Worship

MIDWEEK SERVICE

Since Wednesday 7 October, we have been holding a very short act of worship in the Church on a Wednesday afternoon at 2.00 pm. Alison looks forward to leading this act of worship and while singing is not permitted, we are able to listen to some music, hear the Word of God, and share in a time of prayer. Click here to read Alison's letter advising details of what to expect if you would like to attend this act of worship. This may suit those who have been unable or preferred not to worship over Zoom.

SUNDAY SERVICE

There will be no Sunday services in Tarves Church while coronavirus restrictions are in place but you can continue with worship, prayer and reflection wherever you are and you can now join in live Worship on Zoom on Sunday mornings. Click on the image below each description to access the Worship materials. 

Services are currently being held jointly with Barthol Chapel
From 9.45 am  (Service begins 10.00 am)
All Welcome

 

SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
First Sunday in Advent

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
Remembrance Sunday

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
In the Church calendar this Sunday is All Saints Day. In the Bible the followers of Jesus are frequently referred to as the saints. Sainthood in this context is not a “reward” for good living but a status conferred on followers of Jesus who experience God’s blessing as they seek to love God and their neighbours.
Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER: Zoom on Sunday 
During our Sunday services we are looking at some of Jesus’ parables. Each of these stories tells us something about God’s kingdom or reign of love. And each of these stories contains a challenge for those who hear it as well as an invitation to live differently today in accordance with God’s purposes for creation. This week our parable is more of a riddle than a story.

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER: Zoom on Sunday 
During our Sunday services we are looking at some of Jesus’ parables. Each of these stories tells us something about God’s kingdom or reign of love. And each of these stories contains a challenge for those who hear it as well as an invitation to live differently today in accordance with God’s purposes for creation.

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER: Zoom on Sunday 
“The heavens are telling the glory of God: and the firmament proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER: Zoom on Sunday 
Give Thanks for the Harvest!

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
“Do this in remembrance of me” Luke 22:19

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
“So the last will be first and the first will be last”(Matt 20:16)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
“The kingdom of God may be compared to….”

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER: Zoom on Sunday 
Foundation Rock or Stumbling Block?

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 30 AUGUST: Zoom on Sunday 
“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’ “  Acts 7:33

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 23 AUGUST: Zoom on Sunday 
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16: 17-18 NIV)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 16 AUGUST: Zoom on Sunday 
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15: 10-11)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials. 

 

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST: Zoom on Sunday 
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. (John 15:9-10)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials.

 

SUNDAY 2 AUGUST: Zoom on Sunday 
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5-2:2)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials.

 

SUNDAY 26 JULY: Zoom on Sunday 
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5-2:2)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials.

 

SUNDAY 19 JULY: Zoom on Sunday 
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God…And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a Father’s only son. (John 1:2,14)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials.

 

SUNDAY 12 JULY: Zoom on Sunday 
“The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, 
and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”  St Matthew 13:23

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials.

 

SUNDAY 5 JULY: Zoom on Sunday 
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone. 

Click on the image below to access the Worship materials.

 

SUNDAY 28 JUNE: Zoom on Sunday 
 “Do this in remembrance of me” Luke 22:19
Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com

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SUNDAY 21 JUNE: Zoom on Sunday “Do not be afraid; You are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt 10:31)
Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com

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SUNDAY 14 JUNE: Zoom on Sunday “When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them,
because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd .” (Matt 9:36)

Zoom link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com

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SUNDAY 7 JUNE: Zoom on Sunday “When they saw him (Jesus) they worshipped him but some doubted.” (Matt 24:17)
Meeting link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com

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SUNDAY 31 MAY: Church of Scotland Pentecost Service 
You are invited to join with members of the Church of Scotland across the country and beyond in a special service for Pentecost 10.00 - 10.30 am this Sunday, 31 May.  The service will be recorded in advance and will be available for viewing on the Church of Scotland website and Facebook page at 10 am on Sunday 31 May. Or you can dial in with a landline 0131 378 7895. 

