Archive: September, 2020

Our Presbytery has appointed Mondays at 8-9pm as a designated time for prayer.

This week's Bible passage for meditation is Proverbs 22:6.

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. (ESV)

The Presbytery Youth & Discipleship Support Worker, Mr Gordon Macleod, has highlighted the situation faced by many of our young people who have left our islands to study in our cities. Some of them may be residing amongst the worrying number who have tested positive for Covid-19. For all of them, having to socially isolate in student accommodation, and being among other students they are not yet familiar with, adds an additional worry to what is often a challenging transition for young people.

Prayer points:

Pray for all the young people from our islands who have just left home (or who are soon to leave home) to study in our cities. Being away from the security of home can be a daunting prospect, particularly if it's for the first time, and not being able to build a friends base or support network will make the experience all the more challenging.
Pray that while the majority of churches remain closed and visiting is currently prohibited, that our young people will listen to on-line services, either from their home congregation or by recommending one in the area they have moved to.
Pray that they will be able to settle into a church fellowship and make friends with other Christians.
Pray for their parents. This will be an extremely worrying time for them - keep in touch with those you know to encourage them and to assure them of your interest and prayerful support.
Pray for our young people at the weekly prayer meetings, particularly that they will be given the courage to avoid sinful distractions and maintain a consistent witness to God's grace during their student years.
Pray that God will keep them all in good health and free from Covid-19.

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Service Details - Sunday 27 September

11:00am: On Facebook, YouTube and our Sermons page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'Searching for Jesus' from John 6:24 in this worship service recorded at home.

6:30pm: On Facebook, YouTube and our Sermons page

Mr Scott Macleod preaches on 'Significance from the Insignificant' from 2 Kings 5:13 in this worship service recorded at home.

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Service Details - Sunday 20 September

11am Service: Facebook Live

Join us on Facebook Live for this morning worship service when Rev James Maciver will continue his study on God's Questions, looking at "What is the Place of my Rest?" from Isaiah 66:1-2.
 

6.30pm Service: Facebook, YouTube, Sermons Page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'An Honest Life Well Lived' from Acts 20:18-25 in this worship service recorded at home.

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RE-STARTING SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday school will be starting again online on Sunday 27th September.

This will initially be for two weeks until the October holidays and then continuing weekly after that. The structure will be a bit different this time, but we hope it will be as enjoyable as the online lessons during lock-down.

First of all, we intend to start using the ‘Go-Teach’ materials again which is the scheme that the teachers follow during “normal” times.

Your child’s individual workbooks can be collected from the MA MacLeod Memorial Hall, on either Saturday 19th September from 11:00am to 12:00 noon or on Monday 21st September from 4pm to 5pm. 

 

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Service Details - Sunday 13 September

11am Service: FacebookYouTube and our sermons page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'A Very Important Question' from Acts 16:25-31 in this worship service recorded at home.

Order of Service:
Call to Worship: Psalm 122 (Sing Psalms)
Prayer
Children's Talk
The Lord's Prayer
Scripture Reading: Acts 16:11-40
Sermon: 'A Very Important Question', Acts 16:25-31
Praise: Psalm 34:5-10 (Sing Psalms)
Benediction

 

6.30pm ServiceFacebook Live

Rev James Maciver continues his study on God's Questions, preaching on "What are you doing here?" from 1 Kings 19:9 and 13 in this worship service streamed live from home.

Order of Service:
Welcome
Praise: Psalm 96:9-12 (Scottish Psalter, page 360)
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-15
Prayer
Children’s address: Bible Animals (6) – the lamb (Exodus 12:1-13)
Sermon: 1 Kings 19:9 and 13
Sermon Title: God’s Questions (10) – “What are you doing here?”
Praise: Psalm 18:27-32 (Sing Psalms, page 21)
Benediction


Click here for the Scottish Psalter

Click here for Sing Psalms

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Gaelic Service - Friday 11th September

Rev James Maciver will preach in Gaelic tonight on Psalm 139.

The service will be available at 7.30pm on our sermons page, on Facebook Live and YouTube

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Pastoral Reflection for September from Rev Kenneth I Macleod

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands: you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the sea. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” Psalm 8:4-9

Last time we saw how David was blown away by the concept of God’s greatness as he considers the marvel, glory and wonder of the creation. However, in v4 we find David quite simply cannot get over that God is mindful of us. “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” David is more or less saying, “Lord, why are you so mindful? What have we done to be so raised and elevated in this majestic creation that You should take such an interest in, and care of us?”

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Our monthly prayer meeting will take place on Monday 7th September at 8pm. This coincides with the Presbytery appointed time of prayer at 8pm each Monday.  

If you require the link to the meeting please email jm54rev@outlook.com or stornowayfreechurch@outlook.com.

The passage for meditation this week is Proverbs 22:6 and the prayer points are:
1. Pray for our young people at a time when there is limited opportunity to meet for Sunday School, Youth Fellowships, Scripture Union and other useful outlets for Christian development.
2. Pray for Gordon Macleod, the Presbytery Youth & Discipleship Support Worker, as he seeks to minister to our young people in spite of the current restrictions

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Service Details - Sunday 6 September

11.00am Service: Facebook Livestream

Rev James Maciver continues his study on God’s Questions looking at the question, “Can these bones live?” from Ezekiel 37:3 in this worship service streamed live from home.

 

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

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'Our Heavenly Father' from 2 Corinthians 6:18 in this worship service recorded at home.

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