Cruden Parish Church

10.30am, Sunday 8 November 2020



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

On this day of Remembrance, we gather to reflect and to pray,
we remember the past and look to the future.
On this day when the guns once fell silent,
We come before you God, seeking Your peace.
On this day of hope in the face of terror,
We come before you God, praying with all our hearts:
God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.
Help us to find the path that leads to peace.
And as we remember those who gave their all for our freedom
Help us to live lives worthy of their sacrifice

Hymn  Make me a channel of your peace

  1. Make me a channel of your peace.
    Where there is hatred let me bring your love;
    Where there is injury your pardon, Lord;
    And where there's doubt true faith in you.
  2. O Master grant that I may never seek
    So much to be consoled as to console;
    To be understood as to understand;
    To be loved as to love with all my soul.

  3. Make me a channel of your peace.
    Where there's despair in life let me bring hope;
    Where there is darkness, only light;
    And where there's sadness, ever joy.

  4. Make me a channel of your peace.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    In giving to all men that we receive;
    And in dying that we're born to eternal life.

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

Matthew 5: 1-12

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
The Beatitudes
He said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Ephesians 6: 10-20

The Armour of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Sermon      ‘Practical peace-making!’

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

Hymn Be thou my vision

  1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
    naught be all else to me, save that thou art--
    thou my best thought by day or by night,
    waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

  2. Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
    I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
    thou my great Father, I thy true son;
    thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

  3. Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
    be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
    thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tower:
    raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

  4. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
    thou mine inheritance, now and always:
    thou and thou only, first in my heart,
    High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

  5. High King of heaven, my victory won,
    may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!
    Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
    still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


Act of Remembrance

Let us remember those who have lived, worked,and spoken of God’s peace in this and previous times

Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace

Stand with us now.

Mary Magdalene, first witness to the resurrection           

Stand with us now.

Paul of Tarsus, apostle of peace                                                

Stand with us now.

All the saints who have trod the path of peace                  

Stand with us now.

Those whose names are recorded here                                 

Stand with us now.

Those whose names are recorded in the memorial at Cruden Cemetery and Hatton Public Hall

Stand with us now.

Let us stand in silence with all who witness for peace – because the Prince of Peace is among us and is preparing to take up his cross

Jesus says, “Whoever would be a follower of mine must forget self, take up the cross and follow me” Jesus also says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”


The Tryst

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the doing down of the sun and in the morning,
We shall remember them.’

We will remember them

Prayers for others

Prayer of Dismissal

Let us go from this place with minds that never forget,
with hearts that grow in hope,
with lives that shine Christ’s light.

Let us go to serve, to reconcile, to bring peace,
and to stand united
as children of the light.


May the God of love fill Your heart with peace and send You into the world to live it. And the blessing of God Almighty, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, be with You and those You love, this day and always Amen

National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.


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


Pastoral Care
Please advise the minister or member of the pastoral care team if you know of anybody who is struggling or would appreciate a call.

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

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 & Act of Remembrance will be streamed 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.

Facebook – our morning service will be broadcast live via the Church Facebook Page. To follow the service, you may have to reload the page just before the broadcast begins at 10.30 am.