Rev Mark Smith's last service as Locum

28 Oct 2014

Sunday was the Rev Mark Smith's last service as our locum.   The D.I.Y. Worship Group assisted Mark with the service.   It commenced with Margaret Adams reading the intimations then after singing Let us build a house where love can dwell, Gordon Cathro lead us in prayer finishing with the Lord's Prayer in Scots.    Be still for the presence of the Lord was the next hymn.

Mark, with his wife Debbie assisting him, gave awards to Sandra Wilson for lending him a book, the choir received throat sweets because they had put up with Mark wanting them to sing an Anglican chant.    Glan, the organist, received a CD with Anglican chant music he had been looking for for a long time.   The choir sang I, the Lord of sea and sky with Debbie singing the refrain Here I am Lord.  The effect on everyone was amazing.  There were very few dry eyes.  Next was Nancy Lindsay reading from Philippians 2 verses 1 to 11.  Hymn 448 Lord, the light of your love is shining was sung followed by Lilly Stevenson talking about Mark and how he had helped us through the changes that followed Rev Norman Hutcheson's retirement.  She spoke of his different style of preaching and his pastoral care.  She then presented a cheque for £805 to Mark and a gardening voucher to Debbie thanking them both for everything they had done and asked them not to be strangers.  Annette Borthwick said the offering prayer remembering Mark and Debbie in her prayer.  Helen Lunn read from Romans 8 verses 31 to 39 and the service ended with the hymn At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.

After the benediction Mark and Debbie left the Church to applause.   They had been heroes for members of the congregation.  Everybody felt it was a very emotional service with even a couple who were on holiday from Morpeth commenting on how emotional they found the service although they knew no one.  Mark and Debbie will be sorely missed but a new chapter in Dalbeattie and Kirkgunzeon Church linked with Urr begins on Thursday night with the Induction of the Rev Fiona Wilson.

Lilly Stevenson

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