Archive: October, 2020

Service Details - Sunday 1 November

11am Service: Facebook, YouTube, Sermons page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'The Voice that Has to be Heard' from John 5:24-29 in this worship service recorded at home.

 

6.30pm Service: Facebook Live

Rev James Maciver continues his study on The Search for the Meaning of Life in Ecclesiastes looking at 'Sovereignty and Sinfulness' from Ecclesiastes 7:13, in this service of worship streamed live from home.

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Service Details - 25 October 2020

11.00am Service: Facebook Live

Rev James Maciver continues his study on The Search for the Meaning of Life in Ecclesiastes looking at 'The "Better Than" Approach to Life' from Ecclesiastes 7:1-10, in this service of worship streamed live from home.

6.30pm Service: Facebook, YouTube, Sermons Page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'Daniel Reveals a Heart for Prayer' from Daniel 9:3-5, in this service of worship recorded at home.

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Sunday School Starts Again

Just a quick reminder that Sunday school re-starts this weekend and that the link to the video will be sent out by email as usual on Saturday 24th October. 

 

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Beloved friends,

As your ministers we want to thank you for your continuing support and encouragement. It means so much to us. As the congregation continues to experience restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, we regret that it has not been possible for us to return to our church buildings for public worship. Although we are glad for the online facilities that enable us to maintain gospel services, and greatly encouraged and thankful that so many are participating in these, we long for the day when we can return safely to meet in our church buildings. While some congregations have decided to return to the use of church buildings, in our own case the logistics of doing so are challenging, to say the least. In any case, it would be imprudent for us to return given the sharp increase in Covid infections over the past few weeks and with an outbreak also in the Western Isles currently being dealt with.

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Service Details - Sunday 18 October

11.00am Service: Facebook, YouTube, Sermons Page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'A Walk from Earth to Heaven' from Hebrews 11:5 in this service of worship recorded at home.

6.30pm Service: Facebook Live

Rev James Maciver continues his study on The Search for the Meaning of Life in Ecclesiastes looking at 'Directions for the Discouraged' from Ecclesiastes 6 in this service of worship streamed live from home.

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At the end of August, those who prefer to contribute to the funds of the congregation by weekly freewill offering envelopes were given an opportunity to do so. This was a very successful event and the sum contributed amounted to over £30,000. Our most sincere thanks are due to all have contributed to the funds of the congregation over the past few months whether it’s by freewill offering envelope, Standing Order, BACS transfer or by cheque. At a time of reducing income, with all the negative consequences it has for our own congregation and the wider work of the Free Church of Scotland, your generous support is much appreciated as together we endeavour to reach our cities, our towns and our rural communities with the gospel.

At the most recent meeting of the Deacons’ Court it was agreed to repeat the facility for depositing freewill offering envelopes. It was also agreed to use the opportunity to raise funds for the congregation’s Benevolent Fund, and to issue the 2021 freewill offering envelopes.

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Service Details - Sunday 11 October

11.00am Service: Facebook, YouTube, Sermons Page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'Jesus Healing at the Pool' from John 5:1-9 in this service of worship recorded at home.

 

6.30pm Service: Facebook Live

Rev James Maciver continues his study on The Search for the Meaning of Life in Ecclesiastes looking at 'A Balanced Approach to Wealth' from Ecclesiastes 5:8-20 in this service of worship streamed live from home.

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MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING: Monday 5th October at 8.00PM

Our monthly prayer meeting, which coincides with the Presbytery Prayer Time, takes place on Monday 5th October at 8pm on Zoom. Please message stornowayfreechurch@outlook.com if you require the link.

Passage for Reflection: Psalm 91

Prayer points:
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Uists, pray for all the communities and families affected, many of whom are afraid and anxious.
Pray for those who have tested positive or who are isolating and awaiting results, that they would be upheld.
Pray for the spread of the virus to be contained.
Pray for schools and school children, that a return to home schooling would not cause too much stress.
Pray that as Rev Calum Murdo Smith and Rev Thomas Penman have opportunity to speak the gospel, that the Lord would bless and give peace.

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Service Details - Sunday 4 October

11am Service: Facebook Live

Join Rev James Maciver on Facebook live for this worship service as he picks up his study of Ecclesiastes, preaching on 'Sanctified Listening, Speaking and Doing' from Ecclesiastes 5:1-7.

 

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

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'The Well-Being of the Church' from Psalm 46:4-5 in this worship service recorded at home.

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Rev Kenneth I Macleod shares some thoughts on Psalm 23, The Shepherd's Psalm, in this Pastoral Reflection for October.

The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

I have preached frequently from this psalm and make no apology for doing so, as it is not only the best known of all the psalms but remains one of my favourites. It is short, simple, sweet and yet so deep with meaning, encouragement and assurance. There are many themes highlighted in the psalm but probably the three main truths that tie the psalm together beautifully are Provision, Direction and Communion.

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