Epiphany

Detail from a mosaic in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna

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.

Matthew 2:1-12

Old Clay, New Pots

You shaped me, O God, and you formed me
Like a tender potter at her wheel you caressed me into being,
your creative Spirit channelled into my very soul
Yet, sometimes I don’t want to be the way you moulded me,
I want to be more like someone else,
do something else;
I change my make-up—
I warp your good intentions
and distort what you fashioned well
I become almost unrecognisable,
even to myself
At such times, it is you, my Creator alone,
who still sees me as who I am and to whom I belong,
who sees me as I could be;
Reach out your hands and wrap your gentle fingers around me,
teasing out the bits that have gone hard
reshaping the clay I have distorted,
so I might sit in harmony with myself once again,
ready and able to fulfil my purpose in your world.
Shape me, O Lord, to work for your Kingdom,
form me, O God, in your image.

Fiona Reynolds, Minister, Monifieth Parish Church

Open Church suspended for the time being

It was agreed last night at an Extra-Ordinary meeting of the KH Kirk Session that we suspend the Open Church sessions in the building on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the reasons being the continued and accelerated threat of Covid 19. 

We are very sad to make this decision, having felt that it was important to keep our doors open to be a continued presence in the West End, and a place where the community could come and take some time out from the day to day to sit and reflect.

The Session would like to thank all who have contributed over the last few months, in whatever capacity, to make it the success it has been. We will be back in contact if and when things change. In the meantime please have a Happy Christmas and restful New Year.

Remember, we can still be Together While We’re Apart.

Advent Sunday

Christmas is coming
the Church is glad to sing
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

The first is for God’s promise
to put the wrong things right,
and bring to earth’s darkness
the hope of love and light.

Christmas is Coming, Words & Music by John Bell

Today is the first Sunday in Advent and we look forward to the coming of Jesus.

From Tuesday, look out for our “Advent Calendar” posts counting us down to Christmas Day. We may not be able to gather together in person to celebrate this year as we are accustomed, but we can still share the joy, with members of the KH congregation contributing favourite music, memories, pictures and thoughts to brighten each day.

Order of service for Remembrance, Tuesday 10th November 1pm (during 12.30-1.30 open church hour)

As our open church time from 12.30pm-1.30pm today is the closest to Remembrance Day, there will be a short act of worship, beginning at 1pm. All are welcome

Order of Service

Call to worship:
Hymn: O God our help in ages past (during which the wreath is laid)
The Last Post
2 Minute Silence
Reveille
Poem: Lawrence Binyon
Lord’s prayer
Short Reflection
Organ: Nimrod (Elgar)

Remembrance Day and Poppy Scotland

On Tuesday 10 November we shall be open for private prayer as usual between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

However for a brief time in the middle of that hour, there will be an appropriate readings and prayers for the Remembrance Day season and a wreath will be laid.

Poppies and a collection box for Poppy Scotland will be available in church at all opening times until and including 10 November. (Gift Aid forms are also available.)

Poppy Scotland also have a facility on their website for you to make a donation online.

Open for quiet time and contemplation

Once again, we are open for an hour tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 16 October between 2pm and 3pm, as a space to sit quietly, for contemplation and for prayer.

The organ will be playing at times, and there will be a brief spoken prayer, but otherwise this is a time to reflect and enjoy the peace and silence.

Please enter by the west doors in Saltoun Street and please wear a face covering.

The church is open twice a week:

  • Tuesdays from 12:30 – 13:30 
  • Saturdays from 14:00 – 15:00 

A sunny Saturday

The sun shone on our first Saturday open hour for private prayer.

It was lovely to be back spending some time in this space, hearing the organ play, sharing peace, contemplation and prayer, and seeing (with all the appropriate precautions!) each other after so long.

Reminder: the church is now open for private prayer on:

  • Tuesdays for one hour between 12.30pm and 1.30pm
  • Saturdays for one hour between 2pm and 3pm

Doors open! Church open for private prayer from 22nd September (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Exciting news! We’re now able to open the church building for private prayer on:

  • Tuesdays from 12:30 – 13:30 (from 22nd September 2020)
  • Saturdays from 14:00 – 15:00 (from 26th September 2020)

Please enter by the west doors in Saltoun Street and please wear a face covering.

As you will expect there will be in place all the procedures to which we are becoming accustomed in other areas of our life: hand-sanitisers; statutory notices; one-way systems; labelled socially-distanced seating.  Be prepared because, accustomed as we are to all this, it might come as a bit of a shock to find it in church.  Obviously we must keep everyone safe (and legal!)  There will be friendly stewards to help.

One thing which might not occur to you:-  to achieve the needed level of ventilation (as well as to make sure people know we’re back!) we shall have all the doors open as indeed we usually do on our regular Saturday and Tuesday openings.  Please dress for the temperature.  (Perhaps think back to what your Granny or Great-Granny wore to church when you were wee in the era before anyone expected central-heating.)

We are very much looking forward to seeing you