Sunday 28th June: Online worship led by Martin Waddell

Good Morning all.  Our online worship today will be led by Martin Waddell. Think link goes live at 10am: https://youtu.be/NB9vEHu87ks 

Every week there’s the option to join in on an online chat with each other after.  You need a Google account to do so – if you don’t have one then you can set one up via this link: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/161805?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en.

Kilbrandon & Kilchattan Churches staying closed at present.

Kilbrandon & Kilchattan Churches will be staying closed at present despite being reported on the news that Churches can now re-open for private prayer.  We cannot do that at the present time with our churches.  Firstly they have to be accessed for safety requirements, then for fitting and fixtures, wall sanitisers and hand free soap dispensers, signage, and floor markings etc.  will have to be fitted. Then when it is opened, it will have to be cleaned after every use, so to open at the present time is unfortunately not practical.  We regret this and will keep everyone informed.

Sunday 21st June: Online worship led by Caroline Fothergill

Caroline Fothergill will be leading us in today’s Sunday worship at 10am: https://youtu.be/kAGyvYWtELU

The link goes live at 9.45am. If you miss the video when it goes live, or if you experience any kind of glitch, you can always catch up with it later. All our online worship videos remain available for viewing on YouTube.

Sunday 14th June: Online worship led by Jean Alexander

Jean Alexander will be leading us in today’s Sunday worship at 10am: https://youtu.be/w0uMMNCOBd4


The link goes live at 9.45am. If you miss the video when it goes live, or if you experience any kind of glitch, you can always catch up with it later. All our online worship videos remain available for viewing on YouTube.
After our online worship finishes there will be an opportunity for us all to join in online chat with each other.


If you would like to take part in this, you will need to have a Google account – for help in setting this up, please use this link: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/161805?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en.https://youtu.be/w0uMMNCOBd4

Communion Service, Sunday 7th June: Online worship led by Rev Andy Campbell

Rev Andy Campbell will be leading us in celebrating communion at today’s Sunday worship at 10am: https://youtu.be/6EmuXh2SA40. Please have your bread and wine with you, as per Andy’s helpful advice in last week’s worship.

The link goes live at 9.45am. If you miss the video when it goes live, or if you experience any kind of glitch, you can always catch up with it later. All our online worship videos remain available for viewing on YouTube.

If you enjoy the video, please use the “like” button and subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already done so.

After our online worship finishes there will be an opportunity for us all to join in online chat with each other.  Please also take the chance to take part in the online chat before the start of the video.  If you would like to take part in this, you will need to have a Google account – for help in setting this up, please use this link: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/161805?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en. 

Pentecost Sunday, 31st May led by Robert Rae

Today’s Sunday worship at 10am for Pentecost will be led by Robert Rae:  https://youtu.be/Oc3hJPrkLTY

During our online worship, the prayers for others (led by Brien Dickey) will include an opportunity for us to bring to God any particular people for whom we are concerned. Can I ask you, during these moments of silence, to include Ken Butler in your thoughts – a long-standing member of Kilbrandon Church, an elder in our congregation, and our former organist, now seriously ill in hospital with mouth cancer.

After the worship is over, there will be an opportunity for us to take part in some online chat – do please take this opportunity, if you can, to catch up with others.

The link goes live at 9.45am. If you miss the video when it goes live, or if you experience any kind of glitch, you can always catch up with it later. All our online worship videos remain available for viewing on YouTube.

If you enjoy the video, please use the “like” button and subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already done so.

Presbytery Prayer: 27th May

Presbytery Prayer Point

You are invited to pray with fellow Presbyters at 12 noon on Wednesday 27th May 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 comfortknowing that nothing can separate us from your love.

Heavenly Father, we give thanks that we are beginning to see some signs of recovery from the current situation and we are grateful for all the people who have worked so hard to achieve this. Help us to be patient so that we might move forward without further harm, help us to understand our responsibilities for ourselves and others that we might be able restore some semblance of normality in our lives. We give grateful thanks for the worship that has continued online and by other means so that our faith journey can continue during these difficult times. As restrictions begin to be lifted, we look forward to being able to worship in familiar sacred spaces and we pray your blessings on the planning and arrangements for future worship in all the different forms that it might take. We pray too for staff at the national church as they begin to grapple with the consequences of the virus and its impact upon finances, staffing and church buildings. Difficult decisions will need to be made to secure the church’s future and we pray your wisdom and insight for those charged with this responsibility. We especially pray for the future of Crossreach as it undertakes its vital social care on the most vulnerable members of society within a restricted budget. We pray your protection on all the residents and staff as they come to terms with restrictions on visiting and the risk to both staff and clients of being infected. We give thanks for the dedicated Crossreach staff providing safe care across the country in our name.

