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Williamwood Parish Church is a Parish church of the Church of Scotland, serving the Williamwood area of Clarkston, Glasgow. It is within the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Glasgow.

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Our service today, Sunday 21 September 2014, was lead by our Locum Minister, Rev Eric McLachlan

To listen to the service on-demand please visit our on-demand page by clicking here.

Reader: Carole Ferguson
Organist: Norah Gray
Choir Introit: I Love you Lord
Choir Anthem: How deep the Fathers love (Townend, arr Shackley)

We are very grateful to Norah Gray standing in at the organ today. Alan  wasn’t able to be at his post this morning after an accident to his eye, but will be back with us next week, and is already making good progress.

Sunday 21st September 2014

Please stand (if you are able) as the bible is brought into the Church
I love you, Lord (CH4 770)
Hymn 36 
God is our refuge and our strength
Hymn (sheet) 
I want to walk with Jesus Christ
. Matthew 11:1–15
 How deep the Father’s love (Townend arr. Larry Shackley)
READING: St. Mark 5: 21–32
Hymn 270 
Put all your trust in God
Hymn 113 
God the Father of Creation

May God’s blessing surround you each day,
As you trust Him and walk in His way,
May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,
Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Interim Moderator – Rev Linda Walker, Telephone: 0141 649 1340, Email:
Locum Minister – Rev Eric McLachlan, Telephone: 0141 810 5789, Email:
Session Clerk – Margaret Robertson, Telephone: 0141 638 5521, margaretctrobertson@gmail.comWebsite:

Other information: Scottish Charity Number SC009939, Congregation Number 160892, CCL Copyright Licence 409617

WELCOME TO CHURCH TODAY. Please sign our visitors’ book and join us in the large hall after worship where refreshments are served.
Large print copies of the Order of Service are available from the duty team.

Tea/coffee is being served by the Kwenderana Group, raising money specifically to contribute to the boarding school fees for a young wheel chair bound girl from Emazinveni
The Reader is Carole Ferguson

The Reader is Tony Drysdale
Tea/coffee will be served on behalf of Church House

Music as you gather: CH4 Hymns 519 and 474, Hyfrydol by RH Pritchard “Es ist ein ros” by John M Rasley.
Offering Music: How deep the Father’s love for us- Stuart Townend.
Recessional Music: Felix Mendelssohn’s-Allegro from his Organ Sonata No. 2

Due to the limited choice of children’s hymns in the CH4 hymnal, we will for a few weeks be using some of the better known children’s hymns and chorus that have been omitted from recent hymnals.

THE GUILD COFFEE MORNING: The final total raised was £572.70. We would like to thank all those who helped and of course all of you who supported the event. Many Thanks, Elizabeth.

Grateful thanks to all those who supported coffee after church last week in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The amount raised was £75 and a cheque for this amount is on its way to them.

WILLIAMWOOD HOUSE are currently looking for caring people who would like to become a member of their relief staff. If this is of interest to you, please get in touch by telephoning 637 1168 and speaking to a senior member of staff.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING – Sunday 5 October 2014
Donations of harvest goods for the benefit of the Talbot Association, the Wayside Centre and the local Food Bank will be gratefully received in the CHURCH on Saturday 4th October between 10.30am-11.30am

Listed below are items which will be useful

harvest list


Thanks, Helen McKenzie

Please pass items for inclusion in the weekly bulletin to Evelyn Wallace ( or 638 3490) These should be received by 9pm on Wednesday evening.

Doors open day!

Williamwood is gearing up to take part in East Renfrewshire’s annual doors open day on Saturday 13th September

The church is open from 10am to 4pm

Information on the architecture, history and activities at Williamwood Church are available, along with guides from the congregation to walk you through the building

At 11am there will be music provided by young singers from Williamwood Church and instrumentalists from our friends at Williamwood High

At 2pm there will be organ music and choir music from our organist/director of music and church choir. The organ at Williamwood is also historic and a brochure about it can be downloaded here

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day, but in the morning take advantage of the annual guild coffee morning taking place in the church hall.

