Monthly Archives: October 2010

How Worship is Designed

We’re studying worship with our older youth at church. I wrote this little piece for today’s lesson on the Call to Worship. Basic movements of Worship The Gathering—People come together to acknowledge God as their sovereign King and to welcome … Continue reading

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Kirby Returns

Some years ago, twelve to be exact, we received a knock at the door one dark winter night and, much to our chagrin found a young woman selling vacuum cleaners (hoovers). We weren’t in the market for a new vacuum, … Continue reading

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Healing Prayer

Because we often don’t know how to pray as we ought, especially for the sick, I thought I’d leave you with this one. Although God does not always give the “Holy Yes” to our requests for physical healing, our prayers … Continue reading

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Scone Palace

“The Family Home,” is a phrase that takes new meaning at Scone Palace (scoon) which has been in the Murray family for 400 years. Scone is the site at which 42 of Scotland’s kings were crowned, the last of which … Continue reading

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Crannog

I am always surprised to learn about the industry and creativity of the ancients. As an American student, my knowledge of history really began with the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and moved slowly forward from there to the present … Continue reading

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The Drover’s Tryst

It’s pronounced droh-vurs trist: drovers were cattle herds who brought their hairy Scottish cows to the tryst or market every year for sale. It was an event held annually in Crieff, Scotland throughout the 1700’s and I’m told as many … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

I knew I left it somewhere, so I’m heartened to learn that they have found Vivaldi’s long lost flute concerto. Turns out it was heaped in a disorderly pile of cast-offs in the National Archives of Scotland.  It must have … Continue reading

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Babble

I found myself last week doing the funeral for a 41 year old woman who died of cancer. Both her parents and two sisters were still living and were sitting, as families do, in the front pew of the church. … Continue reading

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