Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one
 
News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
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.

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.

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
While church buildings are closed, the work of our churches continues. Services continue online, pastoral care and support is still provided and buildings and facilities still need to be serviced and maintained.
The Church of Scotland has set up 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.
Thank you.

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.
Life and Work May 2020
Life and Work May 2020
During this challenging period, Life and Work (the Church of Scotland magazine) is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected. The magazine is printing as normal, but, aware that many subscribers will have their deliveries delayed, especially if they normally receive it through their church, they have given us permission to publish an online version through our web site.
Click here to view the May 2020 edition..

Music in the Easter Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Easter Sunday Service  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 four pieces through Amazon and the individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Annamária Kertész, Réka Szabó, Louis-Joseph Fournier, Jérôme Gueller
    from the album Taizé Instrumental 1
    by Huddersfield Choral Society · Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
3. Thine be the glory
    by Huddersfield Choral Society · Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
4. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today [Instrumental Version]
    by Johnny Markin
    from the album Instrumental Acoustic Hymns Project

Crosses for Easter

Cross for Easter
As Easter comes to a close I wanted to share some of the pictures of crosses that have been sent to me during the week and which regretably (for want of time) I have been unable to publish on the web site until now.

Easter is a special time and for me, being involved in putting together the Holy Week services has helped to compensate for the inability to gather in each of our five churches during Holy Week. Thank you to everyone for getting involved, for sending in pictures including the ones used here, to Anne Dawson for her wonderful musical contribution to Easter Sunday's service, and a big thank you to all of the members of the Worship Workshop (including honorary member Barrie Cash) for their thoughtful and thought provoking addresses and prayers during the course of the week.

I hope everyone continues to stay safe over the coming weeks as the world continues to tackle the pandemic. In the meantime please keep sending your pictures to neil@glenholm.co.uk so that, even if we can't get out and about, at least on Sundays we can have a glimpse of local life in God's world outside of our own houses and gardens.

Love,

Neil

An Update from NZ (from Pamela Strachan)
Pamela Strachan
Pamela Strachan (OLM at Peebles Old and resident of Upper Tweeddale) has written to us from New Zealand where she has been stranded thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Here is her update.

It has been a very strange time with a ‘Lenten Lockdown’ that none of us could have anticipated. Having been asked to give a view of the virus from ‘Down Under’ I’m wondering whether my experience here is really very different from your own - apart from the weather, of course. When I left the UK in early March, NZ didn’t even appear on the global maps plotting the spread of coronavirus as there were only 5 cases recorded here at that time. It seemed one of the safest places in the world to be. For the first fortnight here that continued to be so - no-one hospitalised with the virus, free movement of people, international flights arriving daily. And suddenly that all changed. There was a dramatic increase in reported cases as more and more overseas travellers arrived and began to infect communities throughout the country.

The epidemiologists and medical advisers acted quickly and so did the government. PM Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation and a 4 stage Alert Level programme was introduced; there was no need to panic but the situation was grave and many people would die from this spreading virus without immediate action. The instructions were clear; the example of what had happened in Italy was a lesson to us all. Lombardy had been in lockdown but physical distancing was not enforced. Pubs and clubs and restaurants continued to have thousands mingling and transmitting the virus in northern Italy and the infection rate soared by the thousands. Lockdown plus social distancing was key and international travel one of the obvious methods of transmission.

On the whole, NZers are a law-abiding nation although reluctant to follow instructions if they don’t understand the reasoning. They’re resourceful and enterprising, known for their ingenuity with No.8 wire, blessed with a glorious climate and a naturally abundant supply of food. But now NZ is very much on the international tourist track and as vulnerable as any to the spread of Covid-19. The need for protective gloves and masks, for regular hand-washing and for remaining within your “bubble” as each household is termed, is reinforced daily. Testing and tracking transmission are essential. The supermarkets, thankfully, are well stocked and although there are sometimes long queues as customers patiently observe the 2m distancing rule, there are also local greengrocers and pharmacies open and there really is no problem getting essential supplies.

Meanwhile, the sun has continued to shine during the late summer. The clocks changed on Palm Sunday and the weather will be more unsettled as the days shorten and we move into autumn. I’m very fortunate staying close to Kohimarama Beach in Auckland where we can continue to take daily exercise but there is now a legal ban on swimming and all water activity. As long as social distancing is observed when taking daily exercise, the line is … be sensible, be responsible, wear your mask - and be kind.

