A very warm welcome to all
Psalm 65: “The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.”
The Third Sunday After the Epiphany
Readings: Jonah 3: 1-5,10; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Gospel: Mark 1: 14-20
In our Gospel today
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor killed near the end of World War 2 said, “Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.” He’s right! To be a disciple means we sacrifice the life we worship on earth for a life centred on Christ. We sacrifice everything for the sake of Christ. Nothing was the same for the twelve men who heard Jesus say, “Follow me” and nothing is the same for you either. The call to faith is a call to discipleship. Or to look at it another way, you’ve been drafted into the Lord’s service. As the men and women and children that He has called, we’re blessed to urgently follow Him and sacrifice all we have for Him. After all, isn’t that what He did for us?
We are sad to announce the death of Brian Sinclair earlier this week. Brian was a long-term member of our church and will be fondly remembered by many for his gentle character. We pray for Sandra and family at this time. May Brian rest in peace and rise in glory. Service to be held at St Mary’s on Tuesday 30th January at 11:30am.
Air Commodore Reg Whittaker MBE
Air Commodore Reg Whittaker MBE passed away last week after a long life of church involvement and public service. Although only a member at St Mary’s for a short while he will be remembered fondly for his warmth, modesty and gracious character. We pray for his wife Moy and their close family at this time of loss. Service to be held at Gilcomston South Church on 22nd January at 11am.
Also, for your prayers – this week saw the funeral for Annette Everard who was known and loved not only at St Marys but also at other SEC churches in Aberdeen where she has been a worshipper. She has ‘gone on ahead’ of us.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 8-8.30pm). Aberdeen Churches Together are offering Daily Evening Prayer on Zoom throughout these days. Someone from a different church to lead on each night.
To join in please use Zoom link below:
Meeting ID: 895 5216 4413
Annual General Meeting
St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Annual General Meeting will take place after the 10am Service on Sunday 4th February. Bishop Dorsey McConnell will be with us for the service and the AGM. Reports for the AGM should be available to send to the Diocesan Office about one week before the AGM.
New Vestry Members Required
The Vestry need a few new Ordinary Members as some existing members complete their period of service and also because we’ve been running a little low on members for some time now. If you would like to know what’s involved or are keen to be nominated, please speak to one of our wardens. Nomination forms for Vestry membership and other Vestry offices are available at the back of church. Please note that forms must be submitted to the Vestry Secretary by 28th January latest.
Services and events commencing this Sunday and for the coming week
Sunday 21st January 8am Said Holy Communion (1970 Liturgy): Revd Jason Hobbs
Sunday 21st January 10am Sung Eucharist (1982 Liturgy): Revd Jason Hobbs
Tuesday 23rd January 10am Morning Prayer: Revd Roger Dyer
Wednesday 24th January 10am Holy Communion: Revd Roger Dyer
Friday 26th January 6pm Compline: Revd Roger Dyer
Sunday 28th January 8am Said Holy Communion (1970 Liturgy): Revd Roger Dyer
Sunday 28th January 10am Sung Eucharist (1982 Liturgy): Revd Roger Dyer
Sunday 28th January readings: Deuteronomy 18: 15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8: 1-13
Gospel: Mark 1: 21-28
“Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.”
For any pastoral matters please contact our Assistant Priest Revd. Roger Dyer on 07719 458571