A warm welcome awaits you!


From the organ console: Sunday 14th September

Today’s Music …

The music you will hear today from the choir and the ‘incidental’ music as you gather, at the offering and at the recessional starts a theme which will continue for the next four weeks.

The theme is ‘Love’

Love has many different facets, from the love we have for one and other as members of a Christian family, the love we have for our own families, the love we have for our partner and the love we have in our hearts for God our Father.

I was inspired by ‘The Theme of Love’ when I selected the choir Anthem ‘Love Divine’ by Howard Goodall, which the choir will sing in a few weeks’ time. It was from here that I had the idea to find some other music on that same theme that myself and the choir could use – and there you go ‘the Theme of Love’ it is for September and the start of October.

Music as you gather

The organ preludes aren’t specifically from a ‘love’ theme, but are written by a French composer, and they do say that France is the land of love? These preludes are from a collection called ‘Vade-mecum de L’Organiste’, roughly translated as ‘a useful collection for the organist’, a suite of 10 movements for various sections of a church service.

The composer is Louis James Alfred Lefebure-Wely, born and died in France (1817-1869), who as well as being a composer was also an organist. His compositions were often considered less substantial than those of say Franck, and have not held such a prominent place in repertoire.

Offering Music

This little ‘verset’ arrangement is by Noel Rawsthorne, on the hymn tune ‘Love Divine’ by Stainer – the same as today’s choir anthem. The melody is contained as a solo line in the inner harmonies of the arrangement, a little like in the ‘tenor line’ position of four part harmony. It is played by a louder stop than the rest of the harmony, on the great organ.

Recessional Music

Now, this may seem an ‘odd’ selection for a Sunday morning service, but it does continue the love theme. The ‘Wedding March’ from Mendelssohn’s Mid-Summer Nights Dream is instantly recognisable from its opening trumpet fanfare. This transports many back to the day they took their vows and started married life, or people who celebrated with family at that joyous occasion.

Many people don’t know the ‘middle section’ as they have normally left the church by that point, but please do stay and listen to the quieter section which has a dance like feel to it, in contrast to the familiar marching first and last sections.

Choral Introit

The choir’s introits will continue to start our services, and the theme of love brought me to CH4 and the song ‘I love you Lord, and I lift my voice’. It reminds us that our love for God is an integral part of our worship, that we do rejoice in that love and that it is indeed a sweet, sweet thing indeed. The song is by Laurie Klein and was written in 1978. We sing this for three weeks, each time in a different way. This week accompanied and in full 4- part harmony. It’s gentle and relaxing. You can look it up at hymn 770.

Choral Anthem

The hymn ‘Love Divine’ was written by Charles Wesley who was part of that great dynasty of Wesley’s. The words are considered by many to be among his best texts. A verse from John Dryden’s poem “Fairest isle, all isles excelling” used by Henry Purcell’s opera King Arthur were undeniably Wesley’s inspiration. In fact, it was set to a Purcell tune in John and Charles Wesley’s Sacred Melody (1761).

Many of us will remember it from school, church and of course weddings. There are many tunes that it can be sung to. In our own hymn book it can be sung to the great welsh tunes of Hyfrydol and Blaenwern, but John Stainer also wrote a tune for the text and that tune is simply called ‘Love Divine’. It is that tune that the choir sing today.

We use the full range of voices in the arrangement today, from accompanied SATB harmony, men in unison, unaccompanied SATB harmony, sopranos singing the melody with the inner parts themselves providing the accompaniment, and at the very end full unison singing against a varied organ accompaniment.

We spent a lot of time whilst practising this and the other ‘Love’ anthems looking at how we sing and say words differently. Hopefully, that hard work as paid off and you hear the words clearly and hear their true meaning. In singing words a particular way you need to support them with stronger breathing, and by projecting your voice this in turn adds to a more rounded and warmer sound which is typical of this type of singing.

