Whether you’re a member of the congregation, a resident of Troon, or are just passing through…
Welcome Home Children of God!
Grace and Peace to you from God, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome home Children of God.
Each service of worship begins with these words. They remind us of God’s loving intent towards creation and our response to that embracing love. We are far from perfect but try our best to live out of such a love. We don’t promise to have all the answers, but we try to walk together in the questions.
You will find all kinds of different folk at Troon Old, even a Tennessee Hillbilly for a minister. We come from all over Troon, from all parts of Scotland, and a few us from around the world. We don’t all believe in the same ways, or vote for the same parties or serve with the same gifts. Yet we are bound by the same love of God who reminds us that if our hearts are united in Christ, our heads don’t have to be.
Whatever questions or doubts, wounds or gifts you bring to life, we believe you are beloved of God. We hope you will feel warmly welcomed in our midst. The Apostle Paul says “you are no longer strangers and aliens, but citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” As such we try to see each other as God sees us, as beloved children of God.
Thomas Macklin (1752-1800) was a British printseller who in 1789 started a hugely ambitious project to publish an illustrated Bible in 7 volumes – the largest English Bible ever printed on a letterpress. Each book measures 16″ x 19″ (the set weighs about 130 lb in total) and features artwork by some of the leading artists of the day.
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820; Hall, John, 1739-1797. The Macklin Bible – Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54066 [retrieved September 26, 2015]. Original source: Special Collections, Vanderbilt University.
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This week’s artwork is Get Thee Behind Me, Satan by Jacques Joseph (James) Tissot (1836-1902). Following a religious experience in 1885, Tissot embarked on an ambitious project to illustrate the New Testament. The pictures were exhibited to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences in Paris, London and New York from 1894 onwards. This painting is one of 350 bought by the Brooklyn Museum in 1900.
Luke 14:26-27,33: “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”
Slightly earlier in the calendar than last year, the Troon Old Ceilidh continues to be one of the highlights of our congregational social life. With music provided by the talented Brae ceilidh band (led by David Moore, choirmaster and fiddle maestro extraordinaire), and a tasty purvey prepared by our crack catering team, this is a proper homespun Scots ceilidh. Even if you’re not a dancer, come along and enjoy the craic – there’s something for all ages!
Tickets are available from the usual outlets: Words and Music, Duncan Butchers, our Saturday Cafe, the Church Office, or any members of the Troon Old fundraising committee.
Troon Friends of the Ayrshire Hospice will be selling hospice cards and calendars on Friday 11th September 11 am till 4 pm and Saturday 12th September 10 am till 4 pm in Troon Old Parish Church halls. They will also be open after the morning service on Sunday 13th September for an hour or so.