1st September’s pew drop.


Almighty and merciful God, by whose grace aloneyour faithful people offer you service and praise: grant that we may hasten without stumbling towards the things that you promise; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honour by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Reader: For the Word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

When the Gospel is read in a communion service, in response to the reader’s introduction, the People say:

(8am) Glory be to thee, O Lord. or (11am) Glory to Christ our Saviour.

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.Butwhen you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

When the Gospel is read in a communion service, in response to the reader’s concluding lines , the People say:

(8am)Thanks be to thee, O Lord, for this thy Glorious Gospel or (11am)Praise to Christ our Lord.

Post Communion Prayer

God of all mercy, in this Eucharist you have set aside our sins and given us your healing: grant that we who are made whole in Christ may bring that healing to this broken world, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:     ​Amen.

Source of the readings: Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16 Luke 14: 7-14.

Prayers for This Week

In the Anglican Cycle of prayer: We pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan The Most Revd Justin Badi Arama – Bishop of Juba and Archbishop of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

In the Porvoo Communion Prayer Diary: We pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland: Diocese of Turku, Archbishop Tapio Luoma, Bishop Kaarlo Kalliala. in the Church of England we pray for the Diocese of York, Archbishop John Sentamu, Bishop Paul Ferguson, Bishop John Thomson, Bishop Alison White, Bishop Glyn Webster

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: we pray for the congregation of St Ninian’s Church, Aberdeen and their Curate the Reverend Nick Bowry.

In our own parish prayers, we remember: the work of Father Christopher and the Nadaikavoo School in South India; we pray for Tom and his family, Tim, Heather, Ron, Hilda, Barbara, Kate, Oliver and his parents, Julie and Graham, Tish and Jim; Helen, Sue, Sheila, Rachel, Peter, Mac and Linda, Don, Anna, Michael and Susan and for all those we hold quietly in our hearts and all who need our prayers.

All are welcome at this communion table.

Gluten-free wafers available; please tell one of the Welcomers if you prefer that form of the consecrated bread, and they will alert the leader / priest.


Saint Ternan’s Church is open every day for quiet reflection.

Contact Information for Saint Ternan’s Scottish Charity No. 008533

High Street, Banchory AB 31 5TB http://www.stternansbanchory.org

Rector: The Reverend Canon Lynsay M Downs Phone: 01330 824458

Church Wardens: Lizzie Finlayson (01330 822885). Maddie Thurlow (01330 822942)

NOTICES for 01 September 2019

From Gilly Whatling

Last Sunday, 25th August, the ladies of the choir couldn’t help but notice the excellent singing by gentlemen in the congregation. We are wondering if you would like to join us in the choir, you would be very welcome and we really do need tenors and basses.

Please talk to any choir members or the Rector.

From Bishop Anne

The Bishop of Connecticut and the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney are pleased to announce their nominations for canons to each other’s cathedrals.

The Revd Rebekah Hatch has been nominated by Bishop Ian Douglas to be a canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral Aberdeen. In making this nomination Bishop Ian said:

‘The Revd Rebekah Hatch is an active, wise and energetic young clergy person who will represent Christ Church cathedral and the Episcopal Church in Connecticut with joy and distinction. ‘

The Revd Lynsay Downs has been nominated by Bishop Anne to be a canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford. In making this nomination Bishop Anne said:

‘I am very pleased to nominate Lynsay to represent our diocese to Connecticut. Lynsay is an experienced priest with a particular interest in enabling churches to better respond to neuro-diversity, for example autism. Many churches in this diocese are concerned with the inclusion in worship and church life of those with various disabilities. Lynsay will be look forward to sharing some of what we are learning in Connecticut.’

Lynsay will travel to Hartford for her installation on Sunday 27th October this year and Rebekah will be installed in Aberdeen on All Saints Sunday.

The vestry is pleased to announce that we now have a functioning website again. The address is: stternansbanchory.org

From Banchory West Church

Sunday 15 September at 6.30 pm: Worship Night: Worship and Waffles. All Welcome.


Please copy any news, details of forthcoming events or changes to the rostered duties to Michael at mahprice20@gmail.com or 01569 730589. 

A priest and poet in the Scottish Episcopal Church, exploring the workings of the Holy Spirit in Banchory .