Month: December 2017

schedule of RADIOALBA.ORG for the week of the 31st December 2017

This week on RADIOALBA.ORG for the week of the 31st December 2017 radioalba.org  christian is an ecumenical,  internet-based radio which promotes prayer and news of good things happening in the churches and among  people of faith.   The Morning half-hour at 8.00 is repeated every 30 minutes until 12.00.   8.00: Morning Prayer for the Feast of the Holy Family is led by Joe Docherty with cantor Dorothy Gunnee and the St Mungo Singers, organist Jane McKenna and harpist Noel Donnelly. or, Morning Prayer for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, and New Year is led by the Rev Tom Pollock, Minister of Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church, Dumbreck with the St Mungo Singers,  organist Jane McKenna and harpist Noel Donnelly. 8.15: Morning Prayers for the Young is led by children of Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School with Magdalen MacInnes. 8.24: Canon Bob Hill looks ahead to the Feast of the Epiphany as he comments on next week’s Gospel. and Fr David Wallace, Chair of Glasgow Churches Together,  gives us a greeting for the Year ahead.   Lunch-time half hour 12.00: The Scottish Catholic Observer comments on matters of contemporary concern 12:15: a service for the bereaved. 12.30: archive until 18.00 18.00: a repeat of the Lunch-time half hour and then archive until 20:00   The Evening Hour at 20:.00 is repeated at 21:00 and 22:00   20.00: Evening...

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Carols for Peace 2017

As Lord Provost Eva Bolander reminded us, this was the 17th year of Carols for Peace, a service begun when then Lord Provost Alex Mosson invited Glasgow Churches Together to develop a suitable service to pray for peace in Glasgow’s twin city Bethlehem. This year the Banqueting Hall was filled to overflowing for the service. The music was provided by the St. Mungo Singers, Rutherglen Salvation Army Band with their bandmaster Donald Orr, instrumental ensemble (John Allan, Ann Marie Berry, Monica Dyer, Annette McKirdie, Marita McMillan, Pauline McNichol and Carissa Swan (who brought along new baby Grace for the occasion)), organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett, the young members of the Southside Fiddlers and students from St. Denis Primary School. Piper Willie Park led the Lord Provost and church and civic leaders into the Hall, and the service began with the joyful carol O Come, All Ye Faithful. Then Lord Provost Eva welcomed everyone to this happy event. However, she reflected, for many this time of year is stressful. Violence and austerity dominate the headlines but there is help from the compassion of the churches and other organisations, and she was proud of the ecumenical life of the city and in particular of the input of Glasgow Churches Together. She recalled with pleasure at this service for peace that she had signed ICAN’s pledge against nuclear arms, and she...

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Annual Schools Cantata 2017

Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) held their annual schools cantata in November in Wellington Church of Scotland which has proved to be a popular venue for the celebration. This year the church was encased in scaffolding but its welcome was as warm as ever. The assistant minister, Rev Roger Sturrock, greeted a sea of schoolchildren and their teachers who filled the church with the colours of their uniforms and school banners and their excitement, as well as providing a snapshot of the multi-ethnic and multicultural mix that is modern Glasgow. He drew their attention to the carving of a dove which graced the pulpit and represented the Holy Spirit and he asked that the Holy Spirit would be with them and in them as they enjoyed their cantata. This year’s cantata was the story of Joseph and Mary – a short story perhaps when based on the Gospels but a beautiful and challenging one which centred on what God asked of both Joseph and Mary, and their very human yet faith-filled response, asking why God had chosen them but accepting his will. In telling the story, the children had the assistance of students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who provided musical support, both instrumental and vocal. The cantata celebration began with a procession of children dressed in character, led by Joseph and Mary. These represented the forebears of Jesus...

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Annual Mass for Deceased Clergy 2017

how-blest-2 The Annual Mass for deceased clergy of the Archdiocese of Glasgow took place in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 17 November. Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by priests from across the Archdiocese to celebrate the Mass in memory of Archbishops, Bishops and priests particularly those who had died during the preceding year:- Canon Jim Simcox Fr. Bernard Connell Fr. Charles Kane Mgr. Matt Coakley Mgr. Jim Clancy Fr. Charles MacFadden In his homily, Archbishop Tartaglia invited everyone present to commend to God’s mercy all the faithful departed. As the readings of the Mass for that day reminded us, the thought of death can make us go weak at the knees but we must remember the tenderness and faithfulness of God. The Gospel tells us that the Lord expects his servants to follow him, and that in turn is what we expect of our priests, that they will follow the Lord. It is appropriate that we celebrate the Eucharist for them today, he said, as they have done so often for the community, and he asked that the congregation pray on this occasion for vocations to the...

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Visit to Glasgow of Rt. Rev Dr. Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) were happy indeed to be asked to arrange a welcoming service for the visit of Dr. Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to Glasgow in November. The service took place in St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church where the congregation were welcomed by the rector, Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Robertson and his community. Dr. Browning gave his address after the readings, and began with the challenge that there is no more “them” and “us”. We are all in this together, and in the Kingdom of God, all are welcome. He reminded the congregation that at the heart of any civilised society is the question of how it treats the most vulnerable. But society must not stamp out all differences. Diversity is essential. We must welcome the “other” and see them as ourselves. He asked: how do we react to the “others” – the refugees, the people on benefits, the people with no faith. The Holy Spirit gives us the answer. In view of our world and our country today, struggling with divisions, what have we as church to offer? The belief that we must create a longer table, not build a higher fence. We should celebrate our important distinctions while overcoming differences. What a gift that would be to our communities, our nations and our world! The challenge remains for us that...

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