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ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES

posted 9 Dec 2017, 02:15 by Dean Fostekew

Sunday 17th December 4pm Carol Service

Sunday 24th December 10am Sung Eucharist for Advent IV
Christmas Eve
                                        5pm Crib Service

                                        1130pm Joint Watch Night Service at Saughtonhall United Reformed Church

Christmas Day                10am Sung Festal Eucharist of the Shepherds with Carols

Wednesday 27th             10am Holy Communion St.John the Evangelist's Day

Sunday 31st                    10am Sung Eucharist with Carols for the New Year

This Week in Advent

posted 4 Dec 2017, 08:17 by Dean Fostekew

On Thursday 7th we are hosting the annual Carol Service for the Order of St.Lazarus of Jerusalem 7pm start to which all are welcome. 

On Sunday 10th the congregation of the Church of the Good Shepherd will be holding their AGM following the 10am Service. This is the 120th AGM of this Murrayfield Congregation.

ADVENT COFFEE MORNING Saturday 2nd December

posted 25 Nov 2017, 04:27 by Dean Fostekew

On Saturday 2nd December we at the Church of the Good Shepherd Murrayfield will be holding our annual Advent Coffee Morning 10am-Noon. Come along and enjoy home baking and good coffee and discover that present that you've been looking for. There will be some entertainment at about 11am and a few stalls of home made preserves and other goodies.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10am Service

posted 11 Nov 2017, 07:43 by Dean Fostekew

Tomorrow at 10am we will begin our commemorative service for Remembrance Sunday with a Sung Eucharist. As we approach 11am the service will turn to an Act of Remembrance for the fallen and all those affected by War. The wreath of remembrance will be laid and the names of the men on our war memorial read aloud. The men from the Good Shepherd Murrayfield congregation who gave their lives for freedom and democracy are not forgotten, we mourn them still and we pray for peace in our troubled world that the lessons of the past may be truly learned.

All Saints and All Souls Services

posted 30 Oct 2017, 02:41 by Dean Fostekew

Wednesday 10am Holy Communion for All Saints

Thursday 10am Requiem for All Souls with the reading of the names of our loved ones departed.

Sunday 5th November 10am Service for All Saints and all Souls with the remembrance of the departed. 

Bible Sunday 29th October

posted 24 Oct 2017, 09:55 by Dean Fostekew

This coming Sunday we will be keeping Bible Sunday at the Church of the Good Shepherd. It is an opportunity for us to give thanks for the revelation of God and his Son through The Word and for us to ponder on Scripture and to try and understand God better. One of the texts set for Sunday comes from Nehemiah (see below). Then most important line in that text is that of verse 8a 'So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation.' Scripture is given to us with the command that we read, think and ponder on what it says and that we seek interpretation of it was well. That involves study and research, talking to others and thinking and reflecting ourselves on our life experience. Reading Scripture should be an exciting exploration of the text not a mere glancing across. This coming Sunday seeks to remind us of how important the Word of God is and how we must treat it properly and with prayer and thought.

 Nehemiah 8:1-12

All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. 2Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. 3He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. 4The scribe Ezra stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hash-baddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen’, lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the law, while the people remained in their places. 8So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ 11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, ‘Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.’ 12And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.


Former ordinand moves to Airdrie

posted 17 Oct 2017, 05:07 by Dean Fostekew

On Tuesday 31st October at 7pm the Rev'd PJ O'Maoil Mhenna is to be inducted as Rector of St.Paul & St.John the Evangelist Airdrie. PJ served a summer placement at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield four years ago and it is good to welcome him back to Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church following his curacy in Paulsgrove Portsmouth.
PJ invites all who wish to attend his service of induction to join him in Airdrie. Please pray for PJ in his new job.

Ordinand now ordained

posted 2 Oct 2017, 05:47 by Dean Fostekew

Yesterday evening a small group of us from the Church of the Good Shepherd, travelled from Murrayfield to Glasgow to see our former ordinand Jonathan Livingstone ordained as a deacon. It was a beautiful service at St.Mary's Episcopal Cathedral and we were all very proud of Jonathan as he made his vows and entered into the ordained life. The whole congregation wishes Jonathan well and will keep him in their prayers as he begins his curacy at Uddingston and Hamilton. 

Almighty and everliving God, by whose Spirit the while body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all members of your holy Church; that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your Name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Harvest Thanksgiving

posted 25 Sep 2017, 03:55 by Dean Fostekew

Yesterday's Harvest Thanksgiving service was glorious. The choir and additional friends sung beautifully and with great gusto, the church was beautifully decorated and the liturgy gracefully led by by the Rev'd Hilary Naish with myself preaching. Harvest is a time to give thanks to God for the gifts we are given but also a time to stop and think about where our harvest comes from and who benefits the most from other people's labour. I hope my sermon did that part of which is below:

"Without produce from around the globe and the skills and labour of people from different countries and cultures our diets would be ‘same-y’ and boring and although harvests occur at different times in different places it is VITALLY IMPORTANT that at least once a year we stop, reflect and give thanks to God for all that the many harvest of the world give to us. And in that stopping and giving thanks we also need to remember give thanks for those who grew and produced the harvest for us in the first place and to work out if we have exploited them in any way. Did I pay a far price for what I ate? Did the farmer get well paid for her efforts?" 


Harvest is something we need to be thankful for and we need to pray that we never exploit those who enable that harvest to happen.


HARVEST FESTIVAL

posted 18 Sep 2017, 01:38 by Dean Fostekew

Next Sunday at the Church of the Good Shepherd we will be keeping our annual Harvest Thanksgiving. A time for all of us to reflect on the good things that God gives us and to remember those for whom there will be no harvest this year. Any gifts of tins and packets will be given to Emmaus House and there will be a retiring collection for the work of the Stellar Vineyard Foundation in South Africa who make the Fair Trade wine we use at Communion. The Foundation seeks to ensure that workers and their families get a fair deal out of life and a good education.

Come and help us celebrate at 10am Next Sunday the 24th September.

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