Cruden Parish Church

10.00am, Sunday 1 November 2020

Photo © Fred Coutts

‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)


Welcome to Cruden Parish Church. We are a congregation of the Church of Scotland serving the communities of Cruden Bay, Whinnyfold (Finnyfa), Hatton, Longhaven, and the many scattered farms, cottages, and dwellings in this beautiful part of north-east Aberdeenshire. Whether you are joining us in the church or online via Facebook you are welcome! We pray you will be blessed and enriched by our words and worship. More details about the church can be found on our Website ( and Facebook Page.    

(Rev Sean Swindells, Parish Minister)

Call to Worship

We are met in the presence of God
And we do not meet alone.

With the angels in the highest heaven
We gather to worship the Lord.

With the Patriarchs and the Prophets
We gather to worship the Lord.

With the disciples and the martyrs
We gather to worship the Lord.

With the saints from far back and those who left us not long ago
We gather to worship the Lord.

In this time of pandemic and uncertainty
We gather to worship the Lord.

We are met in the presence of God
And we do not meet alone.

Hymn  The Church is wherever God’s people are praising

  1. The Church is wherever God's people are praising,
    knowing they're wanted and loved by their Lord.
    The Church is wherever Christ's followers are trying
    to live and to share out the good news of God.

  2. The Church is wherever God's people are loving,
    where all are forgiven and start once again,
    where all are accepted, whatever their background,
    whatever their past and whatever their pain.

  3. The Church is wherever God's people are seeking
    to reach out and touch folk wherever they are --
    conveying the Gospel, its joy and its comfort,
    to challenge, refresh, and excite and inspire.

  4. The Church is wherever God's people are praising,
    knowing we're wanted and loved by our Lord.
    The Church is where we as Christ's followers are trying
    to live and to share out the good news of God.

Prayer of Approach to God

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
you will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever.


Bible Readings

Psalm 32: 8-10

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
 I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Luke 8: 22-25

Jesus Calms the Storm

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.  As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

 Sermon   ‘Guidance in the heart of the storm’

Church News (Intimations are the end of the Order of Service)

Prayers of the people

We bring before God our concerns for the people in our hearts at this present time, our church, community and world.

Prayer of Dedication

You call us to be your light in the darkness,
your voice in the wilderness,
your hope for the hopeless.

You give us strength in our weakness,
peace and gentleness, words and boldness,
help us to proclaim more of you
and of us, less.


  1. Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
    when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
    When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
    will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

    We have an anchor that keeps the soul
    steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
    fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
    grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

  2. Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear,
    when the breakers roar and the reef is near?
    While the surges rage, and the wild winds blow,
    shall the angry waves then your bark o'erflow?

  3. Will your anchor hold in the floods of death,
    when the waters cold chill your latest breath?
    On the rising tide you can never fail,
    while your anchor holds within the veil.

  4. Will your eyes behold through the morning light
    the city of gold and the harbour bright?
    Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore,
    when life's storms are past for evermore?


The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face towards you
and give you peace;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.


(Numbers 6:24-26)

Scottish Charity number SC 011353
Cruden Parish Church CCL licence No 17874
Streaming licence number 1606813


Online Study & Discussion Group
meets tonight at 7.00 pm– please contact Sean for the link and password which are required to join the group.

Walking for Health and Well-being
meet this Tuesday at 10.30 am outside the St Olaf Hotel, Cruden Bay. Everybody welcome. (This is a permitted activity under the current Covid-19 rules and an officially recognised ‘Health Walk.’)  Group members are requested to make use of the track and trace smartphone app. Sorry no canine companions!

Online Community Coffee Morning
Due to ongoing lockdown we are restarting the coffee morning, meeting every Thursday at 10.45 am. The Coffee Morning is open to everyone – not just members and friends of the congregation. If you would like a copy of the link, please contact Sean.

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

Arrangements for Remembrance Sunday this year are:

  • 10.30 am Service at Cruden Parish Church (limited capacity - booking essential)
  • 11.00 am Act of Remembrance inside the church.

Due to updated Covid-19 guidance there will be no public Act of Remembrance at Cruden Cemetery or Hatton Public Hall. Whilst this is a huge disappointment, the service and Act of Remembrance will be stream live via the church Facebook page.

we meet every Sunday at 10.00 am (10.30 am on Remembrance Sunday). To provide a safe environment, we are strictly following the appropriate rules and guidance, including social distancing. Members and visitors are asked to reserve seating by contacting Robert Esson either by phone on 01779 813049 or by email at before 7.00pm on the Saturday evening prior to the service.

O ur morning service will be broadcast live via the Church Facebook Page. In order to follow the service, you may have to reload the page just before the broadcast begins at 10.00 am