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: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! by John Monsell
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Bow down before Him, His
glory proclaim; With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore Him: the Lord is His name!
Low at His feet lay thy burden of carefulness, High on His heart He will
bear it for thee, comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
Guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.
Fear not to enter His courts in the slenderness Of the poor wealth thou
wouldst reckon as thine; truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
These are the offerings to lay on His shrine.
These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
He will accept for the name that is dear; Mornings of joy give for evenings
of tearfulness, Trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim; With gold of obedience, and
incense of lowliness, Kneel and adore Him: the Lord is His name!
Prayer & Lord's Prayer
- New Testament Reading:Ephesians 3: 1-12
- New Testament Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12
Hymn: Bethlehem, of noblest cities, by Aurelius Prudentius
Bethlehem, of noblest cities None can once with thee compare;
Thou alone the Lord from Heaven Didst for us incarnate bear.
Fairer than the sun at morning Was the star that told His birth;
To the lands their God announcing, Hid beneath a form of earth.
By its lambent beauty guided, See, the eastern kings appear;
See them bend, their gifts to offer— Gifts of incense, gold, and myrrh.
Offerings of mystic meaning! Incense doth the God disclose;
Gold a royal child proclaimeth; Myrrh a future tomb foreshows.
Holy Jesu! in Thy brightness To the Gentile world displayed!
With the Father, and the Spirit, Endless praise to Thee be paid.
- Sermon: Ephiphany – The Search For Jesus Continues!
- Offering and Dedication
•Thank you: The congregation of St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk wishes to thank the Rev. Reggie Ebenezer for taking today’s service.
•The Thrift Shop: will be Open on Friday, 12th of January, 2018.
- Sharing of Peace
Hymn: From the eastern mountains, by Godfrey Thring
From the eastern mountains pressing on they come,
wise men in their wisdom, to his humble home;
stirred by deep devotion, hasting from afar,
ever journeying onward, guided by a star.
There their Lord and Saviour meek and lowly lay,
wondrous light that led them onward on their way,
ever now to lighten nations from afar,
as they journey homeward by that guiding star.
Thou who in a manger once hast lowly lain,
who dost now in glory o'er all kingdoms reign,
gather in the peoples, who in lands afar
ne'er have seen the brightness of thy guiding star.
Onward through the darkness of the lonely night,
shining still before them with thy kindly light,
guide them, Jew and Gentile, homeward from afar,
young and old together, by thy guiding star.
Until every nation, whether bond or free,
'neath thy star-lit banner, Jesu, follow thee
o'er the distant mountains to that heavenly home,
where nor sin nor sorrow evermore shall come.
- Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Hymn: The first Nowell the angels did say
The first Nowell the angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields
as they lay: In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell Born is the King of Israel.
They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far:
And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night.
Men: And by the light of that same star Three wise men came from the
country far; To seek for a King was their intent, And to follow the star
wherever it went. Refrain
All: This star drew nigh to the north-west; O’er Bethlehem it took it’s rest,
And there it did both stop and stay, Right over the place where Jesus lay.
Ladies: Then entered in those wise men three,
Full reverently upon their knee, And offered there in his presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense. All sing Refrain
All: Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of naught, And with his blood mankind
has bought. Refrain
Minister: The Rev. Reggie Ebenezer
Church Officer: Kanapathy Sandrakumaran
Duty Elder: Jill Macdonald
Reader: Lakshmi Seneviratne
Director of Music: Denham Pereira LTCL
Door Elder: Lakshmi Seneviratne