Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
Music in the Sunday Service (5th December)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 5th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes.
    by Susan White and Nick Springthorpe
    from the YouTube Channel: Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    The Orchestra Choir and Congregation of All Souls Church
    from the album: The Hymn Makers: Timothy Dudley-Smith
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album: Very Best of Graham Kendrick

Music in the Sunday Service (28th November)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 28th November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes.
    by Lori True
    from the album Let This Be the Time: Songs of Transformation and Peace
    Sue McNary, mezzo-soprano soloist
    Dan Inglis, Director of Music
    First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, MA, US
    from the YouTube Channel: Dan Inglis
3. Spirit of the Living God
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Karen R. Nussbaum, soprano
    Brenna Boncosky, alto
    Bob Trautvetter, bass
    Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, Chicago Temple Organist
    Erik Nussbaum, Director of Music and the Arts
    from First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple

New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Christmas 2021
The Christmas 2021 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, is landing on doorsteps and in letter boxes around Upper Tweeddale right now.
If you haven't seen a copy then it is also published here for you to enjoy and it contains full details of the Christmas programme of events around our parishes.
For news from our linked churches in the northern half of West Tweeddale you can find their newsletters published monthly on 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.

Music in the Sunday Service (21st November)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 21st November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 3 on Apple iTunes.
    Laurie Struyk, piano
    Singing by the congregation of Grace Reformed Church (URCNA) Dunnville, Ontario
    from the YouTube Channel: URC Psalmody
    from the YouTube Channel: theG .co.uk.
    by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia
    conducted by John Rutter

Music in the Remembrance Sunday Service (14th November)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Remembrance Service for the 14th November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    from the YouTube Channel: Westminster Covenanter
    by Érika Wood
    from the YouTube Channel: Forest Grove United Church
    from the YouTube Channel: Kirkton Church
    by The Hallé Choir
    with Rachel Nicholls
    conductor Sir Mark Elder
    from the album For the Fallen

Music in the Sunday Service (7th November)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 7th November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Hereford Cathedral Choir and Worcester Cathedral Choir
    from the album: Blessed City: Hymns from Worcester
    by Bernadette Farrell
    from the album Christ Be Our Light
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album The Troubadour Years

Music in the Sunday Service (31st October)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 31st October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by BYU Noteworthy (2016/17)
    from the album How Sweet the Sound: Songs of Inspiration
    from the YouTube Channel BYU Noteworthy
    by Nathan Pacheco
    from the album Higher
    by Billy Doze
    from the YouTube Channel: mrvideouploads1
    by The Mandate - Stuart Townend
    from the album O Church Arise (Live)

Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd, and West Linton Church Newsletters
Carlops
With the three churches in Upper Tweeddale (Skirling, Broughton and Tweedsmuir), now linked with the three churches in the West Linton group (St. Andrews West Linton, Carlops, and Kirkurd and Newlands) we are 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 are making 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.
News and newsletter pages for each church are also accessible through a panel to the right of the Kirk Matters page and also to the right of the News page.

Induction of Rev. Tony Foley

On Monday 25th October Rev. Tony Foley was inducted as the new Minister of West Tweeddale into the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles. Here is a film of the whole service led by Rev. Victoria Linford (Moderator of the Presbytery) and the presentations that followed.


Music in the Sunday Service (24th October)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 24th October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2, 3 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    from the YouTube Channel: UCG Atlanta
    by Casey McKinley
    arranged Scot Crandal
    from the YouTube Channel Casey McKinley
    by Graham Kendrick (featuring Nicki Rogers)
    from the album: Very Best of Graham Kendrick: Knowing You Jesus
    by Bob Dylan
    from the album Slow Train Coming

Music in the Sunday Service (17th October)
The full versions of all five pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 17th October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2, 4 and 5 on Apple iTunes and piece 1 on Amazon.
    by Maranatha! Hymns
    from the album Celtic Hymns
    by Robin Mark
    from the album Living the Adventure - Mandate 2007
    by Érika Wood
    from the YouTube Channel: Forest Grove United Church
    by Choir of King's College, Cambridge · Stephen Cleobury
    from the album Hymns from King's
    by Maranatha Music
    from the album Praise 8

Music in the Sunday Service (3rd October)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 3rd October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2 and 3 on Apple iTunes and piece 1 on Amazon.
    by The Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral
    from the album Coronation Anthems & Hymns
    by A.D. Miller and Commotio Chamber Choir
    from the album The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems
    by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia
    conducted by John Rutter

Music in the Sunday Service (26th September)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 19th September 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 Apple iTunes.
1. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    written by: John L. Bell
    from the YouTube Channel: Ruth Duck - Topic
    from the album Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 24
    from the YouTube Channel: First-Plymouth Church Lincoln Nebraska

