Good Friday Meditation, 12 noon

Today, at 12 noon, we will be broadcasting a meditation for Good Friday, led by Maura Rae, with music and pictures.

This will go live on YouTube at noon and can be accessed via the following link:

Some Good Friday activities to do at home can be downloaded here: Holy-Week-and-Good-Friday-from-Godly-Play-UK.

I invite you to a meditation for Good Friday I will lead using some pictures I painted for last year’s event. Scripture references are in italics and are taken from the New Living Translation. The first three are on a theme of ‘feet’.

1. Anointing:

In John’s Gospel we are told that after the raising of Lazarus from the dead In Bethany the religious leaders decided that Jesus must be put to death. Jesus knew this and set off for Jerusalem for the last time. John chapter 12 picks up the story.

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus – the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honour, Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelveounze jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, ”That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor – he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciple’s money, he often stole some for himself Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

We do not know what essence of Nard smells like but we invite you to find a perfume you like and allow yourself to enter in to that situation. What would you be feeling or trying to say if you were the one doing the anointing?

2. Jesus washed his disciple’s feet at the last supper:

John 13 describes what happened; It was time for supper and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin.

Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. When he came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, ”Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, ”You don’t understand now what I am doing , but someday you will” “No, Peter protested, ”You will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, ”Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me” Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, not just my feet” Jesus went on to explain that that was not necessary and when all their feet were washed he made sure that they understood that as he, their Lord and Master had been willing to wash their feet, then they must be willing to do such menial tasks for each other.

As with the previous picture this is painted as if you are participating in the event. How do you react to Jesus being willing to do this for you? What are the implications for you of following His example?

3. Crucifixion:

I flinched at the possibility of attempting this theme. However I felt I could reinforce the purpose of Jesus’ suffering by making the nail silver.

Silver is symbolic of redemption i.e. when you pay money to a pawnbroker to get your possession back, you ’redeem’ it.

Therefore we are restored to a full relationship with God by the payment of Jesus’ death.

The first people to receive this are the two figures at the bottom of the picture, representing John and Jesus’ mother.

The letter to the Hebrews puts it like this: “So Christ has now become High Priest……………..With his own blood- not the blood of goats and calves- He entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.”


The Cup 

The following three pictures arose out of the realisation that Jesus chose to accept his fate.

4. Gethsemane:

Jesus wrestled with the cup. He knew that he was to be killed by crucifixion and his humanity shrank from the horror.

He prayed ”My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. “ An angel ministered to Jesus and strengthened Him.

This is represented by the Gold (symbol of Divine kingship) caressing his head. He was not alone. The cup is full of all the sin and brokenness of the world.

Jesus said. “ Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Are we in that place? Come what may?

5. Calvary:

Jesus accepts and becomes the cup of suffering. It wasn’t the nails that held Him there. Luke records in Chapter22 verse 20”This cup is the new covenant between God and His people – an agreement confirmed by my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you” From this cup pours out the water of cleansing and the blood of healing and forgiveness.

6. Resurrection:

The cup becomes the flame of the Holy Spirit, and the cross, the Sword of the Spirit. The power of the action at Calvary means that chains are broken and people are born into new life because of the love of God sown into their lives.

7. His presence:

Now, because of Jesus sacrifice and His Resurrection, the way into the presence of God has been opened. Only our acceptance of our need of forgiveness and faith in this world changing event is required. Come into His presence with thankfulness and trust.



The Isle of Luing Community Trust has set up this fund, to be able to refund Luing volunteers’ petrol expenses when collecting food and medicines. It is also likely that they will need funds to cover other essential things that the community may need as the situation continues. The Trust has set up a separate bank account called Luing Covid-19 Fund.

If you would like to donate, the bank details are: sort code 80-11-00; account 10294361.

If you could complete a gift aid form, this would make your kind donation stretch further. For further info e mail

Give a Little Community Fund, Balvicar Stores on Seil

GIVE A LITTLE – Wendy at the Balvicar Stores on Seil has established a fund for the community – Seil, Easdale, Luing, and all the way up to Ardmaddy. This fund is for all and it’s not just for food, it’s for toiletries, coal, gas etc because these are things people will do without just to put food on the table. They are not to be embarrassed by this as we are nearly a month into this lockdown and some will not have a wage coming in and necessities may be becoming short. It can be a whole week’s shop or just a pint of milk… nothing’s too big or too small if it’s needed. Wendy can be contacted through email – – or private message the shop or Wendy via Balvicar Stores Facebook page, or just come to the shop. Please don’t use the phone, though! The shop will deliver to your door, and anonymity will be preserved. Donations to Give a Little will also be very welcome, marked ‘Give a little’ or ‘Donation’.