Lord, as arrangements are being made for children to return to school, we pray that the best arrangements are put in place to keep both staff and pupils safe. The resumption of education for children is of vital importance but needs to be undertaken in a safe and reliable environment and that parents feel reassured that their children will be safe.

Lord, as we hear about deaths amongst the elderly in residential care homes our hearts are vexed. We pray for this vulnerable generation who have already given so much in their lifetime and who now find themselves at risk.  We pray that they stay safe during these difficult times. We especially pray for the families who worry about their loved ones from whom they are separated. And we especially remember, at these difficult times, the families who mourn at a distance for those who have lost the fight against the virus. We pray that once some sense of normality prevails, families will be able to grieve properly and hold in their hearts the positive memories of the ones who they have lost in these circumstances.

Father, we offer this prayer in earnest gratitude for all you are doing at this time in our lives and in the world at large. Our future is in your hands and we are assured that when we hand over our concerns and worries to you that you will answer our prayers.

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. Amen.

Sunday 24th May: Online worship led by Jean Alexander


Our online worship at 10am today will be led by Jean Alexander: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6RolHWcp9s&feature=youtu.be

There are two other important links today. One for the The Natasha Allergy Foundation which Jean will be mentioning in her service: https://www.narf.org.uk/

The other is for Rivers of Music, another important source of worship music that Robert Rae has found: https://riversofmusic.co.uk/

The link goes live at 9.45am. If you miss the video when it goes live, or if you experience any kind of glitch, you can always catch up with it later. All our online worship videos remain available for viewing on YouTube.

If you enjoy the video, please use the “like” button and subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already done so.

Sunday 17th May: Online worship led by Maura Rae

Our online worship at 10am today will be Godly Play led by Maura Rae: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry5suS1Tddw&feature=youtu.be

The link goes live at 9.45am. If you miss the video when it goes live, or if you experience any kind of glitch, you can always catch up with it later. All our online worship videos remain available for viewing on YouTube.

If you enjoy the video, please use the “like” button and subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already done so.

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May 17th  Daniel

Good morning everyone, and welcome to worship

Lord, we acknowledge your sovereignty in our lives and over all of history.  Help us to give you our whole attention and open our ears to hear from you.

Let’s light the Christ candle as we get ready

Today we are going to be concentrating on the whole book of Daniel.  I hope that by getting an overview and a dip into some of its gems you will view this as a taster and be encouraged to spend time soaking up more of the flamboyant detail in the original.   My study Bible gives fascinating insight into some of the historical background and possible fulfilment of some of its prophecies so I would recommend finding some commentary to refer to.

Last time we were in the school the children were showing us some of the sign language they had been learning, so I shared a little of the sign language I learned through the Bible Alive programme.

“The Bible is a library with 66 books for you”.  The Book of Daniel is right in the middle of the Prophecy section of the library in the Old Testament.  The New Testament has one Prophecy book in its library called Revelation to John.  There are parts of Daniel which are echoed in Revelation.

Let’s listen to Robert reading us some of the initial greeting in Revelation chapter 1 

Grace and peace be yours from God, who is, who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits in front of his throne and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first to be raised from death and who is the ruler of the kings of the world.  He loves us, and by his death he has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father.   To Jesus Christ be the glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.   

Let’s sing ‘He is Lord’  

Are you ready for the story? 

(Maura then told the Godly Play story of Daniel using the visual aids which are shown again during the prayer)

I was pleased to note the other week that the then current moderator, Colin Sinclair chose Daniel for one of his morning addresses as an example of resilience, a quality we are all needing to aspire to in our present circumstances.  He served faithfully under many successive administrations without compromising his allegiance to God’s will.  The other characteristic of Daniel’s life was his commitment to prayer.

The next hymn is a prayer so let’s start our prayers by singing:  Thy Kingdom come, Oh God [CH3 no 322]

  Let’s use this story to guide our topics as we put the story away .   On Sunday we did the prayers going through the the pictures of the story in reverse order.  I have turned them round in case you want to read the scripture passages in order which go with the story before following the prayer.

Daniel chapter 1    The Exile

Maybe some people feel that being in Lockdown is something like being in exile.  We pray for those who are finding this crisis particularly difficult, for those whose precious plans have been destroyed and those who are grieving a separation from loved ones, temporarily or until death reunites them.  We pray for those whose livelihoods are threatened and for whom the future looks bleak.  Be close to them and bring them hope and courage.

Daniel Chapter  2  The image destroyed

We pray for wisdom and integrity for all those in authority, knowing that one day only the Kingdom of God will last for ever.  In the outworking of prophecy which is both now and not yet, we know that Jesus announced the Kingdom of God but taught us to pray ‘Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven’.  We recognise that Christians down the ages have partnered with you and know that is now our task.  Let your Kingdom come, Lord and show us each our part.  We ask for strength and wisdom for the newly inducted Moderator of the Church of Scotland and may he be able to balance the needs of the national church with those of his own congregation

Chapter 3     The golden image  

I wonder what sort of idols there are today?  Lord, please help us to recognise them.  Are there expected behaviours and attitudes which are part of our culture which are easier to join in with than to challenge?  We pray for those in government and the media who have the courage to stand up and be counted.  We pray for their protection and for their voice to be heard.  We pray for honour and respect to be the norm in this land for those who have the courage to voice a different opinion.

Chapter 4   The tree that was cut down  

We remember that Nebuchadnezzar went through a period of deep distress which was time limited and which brought him into a relationship with God.  Let us bring before God those known to us who are in any sort of distress and ask you God to bless and restore them and enrich their relationship with you.

Chapter 5 the writing on the wall

As world events and a national pandemic can suddenly change our lives, give us Lord that trust in your ultimate sovereignty.  We know we are at the whim of decisions made by others and by the outworking of our own and others sin and by the brokenness of creation.  Help us to know what we can and should take responsibility for and anchor us in the knowledge of your unfailing love.

Chapter 6 The Lion’s den

So few of us would find our lives at risk because we choose to pray only to you, Lord and yet we know this is the case for millions all over the world.  We pray for your supernatural protection and miraculous intervention to rescue those who put their trust in you.  Give them a deep sense of your love and provision for them.

Chapters 7 & 8    The Ram and Goat and the four beasts 

We know of power abused and Evil in leaders in this, our time, as has happened in the past.  We pray for your mercy and protection for those who have no escape.  Where truth can liberate we ask for revelation and rescue.  We pray for the peoples of North Korea, Brazil and Venezuela and the Uighurs in China.  We pray for an end to conflict in Yemen and rescue from terrorists in Afghanistan and Sudan.  With all our news only focussing on our present danger, keep us praying for those who have been living in danger for decades.

Let’s hear that reading from revelation again 

Daniel Chapter 9 Gabriel    

Thank you that you hear and respond to our prayers.   Help us to learn from Daniel and to take this responsibility seriously.   As Daniel asked for forgiveness for the sins of his people we confess our corporate greed, thoughtlessness and self-interest which have caused so much damage to your beautiful world and dangerous poverty to millions.   Thank you for this amazing prophecy of Jesus’ death, that for some appeared to accomplish nothing.   Help us to be willing to wrestle with mystery until we learn truth.  We have hindsight now for that event but for things we are living through we struggle to understand.  Help us to trust and persist in prayer for your will to be done.  We lift before you now all the unknowns and unanswered prayer that are on our minds.

Daniel chapter 10 vs1 -14 and chapter 12    the man in white

Thank you Lord for the comforting words given to Daniel that although times would be difficult you would stay close to your people.  Help us to stay faithful and keep close to you and know that as citizens of your kingdom we will be with you at the end of time

After the blessing we are going to sing a newly composed song to a familiar tune Woodlands which has been written for the worldwide ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative to encourage us each to make a prayer commitment between Ascension Day and Pentecost.  You will find more details on the My Kingdom Come website and Facebook page.   Ascension Day is this coming Thursday.

And now I will change the light. (  As the candle is snuffed it is explained that Jesus’ light was in one time and place in history.  There came a time when his light had to change.  As it becomes smoke it is explained that this was so that he could be present in all times and in all places for ever.)

And now, may the Good Shepherd, who knows all of his sheep by name, lead you into green pastures and beside still waters.  May he be with you in any time of danger and may you find your pearl of great price and travel with the people of God who are more numerous than the stars in the sky or the grains of sand in the desert.  Amen