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Sometimes we find that a crisis helps us think through problems in a new way, to ‘recalibrate our priorities’ which is what I know many of us will have been doing as we look out for one another in the community. It’s been heartening to see the response to online worship and other ways of communicating with each other as we all learn to observe physical distancing and adhere to new Covid-19 protocols. But there are undoubtedly strains on families as financial uncertainty looms, jobs and incomes are at risk and the economy slows. In addition, parents are providing home-schooling for their children which for some is yet another challenge. So we’re in for the ‘long haul’ we’ve been warned, although there is cautious optimism here in NZ as the infection curve appears to be flattening, confirming the wisdom of the early introduction of movement restrictions and Level 4 lockdown.

It has been very good to share with your online worship in the Upper Tweeddale parishes and to journey with you all through this Holy Week. This year, it is a particularly poignant journey as we adjust to life in ‘lockdown’. On Good Friday, the desolation of the Cross will have a new relevance for us all. Many are separated from their families and friends and facing a very uncertain future. Some are suffering from Coronavirus itself as is our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Others, with underlying health issues are acutely aware of their own vulnerability and all of us are particularly aware of elderly friends and family who are at particular risk.

But the message of Easter remains as thrilling as it is every year and I’m sure we will journey together with resilience and compassion as we journey with Jesus this Holy Week. I will not be with you at Easter, nor do I know with certainty when I will be back in Scotland. Meanwhile, I can share these lines with you.

This beautiful sonnet by Malcolm Guite invites us all to examine our own hearts as we accompanied our Lord to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and into Holy Week. How are we responding in this time of crisis? Concerned for our own and our immediate family’s welfare alone (‘self-interest, and fearful guardedness’) - or remaining open to Jesus and letting God’s love flood our lives and His will direct our every action?

Palm Sunday
Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The Saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus, come
Break my resistance and make me your home.

Malcolm Guite

A crisis is also an opportunity. Maybe we have been able to use this Lenten tide in this way and my prayers are with you as we travel through Holy Week to Easter. I hope to be back among you all very soon.

With my love, pamela April 2020

Music in the Holy Week Services
The full version of the beautiful music included in the Holy Week Services  is available through YouTube. It is listed here. Click on the title to listen to it on YouTube.
You can buy the album containing this piece through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by Celtic Expressions Musicians
    from the album The Prince of Glory - Celtic Expressions of Worship Vol 4

A Letter From Calum MacDougall, Our Interim Moderator
Dear All,
As we enter the third week of 'lockdown' I wanted to be in touch to offer any help or support I might be able to give you within all the present constraints that are limiting our movement and contact. I am sure I speak for all of us when I say that we desperately miss being able to worship in church together Sunday by Sunday and at no time is this a greater miss than at this most poignant period in the Christian year. How we long to be physically together in worship once more.
Once again the Worship Workshop has proved to be one of the great blessings of our four parishes and we are so grateful to our worship leaders for providing us with online worship each Sunday while we remain restricted to our homes. The annual pilgrimage round the parishes during Holy Week is a greatly treasured feature of our shared life in Upper Tweeddale and though we are unable to have our normal Holy Week worship, the Worship Workshop is making the Holy Week pilgrimage possible, albeit a 'virtual' pilgrimage, by providing readings, prayers and reflections from today until Good Friday. All of our online worship is on our website at www.uppertweeddale.org.uk Please share this information as widely as you can.

Our journey through Holy Week presents opportunities for deep reflection and self-examination. As we walk with Jesus through those momentous days in which we can find ourselves experiencing such extremes of emotion we are especially aware that the current health crisis is testing the resilience and resolve of all of us. We worry about our physical and mental well-being and that of our loved ones, our friends and our neighbours. We are eager to serve and support one another, yet, much of the time, we wonder how best to do it. We miss daily interaction with friends as well as chance meetings with others we haven't seen for weeks, months or years and which bring such joy to our days. Many interests, hobbies and perhaps sports that are normally so much part of our lives have had to be put on hold, while we turn to other activities that our isolation allows.
For many of us our faith is proving to be a precious gift indeed as we try to adapt to our circumstances. For all the emotional extremes of Holy Week we are nevertheless aware that the despair, the confusion, the pain and the doubt, lead in the end to victory in the unbridled joy of Easter. On Sunday morning, virtually or among loved ones within our homes, we shall proclaim together CHRIST IS RISEN! There is no greater hope. There is no truth more profound. There is no answer to pain, fear and despair than that. Because Christ lives we live also.
If there is anything at all I can do for you, or even if you simply want to chat on the phone, please don't hesitate to call me, either on the landline (01899 830615) or on my mobile (07974031402) and, if you are able, please let me know of any member or parishioner who might appreciate a friendly phone call.
Stay safe one and all.
With every blessing,
Calum.

