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23rd April 2023

Minister:  Rev. John Tait
Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn  113  God the Father of Creation

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

First Thoughts

Hymn  272  Father of peace and God of love

Scripture readings:                Reader:  Elsie Emanbi Njotu

Old Testament:  Psalm 34:  1-10

Hymn 352  O for a thousand tongues, to sing

New Testament:  Luke  24:  13-35

Sermon

Hymn  424  Blest be the everlasting God

Spoken Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host,
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Prayer of dedication

Prayer of Thanksgiving & for others

Hymn  551  In heavenly love abiding

Benediction and threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – March from the Occasional Overture   GF Handel   (1685-1759)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services: Next Sunday 30 April our service will again be in North Leith church and we will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion.
The next joint service will be on 21st May in South Leith church.

Care Home Services: The next service at Trinity House Care Home in Craighall Road will be on Tuesday 9 May at 2.30 pm.   If you are able to help with these short services, even on an occasional basis, please speak to John Tait or the Session Clerk.

Leith Festival Tea Tent: We are still 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 roll

If you can help in any way please contact Michelle Doig towardsournewparish@gmail.com

Message from Pauline Robertson

Hello,

I´ve got an update regarding the future of the Sailors´ Society and my appointment.

The society has made the difficult decision to cease `face to face´ chaplaincy, globally. This is to concentrate on online digital platforms for support for seafarers. Sadly the funding is just not there anymore.

This means my appointment ends at the beginning of June, and so do the wonderful ship visitor volunteers.

LCT and the society have a long history and been great contributors/
support to the chaplaincy over the years. I have personally appreciated the Christmas appeals that have been so successful as congregations have `been there´ for the seafarers and contributed so much.

It’s been an honour to serve the seafarers and walk with them, even for a short time.

I ask if this news can be intimated to the congregations, along with a huge thank you for all the support they have provided over my nearly eight years and before for Tim.

Blessings    Pauline Robertson DCS

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16th April 2023

Towards Our New Parish morning worship in Newhaven Church.

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9th April 2023

Our joint Service is in Starbank Park at 10.30am

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2nd April 2023

Palm Sunday

Minister:  Rev. John Tait
Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

God’s love is eternal and touches every situation
Unruffled by danger or opposition Jesus offers new life to all
Come O Lord into the midst of our confusion
Fill us with your love and your peace.
Let us worship God

Hymn  123  God is love: let heaven adore him

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

First Thoughts

Hymn  367  Hosanna, loud hosanna

Scripture readings:                Reader:  Shirley Hopkins

Old Testament:  Psalm 118:  1-2 & 19-29

Hymn 279  Make way, make way for Christ the King

New Testament:  Matthew  21:  1-11

Sermon

Hymn  365  Ride on! ride on in majesty!

Spoken Doxology 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host,
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Prayer dedicating offering

Prayer of thanksgiving and intercession

Hymn  359  He came down that we may have love

Benediction and threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Praise his awful name.   Louis Spohr   (1784-1859)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services: Next Sunday, 9 April, the Easter Day service will be a joint service held in Starbank Park at 10.30.   If the weather is bad the service will be in Newhaven church.
The following Sunday, 16 April, will be our normal joint service at Newhaven church at 10.30.

Holy Week Services: North Leith will be hosting a Maundy Thursday service in the church at 7pm on 6 April.   Please join us.
South Leith will have a service on Wednesday evening at 7pm and the church will be open on Good Friday between noon and 3pm.
Newhaven will have a Good Friday evening service at 7pm and a Messy church that day between 3 and 5pm.
Please see the church magazine for more details on all the various Holy Week services

Easter Sunday evening: There will be an informal Easter Songs of Praise at 7pm in the Session House led by Jen Robertson of Newhaven church. This is sure to be a joyous and uplifting occasion.   All welcome.

Care Home Services: After Easter we plan to start a short monthly service at Trinity House Care Home in Craighall Road.  The first one will be on Tuesday, 11 April at 2.30pm. If you are able to help with this, even on an occasional basis, please speak to John Tait or the Session Clerk.

Church Family: For those who missed last week’s intimation, we are sad to report the death on 13 March of Edith Carnie of Admiralty Street. There will not be a funeral service.

Church Magazine: Copies of the latest magazine are available today for anyone who has not yet seen it.

Leith Festival 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 towardsournewparish@gmail.com

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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

Sermon

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. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57306 [retrieved March 22, 2023]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Blind_Man_Washes_in_the_Pool_of_Siloam_(Le_aveugle-n%C3%A9_se_lave_%C3%A0_la_piscine_de_Silo%C3%AB)_-_James_Tissot.jpg.

INTIMATIONS     

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 towardsournewparish@gmail.com

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   johnhodge222@btinternet.com 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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19th March 2023

Towards our New Parish

Joint worship Newhaven, North Leith and South Leith

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12th March 2023

Third Sunday in Lent

Minister:  Rev. John Tait

Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Moses Striking the Rock

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn  59: Oh, come, and let us to the Lord

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

First Thoughts  – Update on WaterAid            Jimmy Hudson

Hymn  525:  Have you heard the raindrops?

Scripture Readings:               Reader:  Tim Bell

Old Testament:  Exodus 17:  1-7
New Testament:  John 4:  5-15, 20-21, 23-24

Hymn  550:  As the deer pants for the water

Sermon

Hymn  719:  The one who longs to make us whole
                      
(Tune:  Forest Green  No. 304)

Spoken Doxology

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 and Intercession

Hymn  622:  We sing a love that sets all people free

Benediction and Threefold Amen.

Closing Voluntary: March of the Israelites.    Michael Costa  (1810-1884)

Picture: Moses Striking the Rock, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=49970 [retrieved March 7, 2023]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Moses_striking_the_rock_in_the_desert.jpg.

