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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.

Sunday 28th September 2014

INTIMATIONS & WELCOME
CALL TO WORSHIP
INTROIT: I love you, Lord (CH4 770)
Hymn 268 O God of Bethel
PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER
CHILDRENS’ ADDRESS
Hymn
Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the Heaven above; Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Saviour’s love.
I, though so unworthy, still am a child of His care;
For His Word teaches me that His love reaches me everywhere.

READING: Isaiah 40 1–11
ANTHEM Father we love you
READING: Isaiah 40 12–31
Hymn 153 Great is thy faithfulness
SERMON
OFFERING
DEDICATION OF OFFERING & PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Hymn 702 Lord in love and perfect wisdom
BENEDICTION & SUNG AMEN
SUNG BLESSING

SUNG BLESSING AT END OF SERVICE
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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER – Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in 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, forever. Amen.

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.

TODAY:
Tea/coffee is being served by the on behalf of Church House.
The Reader is Tony Drysdale

NEXT WEEK:
The Reader is Mairi McIntyre.
Tea/coffee will be served by Inspire Group.
There will be a Fairtrade stall in the hall after the service.

Organ music
Music as you gather. Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves by Verdi, – Barcarolle, from ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’- Offenbach
Offering Music Mozart – Serenade in G major, K. 525 ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Recessional Music: The Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary) by Jeremiah Clarke

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.

KWENDERANA PARTNERSHIP – I would like to thank everyone for their support at coffee after church last Sunday. Due to 2 very generous donations we raised a total of £350 to pay for Masozi Moyo’s school fees. This will pay for at least 2 year’s fees and the balance will be used to provide school uniform, bedding, soap, towels and any other items
required. – Fiona Gunning

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

www.williamwoodparishchurch.org.uk has had a makeover! The web address is the same but the content has been completely revised and updated. I hope you find that it’s easy to navigate as I’d encourage you all to have a look and let me know what you think. Please let me know if you spot any mistakes and also let me know if there is essential or useful information that is missing. Going forward we will be setting up a web development group to ensure that the content is kept fresh and up to date. Thanks! Linda. walkerlinda@hotmail.com or 649 1340.

NOVEMBER INSPIRE All Articles for should be sent or e mailed to Joan Black before 19th October. E mail – blacksabode@googlemail.com. Phone – 638 5433.

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

NO OUT OF DATE OR HOME MADE ITEMS

Thanks, Helen McKenzie

From the organ console – 28th September

Our theme of ‘Love’ continues today and for the next few weeks.

The Bible describes love, and then we will see a few ways in which God is the essence of love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a).  This is God’s description of love, and because God is love (1 John 4:8); this is what He is like.

Music as you gather

The Music as you gather continues the Romantic classical music songs and themes.

Hebrew Slaves Chorus by Giuseppe Verdi. This piece is from Nabucco, an opera in four acts to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. It is also known by its Italian title “Va, Pensiro,” (Fly, My Thoughts). Nabucco was based on the Biblical story of the plight of the Jews as they are exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. It’s been said that the web of characters form a powerful theme of love and thirst for power and longing for freedom. There is a link to Psalm 137.

Offenbach – Barcarolle, from ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’. The Tales of Hoffmann (French: Les contes d’Hoffmann) is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann is the protagonist in the opera. The Barcarolle, “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” is the opera’s most famous number. A duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano, it is considered the most famous barcarolle ever written and described in the Grove Book of Operas as “one of the world’s most popular melodies.” The text, concerning the beauty of the night and of love, is by Jules Barbier.

Choral Introit

I love you Lord, and I lift my voice – 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. The Choir sing this together but with the sopranos singing the words and the inner parts being the accompaniment themselves.

Psalm 18:1 ‘I love you, Lord, my strength.’ Look it up at hymn 770, please follow the words and use it as your own personal Call to Worship. If you want to sing it quietly with us then please do join in.

