This year, during Advent we are offering all who use the building here atKelvinbridge a space to
pause, to rest, to think, to pray, to take away a blessing.
This third week of Advent we have:
week we focus on recognising the small signs of hope which are present among us. In these days we sometimes find it hard
to see the signs of hope around us. There are so many signs of struggle,
tragedy and suffering. Many are worried what the future will bring. It can be
hard to sustain hope.
us pause and discover fragile signs of hope which we can see around us, like
shoots that push up into the light.
us believe today that love is stronger than hate,
life-giving things are more powerful than the things that are deathly,
the world there are people like us,
living in much harder places in their lives,
also long for hope and look with eyes of faith to find the signs of hope around
us pause for a moment and join our longing with theirs
we pray, let us pray for any today who feel they have nothing to hope for.
us think of the things that help us to have hope in the future.
us be thankful for those who bring light into our lives.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be
constant in prayer.
Go in hope
to discover the
fragile and strong hopes which lie around you.
And may the Spirit
of God dance in your path,
the Creator rise in
life in surprising places
and every turn in
the road bring you new possibilities.
Adapted from In this Hour: Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy
McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001
James Stuart the Captain of the first Glasgow Boys' Brigade Company based at Kelvinbridge writes...
CHRISTMAS CLOTHING APPEAL As we announced a few weeks ago, the company is running a clothing collection on behalf of the charity Glasgow the Caring City. We are looking for donations of ‘quality clothing’ which the charity will deliver to refugee support centres in Eastern Europe. The clothes collected should be practical and in good, wearable condition, but other than that, there are no real restrictions. So, YES to clothing, shoes, jackets, socks, hats and gloves; NO to tents, sleeping bags, medicines, cooking utensils, toiletries. The collection will take place at the church on the evenings of Wed 9 December and Fri 11 December, between 7.30 and 9. I hope you will be able to support the appeal by bringing whatever you can on one of those evenings.
Continuing the three-year, themed cycle of work which has seen its members reach record levels of giving, even in these straitened economic times, the focus of the Guild's work is to be bold and strong in our communities, nation and world, both in sharing our faith and resources, and in doing everything in our power to bring about positive change.
The strategy 'Be Bold, Be Strong' will see members invited to raise awareness of, pray for, and fundraise for the following areas of work with these partner organisations.
These six projects running from 2015-2018 will surely inspire and encourage members to support them with "worship, prayer and action."
2015 - 2018 projects
Ascension Trust (Scotland)
Care for the Family
Feed the Minds
This Sunday, 15th November there will be the
Guild Dedication Service
at Kelvinbridge at 11am
We will hear about the Guild Projects for the three year period 2015-2018
The Guild will be serving a fundraising lunch on Sunday 22nd November after the service, entry by donation, to raise funds to support these projects.
This Sunday we will also remember the themes of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign
Details below are taken from the Guild facebook page
Towards the end of this month, we begin '16 Days' - a special focus of prayer for those affected by domestic violence, coinciding with a wider campaign of activism against gender-based violence (see The Official 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign page). In our prayers, we also remember those affected by AIDS, and pray for International Justice Day too.
From 25 November - 10 December, we're joining together wherever we are at 4pm each day to pray. If you'd like a copy of our printed prayer diary, with a Bible verse and prayer for every day, please do get in touch.