Order Of Service

Pitlochry Church of Scotland

24 September 2017 at 10.30am


Welcome to our Harvest Thanksgiving and Annual Gift Day Service of Worship

which will be led by the Rev. Mary Haddow


Our reader is

Hugh Mackintosh
Our organist is
Gordon Mackenzie






A warm welcome is extended to all, especially those who are worshipping at Pitlochry as a visitor or returning after an absence. We thank you for choosing to join us today and trust you will be comfortable in our midst.   If you are joining us as a visitor, please make yourself known to the Minister or one of the Duty Elders.  It would also be great if you signed our visitors’ book which can be found in the Porch area of the church.


The Church is fitted with a loop system.  If you use a hearing aid, please change it to the “T” setting.


Both Words only and Large Print copies of CH4 are available in the Porch.  Please ask someone on welcome duty if you require one.


Tea, Coffee and Juice are served in The Tryst (the church halls) - after the service.  An invitation is extended to all as we gather to meet and mingle.  Please do join us if you are visitors for this time of friendship and fellowship.


Tryst for Prayer

There will be no meeting of Tryst for Prayer on Wednesdays 26th July, as The Tryst will be CLOSED. However, please contact the Minister, Rev Mary Haddow with any prayer requests.
Prayers are offered for local, national & international situations.  If you would like someone to pray for you and your situation just let us know – every personal situation is held in confidence.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a note through the letter box of the church marked – For Prayer, or speak to the minister after the service on Sundays.




Choir Introit: Harvest Praise


Welcome & church News

Call to Worship

Whether we live close to the land and grow our own crops or live at a distance, we all depend on the

land, weather and agriculture to meet our need for food.

Today we gather to give thanks and praise to God for the harvest.


Opening responses:

Adapted from Ps 65


L:  Praise is due you, O God:

P:  You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly.


L:  The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.

P:  You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.


L:  You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

P:  The grasslands of the desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.


L:  The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.


P:  Praise God, who brings creation to life.


Praise:  CH4 229   We plough the fields, and scatter                                    


Presentation of the harvest:

Deut 16:9-11   Feast of Weeks

L:    9 Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 Then celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you. 11 And rejoice before the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, the Levites in your towns, and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows living among you.


Voice 1:  In the name of the people of Pitlochry Church of Scotland, we come to offer our gifts to God in thanksgiving for his blessing:  We bring before you, O Lord, this sheaf and grain, the first-fruits of our harvest, in token of the gratitude of our hearts.

P:    Blessed be God forever.


Voice 2:  We bring before you,

O Lord, this bread made from the first ears of the ripe wheat, in humble recognition of our dependence on all your gifts.                 

P:    Blessed be God forever.


Voice 3:  We bring before you,

O Lord, this token of our wealth that you have given to us, and with it we offer the love of our hearts and the service of our lives.

P:    Blessed be God forever.


L:    Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.   All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.


Bring forward additional gifts


Choir Anthem: Jesus, lead us to the Father


Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,

who art in heaven

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our debts

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil,

for thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

forever ... Amen


Choir Anthem: Harvest Praise (based on Ps 96) © R. Wood


All Age Talk   - Showered with Blessings


Praise:  CH4 807 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow


Bible Reading:  John 10:1-10 (Page 1076 in the pew Bible)


Give Peas a Chance!


Praise: CH4 226   God, whose farm is all creation


Offertory (Gift Aid envelopes available in vestibule)


Offertory Prayer


Choir Anthem: Esprit Consolateur (Consoling Spirit of God)


Prayers for others


Praise: CH3 151

God, Who made the earth,
The air, the sky, the sea,
Who gave the light its birth,
Careth for me.


God, Who made the grass,
The flow’r, the fruit, the tree,
The day and night to pass,
Careth for me.


God, Who made the sun,
The moon, the stars, is He
Who, when life’s clouds come on,
Careth for me.


God, Who made all things,
On earth, in air, in sea,
Who changing seasons brings                                                                                                    

Careth for me.

God who sent his Son                                                                                                                

To die on Calvary,                                                                                                                          

He, if I lean on him,                                                                                                                     #

Will care for me.




Praise: CH4 160   Praise , my soul, the King of Heaven 


Charge and Benediction


Sung response: CMP CH4 378 (1) verse 1

Praise to the Holiest in the height,

and in the depth be praise,

in all his words most wonderful,

most sure in all his ways.


Some material used today has come from Christian Aid Harvest Resources for 2017.

Scottish Charity No. SC039150






The Tryst office will be closed from Thursday 28 Sept to Wednesday 4 Oct.  Telephone and email messages will be checked daily.


Wednesday 27 September

10.00am   Tryst for Prayer

10.30am   Coffee & Chat

6.30pm Choir Practice in The Tryst.  All are welcome, and no singing experience is necessary!


Monday 25 September

Kirk Gardening Group

Come and join the Kirk Gardening Group for the last tidy up of the Season, at 2.00pm.  Contact: Roger West 474255.


Churches Working Together in Atholl

Invite you to come along to Pitlochry Baptist Church on Sunday 24 September at 6.00pm, when we will be praying for the persecuted church. Malcolm MacLeod, Director of Steadfast Global, will lead us in our time of prayer for the World wide persecuted church.


Christmas Tree Festival 2017

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December


Pastoral Care

If anyone would like a visit from the Pastoral Care and Fellowship Group, please contact Romilly Carter



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Service for the Housebound:

Recorded copies of the Sunday morning service are available on CD for those unable to get to

church.  Please enquire at The Tryst Office for further details.



   Church Office - The Tryst:

Telephone:   01796 474 010

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  This Order of Service can be downloaded below as a pdf file

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   Rev Mary Haddow 


   Joint Session Clerks:

   Mrs Ginnie Wilkie

   Mr Hugh Mackintosh



Scottish Charity Number: SC 008361





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