Sunday prayers continue in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

This Sunday (19 September), Christians across the country – and further afield – will join together in prayer and reflection at 7pm in response to the pandemic.

Man's hands praying

As with previous weeks during lockdown, 15 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer.

Scottish Christians have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Lord Wallace, is taking part alongside them.

“We should always be mindful for the wisdom handed down to us from past generations; much of it learned the hard way, from mistakes made and consequences suffered,” Lord Wallace said.

“So, too, we are grateful for the richness that comes to us from living alongside people of other traditions. In our day and generation we must surely allow our minds and hearts to be open so that we can risk getting to know them and learning from them.

“In this pandemic, our responsibility is to come together and offer our prayers for all the many diverse expressions of our Christian faith that enrich life, as we have done for many months now.

“Let us not forget that behind each death there will be grieving family and friends; behind each hospitalisation there will be a suffering patient, an anxious family and a caring and skilled medical team.

“And behind each vaccination, let us recognise, with thanks, the skill of the scientists’ research and those who make distribution and vaccination possible. Let us remember, too, those in countries who still wait anxiously for vaccines to arrive. May our leaders respond imaginatively and generously to that challenge.

“A pattern has been set for us, lived out in Jesus Christ, made possible by the Spirit. May we follow in His way, and be guided by the one over-riding rule of love in all that we say and do.”

This week’s letter accompanying the prayer, which is also available in Gaelic, states:

“‘Now, do you all understand what I have been saying?’ We might just recall these words, or similar, when in school, whether recently or a very long time ago.

“The teacher has led the class through a lesson and then turned to ask if everyone has understood. No one wants to admit that they did not follow the lesson and that they do not understand.

“In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus begins to teach His disciples about His forthcoming betrayal, death and resurrection. None of the disciples wishes to admit that they do not understand. Their response is one that we can identify with.

“Instead, the disciples turn to discussing something else: Who is the greatest among them? Jesus hears their discussion and, in response, declares: ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’

“Further, Jesus invites a child to stand amongst them and declares that whoever ‘welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me’. (Mark 9: 30-37)

“The response of the disciples is not recorded in the Gospel. Our response is to seek to follow the lesson in order that we might more fully understand the way of the Cross.”

We pray:

Living God,
Whose way we discern
Through the Cross and the Resurrection of Your Son,
We hear the call to take up the Cross
And to live in the light of the Resurrection.
Grant us faith to do so
And courage to confess when we do not understand.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Whose way we discern
Through the Cross and the Resurrection of Your Son,
We recognise that we turn too easily
To that which distracts and displaces.
Renew our focus that we might fix our eyes
On the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Whose way we discern
Through the Cross and the Resurrection of Your Son,
We hear the call to become servants,
As Christ Himself became on our behalf.
May we learn the lesson of servanthood
From the One who gave His life as a ransom for many.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Whose way we discern
Through the Cross and the Resurrection of Your Son,
We recognise the children in our midst
Whose lives are a gift from Your Hand.
May we receive them within the community of faith
And so receive Christ in our midst.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Weekly Church News

Bellshill Central Parish Church at 346 Main Street is now open for in person worship!  It’s been 18 months,  540 days, or 1 year 5 months 22 days, or 77 Sundays and we have missed seeing you all in person.


Our in person services on Sunday Mornings begin at 11am ( just as they did pre-Covid).  Our doors open around 10.30am and we do not need any pre-booking beforehand. However, we ask that you call our Session Clerk to advise of your attendance so we can prepare the Trace and Protect sheets, as we need to keep a record of those in attendance, and by calling Stanley it will speed things up at the front door.  Stanley’s number is 01698 747144.

This week please email Jane on bookings@bellshillcentral.church

Sunday worship will be live streamed and recorded, so that those who are not able, or don’t feel comfortable yet with in person worship, to take part in the service virtually. Just go to http://www.bellshillcentral.church/watch-live to take part.  If the service isn’t available straight away it will be by Sunday afternoons.

 

As Sunday worship is the only in person activity in the buildings at present, so we are continuing to be the church locally in the community of Bellshill and Mossend by being active online, with Kevin’s continuing pastoral work and being a family of faith. Our groups and church members are in daily contact with each other. 

 

How are we doing this?

Our website at http://www.bellshillcentral.church is continually updated and refreshed.  Have a look. Services and other outreach online is available here. 

WhatsApp groups for our church family and most vulnerable folks. Our church chat of 50+members keep upto date, sharing important news, moments of humour and prayers. There are also separate WhatsApp groups for our choir and guild. 

Online midweek all age worship church on Wednesday at 12noon. 

Organist Entertains provided by our own organist and maestro,  Alan Mathew.  The latest episode (number 75) was premiered on Wednesday but is available catch uo. All your favourites in one place, played on a REAL PIPE ORGAN with your requests.  www.bellshillcentral.church/organist-entertains.

 

WALKING GROUP meets on Tuesday evenings.  At present we meet at Anne Guy’s house, have a stroll locally, then return to Anne’s for refreshments.  We need to take details for Test & Protect, so it would be good to know if your coming beforehand.  Let us know via hello@bellshillcentral.church

 

We continue in our online prayer group. Just half an hour once per week.  At this time in our world when things seem to be out of control time talking to God in prayer is even more important! If you’re interested get in touch. These take place on Mondays at 7pm via zoom. Contact us via email hello@bellshillcentral.church for the joining codes. 

 

Updated this week…… The virtual prayer walk around the town of Bellshill continues.  We will choose an area of Bellshill and ask you to pray and remember all who live and work there.  Look up #bellshillprayerwalk on Facebook and Twitter to follow our journey. The prayer walk will be available on the website also. Check out https://bellshillcentral.church/bellshill-prayer-walk/

 

As your Church in Bellshill we are looking out beyond our four walls – we are the Church Without Walls!

 

Join us during COVID19. If there’s something you thing we could be doing, organising or focusing on, please tell us! 

 

If you need the help and support of the church in Bellshill then pleae get in touch.  Rev Kevin de Beer can be contacted viw the website https://bellshillcentral.church/contact/, via email kdebeer@churchofscotland.org.uk or by phone 01698 841176. 

 

Check out our various social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – all with the @BellshillChurch easy to find.

 

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346 Main Street, Bellshill, ML4 1BA

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#27 Bellshill Prayer Walk

Our next section of our Virtual Prayer Walk, takes us to Dean Street.

Remember the family of Margaret Stewart, recently deceased, who lived here.

Please if you are out a walk this week think of this area of our town and the people who live, play, visit or care for people in this area.

If you are not able to physically walk in this area please take part in a virtual walk.

We invite you to focus your prayers this week………………..

Thank God for the ways he is working in this town

Invite the Holy Spirit to flow across the town

Pray that people in our town would know the love of God

Pray for all who live, visit, play, work and care for people in this area of our town.