Music in the Sermon on the Mount Service (Part One)
The full versions of all pieces of music included in the Sunday Sermon on the Mount Service for the 19th September 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 Apple iTunes.
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album: Table of Plenty
    by Jim Hughes
    from the album Spark to a Flame
    from the YouTube Channel: Sunday 7pm Choir | Catholic and Christian Choral Music
    by Kate Pearson and Julie Morrice
    from the YouTube Channel: Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
    by The Songs of Taize Session Singers
    from the YouTube Channel: Chet Valley Churches

Music in the Sunday Service (12th September)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 12th September 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 Apple iTunes.
    by Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Hereford Cathedral Choir and Worcester Cathedral Choir
    from the album: Blessed City: Hymns from Worcester
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album Spark to a Flame
    from the YouTube Channel: Clydebank SA Comms

Lectures from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut
On Tuesday 31st August and Thursday 2nd September Professor Peter Ford from the Near-East School of Theology – Beirut gave two excellent Zoom lectures looking at Christian – Muslim relations for participants largely from the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles. Both lectures were followed by Q & A sessions and they were recorded so that you can watch them here.The reading list that Peter refers to in his lectures can be accessed by clicking on More... below.
1. Do we worship the same God? Yes! . . . and No . . ..
The text of the chat (Q&A) was also recorded and you can view it by clicking here. The document that Peter shared during his lecture can be viewed here.
2. Are the barriers between us too high? No . . . but it takes some work . . ..
The text of the chat (Q&A) was also recorded and you can view it by clicking here. The document that Peter shared during his lecture can be viewed here.
These lectures have been supported by a donation of £300 from Melrose and Peebles Presbytery, towards the cost of running the generators at NEST for the lectures. If you would like to make a donation of support towards developing the partnership between Melrose and Peebles Presbytery and NEST please visit the NEST Partnership Just Giving page.

For the past twenty years, Peter Ford has taught Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya, then at Near East School of Theology since January 2013.
Along the way, he has published his PhD dissertation (a translation and analysis of 'Abqariyyat al-Masih) "The Genius of Christ" 

If you wish to read around the topics before the lectures Peter has sent us the following reading list to "[zero] in on readings that will hopefully be both informative and interesting, and perhaps prompting you to formulate a few questions to pose [...] during our sessions":
Session 1:
  • 1c: "The Problem of Muhammad," by Jacques Jomier (9 pages): The author was a Catholic scholar who was very involved with Christian-Muslim relations. In this chapter near the end of his book, How to Understand Islam, he reflects on whether or not Christians can refer to Muhammad as a "Prophet."
Session 2:

Music in the Sunday Service (29th August)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 29th August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2  on Apple iTunes and piece 3 on Amazon.
    from the YouTube Channel: PipesFanatic
    by Jason Silver
    from the album Love the Psalms, Vol. 8
    by John F. Wade · Fred Kaan · Randall DeBruyn
    from the album Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 28

Rev. Dr. Tony Foley Preaches as Sole Nominee
On 29th August the Rev. Dr. Tony Foley, preached as sole nominee for our six linked churches and the service held in Broughton was recorded. You can view it here.
The results of the vote were as follows:
FOR Electing The Reverend Dr Thomas Anthony Foley: 143 votes
AGAINST Electing The Reverend Dr Thomas Anthony Foley: 11 votes

Therefore, The Reverend Dr Thomas Anthony Foley has accordingly been elected and appointed as the new minister subject to the approval of Presbytery.


Music in the Sunday Service (22nd August)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 22nd August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy them on Apple iTunes.
1. Morning Has Broken
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Spring Harvest
    from the album Hymn Anthems
    by Nathan Pacheco
    from the album Higher
    by The Worship Initiative
    from the album The Worship Initiative, Vol. 19 (Accompaniments)

Joint Communion Service at Old Newlands Church
On 22nd August we held a Communion Service in the graveyard area of Newlands Old Church. This was the first ever joint service of the new linking of West Tweeddale and involved the ministers from both original groups of parishes.
If you were unable to attend then you can view the service here and get a flavour of the joyous occasion that it was.

Music in the Sunday Service (15th August)
The full versions of all three of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 15th August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy them on Apple iTunes.
    by the Cathedral Singers
    conductor John Bell
    from the album God Never Sleeps
    by Fron Male Voice Choir
    from the album Voices Of The Valley: The Ultimate Collection
    by St. Olaf Choir
    conductor: Anton Armstrong
    from the album Great Hymns of Faith, Vol. 1

Music in the Sunday Service (8th August)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 8th August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the first three pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by Travis Cottrell
    from the album At the Foot of the Cross
    by Huddersfield Choral Society & Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing
4. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    written by Graham Maule and John L. Bell

