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Sunday 27th November 2022

Advent (1): Hope


Welcome to worship!  Today we begin our Advent series looking at the theme of Hope.  Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.


The Kirk Session will meet tomorrow at 7pm in the Church Hall.


Our Oasis Group is on this Tuesday at 10.30am in the Church Hall when Russell Boyd will tell us about Stirling Street Pastors.  We have decided to make a Christmas donation to this worthwhile cause.  If anyone else wishes to contribute before Tuesday, please contact Bob Anderson.


Our Community Hub Warm Space is now open on Tuesdays 1-5pm and Wednesday 10.30am-5pm in the Church Hall.  Everyone is welcome!  Come and enjoy the warmth, hot drinks and toast, and games and help to welcome others who come.  We have a soup lunch on Wednesdays as well as Soup and Smile deliveries.  Please spread the word!


CambusBairns is on Wednesday from 9.15-10.30am in the Church Hall.  This is for parents/carers and pre-school children.


Our Prayer Space is now open upstairs in the Church Hall.  You are welcome to visit any time, including during the Hub opening hours.


The Cambusbarron Primary School Fayre is on this Saturday from 11am-2pm in the Community Centre.


Next Sunday our theme is Peace and our reading will be from Luke 1.


Rev. Graham Nash: 01786 442068 or

Angela Samson: 07977 342022 or

Trish Archibald:


Welcome and notices


Hope is a candle once lit by the prophets                    CH4 284 v.1

Never consumed though it burns through the years

Dim in the daylight of power and privilege

When they are gone hope will shine on


Call to worship              Isaiah 9.1-2 (p.693)


The race that long in darkness pined                           CH4 290

Has seen a glorious light;

The people dwell in day, who dwelt

In death’s surrounding night.


To us a Child of hope is born:

To us a Son is given:

Him shall the tribes of earth obey,

Him all the hosts of heaven.


His name shall be the Prince of Peace,

For evermore adored:

The Wonderful, the Counsellor,

The great and mighty Lord.


His power increasing still shall spread,

His reign no end shall know:

Justice shall guard His throne above,

And peace abound below.


Prayer of adoration and confession


Together Time    


Lord, the light of your love is shining,                         CH4 448

In the midst of the darkness, shining;

Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us;

Set us free by the truth you now bring us,

Shine on me, shine on me.


Shine, Jesus, shine,

Fill this land with the Father's glory;

Blaze, Spirit, blaze,

Set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow,

Flood the nations with grace and mercy;

Send forth your Word,

Lord, and let there be light!


Lord, I come to your awesome presence,

From the shadows into your radiance;

By the blood I may enter your brightness,

Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.

Shine on me, shine on me.


As we gaze on your kingly brightness

So our faces display your likeness.

Ever changing from glory to glory,

Mirrored here may our lives tell your story.

Shine on me, shine on me.


Bible Reading                Luke 2.25-38 (p.1028)


Now, Lord! according to thy word,                     CH4 333

Let me in my peace depart;

Mine eyes have thy salvation seen,

And gladness fills my heart.


That Sun I now behold, whose light

Shall heathen darkness chase,

And rays of brightest glory pour

Around thy chosen race.


This great salvation, long prepared,

And now disclosed to view,

Hath proved thy love was constant still,

And promises were true.




Christ is coming! Let creation                              CH4 475    

From her groans and travail cease;

Let the glorious proclamation

Hope restore and faith increase:

Christ is coming! Christ is coming!

Come, now blessed Prince of Peace.


Earth can now but tell the story

Of Your bitter cross and pain;

She shall yet behold Your glory,

Lord, when You return to reign:

Christ is coming! Christ is coming!

‘Come, Lord Jesus, come again!’


Long Your exiles have been pining,

Far from You and rest, and home:

But, in heavenly glory shining,

Soon their loving Lord shall come:

Christ is coming! Christ is coming!

Haste the joyous jubilee.


With that blessed hope before us,

Harps be played and songs be sung;

Let the mighty advent chorus

Onward roll from tongue to tongue:

"Christ is coming! Christ is coming!

Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!"


Prayer of thanksgiving and intercession


Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,                 CH4 737

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,

Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?


We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!


Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear,

When the breakers roar and the reef is near?

While the surges rage, and the wild winds blow,

Shall the angry waves then your bark o'erflow?


Will your eyes behold through the morning light

The city of gold and the harbour bright?

Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore,

When life's storms are past for evermore?




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