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This still makes me smile and lifts my spirits …

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Photos taken at River Dee, Banchory, and Banchory East Church

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What if the story was unfolding today?   Would we follow the Tweets as the Magi followed the star?

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Today I sat in the homes of several of our members who are going through hard times at the moment.   When I get home after such an intense day, I sometimes look back in amazement at how I have been ministered to by being the presence of people who, despite their life’s circumstances, are not decrying God for what is going on in the lives, but continue to marvel at “how great is our God”.    As I reflected on this yet again, I was humbled to think that while they thank me for my visit and my time “because we know how busy you are”, the reality is that they have encouraged me in my ministry and indeed strengthened my faith.    So imagine my delight as I have thought about all these things, and how like those I have visited today, I continue to believe just how great and faithful our God is, that I receive a link to the video below – quirky “instruments” but the words have always been favourites and for the moment this is my new favourite rendition.    So thank you to one of our worship leaders – John, for forwarding this to me, and also to the Irish Worship Band – Rend Collective Experiment.

 

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Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and for me there is a growing sense that most folk skip straight from this Sunday of celebration, to the joy of Easter Morning. The numbers that participate or enter the stories of Holy Week itself seem to be getting less. So perhaps we should be doing both – celebrating the entry to Jerusalem and reflecting on the events of the Passion too.   That’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple of years; yes, we do still have services during Holy Week that tell the story and give us time to reflect, but tomorrow we will begin our service with our children entering the sanctuary waving palm fronds, and we will leave having moved through the last week of Jesus’ life, to stand at the foot of the Cross.

Below is one of the songs we will be singing … The Power of the Cross: Written by Keith Getty, sung by Stuart Townend

  

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 I wanted to upload something by our Worship Group who faithfully meet after choir practice on Thursday evenings to sing and pray.  The Worship Vigil that they keep is a labour of love that deserves to be recognised, (although I know they really do it for an audience of ONE), and so I looked out some photos taken mainly in the Autumn of 2009 and put the slide show together.  John writes his own songs and music, but all the recordings I have of the Worship Vigil contain other people’s work, however the song I chose has been in my mind much of late.   So thank you John, Ann and Una.  

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“You know you can’t keep letting it get you down
And you can’t keep dragging that weight around …

Let it go, This too shall pass
Let it go, This too shall pass”

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