Presbytery Prayer March

Presbytery Prayer

Merciful Father, we come before you today with our concerns and our fears. You are the comforter to all, and we ask that Your comfort be shared amongst us at this time.

We turn to you in the days of uncertainty and ask that you stay close to all who are suffering this virus, from loneliness and the pain of loss. We ask forgiveness for the times we have taken our homes and communities for granted. We must feel the love and compassion of people who are working to stem the disease and fears, and those keeping in touch with the elderly and the lonely.

Scripture assures of promises made to us in times of trouble so give us strength to remember that You are always with us in whatever trial we face.

May people reach out in their despair and grief to know the compassion You have for your people and how You heal at times like these.

Lord we never thought there would be a situation that would mean us having to make the decision to stop us worshipping together in our Churches. That day has come, and we pray for all who miss the congregational prayers and singing of praise and the assurance of a sermon. As disciples we will try to keep our congregations involved and uplifted by a different form of worship. Give us guidance and the resources to spread the Gospel, especially at this difficult time, to all in Argyll and beyond. We give thanks for those who have the gifts to deliver worship using technology as we discover how we can truly become a Church without Walls.

We ask blessings on all Nurses and Doctors tending to the sick, those who work in hospitals, keeping the wheels turning, to allow medics to do their work and help in the healing of all those affected.

We pray for those self-isolating; may they find peace in their homes and enjoy the thoughts of friends and family that they are parted from.

We pray for all those volunteering to help alleviate their loneliness and the consequences thereof.

We pray for all who work in supermarkets, who serve the people, who fill the shelves and delivery drivers who keep us supplied with the foods we need.

We pray for all those in essential occupations– bless them and give them strength and perseverance to continue their work to support the country and communities in which they serve.

In this crisis, Lord, we look to You who rules over Heaven and Earth who is the great comforter and our salvation. May our God the Father bless us and Christ guard us and the Holy Spirit enlighten us. All the days of our lives.    Amen

Bemvu is praying for you

Below is an email from Sydney in Bemvu, who requested that it be passed on to the Netherlorn parishioners:

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Christians  of Bemvu are sorry for the globe lock down due to the pandemic of corona virus more especialy you our friends in Scotland Nertherlon churches. Although far away, we are together in spirit and we ask God to heal the world.

On 28th March we are going to have a special administration session where we will be deciding on the future of S4L. We ask you to help us in prayer so that the resolutions of the session should be guided by the wisdom from God.

I am sure some of you might have heard that we have a new pastor. Any time from now, he will be coming to Bemvu with his family to stay.

We will give him your contacts so that he may introduce himself that we may reclaim the lost glory of our partnership activities.

 So far he has managed to restore the broken relationship between Dikirani and l. He lead us in a discussion and prayer to reconcile our differences so that together we can serve God according to his will for the benefit of Bemvu community. For the first time although l had already forgiven them, it has been proven that l did not do anything wrong in 2016.

 May the good Lord Lead. Fear not for His help is timely.

 Yours Sydney????

Prof. Leitch shares advice for church goers during the Coronavirus lockdown

In this 3 minute video, Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of Healthcare Quality and Strategy for the Scottish Government, shares advice for church goers in wake of the lockdown instigated by the Coronavirus outbreak:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro0NG1zW9d0&feature=youtu.be

Please join us in prayer as a Presbytery at noon, Wednesday 25th March

Presbytery Prayer Point

You are invited to pray with fellow Presbyters at 12 noon on Wednesday 25th March 2020

 

Lord, keep us under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love.

 

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who have contracted the virus and those who have succumbed. We commend their families to you at this time especially when the opportunity to say goodbye has gone. Be with those who feel unwell; comfort and heal them and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

We pray for decision makers and health experts who have to make difficult decisions to keep us all safe and healthy. Keep them from becoming overwhelmed and fatigued in their relentless task so that they continue to give best advice and to stay well themselves.

 

We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.

