Scots Church Adelaide
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Worship Services

(Sunday Services are at 10:30am)

November 1st - Holy Communion
Pentecost 25
Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34
All Saints Day: Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44

November 8th - Pentecost 26
Guest Preacher Rev Gary Stuckey
Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34

November 15th - Pentecost 27
Guest Preacher Rev Gary Stuckey
1 Samuel 1:4-20; 2:1-10; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25; Mark 13:1-8

November 22nd - Reign of Christ Sunday
Guest Preacher Rev Gary Stuckey
2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

November 29th Holy Communion - Advent One
St Andrews Day
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

Our Minister,Peter, will be away from Thursday November 5 to Thursday November 26, on vacation and professional development leave.  During that time, pastoral support will be provided by Rev Gary Stuckey.  You can contact Gary through the church office (8223 1505). Peter will spend part of his time at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, held this year in Atlanta.  

Reign of Christ Sunday
The traditional pattern of Christian worship through the year (the “liturgical year”) runs from the first Sunday in Advent to the last Sunday in Pentecost, which this year is November 22.  The celebration of the Reign of Christ, or Christ the King, was introduced in 1925 by the Roman Catholic Church in response to increasing anti-clericalism and political and economic turmoil, especially in Europe.  It is not a celebration of imperial power in human terms – as the gospel reading (John 18:33-37) shows. 

In the encyclical that established the feast, Pope Pius XI wrote:

[W]e lament them today: the seeds of discord sown far and wide; those bitter enmities and rivalries between nations, which still hinder so much the cause of peace; that insatiable greed which is so often hidden under a pretence of public spirit and patriotism, and gives rise to so many private quarrels; a blind and immoderate selfishness, making men [sic] seek nothing but their own comfort and advantage, and measure everything by these; no peace in the home, because men have forgotten or neglect their duty; the unity and stability of the family undermined; society in a word, shaken to its foundations and on the way to ruin. We firmly hope, however, that the feast of the Kingship of Christ, which in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of society to our loving Saviour.

Advent and Christmas at Scots
Christmas, of course, is a big celebration both in the Church and in the society around us. At Scots we are marking Christmas with two services: a more reflective candlelight service on Christmas Eve, where, as the sun goes down, we fill the church with the light of candles as we sing Silent Night. That service starts at 8.00pm. The Christmas Day service starts at 9.30am. You welcome to invite your family and friends to this worship. 

In the Christian tradition, preparations for Christmas begin four Sunday before 25th December. The period spanned by these Sundays is called Advent. For the Church, “New Year's Day” is the first Sunday in Advent, this year 29th November. We will celebrate Communion that day, as the start of the year, rather than on the first Sunday in December as is our usual practice. However, the first Sunday in December doesn't miss out – that will be the morning of our annual Service of Lessons and Carols with music from the Cantabile Singers. The service will also include the Empty Christmas Tree, under which the congregation is invited to place gifts suitable for children, for distribution by OARS, a support organisation for prisoners and their families. 

Other events in Advent include: 

- A service of commissioning for Sarvodaya 2016, that is, Seymour College students who are participating in a service learning trip to India in 2016, on 2nd December .

- Advent Studies on the mornings of Wednesdays, 2nd December, “Exploring Advent: Is there life before Christmas,” and 16th December, “Christmas: Flourish, or just survive?”

More details on Advent events will appear in the December issue of TALK.

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