 

 

SUNDAY 24 MAY: Zoom on Sunday 
“Do this in remembrance of me”

During this week’s service on Zoom on Sunday at 11.00am there will be an opportunity to share communion – if you would like to participate please have a piece of bread and a glass of wine/juice to hand.  
The link for the service, to which all are welcome, is available from our session clerk, Susanna Bichard  Tel 851345 smbichard@aol.com

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SUNDAY 17 MAY: Zoom on Sunday “No-one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” 
Meeting link available from Susanna Bichard Tel 851345  e-mail smbichard@aol.com

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SUNDAY 10 MAY: Christian Aid Week service. Love never fails.

  Christian Aid Week 10 — 16 May  

Today is the beginning of Christian Aid Week. Like many church activities at the moment, Christian Aid Week is being done differently and digitally this year. During this time together we’ll have space to read and listen, sing and pray, and remember and acknowledge that we are part of a global community.

You can join in daily reflections, fun quizzes and more through the Christian Aid website and we are following the Christian Aid Order of Service today.

We are neighbours near and far who are going through this coronavirus pandemic together. May our shared experience unite us in praise and prayer as one human family, separate but together in the home that is God’s world.

Gathering prayer

God of all the Earth,
be present with us now,
in each of our homes,
as we connect together.
Build us into a spiritual house,
a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to you
through Jesus Christ,
our risen redeemer and healer.

Amen

Opening song

Let us build a house where all can dwell

Introduction to the song
It may seem strange to sing the lyric: ‘All are welcome in this place’ at a time when no one is welcome into our homes (except those who live there) or to collective worship in our church building. However, at this time more than ever, we are learning that the church is not the building but it is us, the people.Peter calls us living stones in his epistle. Though separate, we can build up together into a spiritual house where love can dwell, and be lived out in our everyday actions.

Prayer of confession and absolution

How many times have you washed your hands today? We approach our prayer of confession and absolution, mindful of the ritual significance of hand washing in the Bible.

Hand washing in Scripture is closely associated with innocence and cleansing from sin. (See Exodus 30:17-21, Psalm 26:6, Job 9:30, Matthew 27:24, James 4:8 to mention a few.)

You may wish to take your device to your sink as we pray this together, or bring a bowl of water, some soap and a towel to a safe distance before your computer. Or simply join in this prayer. (You can say it in 20 seconds but it may take 30.)

As we turn on the tap
we turn our hearts
towards you, O God.
As we wet our hands
renew our thoughts,
so we might be transformed.
As we lather soap
between fingers
and over all our hands,
purge from us
all that brings us harm
and might harm others.
Remove the invisible
guilt and shame
that so often keeps us from you.
As we rinse our hands,
we trust in your
overflowing grace,
making all things new.

Amen

Reading: Psalm 31
The words of the psalmist express many of the emotions that we might be experiencing during this difficult time

I come to you, Lord, for protection;
   never let me be defeated.
You are a righteous God;
    save me, I pray!
 Hear me! Save me now!
 Be my refuge to protect me;
    my defense to save me.

You are my refuge and defense;
   guide me and lead me as you have promised.
Keep me safe from the trap that has been set for me;
    shelter me from danger.
I place myself in your care.
You will save me, Lord;
   you are a faithful God.

You hate those who worship false gods,

    but I trust in you.
I will be glad and rejoice
    because of your constant love.
You see my suffering;
    you know my trouble.
You have not let my enemies capture me;
    you have given me freedom to go where I wish.

Be merciful to me, Lord,
    for I am in trouble;
my eyes are tired from so much crying;
    I am completely worn out.
I am exhausted by sorrow,
    and weeping has shortened my life.
I am weak from all my troubles;
    even my bones are wasting away.

All my enemies, and especially my neighbours,
    treat me with contempt.
Those who know me are afraid of me;
    when they see me in the street, they run away.
Everyone has forgotten me, as though I were dead;
    I am like something thrown away.
 I hear many enemies whispering;
    terror is all around me.
They are making plans against me,
    plotting to kill me.

