Pew Drop: 8th September


Henna and her friend Kirsten are running the Crathes Half Marathon 2019 to raise money for Hope Counselling Aberdeen. Hope’s aim is to make professional counselling available to all those in need, regardless of economic circumstances.  If anyone would like to support this worthy cause they can do so via the link: HOPE counselling fundraiser

Sunday 29th September
“Wonderful World” Harvest Family Service with Scratch Choir
After the success of our ‘Scratch Choir’ evensong and BBQ last month, we are planning a similar event for the 11am service on Sunday 29th September.

Anyone wishing to take part in the choir for that morning is invited to come at 9:30am to rehearse.

At 10:15am there will be a bacon-roll breakfast for both the choir and congregation, followed by the usual Family Communion service at 11:00am.

If you are coming along to sing in the choir, or are able to assist with cooking and serving the breakfast, please get in touch with Henna at or on 07890 795097. 

From Maddie
Our harvest lunch will be held on Sunday 6th October in the church hall, after the 11am service.  If you would like to attend please sign up on the sheet in the church porch. If you can help with setting up, making soup, providing bread/butter, making fruit crumble, serving, washing up or tidying up please contact Maddie on or 01330 822942.

Gift Aid Yellow Envelopes
The current pack of yellow envelopes expires on 29th September 2019.

The replacement packs commencing 6th October 2019 will be at the Church this coming Sunday 8th September 2019 for distribution. They will be in the white drawers by the main (South) entrance to the Church.

If any who are not part of the yellow envelope scheme wish to join, please see me or telephone me on 01330 844522. I can explain how it works and add you to the scheme if required. It is an easy way of making donations.

Many thanks to all for the generous donations to St Ternan’s.
Chris Fry, Gift Aid Secretary

From Andy Bond: Astonishing!
Last Saturday, some of us gathered in the hall to hear Lynsay share her vision for our future ministry at St. Ternan’s within the community of Banchory and beyond.

We were challenged to think how we reach out as The Body of Christ to a world where people know little or nothing about God or Church and have very little inclination to do so.

With her personal sense of calling to open up the worship life of our churches to everyone, of all abilities, whether physically able or not, whether emotionally, educationally or mentally the same as us or different; how can we welcome all who have been created in the image of God?

Jesus came to dismantle the walls between the strong and the marginalised, so that all may have life in fullness.

With this tenet at the forefront of our thinking, we looked at the various aspects of our worship, our music, our work with young families, our fellowship and teaching programmes, the fabric of our buildings, our finances and so on, with the question as to how we may or may not be currently fulfilling this and where we may need to improve in order to become a more inclusive community.

The challenge continues…. I wonder where it will lead us….

From Gilly Whatling
On 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 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 or 01569 730589. 

Creation 2

Open your merciful ears, O Lord, to the prayers of your humble servants: and, that you would graciously grant what we ask, make us desire what is pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

A reading from the letter of Paul to Philemon
Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith towards the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother. For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love – and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me.
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother – especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
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.

Large crowds were travelling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation
and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.’

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
Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and the breaking of bread, and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
People:     Amen.

Source of the readings:  Philemon 1-21; Luke 14: 25-33.

Prayers for This Week

In the Anglican Cycle of prayer: We pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan The Most Revd Ezekiel Kumir Kondo – Archbishop of the Province of Sudan & Bishop of Khartoum.

In the Porvoo Communion Prayer Diary: We pray for in the Church of England: Diocese of Salisbury, Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Bishop Andrew Rumsey, Bishop Karen Gorham Church and in Wales for the Diocese of St Asaph, Bishop Gregory Cameron and in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark: Diocese of Ribe, Bishop Elof Westergaard.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: we pray for the congregation of St John’s Aberdeen and for their Priest Chaplain the Reverend Kate Gibson.

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.

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

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

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

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