#EasterHope - An Easter Celebration Idea

Easter Cross Instructions
This is a great idea from Malcolm Jefferson's team at Peebles St. Andrews Leckie:
This Easter we would like to invite Christians across Peebles and the Borders (and even further afield!) to celebrate Easter by making and decorating a cross in their homes.
IWhile it is not possible to celebrate together physically this year we can still join together in spirit to focus on the hope of the cross and Christ’s death and resurrection for us! Individual households could make a simple cross with paper and pens to go in a window or something more elaborate made from wood or other materials that might stand in a front garden (see the attached example for instructions on how to make a cross from garden branches.)
These can be displayed and decorated over the Easter Weekend. We hope that whilst still adhering to social distancing guidelines our neighbours might be able to enjoy seeing this sign of Christian hope in windows and gardens around them. It would be great to share pictures on social media too if this is something you do, quote #Easterhope. He is risen!

Music in the Palm Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Palm Sunday Service  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 the first and third pieces through Amazon and the third piece through Apple iTunes.
    by The Scottish Festival Singers
    from the album Timeless Hymns, Vol. 4: Abide With Me
    from Hi-Fi Hymn Book which provides FREE downloads of pipe organ recordings of Christian hymns and service music
3. The Palms
    by Domenico Cipriani
    from the album Noi insieme - Canti e musiche per la festa del matrimonio

Music in the Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three albums through Amazon and the first and third pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Brian Doerksen featuring Loralee Thiessen
    from the album Grateful
    by the Boston Byzantine Choir
    from the album Thy Passion: Byzantine Chant of Holy Week
3. Love is the Touch
    by Lori True
    from the album Let This be the Time: Songs of Transformation and Peace

Springfield Prayer Point (a message from Barrie Cash)
This is a message from Barrie Cash, a good friend to Upper Tweeddale and a frequent preacher in our churches:
"I am distancing and isolating at home as many of us are. Over 70 and having underlying health conditions we find it frustrating that we are not able to help and support other people as we would naturally do. For most of my adult life I have been a  Methodist minister and so believe that the one thing I can do is pray for other people and try and answer need in that way.
Some of us find it hard to pray, others find they don’t know how but there is nothing complicated. All we need to say is: “God help me” and we have begun.
If you want prayers said for you or any help with them then just get in touch. I live in the Terrace so know what its like round here and the great mix of people who live here.
You can email me with requests at: springfieldprayerpoint@gmail.com
The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace"
 
New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Easter 2020
The Easter 2020 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, has been published and in normal circumstances would be dropping onto the doormats of  households in the parish. Sadly these are not normal times so we are postponing deliveries until we are all able to venture out again.
However hard copies of this edition are available from the Broughton Village Shop.
Many of the forthcoming events in this edition have been overtaken by the coronavirus but there are lots of interesting articles to read and a lovely letter from our outgoing locum John Smith. We'll miss you John and look forward to saying thank you properly when the world opens up once more.

Celebrating Local Churches Together with Music and Flowers Postponed
Sadly this event due to be held in April has also succombed to the restrictions on social contact as a result of the coronavirus. This event will now take place next year.probably on 24th and 25th April 2021.

Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak
With the coronavirus outbreak at the forefront of all our minds and out of concern for the health and welfare of the whole community the Church of Scotland has strongly advised that services in all churches are cancelled for the time being.

The churches in Upper Tweeddale (Broughton, Skirling, Tweedsmuir and Stobo) will remain open to all visitors at any time.

Full details of what the church is planning for the next few months while we are unable to gather will be published in the forthcoming edition of Kirk Matters. At this time we are asking everyone, wherever they are, if they can to stop for 5 minutes at 5:00 PM each day to join together (spiritually) in prayer for the local and wider community during this difficult time.

Here is a prayer from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Very Rev. Colin Sinclair:

Living God,
In our hour of need we turn again to you, for we have nowhere else to turn.
We put our faith in you, because you have proved your faithfulness time and again.
We reaffirm our love for you because you have never let us go.
We thank you that you are not distant from us.
 
but have drawn near, in your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
He has shared our life, tasted our death and defeated it;
He understands our worries and our fears.
Help us to respond as your children now.
 
We pray for this pandemic spreading across our world,
remembering all who have lost loved ones.
and praying for those seriously ill at this time.
We uphold the National Health Service.
as it responds to this added pressure on its already overstretched services.
We pray for doctors and nurses and all in the caring professions,
who work to help and support people as best they can.
 