But my trust is in you, O Lord;
    you are my God.
I am always in your care;    
    save me from my enemies,
    from those who persecute me.
Look on your servant with kindness;
    save me in your constant love.
 I call to you, Lord;
    don't let me be disgraced.
May the wicked be disgraced;
    may they go silently down to the world of the dead.
Silence those liars—
    all the proud and arrogant
    who speak with contempt about the righteous.

How wonderful are the good things
    you keep for those who honour you!
Everyone knows how good you are,
    how securely you protect those who trust you.
You hide them in the safety of your presence
    from the plots of others;
in a safe shelter you hide them

    from the insults of their enemies.

 Praise the Lord!
How wonderfully he showed his love for me
    when I was surrounded and attacked!
 I was afraid and thought
    that he had driven me out of his presence.
But he heard my cry,
    when I called to him for help.

Love the Lord, all his faithful people.
The Lord protects the faithful,
    but punishes the proud as they deserve.
Be strong, be courageous,
    all you that hope in the Lord.

Were there any verses or phrases that jumped out from the passage? Any phrases that you find helpful in these difficult days? 

Gospel Reading John 14:1-14
This is an extract from the long farewell that Jesus gave over the last supper, shortly after he washed the feet of the disciples with his own hands. Even though we are now in the Fifth Sunday of Easter, these words have a poignancy and power for us to absorb and process this Christian Aid Week Sunday

Jesus the Way to the Father
14 “Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them. “Believe in God and believe also in me. 2 There are many rooms in my Father's house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so. 3 And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am. 4 You know the way that leads to the place where I am going.”

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; so how can we know the way to get there?”

6 Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me. 7 Now that you have known me,” he said to them, “you will know my Father also, and from now on you do know him and you have seen him.”

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father; that is all we need.”

9 Jesus answered, “For a long time I have been with you all; yet you do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Why, then, do you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe, Philip, that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I have spoken to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “do not come from me. The Father, who remains in me, does his own work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do. 12 I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. 14 If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

Song

Be still for the presence of the Lord

Response

Look at your hands. Have a good look.

However your hands look to you, they are most certainly clean in these days of regular hand washing to prevent spreading the coronavirus.

Our hands really are the most remarkable and useful tools, involved in so much of what we do and how we do things, even in these days of social distancing.

The psalmist writes of committing his spirit into God’s hands, and at times of being in God’s hands. He also describes his desire to be delivered from the hands of his oppressors and from a hidden invisible net that threatens to entangle him.

Our hands have become even more significant in these days of physical distance. We might long to hold the hand of a person we can no longer touch.We pray for the hands of medics to bring healing and comfort. We are grateful for hands stacking shelves and delivering groceries and post. And we are extra wary of everything our hands touch that comes from outside our own home.

This Christian Aid Week we also think of how our hands can be far from idle. Though not handing out envelopes or hosting Big Brekkies or the many things we usually busy ourselves with this week, our hands can still reach out virtually to our neighbours around the world. Neighbours in refugee camps and cramped living conditions, neighbours without adequate hand-washing facilities, neighbours who face the devastating impact of coronavirus with even less of the medical resources we have struggled to access here.

We reach out by clasping our hands together in prayer for our neighbours, and holding our hands open before God as we declare our needs and concerns for their wellbeing and our own.

We also reach out by participating in this digital Christian Aid Week, through making our online donations and sharing the stories from Christian Aid partners, working on the ground to be the hands and feet of love in action. If you wish, you can make a donation online to help vulnerable communities at caweek.org/payin.

Let us pray together using our open hands.

Prayer of lament and intercession

God our refuge,
we come to you with open hands,
some of us with hearts full of questions,
some of us bruised by bereavement,
some of us fearful of what the future holds,
all of us stunned by the events of this year.
Draw close to us now in each of our homes
as we place our honest questions and hopes
into your open, resurrected, yet scarred hands.
God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

With the honesty of the psalmist,
the wrestling questions of Job,
and the lament of the prophets,
we bring to you our questions or our silence.

