A Christmas Memorial Tree of Hope and Remembrance

This tree is for you.

It stands without decoration, you can place a message or simply write your loved ones name on the heart labels provided, and hang it on the tree. You will be decorating our tree with memories. You may also write a message on the Book of Condolence on the Table of Remembrance. It could be a prayer, or a few lines from a favourite hymn, or simply something you wish to say. This prayer is also provided to give you time to pause and reflect with your own thoughts looking at the advent candles flickering. Our Christmas Memorial Tree is for anyone who has suffered a loss of any kind helping reflect on times past and draw strength from the eternal promise of Christmas that God is with us all the time.

As Christmas Comes, as it does every year, there's a wonder- fully reassuring verse in Psalm 34, verse 18, which says:

"The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." We cannot wait till the world is sane to raise our songs with joyful voice, for to share our grief, to touch our pain, God came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice! and so I ‘Will’ Candles this Christmas” Candles of joy, despite all sadness, Candles of hope where despair keeps watch. Candles of courage for fears ever present, Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days, Candles of grace to easy heavy burdens, Candles of love to inspire all my living, Candles that will burn all the year long for love came down at Christmas

The Advent Table Candles We join with the saints who have lived and loved who now give glory and praise to God: This first candle is lit to remember those whom we have loved and lost. We pause to remember their name, their face, their voice, the memory that binds them to us in this season. May God's eternal love surround them. This second candle is lit is to redeem the pain of loss; the loss of relationships, the loss of jobs, the loss of health. We pause to gather up the pain of the past and offer it to God, asking that from God's hands we receive the gift of peace.

Refresh, restore, renew us O God, and lead us into your future. This third candle is lit to remember ourselves this Christmas time. We pause and remember these past weeks and months; the disbelief, the anger, the down times, the poignancy of Reminiscing, the hugs and handshakes of family and friends, all those who stood with us. We give thanks for all the support we have known. Let us remember that dawn defeats darkness. This fourth candle is lit to remember out faith and the gift of hope which the Christmas story offers to us. We remember that God who shares our life promises us a place and time of no more pain and suffering. Let us remember the one who shows the way, who brings the truth and who bears the light.

In the spirit of this season The Christ Candle is lit to re- member to confidently ask God for all the things we need;

For ourselves as we participate in whatever way we can this Christmas. For our families and friends that they may continue to help and support us. For the people we love who have gone before us to eternal light. For all the losses that we know, that all may be redeemed by your Easter promise. Caring God, hear my prayer. Let us remember the one who calls come unto me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. For all our family and friends that they may know love and peace and happiness in you. For the peace proclaimed by the Christmas angels, to come throughout the whole world.

God of great compassion and love, listen to the prayers of these your people. Grant the blessing we ask in the name of Christ who taught us to pray saying: Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil For thine is the kingdom The power and the glory forever AMEN God comes to be with us To comfort us. To strengthen us. To restore and redeem us To grant us peace. To be raised for us. To hold us in the communion of saints with those whom you have loved and lost. To store our tears in his bottle. To offer us eternal life. For Christ is born, Love has come; God is with us. May the love, light and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you this Christmas time and always.

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Rev. David Cameron

David has been the parish minsiter since 2001. David has placed the church at the heart of town and community with initiatives linking partnerships with East Ayrshire Council Vibrant Communities, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Trust, businesses, local government service provision and charitable trusts.

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