 

We ask all this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Revelation 2: 7; 1-2

Copied from BRF New Daylight for 21 March
Revelation 2: 7; 1-2    (note the week’s  notes had been on the theme Gardens in the Bible)
‘Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.  To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God…  Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as chrystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city.  On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.’
We have come full circle.  There is no explicit mention of a garden here; indeed, the setting is a city.  But the reference to paradise make the connection with the garden of Eden quite clear.  The river flowing out of Eden (Genesis 2:10) becomes the river flowing through the city; the tree of life in the midst of the garden (Genesis 2:9) is here the tree of life bursting with fruit and healing foliage.  And the tree’s healing properties extend way beyond the boundaries of the original garden; they are for the “healing of the nations”. 
When we consider the sad and desperate state of our world, we may wonder how such healing is possible.  The gap between our present experience and this vision seems unbridgeable.  But, thank God, we are not required to understand how such a healing can come about; only to believe and trust that, in God’s good time, it will.  There is a hymn by W.Y. Fullerton (1857-1932) sung to the tune “Londonderry Air”, which captures this hope and longing perfectly.  The first four lines of each verse begin “I cannot tell”, expressing our anguish at the pain and injustice in the world.  But the second group of four lines respond with a resouding “But this I know”, affirming our belief in God’s vision for our future.       Barbara Mosse.
 
Here are the words to I cannot tell  –
 
I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship, should set His love 
upon the sons of men,
or why, as Shepherd He should seek the wanderers, to bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know that he was born of Mary, when Bethlehem’s manger was His only home, and that He lived at Nazareth and laboured, and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world is come.
 
I cannot tell how silently, He suffered, as with HIs peace
He graced this place of tears, or how his heart upon the cross was broken, the crown of pain for three and thirty years.
But this I know He heals the broken hearted,  and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear, 
And lifts the burden from the heavy-laden, for yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.
 
I cannot tell how He will win the nations, how He will claim His earthly heritage, how satisfy the needs and aspirations of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know all flesh shall see His glory, and He shall reap the harvest He has sown,
and some glad day, His sun shall shine in splendour, when He the Saviour, Saviour of the world is known.
 
I cannot tell how how all the lands shall worship, when at His bidding every storm is stilled.
or who can say how great the jubilation when all the hearts of men with love are filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
and myriad myriad human voices sing, and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth will answer:
At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!
 

Online Church Service, 22nd March, Kilbrandon & Kilchattan

CHURCH SERVICE -ON LINE, MOTHERING SUNDAY – 22 March 2020 – KILBRANDON & KILCHATTAN

Jesus said “Honour your Father and your Mother; and love your neighbour as you love yourself”.  Matthew 19 verse 19

Opening Prayer: 

Loving Creator, this Mothering Sunday we give grateful thanks for all the women who have been part of our lives.

Today is a day to be thankful for the love of God,  and for the love of our Mothers, or those who have been like a Mother to us.  Whether they are still in this world or no longer with us.  Let us just remember them and thank God for them, in a moment of silence…………………

Dear Lord we also lift up to you our nation, and all the nations of the world, as we struggle to cope with this terrible illness which has crossed every border, the Coronavirus.  We pray for our Government who are doing their best to protect us as best as they can, as most of us our isolated in our own homes, keeping away from each other, to try to stop the spread of the virus.  Dear Lord, we thank you for our Medical Staff and all NHS staff, who are working round the clock to try to heal and keep people safe, at a risk to their own lives.  We thank you too for all those who are continuing working to keep the country going, the shops, the Police and Fire Brigade, the Military, the truckers, and refuse workers, there is an endless list, but you Lord know them all.  We thank you for all those in our community who are organising ways for us all to receive food and necessary goods, for the care workers too.   Lots of people have problems now that the schools have closed, there are caring problems, financial problems, and some will go hungry unless they are helped.    We pray that the government can find ways to make sure that no-one is left without funds to be able to live.     May we your people do all that we can, either by offering physical help, or by prayer, or even financial help.  Dear God, the days ahead are unknown, so we put our trust in you and ask for your help and mercy.  Amen.

MP 411 – Sing along these words if you know the tune, or search for it on you tube.   

Let there be love shared among us, Let there be love in our eyes,

May now your love sweep this nation, cause us O Lord to arise,

Give us a fresh understanding of brotherly love that is real,

Let there be love shared among us, let there be love.

 

Talk – Family Connections its all about love

Who has a mobile phone?  If so, do you have a photo on it of your better half, or your child/children or grandchildren, parents?  I have a photo on mine of my two grandchildren as soon as I switch it on, I see them, smiling at me.  They live in Norway so I am only able to see them two or three times a year, but this photo is precious.  If you haven’t got a mobile may be you have a photo in your wallet or handbag just to remind you of your loved ones.  Sometimes it is nice to share these with friends or neighbours, it helps us to get to know each other a little bit better.