INTIMATIONS     

Sunday Services: We look forward to members of the congregations from Newhaven and South Leith joining us here next Sunday, 19 March, for our next joint service.
The Stated Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday 26 March after morning worship.

Church Family: We are sad to report the death on 8 March of William Greig of Downie Grove, Corstorphine. Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott and Nicola Mackenzie and family.

Church Magazine: Contributions for the next church magazine should be at the church office by this coming Tuesday morning, 14 March, at latest.

Friday March 17th   7.30pm– Quiz Night at Newhaven: To help our 3 congregations to get to know each other we are having a Quiz Night on Friday 17th March, 7.30pm at Newhaven Church.

Don’t worry about getting a team together as everyone will be put into teams.

We will be having ‘Pot Luck Puddings’ so donations of Desserts would be appreciated on the night, along with a couple of volunteers to organise and serve Tea and Coffee. 

Please email towardsournewparish@gmail.com if you can help.

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 team building 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   johnhodge222@btinternet.com or call me on 07850 772223.

Image from WaterAid web-site
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5th March 2023

Second Sunday in Lent

Minister:  Rev. John Tait

Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn  112  God, whose almighty word

Prayer of Adoration, confession & supplication

Scripture Readings:    Readers:  Eileen & Kedison Njotu

Old Testament:  Genesis 12:  1-4a

Hymn  81 –  I to the hills will lift mine eyes

Scripture Reading:

New Testament:  John 3:  1-17

Hymn  118 – Womb of life and source of being 
                                        (Tune: Lewis Folk Melody, No. 510)

Sermon

Hymn  593 – She sits like a bird

Spoken Doxology 

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 and Intercession

Hymn  519 – Love divine, all loves excelling

Benediction and Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary: March from Egmont   Ludwig van Beethoven   (1770-1827)

INTIMATIONS     

Sunday Services: This month’s joint service will take place as usual on the third Sunday, the 19th and will be held here in North Leith church.   We are therefore here on each Sunday in March.
The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday 26 March after morning worship.

Church Family: The funeral service for Mrs Sophia Robertson formerly of Prince Regent Street, takes place tomorrow, Monday 6 March at 10.30 at Warriston Cloister Chapel.

Session Meeting: The next Kirk Session Meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm in the Session House.

Leith Churches Together Lunch-time Service: The next LCT lunch-time Service will be held at Pilrig St. Paul’s (on the corner of Pilrig St. and Leith Walk) at 1pm on Thursday, 9th March.   As usual please bring your own lunch and tea and coffee will be available.   All welcome.

Church Magazine: The next magazine should be produced before Holy Week and Easter.  Please send contributions to the church office by Tuesday 14 March at latest.

New Parish Social Event: There will be a joint congregations’ social evening in Newhaven church on Friday 17 March at 7.30pm. It will be based round having a fun quiz.
This will be a great opportunity to get to know better new friends from Newhaven and South Leith churches. Please note the date in your diary and come along and enjoy the evening.

Turkey & Syria Earthquake: The total donated to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Emergency Appeal was £207 before addition of income tax recovery.   Thanks to those who donated.

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26th February 2023

First Sunday in Lent

Minister:  Rev. John Tait

Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Jesus is Tempted

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn  172  Sing for God’s glory

Prayer of Adoration, confession and supplication

First Thoughts

Hymn  493  It’s me, it’s me, O Lord

Scripture Readings: Reader: Reader Annie Addison
Old Testament: Psalm 32
New Testament: Matthew 4: 1-11

Hymn  337  Forty days and forty nights

Sermon

Hymn  485  Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Spoken Doxology  (all remain standing)

Sing to the Lord of heaven and earth,
whom angels serve and saints adore,
the Father, Son, and Spirit blest
to whom be praise for evermore.

Prayer dedicating offering

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn  553  Just as I am  (Tune: Saffron Walden)

Benediction and Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Communion   Louis Niedermeyer   (1802-1861)

PICTURE: JESUS MAFA. Jesus is tempted – Matthew 4:1-11, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48312 [retrieved February 22, 2023]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact).

INTIMATIONS     

Sunday Services: We are very pleased to welcome Rev John Tait as our new Locum Minister leading our worship today.

Lenten Bible Study: Rev Rob Mackenzie is again leading a Zoom Bible Study during Lent. There will be five sessions beginning tomorrow, Monday 27 February, and ending on Monday 27 March.  The material is based round the film West Side Story. If you are interested in attending please speak today to the Session Clerk.

Newhaven Bible Study: Newhaven church continues to run a bible study on Zoom on Wednesday evenings. Currently it is looking at spirituality using passages from John’s gospel. If you are interested ask the Session Clerk or Jimmy Hudson for the link.

World Day of Prayer Service Friday 3 March: The service this year has been written by the women of Taiwan and the theme is “I have heard about your faith” based on Ephesians 1:15-19.
The local service will be held at 2pm in Inverleith St Serf’s Church (entry via the Church Centre door on Clark Road).There will be a chance to meet for chat and refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

Session meeting: The next Kirk Session meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm in the Session House.

New Parish Social Event: There will be a joint congregations’ social evening in Newhaven church on Friday 17 March at 7.30pm. It will be based round having a fun quiz.
This will be a great opportunity to get to know better new friends from Newhaven and South Leith churches. Please note the date in your diary and come along and enjoy the evening.

Turkey & Syria Earthquake: If you would like to make a donation via the church to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Emergency Appeal there is a retiring offering again today.

Church Magazine: The next magazine should be produced before Holy Week and Easter. Please send contributions to the church office by Tuesday 14 March at latest.

Church Family: The funeral service for Sophia Robertson will take place on Monday 6 March at 10.30 at Warriston Cloister Chapel.