Below are some pictures from our (again) well-supported 9 Lessons and Carols service. Our thanks go to the many who participated, helping to make it such an enjoyable celebration: choir including visiting singers, readers, congregation, church decorators, and not to forget the mince-pie-and-other- nibbles providers who successfully tempted us to stay and chat after the service. (Tap or click in any individual picture to see the full frame).
On Thursday 12th December the re-installation of our organ was completed, in good time for all our Christmas celebrations. One picture of the completed work is shown below. In the next few days more photos of the installation process and final result will be put on our web site. Our thanks go to all the Henry Willis & Sons Ltd (Liverpool) craftsmen that worked so hard to make this happen and to Henry Wallace, Organ Advisor, The Scottish Federation of Organists. Henry is Organist and Choirmaster of Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh and has been with us every step of the way in the project.
We also thank those from St James who did the liaison work with our organ builders and our insurers. We particularly thank everyone who, without prompting, donated money that totally eradicated the short fall of around £14,000.00 from the settlement agreed with our insurers.
Over the next weeks and months Henry Willis & Sons will provide technical support to help the organ ‘bed in’ at Penicuik, both through tuning and the ironing out any gremlins that will undoubtedly appear!
For a wider list of Penicuik churches events please see the Penicuik Churches Together list: click here
St James the Less Church will be holding its annual, well-loved Christmastide service as usual this year. All are welcome to come along and enjoy. Details as in the poster below.
On 21st September, as part of the International Peace One Day celebrations, people will be gathering to dedicate the peace pole commissioned by St James the Less. It has been handcrafted with love and care by Andrew McCaullye, who has repurposed an electricity pole and wax from the remnants of candles burned in church.
The English phrase, May peace prevail on Earth, spirals around the top of the pole, encouraging onlookers to come close and walk around it. This is matched at the bottom of the pole, with a nod to our Scottish heritage, as we find the phrase in Gallic. Vertically around the pole we find the phrase in Hebrew, a biblical language and a sign of our continuing prayers for all the peoples of the Holy Land. Russian is included in acknowledgement of growing tensions and conflicts in Ukraine and other once-Soviet states, and as a prayer for peace in these lands. Twi is included as a reminder of our diocesan partnership with Ghana, this is one of the most peaceful places in Africa, despite tribes speaking 5 native languages, as well as the official English. Fante, most commonly spoken in Cape Coast is not written down, so Twi serves and reminds us to pray for our partners in Ghana and for peace throughout the continent of Africa. Tibetan is included as we pray for people whose struggle for peace goes on over many years and can all too easily be forgotten.
As we dedicate the pole, we will pray:
Gracious God, hear us.
Sanctify this pole dedicated to the peace you offer through Christ.
Let it be to all who see it a sign that peace will come on earth and a prompt to our prayers and diligent work for peace. Accept here the continual reading of the words “May Peace prevail on earth” as the heartfelt prayers of your people. Grant that all who look upon this pole may be blessed by your spirit of peace. Blessed be your Name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; now and for endless ages. Amen.
I do hope you will lift your heart in prayer and or longing for peace whenever you go past.
To find out more about the Peace Pole project pop over to http://www.maypeaceprevailonearth.org.uk At the time of posting St JtL’s was the newest peace pole.