For those of you who missed the Lucia Ensemble’s wonderful Sankta Lucia concert at Kelvinside Hillhead in December, or if you just want to experience it again, conductor Nils Meier has made the performance recordings available on their Youtube channel.
For those who were unable to join us on Boxing Day morning, or if you would like to listen again, our Sunday service, led by Steven Owens, is available to listen to via Soundcloud. Just click below to play.
Unfortunately, like many churches, our Watchnight Service has had to be cancelled this year. Glasgow Cathedral will have a short service to welcome Christmas available to view on their website tonight.
We wish all our neighbours, friends and the wider community, a peaceful Christmas, particularly thinking of those who may not be able to see their loved ones this year, or who are sick or bereaved.
May the joy of the angels, The gladness of the shepherds, The worship of the wisemen And the peace of the Christ child, be yours this Christmas.
Our Sunday Service at 11am on the 26th of December will be held remotely using Zoom, and led by Steven Owens.
We very much hope that you can join us using the details below:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 935 0017 8423
To dial in, audio only, please call:
0131 460 1196
When prompted, please enter:
Meeting ID: 935 0017 8423 followed by #
Passcode: 689261 followed by #
Sadly, due to the current Covid situation, we have taken the decision to cancel our Christmas Eve Watchnight Service on 24th December.
In addition, the Sunday morning worship services on 26th December (Boxing Day) and 02 January will now be on Zoom, hosted and led by Steven Owens. Joining details will be circulated nearer the time.
These decisions are in line with the recommendations coming from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland.
In the meantime we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.
UPDATE: 21/12/21 – sadly, in line with recommendations from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland, we have had to make the hard decision to cancel our Christmas Eve Watchnight Service. Subsequent services will be held online until otherwise communicated.
Saturday 18th December, 4pm – Cathures Christmas Concert
A short concert of unaccompanied choral music. Works from the 16th to the 21st century including The Coventry Carol, Bethlehem Down (Warlock), A Spotless Rose (Gjeilo), and of course We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Entry by donation at the door.
Sunday 19th December, 11am – A service of Lessons, Carols and Gifts
Once again our gifts are in support of the mothers and children helped by Glasgow Women’s Aid. Suitable gifts for children would be new toys, pyjamas, arts and crafts, sweets. For mums – pyjamas, slippers, gift sets, jewelry, chocolates. Financial gifts are also welcome. Service led by Steven Owens.
Friday 24th December, from 11.30pm – Christmas Eve Watchnight Service [UPDATE 21/12/21 – CANCELLED]
Gather for carols from 11.30pm. Service led by Steven Owens.
Sunday 26th December, 11am – Boxing Day Service
Sunday morning service led by Steven Owens. [UPDATE 21/12/21 – this service will now take place online via Zoom]
Sunday 2nd January, 11am – Sunday morning service
The first service of 2022, led by Steven Owens. [UPDATE 21/12/21 – this service will now take place online via Zoom]
For those who were unable to join us this morning, or if you would like to listen again, our service, led by Steven Owens, for the second Sunday in Advent is available to listen to via Soundcloud. Just click below to play.
Lucia Ensemble warmly invite you to their upcoming concert celebrating the Swedish tradition of Sankta Lucia on the 10th of December, at 19:30 here at Kelvinside Hillhead. Tickets to the concert are free and can be obtained here.
Sankta Lucia is an integral part of Scandinavian Christmas tradition. With the light of candles, Scandinavians celebrate love, compassion and warmth in the cold and harsh winter months. This is traditionally done with a singing procession and a concert of beautiful Scandinavian choral works.
The international ensemble performing on this evening is formed of the talented students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland directed by Nils Benedikt Meier. Along with the young and lively ‘Lucia Ensemble’ choir, enjoy an interesting mix of musicians from different backgrounds, creating a lovely musical fusion of cultures.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning
make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus’ sake.
A Christmas Prayer, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
This post, shared by Margaret, is the last in our online “Advent calendar”. Merry Christmas! You can see all the posts here.