Palm Sunday Service, 5th April

This week for Palm Sunday Maura Rae is treating us to Godly Play, The Faces of Easter.
The link will go live at 10 am on Sunday 5th April:

The Service will include the following readings:

Scripture tells us that our faith can move mountains. So what do we do when the mountains do not move? What do we do when healing doesn’t come? When the disaster is not averted? When people we’ve spent our lives praying for never find God?

What do we do when a virus turns the whole world upside down?

The brokenness of life cannot be ignored. And God didn’t ignore it – he became part of it. Jesus knew all about grief and pain: he was rejected by his home community, betrayed by one of his friends, and faced an unimaginably terrifying death. He prayed for God to take that suffering away from him.

Yet he also accepted it. He never deflected his pain onto other people or wallowed in victimhood. In the midst of his greatest pain, he reached out to the criminal being crucified next to him (Luke 23:40-43). How could he do this? Because he knew that after brokenness comes resurrection.

There will be mountains in our lives that do not move. But we can take heart from the fact that, one day, out of the pain, something brand new may come to life.

Dear God,
Give us the strength to deal with brokenness in a healthy way; give us the patience to hold fast while we wait for moments of resurrection. Help us to not return the pain that we are dealt, but transform us into instruments of greater love. Amen.

Gideon Heugh


The Shield

Surrounded by Your shield of love
There is safety in his place
No enemy dart
No deathly virus
Can alter Your embrace

Your arms are strong and powerful
You hold us closer still
And whisper Your love over us
We are secure in Your will

So let ys take this time now
To lock our use on You
To silence all the other rhings
That sometimes block our view

For Your love for us is constant
Faithful to the end
And so may our hearts respond to you
Jesus, Saviour, lover, friend

In You alone we find our peace
Our fears, they fall away
You give us hope, you make us brave
Each and every day



Maundy Thursday Communion Service

On Thursday 9 April, at 7pm  Rev. Fiona Morrison who was one of our congregation up till recently, has offered to give us a Maundy Thursday Communion Service.  This will be by Zoom connection if you have email and would like to join in, or by telephone if you don’t have access to email or for security reasons prefer not to log in.   If you wish to email in, then please send your email address to Jean Alexander at   If you wish to link in by telephone then please give your phone number by ringing Jean on 01852 314 242, or sending an email with your phone number.   This will be a time of being together to share in the Eucharist in remembrance of the Last Supper.  We do hope as many as possible will wish to share with us.

Sunday Service 29th March. Video link and worship script

For a link to the video stream please click here.

29 March 2020 – Script


Welcome and opening prayer

Hello, and welcome to the second of our on-line worship sessions from Kilbrandon and Kilchattan Church and the Netherlorn Churches on this, the Fifth Sunday in Lent.  In these strange and scary times, when we’re all being forced to stay at home, separated from our churches and from so many of the other communal aspects of our lives which we’ve taken so much for granted, it’s good that thanks to modern technology we can communicate with each other in this way – and even more importantly, communicate with God.

In common with so many other churches throughout the world, when it comes to readings from the Bible, we’re following the Lectionary – a carefully selected collection of different Bible readings for each Sunday of the year.  And this Sunday, even although we’re in the season of Lent and there are still a few weeks to go until Easter, the Bible readings for today, as it happens, have an Easter message – a message about new life and new hope in the midst  of worry and despair – a resurrection message – and hopefully we’ll all recognise this as we proceed.

I don’t know if you recognised the music which was playing to introduce this video.  It’s the melody of Tim Hughes’ song “Light of the world” and the refrain has these words: “So here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you’re my God.”  May that be our purpose, may that be our experience now, wherever we may be, however far apart we may feel ourselves to be from others.  Because even in these strange and scary times, God is still closer to us than we can possibly imagine.