Service of Reflection for Lebanon One Year On
4th August marked the anniversary of the Beirut blast in Lebanon. As a mark of solidarity with our friends in that country, the World Mission committee of Melrose and Peebles presbytery have recorded this short service which was held in the garden of Innerleithen Church on the same day.
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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 (1st August)
The full versions of four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 1st August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes and pieces 3 and 5 on Amazon.
    by Choir of Jesus College Cambridge - director: Richard Pinel
    from the album Praise My Soul: Favourite Hymns from Jesus College Cambridge
2. Just As I Am
    recorded live in Skirling Church
    Hit Collective
    from the album: Celtic Songs of Praise
    by Karen R. Nussbaum, soprano
    Brenna Boncosky, alto
    Bob Trautvetter, bass
    Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, Chicago Temple Organist
    Erik Nussbaum, Director of Music and the Arts
    from First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple
    by Derek Fiechter and Brandon Fiechter
    from the album Celtic Hymn Collection

Music in the Sunday Service - 25th July
The full versions of the four pre-recorded pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 25th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 3 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by Maranatha! Hymns
    from the album Celtic Hymns
    from the YouTube channel: IAM - ideasaboutmusic from Christopher Dawes
    by Cambridge Singers - Conductor: John Rutter
    from the album Sing, Ye Heavens - Hymns for All Time
    by The Path
    from the album The Path

News from Stobo Kirk
Eddleston Voices
Our old friends at Stobo Kirk have a new News section within the site for their new linking with  Peebles Old and Eddleston, so you can find out the latest news from Stobo and Drumelzier and what's coming up by going to their news web page.
Along with their new colleagues in the other two churches they are currently organising a music and flower festival for April 2022. This will be in memory of Lorraine Mulholland who had been instrumental in the planning for the original festival which was scheduled for April 2020 but had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Upper Tweed Community Drivers
Upper Tweed Community Drivers
The Upper Tweed Community Drivers scheme has been relaunched. This is a hugely useful scheme provided by the communities of Broughton, Tweedsmuir, Skirling and Stobo. It organises subsidised transport to patients attending healthcare appointments, the transport being provided by volunteer drivers.
The scheme is available to any resident of Upper Tweeddale. Patients using the service are asked to make a donation which varies according to the length of the journey.
Volunteer drivers are needed for the scheme and becoming a volunteer driver is a great way to contribute to the Upper Tweed community without commitment.
To book a driver or to find out more contact the co-ordinator Ann Welsh by phoning 07707 998 044 or by e-mail: utcommunitydrivers@gmail.com. Please feel free to download and display this poster.

Music in the Sunday Service (18th July)
The full versions of the three pre-recorded pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 18th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the first two pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by Bernadette Farrell
    from the album Christ Be Our Light
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album: The Hymns Album
    by Jim and Jean Strathdee & friends
    from the YouTube Channel: James Bay United - Communication

Stitches for Survival
Stitches for Survival
If you knit, sew, stitch or craft will you help create a banner of climate messages to influence negotiators at COP26?
Use any green or blue fabric or thread. Make pieces 60 cm (24 ins) by 100 cm (40 ins). Make as many pieces as you wish.
1.5 miles long this will represent the 1.5°C target in the Paris agreement. After COP26 the banner will be repurposed to make blankets for refugee communities.
The contributions can be as simple or as artistic as can be 30 September closing date.
Expressions of interest to nan.buchan@hotmail.com or maryhmcelroy@outlook.com

Music in the Sunday Service (11th July)
The full versions of four of the six pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 11th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 4 and 6 on Apple iTunes.
    by Reading Phoenix Choir
    from the album Morning Song (Spirit of Iona)
2. Let Us Build a House
    recorded in Broughton Kirk (September 2019)
    Words and music Marty Haugen
3. Amazing Grace
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album The Troubadour Years
    by Sharon Jackson recorded at Walsall Central Hall
    from the YouTube Channel: Rachel Parkinson
    by Yvonne Lyon (Satellite)
    from the album One Church, One Voice

Music in the Sunday Service (4th July)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 4th July 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 4 on Amazon.
    by Scot Crandal and the OCP Session Choir
    from the album NPM Showcase 2019
    by Knox United Church Calgary
    from the YouTube channel: KnoxCalgary
3. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Instrumental Christian Songs
    from the album Music Guitar

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 (27th June)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 27th June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2 and 3 on iTunes. Pieces 1 and 4 are available on Amazon and Spotify.
    by The Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral
    from the album Coronation Anthems & Hymns
    by Nathan Pacheco
    from the album Higher
    by Nikita
    from the album Love Eternal
    by Nancy Webb and David Webb
    from the YouTube channel Webb Family Music

Looking for a New Minister
West Tweddale Parish Profile
We are excited to be seeking a new minister for our six churches.
The process is underway, and we are asking God for guidance to choose the right person.
Candidates will usually come across the vacancy through the Vacant Charges page on the Church of Scotland website. This will lead them to our Parish Profile, which is available here. The Parish Profile sets out the characteristics of our churches, points to where we want to go together and details the many qualities we would find desirable in our new minister.
General Vacancy info, including a description of the process, the details of the nominating committee and some progress updates is available on the Carlops church website here.

