Pew Drop 16 February 2020

Welcome to Saint Ternan’s Scottish Episcopal Church
Epiphany 6. 


Almighty God, grant that with our minds set always on your wisdom and love, we may pursue both in word and deed those things that are 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 First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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.

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

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.

Source of the readings:
1 Corinthians 3: 1-9, Matthew 5: 21-37 

Prayers for This Week
In the Anglican Cycle of prayer: We pray for the Church of the Province of Central Africa The Most Revd Albert Chama – Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.
In the Porvoo Communion Prayer Diary:  We pray for the Church of Ireland: Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe, Bishop Kenneth Kearon and in the  Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark: Diocese of Roskilde, Bishop Peter Fischer Moeller.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: we pray for the meeting of our Synod that starts on Friday 28 February 2020. 
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, Ron, Hilda, Barbara, Kate, Oliver and his parents, Julie and Graham, Tish and Jim;  Helen, Sue, Sheila, Rachel, Peter, Mac and Linda, Don, and for all those we hold quietly in our hearts and all who need our prayers.

THIS WEEK 16 February Epiphany 6 8 am Holy Eucharist 11 am Sung Matins /  All Age ServiceNEXT WEEK 23 February Transfiguration Sunday 8 am Holy Eucharist 11 am Sung Eucharist
WelcomersMaddie Thurlow Prue WilsonAndy and Ryan Bond
ReadersRosalind Eames Vicky DuncanRyan Bond Andy Bond
Celebrant/LeaderDerekLynsay Downs
Deacon——–Fay Booth
PreacherLynsay Lynsay Downs
Intercessions——-Paul Woodburn
Chalice Bearers——Fay Booth Sue Roberts
Organist/MusicianSimon GlenarthurMary Walkden
Sunday School——Jane and Sandra
CoffeesVicky and Monty DuncanJudith Edmond Caroline Simpson
Prayers after the Service——-Fay Booth

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 – 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

5th Sundays – Family Communion with Scratch Choir

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 baptised people 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 .