Loving God, Creator and upholder of this world and of all of us who live in it, you have promised never to forget us or to abandon us.  Be with us all now by your Spirit, and help us to worship you, so that we may know, without any doubt, that even though we are physically separated from each other, we are united with our sisters and brothers in our local church and community, we are united with your church throughout the world and the church in heaven and, even more importantly, we are united with you.  We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour – amen.

Bible readings

 A reading from the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 37 – the Valley of Dry Bones.

I felt the powerful presence of the Lord, and his spirit took me and set me down in a valley where the ground was covered with bones.  He led me all round the valley, and I could see that there were very many bones and that they were very dry.  He said to me, “Mortal man, can these bones come back to life?”

I replied, “Sovereign Lord, only you can answer that!”

He said, “Prophesy to the bones.  Tell these dry bones to listen to the word of the Lord.  Tell them that I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying to them: I am going to put breath into you and bring you back to life.  I will give you sinews and muscles and cover you with skin.  I will put breath into you and bring you back to life.  Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been told.  While I was speaking, I heard a rattling noise, and the bones began to join together.  While I watched, the bones were covered with sinews and muscles, and then with skin.  But there was no breath in the bodies.

God said to me, “Mortal man, prophesy to the wind.  Tell the wind that the Sovereign Lord commands it to come from every direction, to breathe into these dead bodies and to bring them back to life.”

So I prophesied as I had been told.  Breath entered the bodies, and they came to life and stood up.  There were enough of them to form an army.

And now a reading from John’s Gospel, chapter 11 – the death and raising of Lazarus.

A man named Lazarus, who lived in Bethany, was ill.  Bethany was the town where Mary and her sister Martha lived.  The sisters sent Jesus a message: “Lord, your dear friend is ill.”

Jesus loved Mary and her sister and Lazarus.  Yet when he received the news that Lazarus was ill, he stayed where he was for two more days.  Then he said to the disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been buried four days before.  Bethany was less than three kilometres from Jerusalem, and many Judeans had come to see Martha and Mary to comfort them over their brother’s death.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house.  Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died!  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask him for.”

“Your brother will rise to life,” Jesus told her.

“I know,” she replied, “that he will rise to life on the last day. 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and all those who live and believe in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord!” she answered.  “I do believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

After Martha said this, she went back and called her sister privately.  “The Teacher is here,” she told her, “and is asking for you.”  When Mary heard this, she got up and hurried out to meet him. (Jesus had not yet arrived in the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.)  The people who were in the house with Mary, comforting her, followed her when they saw her get up and hurry out.  They thought that she was going to the grave to weep there.

Mary arrived where Jesus was, and as soon as she saw him, she fell at his feet.  “Lord,” she said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died!”

Jesus saw her weeping, and he saw how the people who were with her were also weeping; his heart was touched and he was deeply moved.  “Where have you buried him?” he asked them.

“Come and see, Lord,” they answered.

Jesus wept.  “See how much he loved him!” the people said.  But some of them said, “He gave sight to the blind man, didn’t he?  Could he not have kept Lazarus from dying?”

Deeply moved once more, Jesus went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone placed at the entrance.  “Take the stone away!” Jesus ordered.

Martha, the dead man’s sister, answered, “There will be a bad smell, Lord.  He has been buried four days!”

Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believed?”  They took the stone away.  Jesus looked up and said, “I thank you, Father, that you listen to me.  I know that you always listen to me, but I say this for the sake of the people here, so that they will believe that you sent me.”  After he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  Lazarus came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave clothes and with a cloth round his face.  “Untie him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go.”

This is the word of the Lord – thanks be to God.

Psalm 130

One of the other Bible passages for today from the Lectionary is a Psalm – Psalm 130, a plea to God for mercy and help in times of darkness – very appropriate for us all today.  I’m going to sing a version of this Psalm which we have in our Church of Scotland hymnbook – we’ve sung it together a few times in church, so you may be familiar with it, and hopefully be able to join in.

Up from the depths I cry to God:

O listen, Lord, to me;

O hear my voice in this distress,

this mire of misery.

I wait for God with all my heart,

my hope is in his word;

and more than watchmen for the dawn

I’m longing for the Lord.

If you, my God, should measure guilt

who then stands free from blame?

But true forgiveness comes from you;

we trust and fear your name.


I wait for God with all my heart,

my hope is in his word;

and more than watchmen for the dawn

I’m longing for the Lord.