Music in the Sunday Service (20th June)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 20th June 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. Piece 4 is available on Amazon.
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album The Troubadour Years
2. Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
    from the album America's Choir
    by The O'Neill Brothers Group
    from the album Prayer & Devotion Hymns on Guitar

Music in the Sunday Service (13th June)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 13th June 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 4 on iTunes.
    by A.D. Miller and Commotio Chamber Choir
    from the album The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems
    from Dalgety Parish Church
    by Karen R. Nussbaum, soprano
    Brenna Boncosky, alto
    Bob Trautvetter, bass
    Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, Chicago Temple Organist
    Erik Nussbaum, Director of Music and the Arts
    from First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple
    by New Wine
    from the album Winds Of Glory (Instrumentals)

Music in the Sunday Service (6th June)
The full versions of two of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 6th June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 4 on iTunes.
    by Cape Town Massed Choir and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
    directed by Colin Peckham
    from Cape Town City Hall on 15 Sept 2019
    by Reading Phoenix Choir
    from the album: Song of Iona (A Celtic Celebration)
    by The Mandate - Stuart Townend
    from the album O Church Arise (Live)
    by iSingWorship
    from the album Hymns One

Music in the Sunday Service (30th May)
The full versions of two of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 30th May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 4 on iTunes.
    from Trinity Church, Gosforth
    from the YouTube channel: opatriamia
2. O Breath of God
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
3. Womb of Life
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Worship Zone
    from the album Hymns 5

Music in the Sunday Service (23rd May)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 23rd May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. Piece number 1 is available on the Church of Scotland's Church Hymnary pages.
You can also buy piece 4 on iTunes.
1. Like Fireworks in the Night
    by St Magnus Festival Chorus, Glenys Hughes (Conductor), Jean Leonard (Piano)
    author: Ian Masson Fraser
    by Robert Wicker
    from the YouTube Channel Robert Wicker
    author: Carl P. Daw
    from Emu Music
    © Trevor Hodge, 2009, CCLI Song Number: 5439290
    author: Elizabeth Ann Porter Head
    by Celtic Expressions Musicians
    from the album: Breath of Life: Celtic Expressions of Worship, Volume 3

Music in the Sunday Service (16th May)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 16th May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three of these pieces on iTunes.
    by A.D. Miller and Commotio Chamber Choir
    from the album The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems
2. Have You Heard The Raindrops?
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    author: Christian Strover
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album: Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing
    by John Keys
    from the album: Ultimate Hymn Organ Accompaniments, Vol. 22

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid
The climate emergency is one of the greatest injustices we face. Together we stop this climate crisis.This year's Christian Aid week is focussing on the Climate Crisis. You can find out more about the appeal by visiting the Christian Aid web site.
Normally at this time of year a number of events raise money for Christian Aid, notably the Skirling Green car boot sale. Unfortunately this year these cannot take place but as always envelopes for donations have been distributed to all houses in our parishes. If you wish to donate please put your donation in the envelope and drop the envelope in at the Broughton Village Store, in Skirling Village Hall, at Skirling Church, or give it to any of the church elders in your area. 
Thank you for all of your generous donations.

Music in the Sunday Service (9th May)
The full versions of the third piece of music included in the Sunday Service for the 9th May is available through YouTube. It is listed here. Click on the title to listen.
You can also buy this piece on iTunes.
1. Here is the Place, Now is the Time
    organist Lesley Craise
    author: Shirley Erena Murray
2. Come and Find the Quiet Centre
    organist Lesley Craise
    author: Shirley Erena Murray
    by the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge
    from the album: Praise My Soul: Favourite Hymns from Jesus College Cambridge
4. Prelude in E Flat by J.S. Bach
    played Lesley Craise

Music in the Sunday Service (2nd May)
The full versions of all pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 2nd May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the first three pieces on iTunes.
    by Jason Silver
    from the album Love the Psalms – Vol. 7
    by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
    from the album Be Thou My Vision - Sacred Music
    by Graham Kendrick (featuring Nicki Rogers)
    from the album: Very Best of Graham Kendrick: Knowing You Jesus
    by The Sweet

Music in the Sunday Service (25th April)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 25th April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on iTunes.
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing
    by Arion Male Voice Choir
    from the YouTube Channel: Fave Hymns
3. Crimond
    played by Lesley Craise
    by Sharon Jackson recorded at Walsall Central Hall
    from the YouTube Channel: Rachel Parkinson

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

Decorated Easter Eggs - Tweedsmuir 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

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

Minister's Walk (Supper)
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

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