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National Call to Prayer: Sundays at 7 pm

As we anticipate Easter Sunday, we are deeply conscious that we are approaching the moment in time which is the source of the resurrection hope of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

With all God’s people, we shall hear it announced on Easter Sunday morning: ‘The Lord is risen!’ and our response will be: ‘He is risen indeed!’

Alongside this, we are deeply conscious that our society is facing a challenge whose depth and scale we are only truly beginning to comprehend.

The challenge that the disciples faced on the first Easter Sunday was to comprehend the significance of the resurrection of our Lord, and thereafter to bear witness to that in the world of their day.

Our calling is to do the same, by bearing witness through acts of love and compassion.

A Prayer for Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Lord, it feels as if we’ve been walking in the Good Friday shadow of the cross;
feeling disorientated, concerned and filled with heartache;
praying for healing for those poorly,
whether government leader or more personally known; and comfort for those bereaved;
expressing thanks for the selfless dedication of NHS staff, those delivering social care,
and everyone ensuring that essential services and supplies are maintained,
in company with those who volunteer.
Lord, as we journey on,
help us now to embrace the dawning Easter joy of the cross;
encountering, like the first disciples,
the transforming wonder of Christ’s resurrection;
accepting, like the first disciples,
that it may take time to comprehend the reality of Easter;
reflecting new life through words and deeds.

Hear us, and journey with us,
in the name of the risen Christ.

Amen.

The statement and prayer is signed by:

Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland

Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church

Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church

Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)

Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland

Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)

Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland

Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army

Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God

Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)

Lent Retreat led by Mary O’Duffin

Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola but in an accessible and up to date form.

Dunkeld’s Diocese’s RC Religious Education Advisor leads this programme through Lent and into Easter 2020.

All churches are welcome for this scripture-based course.

DAILY PRAYER: A FREE book will be provided for people to pray with each day of Lent. This will include Scripture readings, meditations, pictures and full instructions. (Also available as an APP to download to your phone/tablet).

The series will take place in Thursdays and is hosted in Perth Riverside Church, Bute Drive, Perth, PH1 3BG

27th February; 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March; and 2nd April and, after a break for Holy Week – for a final session on 14th April 2020

Please email Mary O’Duffin for more information.

Christmas Celebration


The 15th-century St John’s Kirk, Perth is the beautiful setting for this year’s Christmas Celebration, which takes viewers of BBC Scotland and BBC One Scotland across midnight into Christmas morning. It was in 1490 that King James IV funded the start of the present building, but there has been worship on this site in the heart of the city of Perth for a thousand years. St John’s remains the focal point for significant city and county services and ceremonies.

Six well-known traditional carols, Once in Royal, Hark the Herald, O Come All Ye Faithful, See in Yonder Manger, As with Gladness and O Little Town of Bethlehem are sung by a large congregation gathered from all over Perthshire, accompanied by Alba Brass.

Other carols are sung by smaller choirs. Jambouree, a mixed children’s and adult choir, perform songs from Scotland and Malawi. Chansons, a Perth-based chamber choir, sing Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day and two other songs. And Caritas, a new choir formed at the suggestion of the Duchess of Cambridge to perform on significant national occasions, sing Torches by Jean Joubert and a new version of Silent Night by Paul Mealor, who has composed for the Cambridges’ wedding and for the Army Wives choir.

The traditional Biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus along with modern meditations are read by 13 pupils from nine Perth primary and senior schools.

The organist is Howard Duthie. The minister is Rev John Murdoch.

Shawl Ministry

Perth Shawl Ministry has been busy knitting angels;  they have a good number of these, and they are available to any churches who may wish to use them in the lead up to Christmas

Toy Appeal

 The Salvation Army are once again doing their Christmas toy appeal for families who may be unable to afford gifts for their children. Toys can be donated in at The Salvation Army at 77, South Street, up until 14th December, with it being items for both boys and girls aged anywhere from birth to 16 collected and then distributed. 

Calling all singers!

We are delighted that this year our annual PACT Carol service will be held in St John’s RC Church in Melville Street, on Friday 21st December at 7pm – a warm invitation is given to people from all churches (or none) to come and join us as we celebrate the Incarnation.

Our Churches Together choir will be led this year by Michael Ellacott, and he would love a large choir.  There will be three rehearsals, held in St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, on three Sunday afternoons – 2nd, 9th and 16th December at 3p.m. – all welcome!

PACT Carol Service

Our Convener Rev Graham Taylor is delighted to report that arrangements are well in hand for our PACT Carol Service on Friday 21st December, which will be held on St John the Baptist RC Church in Melville Street at 7pm.
The recently arrived priest at St John’s, Very Rev Steven Canon Mulholland has accepted our invitation to give the ‘address’ – we look forward to meeting Canon Steven and hearing his message.
Also, our Churches Together Choir will be conducted this year by Michael Ellacott – he would love a big choir, and is planning  3 rehearsals, in St John’s Episcopal Church on Sundays 2nd, 9th and 16th  December at 3pm.
Please let  any budding choir members in your church know about the choir  and encourage them to come along to the rehearsals.