O Israel, set your hope on God,

whose mercy is supreme:

the nation mourning for its sin

he surely will redeem.


I wait for God with all my heart,

my hope is in his word;

and more than watchmen for the dawn

I’m longing for the Lord.



Now, I don’t know what you made of our two Bible readings today – one from the Old Testament and one from the New – but each in its own way gives a picture of hopelessness and grief – one of them, a picture of hopelessness affecting a whole nation, and the other a much more personal picture, of a particular kind of hopelessness and grief affecting a very specific group of individuals, a very specific family.

Ezekiel was a prophet who lived many of thousands of years ago, at a time when the Kingdom of Judah – a nation which was supposed to be God’s own chosen people – had simply ceased to exist.  Judah had been invaded by the Babylonian Empire, and had been completely overwhelmed.  Jerusalem the capital city had been looted and sacked and the Temple had been completely destroyed.  And the people themselves – those who had survived the attack – had been carted off to Babylon as prisoners, slaves and exiles.  For them, things were hopeless – they were in complete despair.

Except that things weren’t hopeless.  Because God started sending messengers to them – prophets like Ezekiel – who told them that their terrible predicament wouldn’t last for ever, and that they would be able to go back home again.  There was hope after all.

In our Ezekiel reading, God gives Ezekiel a very special, and at first a very scary, vision.  A vision of a valley full of bones – human bones, human bodies that have been left there for so long that the bones are all that are left.  And in the vision, God asks Ezekiel, “What do you think, Ezekiel – can these dry bones live again?”  Ezekiel answers, “Lord, only you can answer that” – I’ve always been tempted to think that Ezekiel was perhaps a bit too polite to say what he must really have thought – “Don’t be daft, Lord, these are dead, dry bones, how on earth can they be brought back to life?”  And God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones, to proclaim to these dead bones the message that yes indeed, God is going to bring them back to life.  He’s going to rebuild them as full human bodies, as living human beings.  So Ezekiel does as he’s been told, and it happens – the bones come together as proper skeletons, and then muscle and flesh and skin start forming, and they become proper human bodies once again.  And then God tells Ezekiel to go further, and to prophesy, to proclaim to the wind, so that these human bodies might be filled with breath and come back fully to life.  So Ezekiel does as he’s been told, and it happens – the bodies are fully brought back to life.

Now, that was a particular vision, a particular message, which God gave to Ezekiel, so that he could pass it on to the people of Judah, in exile in Babylon, to give them hope that their particular situation would be resolved.  But ever since then, lots of other people, lots of Christians, have taken encouragement from this dramatic vision, taking it as a message of hope to them as well.  Can’t we do the same in our situation today – this terrible pandemic which has forced us to change the way we live so dramatically, forcing us to live apart from our friends and neighbours, giving us all sorts of anxieties about the future, not just for ourselves and those we know and love, but for our communities, our nation, the whole world?  This message of hope which God gave to Ezekiel – it wasn’t just a one-off.  There are so many other stories like that in the Bible, so many other stories like that in human history, stories of God coming into hopeless situations with messages of hope and promises of new life.

And this message of hope is given even more strongly in our other reading, from John’s Gospel.  A kind of hopelessness and grief in that story which is much more up close and personal.  Two sisters, Martha and Mary, living in Bethany with their much-loved brother Lazarus.  And Lazarus falls ill – dangerously ill.  But Martha, Mary and Lazarus have a friend – none other than Jesus himself.  So the two sisters send a message to Jesus, telling him that Lazarus is dangerously ill, obviously hoping that Jesus will come at once and heal him, as he has healed so many others.  But what does Jesus do?  He stays put where he is for several days, and then starts making his way to Bethany, by which time it’s too late – Lazarus has succumbed to his illness.  So when Jesus arrives in Bethany, he is met with grief and sadness – and more besides.  He is met with reproach and even blame – “Lord,” say both sisters, “if you had been here our brother wouldn’t have died.  Why didn’t you come here sooner – didn’t you care that Lazarus was so ill, didn’t you care about us?”  And even the crowd of onlookers are muttering to each other: “Think of all the tremendous things this man is supposed to have done – couldn’t he have stopped this terrible thing from happening?”