We remember those working behind the scenes.
testing samples, confirming results, giving information to patients.
We uphold others trying to understand this virus better.
working to create an effective remedy.

We pray for our Governments in Westminster and Holyrood,
as they work with the best medical advice.
to guide us on how we should respond.
and what action we should take.
We pray that these guidelines might be taken seriously.
and that all would put them into action.
 
May this crisis bring out the best in us, not the worst.
Help us to live by faith and not by fear;
to build bridges not barriers,
and to resist all who would speak ill of any other group.
May we not forget our responsibility to one another,
not least to the vulnerable and voiceless in our communities.
 
Help us to find ways of keeping in touch and offering reassurance.
to those with underlying health issues;
for any who feel particularly vulnerable.
or in danger at present.
As the virus spreads.
we pray for the disruption it causes to normal life,
bringing new fears and anxieties:
 
We pray for those who have been laid off as their work disappears;
for financial hardship for individuals and businesses;
for the impact on the economy and pensions, when austerity has already left its mark.
We pray for those whose trips, both for business and pleasure, have been cancelled;
and others where events, long anticipated and planned for, have been postponed;
for those making contingency planning for home based work or child care or exams.
May our inconvenience not blind us to others’ loss.
 
We remember those who cannot visit loved ones in locked-down care homes;
for the elderly whose social contacts have been severely curtailed;
help us to find creative ways of keeping in touch,
of assuring them they are not forgotten or ignored.
May congregations find new ways of living though this time.
May we not forget our faith, but draw strength from it.
So may our worship be heartfelt,
our fellowship deepen.
and our service increase.
 
God of grace and God of mercy,
hear our prayers at this time.
Strengthen us, by your Spirit, so that:
we may carry on our lives as best as we are able,
looking out for others, showing love in action,
being faithful in prayer, and bringing encouragement, hope and peace;
always trusting in you. our Rock and our Redeemer.
These prayers we bring to you. in Jesus’ name. Amen.



Church notices for Sunday 15th March 2020
The Guild AGM is on Wednesday afternoon ( 18th  March) in Broughton Village Hall starting at 2:30pm. After the business, there will be an  afternoon tea. All welcome
 
Next week (22nd March) the services in Broughton and Skirling will be the last services as our locum for Rev John Smith. You will be greatly missed John and we hope you don't become a stranger to us as you take up other duties outside the parishes. It would be great if we could have bumper congregations  to  these services to say farewell to John.
 
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to postpone the Guild Quiz until the autumn. Packing a lot of people into the small hall didn't seem the wisest course of action at this time.  It will just give Neil more time to compile some more fiendish questions!
 

Quiz Night Postponed
Sadly because of the Coronavirus outbreak we have decided that it would not be wise to crowd 60 people into the small village hall so we have decided to postpone the quiz night scheduled for Friday 27th March to later in the year (perhaps early Autumn). We obviously apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Church notices for Sunday 8th March 2020
 Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the World day of Prayer service on Friday. A good turnout and a joyful service. We managed to raise over £100 to go towards projects in Zimbabwe.
 
 Calling all quiz addicts, the Guild are organising another Quiz evening  in Broughton Viullage Hall on Friday 27th March starting at 6:30pm. We're looking for tables of 4 and if you have a team member 15 or under, we'll give you a bonus 10 points. The charge will be £20 per table and includes refreshments which will be served at half time. There will also be a raffle. Proceeds are going towards the Guild projects. To reserve a table, please call Fiona on 830408.
 
Next week (15th March) in Tweedsmuir and Stobo  and the following week (22nd March) in Broughton and Skirling will be the last services as our locum for Rev John Smith. You will be greatly missed John and we hope you don't become a stranger to us as you take up other duties outside the parishes. It would be great if we could have bumper congregations  to all of these services to say farewell to John.
 

World Day of Prayer 2020

World Day of Prayer - March 2020 in Broughton Kirk
A joyful, colourful service was held on Friday 6th March as part of the 2020 World Day of Prayer. This year the focus was on Zimbabwe, the service containing contributions from Zimbabwe and a Zimbabwean hymn. A collection raised over £100 to go towards projects in Zimbabwe.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women calling for prayer and action for peace and justice.

Church notices for Sunday 9th February 2020
The Guild's Together in Tweeddale Annual Business meeting is being held in Innerleithen Church on Tuesday 11th February starting at 2:30pm. If you would like a lift to this please contact either Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408).
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo churches next Sunday (16th February) and Broughton and Skirling churches  the following week (23rd February).   
 
