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Follow Me

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland begins next week on Saturday 18th May and will conclude on Friday the 24th May. Throughout the week commissioners to the General Assembly examine its work, life and laws and make decisions that affect the future of the church. The General assembly is the highest court of the church, and as such it is its sovereign governing body. It usually meets once a year. And a minister (teaching elder) or an elder of a Kirk Session (ruling elder) is usually commissioned to participate in its proceedings about every three years.

This year the so called Blue Book (containing the Assembly Reports, and referred to it by its colour) has the title: Jesus Said: Follow Me.

In our postmodern world it is so easy for individuals, congregations and the national church to follow the swinging moods of the world. Often the pressure is immense, and the arguments appear to be reasonable. Please pray that the General Assembly, the commissioners, and the whole of the church will know who to follow! We all will indeed follow the Risen Lord in discussion, decision making, service and conduct of life. After all He is the Way, the Truth and The Life. For no-one can offer us a way that leads to the truth and eternal life only Jesus Christ. Let us walk in His footsteps, living by and proclaiming His truth, and conducting a life filled with His obedience to God, our Father. Regardless what the world says.

The Cross that Conquers

The Cross that Conquers

I assume you were just as much shocked as the rest of the world was when the news about the devastating fire at Notre Dame church in Paris reached you. We just don’t expect such things to happen. We are not ready for news about the gunning down of a US president as JFK, or the fatal accident of Princess Diana, or the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. Somehow we just can’t imagine that such things even could happen. But they do. Bad things happen. Evil things happen. They happen to us too. Is there any protection, insurance against them?

There is! Thanks be to God that there is. He is the protection. He offered salvation to all who seek Him and call on His name: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose from the dead is our salvation, and safety.

I found the images about the burnt down Notre Dame very moving. One image in particular was inspiring, even encouraging – strange it might sound at first. But it was encouraging. It is the image of the cross of the church. All around it there is darkness, burnt out walls covered with soot. Rubble everywhere, beams that turned into charcoal, pieces of the collapsed roof, scorched pews. It was all dark and grim. It was devastating and hopeless. But in the background there was the cross that was shining! The cross of Christ that brought light and hope into the darkness. It is just emerging powerfully, irresistibly out of the soot, rubble, ruins, and hopelessness. In its simplicity proclaiming life, hope, light, and glory! What an Easter symbol in a very real life situation! His cross conquers your sorrows, sins, and fears too!

I hope that anyone who has seen that image were grasped by the power of the cross. We celebrate the power of the cross in particular at Easter time! The cross of Christ is our hope for it conquered evil and sin, it was victorious over death. It was meant to devastate, to destroy, to annihilate, and it became the sign of hope and new life. For Christ was raised form the dead! Glory to Him, to the risen Saviour.

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! … He is risen indeed!

Mouth of Babes

Our Sunday Club (Preschool -P6) has been studying the Psalms this month of May. they even did a field trip to Inverleith Park for inspiration to write their own Psalms. Here are a few of them. They are great. Indeed out of the mouth of babes came praise to our Great God. Thank you for sharing them with us.


The blossom blooms in the spring
The animals drink in a ring
Thank you God for the earth.

Snow fall in the cold
But the earth He will still hold
Living on the earth is a blessing
Thank you God for the earth.

As the world rotates around the sun,
Living has never been such fun
As we see the earth as it is
Nothing is as great as this.

Thank you God for the earth
All the animals give birth
You have made the world great
You are a Great Mate.

Thank you God for the dogs,
I like to stroking them
They are my favourite type of animal.
I like how swans look
and I like their babies.
Thank you God for flowers -
They look very pretty.
Thank you God for the water,
Thank you for the trees so bright.
God's Love

The lions roar
The eagles soar
They are oh so powerful

The oceans flow
The winds blow
They are oh so powerful

The buffaloes charge
The elephants so large
They are oh so powerful

The fires burn
The whirlpools churn
They are oh so powerful

But none of them could beat God's Love
So let us bow our heads and worship Him!

As He watches over our great earth
Let's be thankful of our birth,
And praise Him for His Love!

(by Sophie T)

Holiday Club at SSCB

Here it comes again, spring time at SSCb means it is time for another Holiday Club! It is always special, exciting and great fun for almost a whole week! It will be from 10:00am to 12:00pm, on Monday 8th April untill Friday 12th April. The title this time is ‘The Laird of the Ringers’, and the theme is following in the footsteps of Jesus. The Holiday Club is for children of P1 to P7 age group, for only £2 per day (to cover the cost of, snacks, and materials). Every day there will be a drama performance, acted out Bible story, crafts, games, discussion and activity based on the Bible story, snacks, and other excitements, which I’m strictly instructed not to reveal yet!