Sunday 7th September 2014

Williamwood Parish Church
Sunday 7 September 2014
Please stand (if you are able) as the bible is brought into the Church
Hymn 111
 Holy Holy Holy
Hymn 120
 God we praise you 
(Ode to joy)
READING: 1 Cor. 11: 23–32
Hymn 484
 Great God your love has called us here.
Hymn 19
 Ye gates lift up your heads on high
Hymn 221
 Saviour again to thy dear name we raise.
(Omit verse 2)


May God’s blessing surround you each day,
As you trust Him and walk in His way,
May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,
Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Interim Moderator – Rev Linda Walker
Telephone: 0141 649 1340
Locum Minister – Rev Eric McLachlan
Telephone: 0141 810 5789
Session Clerk – Margaret Robertson
Telephone: 0141 638 5521
Other information
Scottish Charity Number SC009939
Congregation Number 160892
CCL Copyright Licence 409617

WELCOME TO CHURCH TODAY. Please sign our visitors’ book and join us in the large hall after worship where refreshments are served.
Large print copies of the Order of Service are available from the duty team.

Tea/coffee is being served by the Printing Group
There is a Fairtrade stall in the hall after the service.
The Reader is Margo King
Mearnskirk Service. If you would like to join us for the short service, please meet at front door of the hospital at 1.45.

.The Reader is Christine Kemp
Tea/coffee will be served on behalf of the Battle of Britain

Taking place next Sunday afternoon, 14th September, we’ll be beginning with a soup and sandwich lunch at 1.30 – we’ll provide the soup, please bring your own sandwiches! As a one off event at the beginning of a new church year, this is a really good opportunity to come together to discuss where we’re at as a congregation, where we’re headed and to share in fellowship and worship. We don’t have too many of you signed up yet so please do make every effort to come and let either Margaret or Linda know – to make sure we have enough soup. Looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

LIFE AND WORK for September is now available in the usual places for collection by individuals and distributors

JUNIOR SINGERS We meet again at 12.20pm approx. (When the church is clear) until 12.50pm, starting today (7th Sept.). Any 8+-year olds wanting to join us, please come along and join in. N.Gray (585 7213)

Please join us at the Guild Coffee Morning on Saturday 13th.September at 9.45am to 11.30am. Stalls include Home Baking, Household, £2 and Under and Books and Plants. Donations for the Stalls would be very welcome. We look forward to seeing you there. Tickets cost £2 for adults and 50p for children and are available at the door.

FLOWER DELIVERY: The rota board for the delivery of flowers is now available for the months of September and October is on the ledge at the Vardar Avenue side of the vestibule. If you can help, please enter your name on a date suitable to you.

Please send any intimations for inclusion in Sunday 14 September’s Order of Service to Margaret Robertson. Contact 638 5521 or

The minister intends holding an information class beginning at 3. 00 P.M. today. This class will be held in the vestry and will meet for the four weeks of Sept. If this time and day proves to be unsuitable please have a word with Mr. McLachlan. If you or anyone you know may be interested in attending this class please fill in your details below and return them to Mr. McLachlan or any of the office bearers on door duty. This class is open to anyone who wishes to use it as a refresher course. It may be that you want to renew your membership vows. You will be most welcome. All members and friends please make this invitation as widely known as possible.
If anyone has membership with another Church and is considering moving to Williamwood please discuss this with the minister.

Flowers – Jean Little 638 1505
Events Convenors:
Jerry and Liz Taylor 571 9063
Hall Lets – Fiona Gunning 577 5761 or Send requests in plenty of time!
Property & Keys―
Stuart Young, 577 5707
Inspire: Editor: Joan Black (638 5433 or
Prayer Circle ― (Confidential)
17 people who will pray for a person or a situation. Phone Lorna on 571 8821 or Anne on 644 4776.

Sat 13 September 10.00-4.00 ER Open Doors/ Concert
Sat 13 September Guild Coffee morning
Sun 14 September Conference
Sun 5 Oct Harvest Thanksgiving