Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Lenten Pilgrimage - 31

Today we are visiting St Margaret's Church in Lossiemouth.

Services began in Lossiemouth in 1889. The Church was built in 1911 with local stone from nearby Birnie and faced with Hopeman sandstone.

The freestanding stone altar was a gift to the church in 1965, while the wooden pulpit was made at nearby Gordonstoun School. The modern stained glass widows behind the altar, which show St Margaret of Scotland and St Luke the Evangelist, were made in the glass studios at Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin.

St Margarets runs a Sunday Club for pre-school age children and welcomes members of all ages along to join in the stories, crafts and worship. Sunday club participate in the 9.30am service and is held either at the back of the church or in the vestry.

Let us now sing our hymn to the Tune: Margaret.

Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown,
when thou camest to earth for me;
but in Bethlehem's home was there found no room
for thy holy nativity.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.

Heaven's arches rang when the angels sang,
proclaiming thy royal degree;
but of lowly birth didst thou come to earth,
and in great humility. Refrain

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
in the shade of the forest tree;
but thy couch was the sod, O thou Son of God,
in the deserts of Galilee. Refrain

Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word
that should set thy children free;
but with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
they bore thee to Calvary. Refrain

When the heavens shall ring, and the angels sing,
at thy coming to victory,
let thy voice call me home, saying "Yet there is room,
there is room at my side for thee." Refrain

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