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Abbey Church of Scotland,
North Berwick
and Dirleton Kirk

Minister: Rev Dr David J Graham
Pastoral Assistant: Robert Kane

Sunday, 29th March 2020

Today’s Service Theme:
Faithful To The End

Church Services Cancelled

In the light of the advice received from Church of Scotland, we have no choice but to cancel all church services and meetings for the foreseeable future, until we are instructed that it is safe to resume. This is obviously a great disappointment, but it is the only course of action in the present circumstances.

Abbey Church Office (serving Abbey and Dirleton) is open
10am - 1pm Tuesday to Friday
Church Office ?892800 Website:
Church Administrator: Paola Burrows

Abbey Church of Scotland, North Berwick Scottish Charity – No SC004761
Dirleton Parish Church Scottish Charity – No SC004533
Scripture: Mark 13:1-12

As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no-one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth-pains.
You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.

Church Hymnary 462 / Mission Praise 649:
The King of love my shepherd is

The King of love my Shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
and He is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul He leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed;
but yet in love He sought me,
and on His shoulder gently laid,
and home rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
with Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
and O what transport of delight
from Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
within Thy house for ever!

Church Hymnary 255 / Mission Praise 132:
Father, hear the prayer we offer

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength, that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be:
But by steep and rugged pathways
Would we strive to climb to Thee.

Not for ever by still waters
Would we idly quiet stay.
But would smite the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be Thou at our side.
Let our path be bright or dreary,
Storm or sunshine be our share;
May our souls, in hope unweary,
Make Thy work our ceaseless prayer.

Church Hymnary 540 / Mission Praise 275:
I heard the voice of Jesus say

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon My breast”:
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink, and live”:
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched,
My soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
And all thy day be bright”:
I looked to Jesus and I found
In Him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk
Till travelling days are done.

Church Hymnary 167 / Mission Praise 201:
Guide me O thou great Jehovah

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
hold me with Thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain,
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fiery, cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer,
be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside:
death of death, and hell’s destruction,
land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee.

Our Father, who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever. Amen

Next Sunday – 5th April
Service Theme – Palm Sunday

Super Sunday Club is going online. We'll continue to explore the Bible with games, stories, songs, crafts and prayer. Aimed at primary ages, but open to all. Come and join us this Sunday at 10.30am for our pilot session on the Abbey Church Facebook page

Abbey Church Office is closed. However, administration is working remotely and is still contactable via the church phone number and email.

Abbey/Dirleton Newsletter. Our newsletter is now on line. Paper copies are not being distributed during this time.

Summer Afternoon Teas. For several years, the Abbey small church hall has been used on Sunday afternoons in the month of July to provide tea, coffees and cakes. These events have been well supported by members of the congregation and visitors and raise valuable funds to support local charities. It is proposed to continue this initiative in July 2020 and all those willing to assist in any way (e.g. baking and serving) are asked to contact Abbey office for their name to be added to the volunteer list.

Abbey & Dirleton’s Mission Statement
Worship: to make Jesus Christ central to everything we do by praising Jesus
(we are planned for God’s praise)
Fellowship: to meet wherever God’s people gather, by knowing Jesus
(we are formed for God’s family)
Discipleship: to learn by study, prayer, teaching & sharing, by growing in Jesus
(we are created to be like Christ)
Ministry: to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, by serving Jesus
(we are shaped for serving Jesus)
Mission: to take Jesus Christ to others, by sharing Jesus