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26th March 2023

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Minister:  Rev. John Tait
Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Blind Man Washes in the Pool of Siloam

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn  124  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation

Prayer of Adoration, confession, supplication & the Lord’s Prayer

First thoughts

Hymn  462  The King of Love my Shepherd is

Scripture readings:                Reader:  Beryl Curlett

Old Testament:  1 Samuel 16:  1-13
New Testament:  John 9:  1-11, 13-16, 24-25 & 35-39

Hymn  722  Spirit of God, come dwell within me


Hymn  158  God moves in a mysterious way

Spoken Doxology  (all remain standing)

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, three in one,
praise , honour, might and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Prayer dedicating offering

Prayer of thanksgiving & intercession

Hymn  557  O Love that wilt not let me go

Benediction and Threefold Amen.

Closing Voluntary – Adagio.   August Freyer   (1801-1883)

Picture: Tissot, James, 1836-1902. Blind Man Washes in the Pool of Siloam, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 22, 2023]. Original source:


Sunday Services: Next Sunday, 2 April, we will have our Palm Sunday service.
The Easter Day service will be a joint service held in Starbank Park at 10.30. (Please see the church magazine for details of the various Holy Week services.)

The Stated Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held today after the service.

Church Family: The funeral service for the late William Greig will be held tomorrow, Monday 27 March, at 12 noon in the Warriston Lorimer Chapel.

We are sad to report the death on 13 March of Edith Carnie of Admiralty Street. It was Edith’s wish that there would not be a funeral service. We give thanks for Edith’s life and send our condolences to her sons, other family and friends.

Church Magazine: Copies of the latest magazine are available today for distributors and those who do not get an electronic copy by email.

Trinity Primary School: This coming Friday, 31 March, the school will be in the church for the first time since 2019, for their Easter Assembly at 9:30. You are welcome to come along and support them and help welcome parents and grandparents.

Church Garden: There will be a tidy-up of the church garden next Saturday, 1 April, from 10.00am. All volunteers welcome.

Leith Festival Gala Day Tea Tent: We are looking for volunteers to help on Saturday 10th June at the Leith Festival tea tent which is run by the Church of Scotland Leith Churches.

We require people for the following duties:-

  • Transport tables and chairs before 8.30am and after 4pm
  • Help set up from 8.30am and clear up after 4pm
  • Be on the stall from 9.30am until 4pm
  • Supply home baking
  • Help make the filled rolls

If you can help in any way please contact Michelle Doig

Churches’ Weekend away 1st to 3rd September: Newhaven members are returning to Barcaple near Castle Douglas, again this year in the first weekend in September.  This is an ideal opportunity for us to get to know each other better. Four from South Leith enjoyed their time there last year. There are energetic activities for those who want that. There are large grounds to explore and it is hoped that a trip to nearby Kirkcudbright will be possible. The weekend is relaxed and there are informal times of worship but generally the time is yours.  However we encourage all to get involved in the teambuilding exercises on Sunday.  I should be most grateful if I could get a note of those interested in coming as soon as possible. We need 30 people to guarantee exclusive occupation of the centre. This is open to anyone from any of our three churches. The cost for over 14s is £110 with instructed activities extra (£46 for full day and £28 per half day).  For 7-13 year olds the cost is £78 and for 2-6 year olds it is £34.  We will need to hire a minibus and if anyone can help with that it would be appreciated. Full details will be available at the joint service. Please contact or call me on 07850 772223.

Newhaven church has a vacancy for a Café Assistant: If you know of anyone who might be interested in this please see a copy of the advert on the way out of the church or speak to the Session Clerk for more details. The closing date for applications is 31 March.

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