Family connections, its all about love, the love of our families and the love of our friends and neighbours.  The bible verse I chose today Matthew 19:19 is a commandment which Jesus repeated, “Honour or respect your Father and your Mother, and love your neighbour as you love yourself.”

I have made a list today of some things which I think it is important to remember, maybe you will agree with me.

  1. Don’t just pretend to love others; really love them.
  2. Always pray and be patient when there is trouble.
  3. When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out.
  4. If someone insults you because you follow Jesus, ignore it, but pray that God will bless them.
  5. When others are happy, be happy with them, and if they are sad, share in their sorrow.
  6. If your enemy is hungry feed him, if he is thirsty give him a drink. Do not let evil conquer you, but use good to conquer evil.
  7. Live in agreement with one another, you may not always be right, we can all make mistakes and be wrong, let us not be so proud as to think we are the ones always right.
  8. Live at peace with all.
  9. Hate what is wrong, stand up for what is good.
  10. Be honest always.

In the last week or so, we have seen what is good in people and also what is bad.  We did not realise that so many people would panic and not just purchase what they needed, but they became greedy and selfish, caring only about themselves and not caring about those who would go without.   I pray that those who acted like that will realise how selfish they have been, and will change their ways and share some of what they have with their friends and neighbours.   In all my lifetime I have never known people to act in such a horrible way.  They are Godless, with no care of others, but our Lord is a God who forgives and who can change people and their ways.   May they come to their senses, and be changed.

However, on the other hand this week, I have witnessed so much good and kindness in people.  All coming together in the community where I live on the Isle of Luing, thinking of ways, to get shopping for those who are in isolation or those who have no transport.   Collecting people’s prescriptions.   Drawing up a newsletter to go to every house hold with advice of how to cope and who to phone if they need help.   In other words they are all doing their best to take care of each other, and that is LOVE, in all its goodness, so much so, it out does the evil selfishness we have seen in others.  I thank God for them.

Our God revealed the depth of His love by sending Jesus into the world;  we long to know Him.  Together we are called to help others discover the love God and guide them in the Way of Jesus.

Forgive us for the times when we allow our emotions and egos to get in the way of loving others as we should.

Forgive us for the times when we fail to create hospitality or a welcome for strangers.

Remind us today of how Jesus showed his love for all people and help us to follow his example.

Fill us so full of love that it pours out freely from us and extends to all the people we meet.

We long to see your love fill every nook and cranny of our world, to flow freely from and to all people.  Help us to make it so, by starting with us.   Amen.

Let us say the Prayer that Jesus himself taught us….

Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.  Now and forever.  Amen.

I chose our next hymn because Jesus himself had his Mother Mary and this hymn reminds us of that…..

MP435            Lord Jesus Christ You Have Come to Us

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us, you are one with us, Mary’s son;

cleansing our souls from all their sin, pouring your love and goodness in;

Jesus our love for you we sing – living Lord!

Lord Jesus Christ, now and everyday, teach us how to pray, Son of God;

You have commanded us to do, this in remembrance, Lord of you; into our lives Your power breaks through – living Lord!

Lord Jesus Christ, You have come to us, born as one of us, Mary’s son;

led out to die on Calvary, risen from death to set us free; living Lord Jesus, help  us see, You are Lord!

Lord Jesus Christ, I would come to you, live my life for you, Son of God,

all your commands I know are true,

Your many gifts will make me new; into my life Your power breaks through- living Lord.

Benediction:  With such love may we serve the world and serve it kindly.

With such love may we serve each other and serve each other generously

With such love may we serve God and serve God faithfully.

And MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, BE WITH US AND ALL THOSE WE LOVE, NOW AND FOREVERMORE.  Amen.

 

Jean Alexander, Session Clerk, Kilbrandon & Kilchattan 20/3/2020

No Church services in Netherlorn until further notice

We regret but following Government Advice we have decided that there will not be any Church Services taking place in Netherlorn Churches until further notice, due to the Coronavirus issues.  This means Kilbrandon Church (Seil), Kilchattan Church (Luing), Kilninver Church and Kilmelford Church have cancelled their Sunday Services.  For the healthy, please use any spare time to look after our elderly and vulnerable people.   During this time we do hope to put a weekly sermon on the Web Site.
Jean Alexander, Session Clerk, Kilbrandon & Kilchattan
& Sally Inglis, Session Clerk, Kilmelford & Kilninver.