Some twelve years ago I took part on a fundraising track in Iceland. We had a fantastic guide, who by profession was a philosopher, author, thinker, and in spare time, or when there wasn’t much to think about he was a guide to folks like us. I don’t know how good a philosopher he was, but he was an excellent guide. He just knew how to set the right pace for our small (10 people) but sturdy group so that nobody got too tired, left behind, or felt that the others are slowing them down. He encouraged us, got besides folks and walked with them so we always managed to finish the planned distance every day. He set his footsteps in such a way that it suited us perfectly well. His aim was that all will finish the track, all will enjoy it, and it will bring satisfaction and fulfilment to all of us.

Walking in the footsteps of Jesus is something similar, even better. He walked in the world that all could easily follow him, those that were burdened by personal faults, guilt, those that were outcast, or despised, the old, the young, even children, women and men. For He wanted everyone that followed Him will be blessed and forgiven, and will get to the destination, eternal life. The Holiday Club will set the pace for every participant just in the right rhythm, so all will be able to follow, enjoy, have fun, and enriched by the experience.

If you want to know more about it, you just have to come along!

Bookings are open at holidayclub@comelybankchurch.com

Visitors to SSCB

Helping Hands Forum visited our church with their special Christmas gift

On St Andrew’s Day, Friday, 30 November the Helping Hands Forum of Flora Stevenson Primary School visited us and brought their own gift for us. The Forum decided to make their own gifts for some of the local institutions, thus adding to the festive cheer. The boys and girls made a lovely advent wreath for us, the leaves consisting of cut-outs of their own handprints. Their very kind gift is a most welcome addition to our Christmas decorations. It has pride place on the small lectern.

It was a very thoughtful of Helping Hands Forum to present us with their gift. We are very grateful to them for their kindness to us.

A Wee Act of Kindness

A wee act of kindness can go a very long way.

At our Saturday Morning Welcome Café I noticed a young boy of about four years’ old bringing some food items with his parents to the foodbank collection box. Well, this did not happen just once, but every Saturday morning when he comes for his dance lesson in the halls.

I spoke to his parents and they told me that Jamie (let’s call him this way) noticed the collection box in the church when they came for refreshments at the café and asked his parents about it. when he learnt what it is about they had to go to the shops and by items for the food bank.

Now this became his Saturday morning routine. Jamie goes for swimming early in the morning, then he takes his parents to one of the supermarkets and they get food for the foodbank. Jamie became a regular giver.

How wonderful is that! A four year old boy already being generous in giving in support of others. How far can he go?

Jamie is an example and encouragement to us, for Jesus said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 18:3).

Have you got a wee act of kindness too? Tell us about it.

We will Remember Them

Remembrance Garden SSCB

There are 84 names to be found on our memorials. Seven of them were associated with the local churches of St Stephen’s Comely Bank and St Luke’s, and were also members of the Boys Brigade Company 1. Therefore their names are remembered on both the church rolls and the Boys Brigade roll. These 77 young men, casualties of brutal battles of the Great War (1914-1918) and of WW2 (1939-1945) lost their lives. We have created a Remembrance Garden in the church grounds as a sign of remembering them and reminding each other of the sacrifice paid by our community and fellowship. Their blood was like a seed of which our peace and freedom could grow up. We must remember, not just their names, and the facts (that there were 77 of them), but remember to live our lives in the light of that sacrifice as individuals, in our families and in our community.

As Christians we daily remember, at least we should remember daily (!), the sacrifice God brought for our freedom and redemption through Jesus Christ – and live our lives in the light of His sacrifice on the cross: “God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

We have been redeemed, live the life we received as an undeserved gift in the light of the precious price that was paid for it. Seeking God’s peace, grace and forgiveness.