(Hold your index finger and, in silence, ask the question that most burdens your heart or simply sit in silence before God.
Hold the silence together.)

God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear the cry of our hearts, Lord,
silent and aloud,
for bereaved neighbours, near and far.
Comfort those pained by being absent,
and hold close those who are hurting alone.

(Hold your ring finger and pray for comfort for those you know who are bereaved or simply sit in silence before God.
Hold the silence together.)


God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

In this season of Easter,
renew us with resurrection hope
that while weeping lingers in this night,
joy will come with the morning.

(Hold your middle finger and in the silence tell God what you are most looking forward to in the future or simply sit in silence before God.
Hold the silence together.)

God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

On this Christian Aid Week Sunday,
we pray for and with communities
across the world who are
most vulnerable to coronavirus.

We pray for people living in refugee camps 
and city slums,
with limited sanitation facilities, 
who are unable to wash their hands regularly,
and have little opportunity to isolate from others.

We pray for Christian Aid partners
working to provide soap and buckets,
communicating clear, accurate information,
raising the voices of the most vulnerable
and ensuring they are kept as safe as possible.

(Hold your thumb as you pray for the most vulnerable, those closest to God’s heart, or simply sit in silence before God.
Hold the silence together.)

God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For those of us who are self-isolating,
which can sometimes feel like we aren’t doing
anything, remind us that we are all doing our part,
and saving lives by staying at home.

(Hold your little finger and ask God for what you need, or simply sit in silence before God.
Hold the silence together.)

God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray for much wisdom and resources
for those in local and national authority
for all frontline and key workers
here in Britain, Ireland and across the world.

(Put your hands together and pray for the many frontline workers and volunteers and for Christian Aid partners working to help others across the world, or simply sit in silence before God.
Hold the silence together.)

God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

As we have clapped to honour them,
we clap our hands now in praise
of your glorious creation,
and with the hope that the first shoots
of another possible world are coming into view.

(Clap your hands in praise of God’s glorious creation and with the hope of new possibilities for the world.)

God in your mercy,
hear all our prayers.

Amen

Song

Be Thou My Vision

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever.

Amen

Closing blessing

As we wash our hands again, we say our blessing together: 

May the presence of the Creator refresh you, 
may the comfort of the Son renew you, 
may the inspiration of the Spirit restore you 
to be love in action, even from a distance, in our neighbourhoods, near and far,
this day and for evermore.
Amen

Closing offering

If you wish to make a donation to Christian Aid, you can do so online at  caweek.org/payin

 

SUNDAY 3 MAY: “I am the gate for the sheep” 

 

SUNDAY 26 APRIL: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”

 

SUNDAY 19 APRIL — Second Sunday of Easter: Peace

 

SUNDAY 12 APRIL — Easter Sunday: Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

 

SUNDAY 5 APRIL — Palm Sunday: God’s steadfast love endures forever!

 

SUNDAY 29 MARCH – Passion Sunday: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”

 

SUNDAY 22 MARCH: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”

 

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Regular Worship Times when there are no restrictions

Sunday  11.15 am  

Worship is held in Tarves Church at 11.15 am on a Sunday. This service is open to all and you can be sure of a friendly welcome, whether you are a member, or have never been to church before. Our formal communion services are held twice a year, on the first Sunday in May and the last Sunday in October. We also offer a shorter communion service after worship, usually on the last Sunday of the month.  

We have a printed order of service which allows people to follow what is happening and includes notices about things that are happening in the church. Hymn books are available at the door, including music editions and large print editions.

Children

We recognise that young children cannot be expected to keep quiet and still throughout a whole service and a children’s corner is available with a library and toys. A Messy Church programme is offered for families and family services are held at Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Pentecost. In response to interest which has been expressed by families we are currently considering how best to increase the opportunities for family worship — watch this space!   

Fellowship

Thanks to the efforts of a number of willing volunteers, tea and coffee are served after the service except on Sundays where there is communion or Messy Church. This provides an opportunity to get to know others in the congregation.

Special Services

Please check the calendar for special servies at Christmas and Easter.