Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one
 
No Services During Coronovirus (Covid-19) 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. Although there is no service, someone will be present in Broughton Kirk from 10:00 to 11:00 each Sunday and Skirling Kirk from 11:00 to 12:00 each Sunday.

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.

Following is a prayer from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Very Rev. Colin Sinclair followed by the order of service from 15th March:

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 othersí 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 Jesusí name. Amen.


For Sunday 15th March


Broughton Kirk and Skirling Kirk

Isobel Hunter

Call to Worship

Hymn 139 Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him

Prayers

Address

Hymn 242 Is this the way You made the world

Readings
Gen 2:15-17,3:1-7
Matthew 4:1-11

Prayers

Hymn 555 Amazing grace

Sermon

Offering and Dedication

Hymn 167 Guide me O though great Jehovah

Blessing


Tweedsmuir Kirk and Stobo Kirk

Rev John Smith

Call to Worship

Hymn 4 How excellent in all the earth

Prayers

Hymn 463 Fairest Lord Jesus

Reading
John 4: 5-42

Hymn 348 Praise the One who breaks the darkness

Sermon

Offering and Dedication

Prayers of Intercession

Hymn 500 Lord of creation, to you be all praise

Blessing