Presbytery Prayer, 8th April

Presbytery Prayer Point

You are invited to pray with fellow Presbyters at

12 noon on Wednesday 8th April 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.

Lord, during this most holy of weeks for the church we continue to be separated and isolated physically but we know that with you, we are never separated; indeed in times like these we become more closely entwined with you and our fellow believers in a spiritual sense that transcends all separations. 

Lord God, today, we bring to mind children and young people everywhere. As we recall their enthusiasm and zeal for life, their innocence and natural enquiry, their ability to look at things with a realism and pragmatism that so often surprises and delights us, we visualise for a moment the rainbows that so many children have created and displayed in the front windows of their homes. The vibrancy of the colours remind us time and time again of the hope for the future, especially the future of these youngsters, growing up in a world so different from what we knew in the past. Lord we pray your protection on all young people today and in particular those with underlying health conditions who are relying on the rest of us observing social distancing and good hand hygiene. We bring to mind those unborn children and their excited expectant parents whose joy may now be tinged with a worry, for those new-born babies who now need extra protection so that their small bodies can cope with any additional threats and we remember those inquisitive toddlers who simply cannot understand why their world has changed so dramatically.  

Lord we pray your protection for school-age youngsters whose education has been disrupted and who now may be placed at a disadvantage because of this. We pray that the sterling efforts of parents and family now engaging in home schooling and for the plethora of digital tutors will pay dividends in inspiring youngsters and ensuring that their full potential is realised. We pray that all youngsters are treated fairly by the exam system now running to a different process as this cruel virus denies youngsters the opportunity to excel at their education.  

Lord we give thanks for teenagers despite the angst they often cause to parents and family! They deserve our prayers and encouragement as they strike out on a path to life which for now has been de-railed. We pray that all teenagers stay safe and healthy, so that in time and in hope, they can pick up the fragments and set out firmly and with confidence, on the path you have for them. 

Lord, as we travel on the journey through Lent and into Holy Week, we are aware of the awfulness of the Friday and we cannot avoid this but we know too that in time Easter Sunday will dawn afresh and renew us in spirit and hope for the future. So, it is with our current situation, we know that the virus has more havoc to wreak, more families to learn of the loss of loved ones, the denial of the opportunity for people to meet socially and in worship but in time it will be defeated and life will return to normality and so with your blessing ringing in our ears, we look forward to that time but for now, we focus on the children’s rainbows and that expression of a hopeful future. 

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.

Presbytery Prayer 1st April

Please join us in this week’s prayer, to be prayed unitedly at 12 noon on Wednesday 1st April.

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.

 

Lord we seek your protection for all those who still need to travel to engage in essential tasks to keep the rest of us safe. Today we bring to mind all those front-line staff working in hospitals, testing stations, ambulances, police and fire stations, supermarkets and pharmacies. We give thanks for their dedication and hard work and we pray that they stay safe at this time. We remember too those who maintain our mail delivery helping us to maintain contact with others and for delivery drivers and local shopkeepers who bring essential goods to our doorsteps. We give thanks and acknowledge the willingness of local volunteers to look after the vulnerable in our communities and we are all reminded at this time of the importance of looking out for our neighbours.

 

Lord, we are challenged to maintain our faith in these difficult times having been deprived of the sense of community worship. Lord we give thanks for the sterling efforts of all those who have endeavoured to learn new digital skills so that corporate worship of sorts can continue throughout Argyll and beyond. We pray that those who have embarked on this form of ministry are able to sustain us all through these difficult times. We especially pray for our ministerial colleagues who strive to maintain pastoral care at a distance; an alien concept in a world where personal interaction and presence are crucial but now no longer possible. We pray too for those times when they might be called upon to conduct funeral services; help them to find ways of consoling the bereaved that is meaningful in these difficulties.

 

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.

Presbytery Prayer 25th 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

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!
 

Sing for Seed night great success

Sing for Seed was a great success raising funds and awareness towards our Seed for Life campaign.  Our guest celebrity at the Sing for Seed event in Seil Island Hall at the weekend was Vera Kamtukule, CEO of the Malawi Scotland Partnership. Thanks to all who took part and contributed to a great night!

 

 

Kilbrandon Order of Service 20 August 2017 Kilbrandon and Kilchattan Kilbrandon Charity No. SC017005 Welcome and Notices Call to Worship: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 Praise 185 Come, children, join and sing “Chip off the Old Block” Prayers of Approach Offering and Doxology (807) Praise 125 Lord of all being throned afar Lessons: Deuteronomy 28:1-9; John 8:31-38 Prayers of Thanksgiving and Concern Praise 622 We sing a love that sets all people free “Life’s Big Questions” Praise 500 Lord of creation “Trust and Obey” Praise 448 Lord, the light of your love is shining Benediction and 3-fold Amen

                                 Kilbrandon and Kilchattan

Kilbrandon Charity No. SC017005

Welcome and Notices

Call to Worship: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Praise 185 Come, children, join and sing

“Chip off the Old Block”

Prayers of Approach

Offering and Doxology (807)

Praise 125 Lord of all being throned afar

Lessons: Deuteronomy 28:1-9; John 8:31-38

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Concern

Praise 622 We sing a love that sets all people free

“Life’s Big Questions”

Praise 500 Lord of creation

“Trust and Obey”

Praise 448 Lord, the light of your love is shining

Benediction and 3-fold Amen

Fun and games at Messy Church on 20th May