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Ballater World Day of Prayer

posted 11 Apr 2014, 01:11 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 11 Apr 2014, 01:11 ]

This took place at St. Kentigern's on Friday 7th. March. It was a joy to welcome our friends from Glenmuick and St. Nathalan's. Readers from the three churches all participated.

What I found interesting were the comments after the service - "one of the nicest World Day services we have had"; "well written by the women of Egypt"; "joyous hymns".  The hymns were joyous, and grateful thanks must go to Mary Fennell for her playing of the organ. If you remember from the last Tattler, the title of the service was "Streams in the Desert" so naturally "water" played its part.  The opening hymn was "As the deer pants for the water" with its uplifting chorus of "You alone are my strength, my shield". The Gradual Hymn we sang at Vittoria's Institution, "Here is love vast as the ocean," was there. I thought this particularly significant. The collection was taken during the singing of "Peace is flowing like a river".

Vittoria's Address had us questioning the Bible story of Jesus asking the Samaritan woman for a drink of water, conversing with her. Some things are just not done, but that's what we have to do; we need to approach others.

Our final hymn was the well known "The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended".

As we made our way into the hall for a welcome cuppa, Mary played one of my favourite "water" hymns - which had me hopping up & down!
‘There's water, water of life, Jesus gives us the water of life.’  Thank you so much Mary.

My thanks to all those who came to our Village World Day Of Prayer Service, to all those who read, to all who participated in any way. (The collection raised £115.)

Anne Richardson