15th September – Pew Drop


From Andy Bond : Astonishing!
Two Saturdays ago 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.

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 greenshootsfamily@outlook.com or on 07890 795097. 

From Banchory West Church – TONIGHT
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. 
The web site address is: stternansbanchory.org

Diocesan Iona Trip 9-13 March (Monday/Friday) 2020
£55.00 per person per night.  As the week will be during Lent, there will be a Lent theme but still plenty of time to get out and about. 

Any one wishing to book should contact Mary Clare on mary_clare5@btinternet.com

Highly recommended by Jinty and Gordon who can give you more information.

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 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 maddiethurlow@gmail.com or 01330 822942.

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

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

Northern Light Autumn 2019
Copies available at the back of the church do take one home and one to someone who cannot join us in church.

Welcome to Saint Ternan’s Scottish Episcopal Church
15 September 2019 Creation 3

God, our Creator, as we face the storms of this world, we celebrate the wonders of the wind and the weather. Help us to see your presence, not only in the forces of nature, but also among those who suffer from natural disasters. Teach us to recognise that your Wisdom is imbedded in all natural forces, a Wisdom that guides, controls and limits them. In the name of Christ who is the Wisdom of God renewing all things in creation. Amen.

A reading from the first letter of Paul to Timothy
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
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.

All the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” Just so, I tell you,
there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.’ 

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
Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy; and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source of the readings:  1Timothy 1: 12-17; Luke 15: 1-10.

Prayers for This Week
In the Anglican Cycle of prayer: We pray for the Anglican Church of Tanzania The Most Revd Dr Maimbo Mndolwa – Archbishop of Tanzania & Bishop of Tanga.
In the Porvoo Communion Prayer Diary: We pray for in the Church Church of Ireland: Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, Bishop Patrick Rooke and in the Church of England: Diocese of Bath and Wells, Bishop Peter Hancock, Bishop Ruth Worsley.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: we pray for the congregation of St James’ Church, Aberdeen and for their Priest in Charge, the Reverend Doctor Ruth Green and their Honorary Assistant Priest, The Reverend Canon Doctor Ruth Edwards.
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.

Pattern of Worship at St Ternan’s

Tuesdays 9.00 am – Eucharist with Discussion in the Church Vestry
Thursdays 10.15am – Prayer Book Communion in the Choir Stalls

8.00 am   Eucharist (1970)

11.00 am 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays – Eucharist with Choir 

3rd Sundays – two options:
11.00 am Choral Matins in the Church 
11.00 am All Age Contemporary Eucharist in the Church Hall

6.30 pm – First Sundays- Traditional Evensong

All ages are welcome to participate in our worship.
The 1st Sunday of the month is ALL SORTS SUNDAY when, during the service we offer: pre-school children Diddy-Disciples, primary aged children Godly Play and our young people meet in Tease for discussion.

On the 3rd Sunday of the month we have a service of All Age Worship, which takes place in the Church Hall.

On the other Sundays we offer Sunday School during the service as well as having toys and activities available in Church.

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  

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 .