Choral Anthem

Father we love you, we worship and adore you. With a Trinitarian structure in its three stanzas, this popular hymn is one of the finest praise choruses as well as prayer hymns from the mid-1970s.
“Father, We Love You” first expresses our humble love and devotion to God and then offers Jesus’ own prayer, “glorify your name” (see John 12:28; 17:1-5). God’s name is glorified in the completion of Christ’s ministry on earth, in the faithful testimony of God’s family, the church, and in the praises of angels and saints in heaven. As we sing, we also pray for God’s glory to arise from “all the earth” (see Ps. 108:5 and Isa. 6:3). Thus the text has a biblically cosmic ring: “all the earth” refers to our whole lives, all the nations, and, in fact, the entire creation!

It has classic four part harmony. The Summer Choir introduced this song during the summer and it Church Choir enjoy it also. We sing it accompanied and unaccompanied. In a similar way to todays’ introit the sopranos take the lead in the middle verse.

Offering Music

Mozart – Serenade in G major, K. 525 ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ – Romance (Andante). The composition for a chamber ensemble was written in 1787. The German title means “a little serenade,” though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as “a little night music. “The work was originally written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass, but is often performed by string orchestras and there have been many transcriptions.

The second movement, in C major, is a “Romanze”, with the tempo marked Andante. A feeling of intimacy and tenderness remains throughout this movement. It is in rondo form, taking the shape A–B–A–C–A plus a final coda. The movement can be described as evoking a gavotte rhythm: each of its sections begins in the middle of the measure, with a double upbeat.

Recessional Music

The Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary) by Jeremiah Clarke is another instantly recognisable Romantic Moment within Classical Music. The march is popular as wedding music, and was played during the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.

Three words that aptly describe the piece could certainly be Royal, regal, and stately.

The solo reed used today on our Allen Organ, is in fact 4 reed stops used in combination – Contra Fagotto (16’), Trompette (8’), English Tuba (8’) and Trumpet (8’). Our organ’s “standard” reed stops (C.Fag and Tromp) are a little weak on their own to be used as solo stops, but by utilising our Allen Card readers we can add the extra two stops which are robust and actually quite striking!

Use the times of music to listen, relax, and meditate; let the music, with its melodies and harmonies, transport you to a place of calm and gentleness whilst we remember that we are in God’s House. Enjoy this week’s music.
Alan Mathew, Organist & Director of Music

Sunday 21st September 2014

Please stand (if you are able) as the bible is brought into the Church
INTIMATIONS & WELCOME
CALL TO WORSHIP
INTROIT: 
I love you, Lord (CH4 770)
Hymn 36 
God is our refuge and our strength
PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER
CHILDRENS’ ADDRESS
Hymn (sheet) 
I want to walk with Jesus Christ
READING
. Matthew 11:1–15
ANTHEM
 How deep the Father’s love (Townend arr. Larry Shackley)
READING: St. Mark 5: 21–32
Hymn 270 
Put all your trust in God
SERMON
DEDICATION OF OFFERING & 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Hymn 113 
God the Father of Creation
BENEDICTION
 & SUNG AMEN.
SUNG BLESSING

SUNG BLESSING AT END OF SERVICE
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.

WILLIAMWOOD PARISH CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, CLARKSTON
Interim Moderator – Rev Linda Walker, Telephone: 0141 649 1340, Email: walkerlinda@hotmail.com
Locum Minister – Rev Eric McLachlan, Telephone: 0141 810 5789, Email: eric.janis@btinternet.com
Session Clerk – Margaret Robertson, Telephone: 0141 638 5521, margaretctrobertson@gmail.comWebsite:
http://www.williamwoodparishchurch.org.uk

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.

TODAY:
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

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

ORGAN MUSIC:
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

NO OUT OF DATE OR HOME MADE ITEMS

Thanks, Helen McKenzie

CHURCH CONTACTS & INFORMATION
Please pass items for inclusion in the weekly bulletin to Evelyn Wallace (evelyn.wallace@outlook.com 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!

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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.