Messy Easter 2017

This year we are having two Messy Easter events like the popular Messy Advent event.  The first will start at 3pm in Luncarty Church Centre on Sunday 12th March and the next one in Bankfoot Church Centre on 19th March, both finish at 5pm with a family tea.

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Prayers for the nation and the world

From the MODERATOR of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION FOR THE NATION AND THE WORLD

As we turn to the God of life who has called us together in the name of our Saviour Christ we do so in the faith that we are sisters and brothers in the one family of God’s people

We praise God for the wonders of the universe and this earth which is our home, and we do so in the faith that in all the changing circumstances of life, the Spirit of God is with us, around us and within

Trusting in God’s continuing concern for us and for all creation, and at a time of great political and economic uncertainty for the United Kingdom and for our neighbours in Europe, let us bring to God our prayers for our nation and for the world.

God of peace

we pray for the healing of the nations

and for a just and equal sharing

of all the good things this earth affords

 

Renew our commitment to overcome ancient hatreds

help us pull down the walls that separate us

and overcome the attitudes that divide us.

 

Bring near the day

when Your people of whatever nationality

may come and go in peace

 

God of wisdom

at a time of political uncertainty

with the United Kingdom having voted to leave the European Union

we pray for politicians, diplomats and civil servants

here and in the European Union

who will now attend to the negotiations

and make important decisions affecting the lives of us all.

 

Bless them with calm hearts and clear minds

a commitment to doing what is right and just

and a willingness to seek what is good for all Europe’s people

 

God of power

at a time of economic uncertainty

with the financial markets in turmoil

we pray for the Governor of the Bank of England

and for the leaders in the business and economic life of the nation

 

With concerns over investment

and many people left feeling anxious

about what will happen to their jobs and their savings

remind us of Your calling us to seek above all things the kingdom of God

 

God of hospitality

as Jesus welcomed the least and the lost

we pray for people left feeling vulnerable by what has been decided

and wondering what the future will hold for them and their families

for those who are anxious about others coming to live in this country

and for all who have suffered taunts and been subject to abuse

 

Free us from all bitterness and recrimination

teach us to treat one another with respect

to listen carefully especially to those whose views are different from ours

and help us show by our actions and attitudes

how each person is loved and valued by You.

 

God of the least and the lost

we pray in Christ’s name

for people burdened by life’s cares and concerns

people who are homeless or living on the edge of hardship and poverty

people whose lives are overshadowed by illness, loneliness or loss

 

Surround all for whom we pray

with Your gifts of healing, hope and peace

and help us bring the light of Christ’s care

into the darkness of human despair

 

God of time and eternity

bless to us our communion with the saints

as we remember with thanksgiving

those we have loved and held dear

and who live now beyond our earthly sight.

 

As we thank You for the hope of heaven

strengthen our faith in the promise of the gospel

that nothing in life or death can ever separate us

from Your love in Christ

to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit

one God

be all glory and praise

Amen

 

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent at Rascals!

Last Tuesday at Rascals we had a mad run through of Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent! It was all going on. There were screams from the kitchen during our pancake flipping competition – especially when they hit the floor…chocolate sauce and sqooshie cream, messy paints going everywhere and then there was the burnt ashes during our Ash Wednesday prayers. We were a bit of a mess by the end of it. But we learned all about the Lent Season!

We started with gorgeous singing led by Fiona- my favourite song is currently the ‘Bring It all To Me’ one by Fischy Music:   Bring it all to me   “You Can Bring Me Anything, You Can Bring me Everything, Just Bring it All ,Bring it All to me.”  I think that sums up quite a bit about what we learned about Lent.  That you can bring anything to God – the good, the bad, the ugly, the worries, the hopes….everything. We did the fun bit of course!

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(that is supposed to have ‘Rascals’ written on it….but the cream melted with the chocolate….)

And well done to Lewis for being awarded the “Ultimate Pancake Flipper Award!”IMG_1460But we also did the serious part of Lent. We learned that Lent is a time when we reflect about our lives, take a good look at ourselves, bring it all to God and say sorry for the things that we are not too proud of. Always a hard thing to do! So we had our own mini Ash Wednesday prayers and marked a wee cross of ash on a cross. (Ash made from some of my old scrap paper, not palm fronds…we will save some from this year)IMG_1491We learned that during Lent we also think about the events running up to when Jesus died on the cross.  Then we finished up with the happy bit.  We used watercolour paints to make these crosses and wrote Love, Hope and Joy on them to remind us that at the end of Lent there is  Love and Hope and Joy because of what Jesus did! IMG_1463So that was Rascals and our Lent run through in 1 hour and 15 mins! Thank you to all the amazing volunteers how work so hard to make rascals so much fun.