The next meeting of the Guild is on Wednesday 19th February in Broughton Village Hall, starting at 2:30pm.  This month we are pleased to welcome Isobel Hunter to talk about her recent visit to Israel/Palestine. All are welcome to come and join us
 

Church notices for Sunday 2th February 2020
A big thank you to everyone who contributed or attended the Haggis Sunday last week. From the feedback, it was an enjoyable occasion and well done to the 3 tables who got 10 out of 10 for the quiz! We managed to raise £360 which has been split between the Clydesdale and Tweeddale Foodbanks.  
 
The Guild's together in Tweeddale Annual Business meeting is being held in Innerleithen Church on Tuesday 11th February starting at 2:30pm. If you would like a lift to this please contact either Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408).
 
 
 
 

Church notices for Sunday 22nd December 2019
 Christmas Week is upon us.. Please  join us for any or all of these events and services, you and your  family will be made very welcome
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 Drumelzier Candlelit Carol Servive is this evening (Sunday 22nd December), starting at 6:30pm. A good way to start off the Christmas week festivities. You are reminded to take a torch as there are no street lights in Drumelzier.
 
On Christmas eve, Tuesday 24th there is the Tweedsmuir Candlelit  Carol Service, starting at 6:30pm. Again, bring a torch to get from the carpark to the church as there are no streetlights in Tweedsmuir.
 
The Christmas Day Service is in Stobo Kirk starting at 11am. Children (any anyone else so moved) are encouraged to bring a toy or two to show to the minister,  Rev John Smith who'll be leading the service.  
 
Services will be as normal next week in all the churches
 
 This year the retiral collections from the  Christmas services will be split between  support for our midwife student in Malawi. Geoffrey Matias and CrossReach which is the Church of Scotland’s social care council. In addition half of the money raised in Tweedsmuir will be used for the upkeep of Tweedsmuir Church.
 

Church notices for Sunday 8th December 2019
Thank you for all who supported the Guild table at the Craft fair on Friday. We managed to raise £217:30 towards Guild funds.
 
Some dates for your diaries leading up to Christmas week. Skirling Village and Upper Tweeddale Guild are inviting you to  Carols and Mince Pies in Skirling Village hall on Wednesday 18th December starting at 6:30pm
 
On Thursday 19th December, the school are having their Carol service in Broughton Church starting at 1:30pm. If you are able, please come along and support our local school.
 
Rev Tony Foley is being inducted to Dollar Church on Thursday 19th December at 7pm. It would be good if a crowd of us from Upper Tweeddale were able to go and support him in his new charge. If you would like to go and require transport, please let Fiona ( 830408) know.. If there are sufficient numbers, we may hire a minibus to help the transport logistics.
 

Church notices for Sunday 10th November 2019
Broughton Primary School will have an Act of Remembrance at 1.30pm on 11th November at the war memorial in Broughton.  You are invited to join them at this time.
 
Next Sunday, 17th November, there will be an evening Service of Remembrance in Drumelzier Church at 6:30pm.

Church notices for Sunday 27th October 2019
Pat Middlemas would like to give grateful thanks to all who supported her Macmillan coffee morning on Friday. She managed to raise £1108.80 which is an amazing amount in one morning.
 
Christmas may seem a long way off but preparations are in place for the Christmas edition of Kirk Matters. The deadline for articles is Monday 28th October and should be sent to Isobel Hunter (tel 860274).
 
Elders please note that the next meeting of the Joint Kirk Session is on Monday 4th November in Skirling Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm. Minutes have already been sent out for the October meeting.
 
Our locum Rev John Smith is on holiday from 1st October until 15th November. If you require the services of a minister in this period, please call Rev Stewart McPherson (01968 660221) in the first instance.  
 

Church notices for Sunday 20th October 2019
Christmas may seem a long way off but preparations are in place for the Christmas edition of Kirk Matters. The deadline for any articles is Monday 28th October and should be sent to Isobel Hunter (tel 860274).
 
Elders please note that the next meeting of the Joint Kirk Session is Monday 4th November in Skirling Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm. Minutes have already been sent out for the October meeting.
 
Our locum Rev John Smith is on holiday from 1st October until 15th November. If you require the services of a minister in this period, please call Rev Stewart McPherson (01968 660221) in the first instance.  
 

 
Coming Soon...
Harvest Thanksgiving Service at Stobo Kirk
Sunday  25 October 2020