Located right in the heart of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, St. Andrew's Scots Kirk has come to be known as an oasis to its many passing visitors. Within the walls of this beautiful early 20th Century building one finds that moment of solitude, away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy city outside, for a quiet word with our Lord. We welcome you to our Website and hope you find this information useful. Please feel free to browse through all the links we have provided and if there is any information that you require that you are not able to find on here then please get in touch via our contact page.
WHO WE ARE
St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk is an International and Interdenominational Church, a member congregation of the Church of Scotland and its Presbytery of Europe. It is administered by the local membership in a board of Elders appointed from the congregation known as the Kirk Session. While English is the chosen language of communication, many non-native English speakers worship with us.
The Vision Statement of the Church of Scotland
to be a church which inspires people with the Good News of Jesus Christ through an enthusiastic, worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving community.
Hymn: The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me The quiet waters by.
My soul He doth restore again; And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness, Even for His own Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod And staff my comfort still.
My table Thou hast furnished In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be.
- Prayer & Lord's Prayer
- Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 25.1-9
- New Testament Reading: Matthew 22.1-14
Hymn: 'Forgive our sins as we forgive,' by Rosamond Herklots
Forgive our sins as we forgive,' you taught us, Lord, to pray,
but you alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.
How can your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart,
that broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?
In blazing light your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew:
what trivial debts are owed to us, how great our debt to you!
Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls, and bid resentment cease; then,
bound to all in bonds of love, our lives will spread your peace.
- Offering and Dedication
•Ven. Lokendra Abhyaratne will take our next bible study on 20th October at 6.pm at the Manse. The study will be on the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.
•The Thrift Shop will be Open on Friday 20th October, 2017, from 11 a.m. -1.30 p.m.
•St Andrew’s Scots Kirk wishes to thank the Rev. Reggie Ebenezer for taking the Service today.
•Our Church would be happy to receive donations of fabric to be used by the ladies at Netherlee Cottage for making bags and 3 ply wool for making carpets for sale at the Church's annual bazaar on November 25th. Please hand your donations to Buddhika.
•Giant Leap 2 - A Special Event for Children organised by Global Impact, a Children’s Ministry Network, will be held on 28 October 2017 at the Christian Reformed Church, 74 Galle Road, Bambalapitiya from 3.30 to 6.30 pm. The entrance Fee is Rs. 1000 Further information may be obtained by ringing the Global Impact office on: 0772395334 or 0112581773.
•There will be a meeting of the Bazaar Committee in the manse, immediately after the Sunday Service on 15 October 2017. All who wish to help out at this important annual event are welcome to attend. We ask each member of the congregation to please take home and keep as a reminder, the special insert about this annual event to be held this year on Saturday 25 November from 3 - 6 pm. The insert is included in your Order of Service. Also: please note that donations of all types will be gratefully received at the manse any day of the week except Monday. This is a good time donate items in good condition which you may be able to spare for this worthy cause.
- Sharing of Peace
Hymn: Jerusalem the golden, by Bernard of Cluny
Jerusalem the golden, with milk and honey blest,
beneath your contemplation sink heart and voice oppressed;
know not, O I know not what joys await us there,
what radiancy of glory, what bliss beyond compare!
They stand, those halls of Zion, all jubilant with song,
and bright with many an angel, and all the martyr throng;
the Prince is ever in them, the daylight is serene;
the pastures of the blessed are decked in glorious sheen.
There is the throne of David; and there, from care released,
the shout of them that triumph, the song of them that feast;
and they, who with their Leader have conquered in the fight,
forever and forever are clad in robes of white.
O sweet and blessed country, the home of God's elect!
O sweet and blessed country that eager hearts expect!
In mercy, Jesus, bring us to that dear land of rest,
who are, with God the Father and Spirit, ever blest.
- Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Hymn: Lead us, heavenly Father, by James Edmeston
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us O’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, For we have no help but Thee;
Yet possessing every blessing If our God our Father be.
Saviour, breathe forgiveness o’er us; All our weakness Thou dost know;
Thou didst tread this earth before us, Thou didst feel its keenest woe;
Lone and dreary, faint and weary, Through the desert Thou didst go.
Spirit of our God, descending, Fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
Love with every passion blending, Pleasure that can never cloy;
Thus provided, pardoned, guided, Nothing can our peace destroy.
. Organ Voluntary ( The Minister retires to the front door)
Minister: The Rev. Reggie Ebenezer
Church Officer: Kanapathy Sandrakumaran
Duty Elder: Jill Macdonald
Reader: Jill Macdonald
Director of Music: Denham Pereira LTCL
Door Elder: Chandan de Silva