Monday, 24 December 2018

Advent Space 4

Our fourth Advent Space that has been available to all who use the building at Kelvinbridge has been about a time for birth.


A time for birth
In these days, as we think of the time for Mary to give birth drawing very close, as we imagine that discomfort and excitement, we pause to think about new life coming into the world. There is always a change with a birth. Parents, wider family, and communities change from the time before it to the time after it. All new life makes a mark that cannot be erased. The life that Mary carried within her changed history, and can profoundly touch our lives.
In these days, the whole of creation cries out for new life, for change that will save it from our destructive ways. In these days we see poverty, division, violence, carelessness with truth, everywhere we turn. We might ask what can heal broken lives, broken hearts, and broken morality.
We also see love, kindness, compassion and work to heal and mend, love already let loose among us.
If we pray, we might pray for change in dark places, for hope to be born among those at present without hope, for truth to shine out and be cherished.
We might pray for all who wait to bring new life into the world; for wisdom and strength for new parents. We might pray for those who have the unbearable grief of losing children. We might pray too for those who have never been able to have longed for children.

What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1: 3b-5

A Blessing

May the hand of God rest upon us 
for comfort 
as we wait for the birth of new life.

May Jesus, born of Mary,
lead us from darkness into light

And may the Spirit bless us 
with patience and courage 
for the living of our days.  




Saturday, 22 December 2018

Advent Spaces

Our 'Advent Space' for the third week in Advent gave us space and time to think about those on the margins of society.


A space for those on the margins
 In these days, as we hear of John the Baptist coming from the wilderness to prepare the way for the ministry of Jesus, we can remember those who exist on the edges and margins of society.
On this day, if we pray, we can pray for those whose experience is one of exclusion and prejudice, and for those who are overlooked, ignored, or spurned for being different. We might pray for those who have no hope as they wait in vain at checkpoints, at borders, for jobs, for food, and for all whose lives are crushed under systems of injustice.
We think of the value of different perspectives and experiences of so-called outsiders.

Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4 11-12)

A blessing
Go into the world, 
meeting all as beloved children of God.

And may the love of the Creator,
the Word that was in the beginning,
shine in you,
May the true light of Jesus light up the world 
through you.
And the Spirit
bring comfort and hope to all our lives, 
this waiting time,
and always.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Second Week in Advent

Our Advent Space for the Second Week in Advent, available to all who use the building at Kelvinbridge has been about 'A Time to Speak Out'. In this space all are invited to take a reflection, name a concern and write it on a star, and take a blessing.


A time to speak out

In these days, even as we look forward to Christmas celebrations, there may be things that trouble us. We may be dealing with physical or mental illness. We may be sad or lonely. We may be struggling to pay bills, make ends meet, or put food on the table.
We may be anxious about the political situation in our country, and an uncertain future.
We may rightly be alarmed at what is happening to the planet, and wonder what can be done to keep it safe and healthy.

Today we remember that the prophets in the bible spoke out about what was wrong, and challenged corrupt leadership.
John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry by calling on people to change their damaging ways.
What do you think needs to change, in yourself and in the world?
Who are the prophets of today, speaking out, and speaking truth to power?
What big or small actions for change can we take?

Across the world people’s lives are devastated by extremism, violence, hunger and climate change. If they cannot speak out and be heard, can we make our voices heard on their behalf?
Let us pray and speak, for ourselves and others in need as we are able. If you wish you can write a concern or prayer on a star.

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)

A Blessing

Let us go now
speaking stories of hope
into silences of hurt and despair.
Let us go now to be voices for the voiceless
until all can live free from fear.
Let us go now to cherish and mend the earth that we inhabit.
And may our God of grace and love
give us fresh courage as we live these days.
May Jesus take our hand and hold us when we falter.
May the Spirit spin us round, 
setting us on the path that leads to new life, 
guiding our feet every step of the way.






Saturday, 8 December 2018

Advent Spaces

Our Advent Space for the first week of Advent, which is available to all who use the building at Kelvinbridge, has been 'A Space for Remembering' . Folk have been invited to take a reflection and write the name of someone important to them on a holly leaf that has been hung on a tree. They are also invited to take a blessing. If you would like a name remembered in this way, just send it to us.

A Space for Remembering

In these Advent days, the focus of the community and media may be on the expression of love in families. The assumption may be that we all have families, friends and people who love us. We remember today that some are not surrounded by love. Some have no families, or are part of families which are less than expressions of loving relationship.
Some of us are all too aware of loss this Advent and the absence of people we have cherished. In our remembering, may we find comfort if our grief is raw or has become a familiar companion.
Some of us, sometimes, would rather that Christmas was past. In this space we can stay with our real feelings about the journey towards Christmas, and not feel we have to pretend.
We may know of others for whom Christmas is an ordeal rather than a joy. Let us remember them.
We know that many throughout the world have every reason to weep this Advent. Let us remember them.

Jesus said “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28.)


As we remember those who have gone before us, we may feel gratitude. We may want to name and honour those who have guided us, loved us, or helped to make us who we are. We may want to remember those we who have worked tirelessly for justice and peace, even at great cost to themselves.Perhaps you want to name those dear to you or women or men from the past whose lives have in some way changed the world for the better. You are invited to write the names of those you want to remember and honour on the leaves and hang them on the tree.

A blessing
Go now, knowing that you walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before.
Know that you walk in the footsteps of God, for the feet of God have walked this way.
Go in faith into the world to carve out a path which leads to life and peace
And as you go may you be held in the hollow of God’s hand for healing and comfort, surrounded each day by the presence of love, and covered by the warm bright wings of the Spirit.



Thursday, 29 November 2018

Coffee and Carols

This Saturday, 1st December, come in from the cold and wet, for coffee (or tea) a mince pie (or apple pie), book stall, baking stall, gift stall, raffle and silent auction. Share in singing carols...you can wear your Christmas jumper too!
                

COFFEE & CAROLS
 in the Church Hall
SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER 2018 10:30-12:30pm
Tickets £2:50 at the door

Friday, 18 May 2018

BB Display



1st Glasgow BB Display tonight 7:30 pm 
 taking place in Ruchill Kelvinside Parish Church 
Shakespeare St.