We will remember them:

Gordon MacLaren Aitchison

Scott McDiamid Aitchison

George Grandison Cowie

Robert Chapman Davie

William Fairbairn

Samuel White Fleming

James Forster

Alexander Charles Fraser

William Fraser

Robert Gibson

Robert Heddle

Thomas John Henderson

John Albert Kidd

George Cameron McEwan

Hunter Smith McGregor

Alexander McIntosh

Alexander McMurrich

Horatius Bonar Macnicol

Edward Mather

David Miller

James St Clair Murray

David Robertson

Charles Henry Stewart Sim

Archibald Walter Thomson

Robert Edward White

William Kenneth White

John Calderwood

Walter Cowan

Robert Anderson Cowe

James Alexander Cruickshank

William Wilson Davidson

James Douglas

David Hume

George Husband Millar

John Drysdale Miller

Thomas Duncan Miller

James Douglas Monro

Harry McLachlan Muir

George Neill

Alexander Peddieson

William Philip

John Ritchie

Alexander Wood

Alexander Hutton Adamson

Charles Morrison Black

Andrew Brown

Wilfred Andrew Dickson

Charles Clark Gall

Richard Gardiner

Charles Robertson Grant

James Hendrie Hamilton

David Hutchison

Robert Lawson

Edwin Nisbet

John Reid

Christopher H Rennie

William Short

John Cleugh Sinclair

James Sugden

Adam Walker

Angus Campbell Allan

Thomas Allan

Joseph Fraser

George Douglas Graham

Charles William Gilbert Gray

John Albion Harris

David Alexander Heggie

James Mather

Allan Meek

Noel Lindsay Morrison

Alfred Ovens

John Leete Paterson

Douglas Thomas Ritchie

James Heggie Cumming Speirs

Frederic Robert Maxwell Squair

Alexander Squire

William T Welsh

Remember the Sacrifice

Remember the Sacrifice

“I remember the my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:19-23)

Remembrance Day happens every year. And we remember. We wear a poppy. But what do you remember?

What does the poppy remind you? I believe remembering is more than trying to set aside a time, a day, a couple of minutes to remind ourselves of the facts and figures of wars and awful acts of brutality of the past we might not have experienced personally. Remembering well on Remembrance Day means  more than that. It means how you live in the light of all those historical events. How it affected you as an individual, your family life, your community. Remember with the aim to live better in the future!

In the Old Testament God repeatedly calls His people to remember. When God calls us to remember He calls us to do that with the purpose of helping us for the future.

First, God calls us to remember who we are. Remember our identity. We are God’s people, we belong to Him. Our life , actions and words are to reflect God, His glory, holiness, His righteousness.

Second, God calls us to remember where we come from, our roots. Who we were in the past. For God’s people in the Old Testament that meant they were slaves in Egypt. A ‘non-people’.

Third, God calls us to remember the journey. Remember the journey we made from who we were to who we are. Remembering that He came to redeem us, rescue us, save us.

Fourth, God calls us to remember who He is. He is our Redeemer God. He saved us, and carried us.

All this remembering point to the future to His promise that he will be our God who is with us for ever. He will wipe off every tear from our eyes, there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. They are all gathered up in Christ who came to save us. Remember your salvation for a life to live forever, and live every day in the power of it.

God bless your remembrance. Lest we forget!

Our special Remembrance Sunday service will begin at 10:50am on Sunday 11 November. All are Welcome!

CAP – Half Marathon Fundraiser Success

CAP Service Managers ready to go

Well, the three CAP Managers have successfully completed the Half Marathon last Sunday. Well done Claire, Chris, and Mark.  So far (about 7:50pm on Tuesday, 29 May 2018) together they raised £1,065.00! That is 213% of the initial sum!

A big THANK YOU to all that supported them.

But here is Claire’s personal thank you:

Thanks to all for prayers and encouragements! 1/2 marathon completed, body recovering and we got the word out about CAP. I think the next challenge I do will involve less than 35,000 other people. Great atmosphere, logistically challenging! For any who wanted to sponsor, you’re not too late 🙂 Please keep spreading the word about how CAP can help people, let’s get hope out there. Thanks everyone Claire x

If you wish to support Claire, you can do it by clicking here to Just Giving.

If you wish to support their joint fundraising effort, you can do it here.

CAP Fundraising Half Marathon

CAP Service Managers ready to go

Three CAP Managers of Edinburgh (Claire, Chris, and Mark) teamed up to run a half marathon on 27th May at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Their aim is to raise funds for Christians Against Poverty (CAP). A ‘prophetic word’ for them  run well, forget what is behind and strain towards what is ahead, press on towards the goal to win the prize! The prize is  to release people from poverty & debt to bring good news, hope and freedom to them. You can help them to get that prize, by supporting them. With their efforts they hope to raise at least £500 for CAP. Please be generous so they can smash that target.

They have a fund-raising page at JustGiving where you can support them: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/CAPEdinburgh

Run well guys!