Online worship 18.10.2020
A Harvest Thanksgiving service from West Kintyre and Gigha.
Online worship 11.10.2020
To view an online service from Argyll please visit www.westcowalchurches.org.uk
With the Coronavirus taking over ever aspect of our lives currently, worship will not take place in any of our church buildings for the foreseeable future. This does not mean that the church is stopped or closed. As the children’s hymn says,
“The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple,
the church is not a resting-place, the church is a people.”
“I am the church, you are the church . . . “
If you are worshipping with us via the link below, welcome, wherever you are.
The service is pre-recorded so, actually, you can tune in at anytime that suits.
However, if it works for you, I’m inviting as many people as possible to tune in at 11am (GMT) so that we can all be “together in our isolation”.
Grab yourself a coffee or tea to drink, and a candle to light, and invite God to be present with you as you seek to be with God:
this new situation is so alien and so strange.
But thank you that we can worship together
through the wonders of modern technology.
Bless us as we continue to be your worshipping community
even though we cannot attend
the sanctuaries that we know so well.
Be with all those who cannot join us today.
Wherever they may be,
may they know your love, grace and peace.
Come, Lord, come.
If you can, using your landline, please telephone someone you know who does not have the internet. Have a wee chat first, then invite them to listen into this online service with you. Put the volume up on your internet device and place the mouthpiece of your landline beside the speaker of your internet device. Hopefully, the person at the other end of the telephone will be able to tune in this way. After the service finishes, have a wee chat again. You may even want to discuss what you thought of what the minister said or the format of what has been presented. If you’ve comments, you can feed them back.
Friends, God is with is. Let us worship God.
SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2020
This week’s worship can now be found here.
The blessing of God the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit
Be with you all
And all those you love,
This day and forevermore.
ONLINE WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY AT 11am,
check in here for a service of worship where,
though we are apart, we can worship as one.
All previous weeks worship can be found here:
In ordinary times, our public worship takes place every Sunday in each of our three churches – unless a special joint service has been arranged.
Clachan Church 10.00
Gigha Church 11.00
A’Chleit Church 11.30
Services are led by our Minister or a Local Worship Leader*.
At present, services are largely conducted by one leader each Sunday although members of the congregations share in giving the Scripture Reading from time to time. We sing from CH4 and enjoy a variety of praise from traditional Psalms to new songs and hymns. Our new songs work well to familiar tunes and Scottish tunes and we can also learn completely new praise. A’Chleit Church and Clachan have an organ and organist while Gigha Church lead praise with a digital hymnal.
If the ferry to Gigha is cancelled due to adverse weather, an Elder always has a service ready and stands in. Gigha also has a new worship leaders’ team which is growing in experience.
*Local Worship Leaders are volunteers from within our congregations who have taken part in a training course to conduct services. There is a team of four experienced Local Worship Leaders. They devise and write their own services and do so to a high standard, often receiving positive feedback from the congregations for sermons which help our understanding of Scripture and its application in our lives. Worship is also often led by a Lay Worship Leader – an Elder trained by the Presbytery of Glasgow who is a former Moderator of the Presbytery of Argyll. All these people are a significant support to our new Minister.
At the risk of bombarding your inbox, I wanted to send a final communication regarding the Week of Prayer running from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 August. Principally, I’m keen to ensure that those who want to get involved will know how to do so.
At 8am each morning a pre-recorded reflection will go live on the Church of Scotland website
http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk and on Facebook. These will include contemplative music, Scripture readings, a brief ‘thought for the day’, a prayer and blessing. Additionally there will be a suggested prayer activity that you can choose to take up at some point during the day. Each of these activities has been designed for all ages but certainly with children and families in mind.
In the evenings, there will be a ‘live’ gathering on Zoom in which we hope many from across the country and perhaps further afield will participate. These will commence at 8.30pm – giving time for those who need to settle young children and for those who may have earlier meetings to join. The prayers from each evening will also be watchable on catch-up through the Church’s digital platforms.
The evening gatherings will include the following:
• Prayers led by designated individuals, these including leaders from our ecumenical partners, Church of Scotland youth workers, ministers and staff members.
• Breakout rooms, during which participants will have a short time to reflect on the Scripture passage that was shared during the morning reflection, to pray together, and to ‘compare notes’ from around the congregations and communities represented.
• Reflective music and time to simply be still; there will be opportunity for individuals to bring prayer requests and causes for prayerful concern and thanksgiving.
The link for participating in the evening gatherings is as follows:
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Meeting ID: 856 8913 7107
Passcode: contact your local minister for passcode please
People who cannot connect to Zoom will be able to phone in:
Dial 0131 460 1196
Type the Meeting ID followed by #
Press # for Participant ID
Type Passcode when promoted (contact your minister for it) followed by #
We are not posting the Zoom details on Facebook or the Church of Scotland website for security purposes, but we’d be delighted if you would make them available via email within your congregations.
But so much for the detail! What the week is really about, is creating space for the Church to come together from all ‘airts and pairts,’ to still ourselves and to listen for what the Spirit might be saying to us in these days (Revelation 3:22).
As we prepare for the coming chapters, let us begin from a position of humility, being on our knees before the One who will both feed us and lead us.
With every blessing,
Rt Revd Dr W Martin Fair
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland