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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9

Paul as we know wrote this letter from prison. It is not the kind of letter someone would expect to get from prison. This is a letter that is full of joy, hope, love and peace. Paul was so aware that his imprisonment was for the furtherance of the gospel, the good of the Philippian church, and of course in God’s great plan, for the good of the church down throughout the generations.

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Service Details - Sunday 14 June

11am Service: Facebook Premiere, YouTube Premiere and at stornowayfreechurch/sermons

Rev KI Macleod will preach on 'David and Goliath' from 1 Samuel 17 in this morning worship service recorded at home.

6:30pm Service: Facebook Livestream

Rev James Maciver will preach on 'Jehosophat - The Shepherd King' from 2 Chronicles 17:1-13 in this evening worship service livestreamed from home.

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Gaelic Service - Friday 12th June

Rev James Maciver will preach on 'B' iad do reachdan mo cheòl ann an tigh mo chuairt' from Psalm 119:54 in a Gaelic Service recorded at home to be broadcast online on Friday 12th June at 7.30pm. The service will be available on Facebook Premiere and YouTube Premiere as well as on our sermons page.

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Service Details - Sunday 7 June

11am Service: Facebook Livestream (Click here)

Rev James Maciver preaches on 'Discipleship on Christ's Terms' from Luke 14:25-35 in this morning worship service livestreamed from his home.

6.30pm Service: Facebook Premiere, YouTube Premiere, and on our sermons page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'The Lord's Promised Presence' from Matthew 18:20 in this evening worship service recorded at home.

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“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law, that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success, wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua Chap 1:7-8

From a human point of view, Joshua had the unenviable task of taking over the leadership of Israel from Moses, the great man of God. I’m sure Joshua would have felt overwhelmed at the prospect, but God reminded Joshua in v2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise and go over this Jordan.” Moses is gone, but the work has to carry on. That is something we always have to remember. God uses many people; some more than others; but at the end of the day, no one is more than a servant. One day our service here will be over, but the work will carry on. I would imagine Joshua would have felt fearful, however the Lord comes and encourages Joshua and tells him to be strong, courageous and not to fear. Joshua is encouraged to be strong in v5-6 based upon God’s presence. We should also grasp hold of the fact, that we can count on the Lord’s presence all the time, as we seek to serve Him. God will enable us to inherit the land of Promise. He has given His Word on that, and He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. We too are having to fight our way to inherit our Promised Land. Along the way we face enemies within and without that are seeking to blow us off track, and even destroy us. It is a journey we could never hope to complete without the presence, grace, strength and help of God. As God gave Joshua the command we also see He gave a promise as well. Very often we will find in Scripture a promise accompanying a command.

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Service Details - Sunday 31 May

11am Service: Facebook Live, YouTube and our sermons page at

Rev Kenneth I Macleod
Sermon: Psalm 17:15, 'The Christian's Assurance in Death'

6.30pm Service: Facebook Livestream (click here)

Rev James Maciver
Sermon Text: Romans 11:33-36
Sermon Title: Paul Takes a Break for Worship


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Gaelic Worship Service

We are very conscious that those who attended the Gaelic services have missed these since the Covid-19 restrictions were set in place.
The minister will be recording a short Gaelic service at his home for transmission on the congregation’s Facebook and YouTube pages on Thursday 28th May, at 7.30pm, the time at which the Gaelic midweek service was held prior to the lockdown.The service will be available on the sermons page of this website shortly afterwards.

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Our Kirk Session decided last week that it would be appropriate to hold a Prayer Meeting for the Stornoway congregation, using Zoom, on Monday evening 8-9pm (25th May) so that we spend this time together in prayer, focused on the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and the recovery period.

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Service Details - Sunday 24 May

11am Service: Facebook Livestream (Click here)

Rev Maciver leads this act of morning worship in a service livestreamed from his home. He looks at Lamentations 3:22-24, considering 'Hope Encouraged by God's Kindness'.


6.30pm Service: Facebook Premiere, YouTube Premiere, and on our sermons page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod leads this act of evening worship in a service recorded at his home, looking at Psalm 62:1 and considering 'Waiting on and for God'.

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“Fight the good fight of the faith.” 1 Timothy Chapter 6v12

Paul had real admiration for the young Timothy. He saw great promise in him as a gospel worker. Paul had left Timothy in Ephesus, with the intention of coming back; so in the meantime he had written this letter to him, concerning issues that were arising in the church. This letter is dealing with false teachers who were troubling the church. In the letter Paul shows that true Christianity is evidenced by a lifestyle that is shaped by the gospel. Paul knew, just as we do, that the Christian life can often be a struggle, and so he encourages young Timothy with these words-“Fight the good fight of the faith.”

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