But what happens?  Jesus shows clearly that he does care – he himself is affected by Lazarus’ death and by Martha and Mary’s terrible grief – he himself weeps over Lazarus’ death.  And Jesus also shows clearly that, even in the most terrible circumstances of grief and loss, there is still hope – he brings Lazarus back to life, and promises that even in the face of death, there is hope of a better future, hope of life that conquers death and outlasts it.  What a message for us all just now, as we try to come to terms with the way in which coronavirus has made us change the way we live, made us think about our immediate future – our own health and well-being, the health and well-being of our families and friends, our jobs and finances, our food and shopping.  We don’t know yet how long this situation will last, or what long-term effects it will have on us all.  But God hasn’t forgotten or abandoned us.  Jesus himself is with us, God himself is with us.  Jesus cares about us, he shares our pain and sorrow and fears and worries.  And so, in spite of everything, as Julian of Norwich once said, many hundreds of years ago, “All will be well, and all will well, and all manner of thing will be well.”

We began this on-line worship with the melody of a wonderful song about being here to worship God.  We will end shortly with another melody which you might recognise – a melody which is used in our hymnbook for John Bell’s wonderful setting of Psalm 34 – “I will always bless the Lord, praise his name and love his word.  Humble folk will fill with joy, as in God I glory.  When I prayed, God answered me, from my fears he set me free: none who trust God’s faithful love will be disappointed.  Taste and see that God is good, know your yearnings understood, find your true security, be God’s holy people.  Even lions suffer need, hunger when they long to feed; yet for those who wait on God, good will not be lacking.”

Prayers for Others


And now we bring our prayers of concern for other people to God.

Loving God, we thank and praise you that you are our God, that you love us and care for us, that you are always with us and that you hear and answer our prayers.  In times of danger, we find refuge in you; in times of sorrow, we find comfort in you; in times of trouble, we find peace in you; in times of gladness, we find even more joy in you.  Hear us now as we come to you with our prayers for others.

We begin by praying for our families and friends, our church and our community during this terrible coronavirus crisis.  As we pray, we call to mind specific people whom we know and love, and about whom we are concerned – we name them before you in our hearts and minds.  We remember family members, close friends and others whom we know and love … be near to them and keep them safe and well.  We remember people who have actually been afflicted with coronavirus … be near to them, and bring them back to health.  We remember people in our community who are especially lonely and especially vulnerable during this time when we are all supposed to keep ourselves isolated and apart from each other … those who are elderly … those who live alone … those with other serious health problems … those who have had their medical treatment postponed or cancelled … those who are worried about their jobs and their finances … children and young people whose education has been halted and their plans for the summer turned upside down … be near to all these and keep them safe and well.  We remember those in our community who provide us with services on which we find ourselves depending more than ever before … for our wonderful GPs, nurses, receptionists and other staff at the Easdale Medical Practice .. for all those, including folk in our own church and community, who work at the hospital in Oban … for those at the Balvicar Stores, working hard to support those who need extra help with food deliveries … for staff in supermarkets and other necessary shops in Oban .. for postal workers and others delivering supplies and services to our homes … for police, fire and other emergency workers … be near to all these, keep them safe and well, and may they not be overwhelmed.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who govern us, at local level and at Holyrood and Westminster – so many heavy responsibilities, so many difficult decisions to make … keep them safe and well and give them the wisdom and compassion that they need to fulfil their responsibilities.  We pray for people in other countries where the present crisis seems to be even more threatening that it is here at present … for people we know in America … for people we know in Spain, Italy and other afflicted countries … for our sisters and brothers in Bemvu in Malawi; thankfully no recorded cases yet in that country, but for how long, and how will they cope without the kind of medical services which we take so much for granted?  Be near to them and keep them safe and well.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our Netherlorn Churches – for our Session Clerks, our Treasurers, our property conveners, our elders and worship leaders, for Alison our Interim Moderator, and for all others who are working so hard to keep our congregational life going during this difficult time.  And in a few last moments of silence, we pray for ourselves, bringing our own particular anxieties and concerns to you, and of course our gratitude and love to you, our most kind, loving God … Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer – amen.



May the Lord bless you; may the Lord keep you.  May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and give you his peace – amen.

Online Church Service, 22nd March, Kilbrandon & Kilchattan


To see the service please click on the following link:

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.



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.