela Strachan
pamelastrachan19@gmail.com
(07837 873 688)
Calum Macdougall             


Music in the Sunday Service (5th July)
The full version of the first and last of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 5th July are available through YouTube. You can click on their titles below to listen to it on YouTube.
You can also buy the first and fourth piece through Amazon and the first through Apple iTunes.
    by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
    from the album ‘Be Thou My Vision’ Sacred Music by John Rutter
2. Let Us Build a House
    recorded in Broughton Church September 2019
3. Spirit of the Living God
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Praise Baby Collection
    from the album Inspirational Praise Music to Soothe the Soul

Music in the Sunday Service (28th June)
The full version of the last of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 28th June are available through YouTube. You can click on its title to listen to it on YouTube.
Two of the other three (1 and 3) are available through the CH4 section of the Church of Scotland's Resourcing Mission web site. Again you can click on the titles to listen to these pieces.
You can also buy the fourth piece through Amazon and Apple iTunes.
    by Choir of Lansdowne Parish Church, Glasgow, Gordon Munro (Conductor), Stuart Muir (Piano)
2. I Bow My Head In Prayer
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Choir of Old High St Stephen's, Inverness, Pam McCulloch (Conductor), Robin Versteeg (Organ)
    by Samewill Worship
    from the album I Waited Patiently for the Lord

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.

Music in the Sunday Service (21st June)
The full versions of three of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 21st June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
The fourth (May the Lord Bless You by Yvonne Lyon) is available through the new music section of the Church of Scotland's Resourcing Mission web site. Again you can click on the title to listen to this piece.
You can also buy all four pieces through Amazon and Apple iTunes.
    by Fernando Ortega
    from the album Hymns & Meditations
    by Chancel Choir, First Unitarian Church of Oakland
    from the album Download Sampler
    by The Daily Service Singers
    from the album The Hymn Makers: Hymns of Discipleship
    by Yvonne Lyon (Satellite)
    from the album One Church, One Voice

Music in the Sunday Service (14th June)
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 14th June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three pieces through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
    by Robin Mark
    from the album Living the Adventure - Mandate 2007
    by The Cambridge Singers directed by John Rutter
    from the album Sing Ye Heavens, Hymns for All Time
    by Maranatha Music
    from the album Praise 8

Music in the Trinity Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Trinity Sunday Service are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy both pieces through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
    by Keith Green
    from the album The Greatest Hits
    by Stellenbosch University Choir
    available on the album Heavens' Flock

Introducing Our Locum - Rev. Pamela Strachan
At the beginning of May Rev. Pamela Strachan became our locum Minister taking over from Rev. John Smith.
In the last month you may have seen Pamela several times in our online services. Living at Glenhighton, she is a member of our community and was a member of our Worship Workshop prior to qualifying as an Ordained Local Minister.
By way of an introduction and to help us to learn a little more about our locum Minister, especially while we are unable to meet and chat with her in person, here is a short interview conducted by her husband Sir Hew Strachan.

Moderator Invites You to a Pentecost Service
Today's service for Sunday, 31st May is a special pentecost service led by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Martin Fair. The service can be accessed from the Church of Scotland web site and is available from 10.00 AM but will be available to view any time after that.
In the meantime here is the invitation to the service in the Moderator's own words:

Music in the Ascension Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Ascension Sunday Service are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three pieces through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
    by Travis Cottrell
    from the album At the Foot of the Cross
    by Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    from the album For Thy Pleasure
    by Karl Jenkins · London Symphony Orchestra · City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus · Simon Halsey · Rundfunkchor Berlin · Davy Spillane · Laurence Cottle
    from the album The Peacemakers

Music in the Sunday Service (17th May)
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service for 17th May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy More Than Hymns through Amazon and through Apple iTunes. String Heaven can be purchased from www.stringheaven.com.
    by The Choir of Wells Cathedral, Organist Rupert Gough
    from the album More Than Hymns
    by The Kings Chamber Orchestra
    from the album String Heaven

Music in the V.E. Day Service (10th May)
The full versions of the music included in the V.E. Day for 10th May are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the albums containing all three pieces through Amazon and the first two individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album The Hymns Album
    by Wild Goose Worship Group
    from the album There Is One Among Us: Shorter Songs for Worship by John L. Bell
    by The O'Neill Brothers Group
    from the album Prayer & Devotion Hymns on Guitar

V.E. Day from a book by Russell Miller

During the editing of the V.E. Day service sadly there wasn't room for this piece recorded by Col. Stephanie Jackman from the book V.E. Day: The People's Story by Russell Miller. But it seemed a shame to leave it unheard so here it is.

The V.E. Day Service is now available through the Weekly Services page.


Music in the Sunday Service (3rd May)
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service for 3rd May are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the albums containing all three pieces through Amazon and the individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by CN Productions
    from the album Beautiful Saviour (12 Instrumental Songs of Stuart Townend)
    by Saint Paul’s Parish Choir, Washington D.C.
    from the album Praise to the Holiest
    by Worship Without Words
    from the album Worship Without Words - Lord, You Have My Heart

The Road to Emmaus

This reflection on the Road to Emmaus was shared with us by Barrie Cash who is a good friend to Upper Tweeddale and often preaches for us.


Music in the Sunday Service (26th April)
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service for 26th April are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the albums containing all three pieces through Amazon and the individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Rick Wakeman
    originally from the album Morning Has Broken but also on the more recent Piano Portraits
    by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia
    conducted by John Rutter
    from the album Te Deum and Other Church Music
3. Now Thank We All Our God
    by Maranatha Instrumental
    from the album Colours

Walking with Stewart

'Walking' with Stewart is the latest of a series of reflections produced by Rev Stewart McPherson, Interim Minister of our neighbours in the linked churches of West Linton, Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd.
 
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Climate Crisis Talk
Friday  30 April 2021