New Sermon Series ” Blessed”

New Sermon Series on the Beatitudes

Mount of Beatitudes, seen from Capernaum

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

Matthew 5:1-2

Last Sunday morning, we began a new sermon series entitled “Blessed,” looking at the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5. The Beatitudes is the name commonly given to the first part of what we know as the Sermon on the Mount. 

I hope to set the scene for this new sermon series and Bible study
at our midweek prayer meeting tonight by looking more closely at what the Sermon on the Mount in general and the Beatitudes specifically are about and what they have to say to us today.

I have always believed the prayer meeting should be a meeting of those who wish to pray. In the year ahead we hope that others will come and join us, as we have many reasons to pray and many to pray for in the time ahead. I have also felt that a preacher-led Bible Study lecture should not dominate the prayer meeting, but that our priority should be corporate and private prayer. That will certainly not change, and in the year ahead, we hope that more will join us to pray, and a cordial invitation is given to all to join us on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 PM.

Over time we have looked at several books, passages, topics, and themes in scripture in the prayer meeting that addresses various issues in Christian life. These have included for example;
the need for prayer, repentance and to seek the Lord, the need for obedience, the need for holiness, the need for grace, the need for humility, the need for forgiveness, the need for tears even. But in the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus Christ combines this heavenly inspired teaching with challenging practical application of these truths to all listeners and readers then and now. The Sermon on the Mount calls us to a radical lifestyle that is shaped by God’s Word and guided by God, the Holy Spirit. What we might say to be the rule and reign of God in the hearts & lives of His people.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 5:13-14

As we read Matthew chapters 5-7, we see what real Christian character is. In essence, what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It isn’t just another supplementary law code or rule book. This Sermon takes us beyond Old Testament Law and our good works. It is a thoroughgoing examination of what it means to be a Christian. In carefully rereading these chapters, we have to confess that none of us is ever able to say that we have reached the summit of this Mount!

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

My prayer is that as we look at Beatitudes, and the Sermon on the Mount, that we will let God the Holy Spirit challenge us and change us to His glory.

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Invitations and Excuses

This morning we look at another of the Parables of Jesus, the parable of the Great Banquet ( Luke 14: 12-27). And focusing on the Invitation made and the excuses we can so easily make.


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Christ in you, the Hope of Glory


‘Christ in you, the Hope of glory ‘
A video presentation of Wednesday evening’s Bible study looking at the great truth that to His people, Christ in us is the hope of glory’ ( Colossians 1:27)


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This clip is a video summary of last Sunday morning’s sermon when we gave thanks for the life of our dear elder Bill Kenyon, focusing on these verses from Paul’s last ever letter.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith., .Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day —and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

(2 Timothy 4:7-8)

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A Tribute to Bill Kenyon

A Tribute to Bill Kenyon

A tribute to the late Mr Bill Kenyon from the Kirk Session written by our Session Clerk  Rev Donald John Morrison.

The news that our esteemed and much-loved elder Bill Kenyon had passed away in Harris House on Wednesday evening 26th August at the age of 94 years was received with much sadness not only by our congregation but throughout the wider community in Harris.

Bill and his wife Maggie moved to Tarbert from Glasgow in 1957  and was firstly manager of the local Co-op store and later its proprietor as Caberfeidh Stores, in which roles he was highly regarded as both employee and employer and a man in whose integrity and business dealings the public could put their total trust.

It was however as a member and office-bearer in the Tarbert Church of Scotland that Bill was best known. He was an elder for over 47 years, Sunday School teacher, leader of praise and worship leader on many occasions in the church and elsewhere, and his words of sound advice and wise counsel were always valued in the courts of the church. Bill took his pastoral duties as an elder seriously and even when well up in years he continued his practice of visiting the elderly and housebound, especially those who had been his neighbours in West Tarbert.

Bill often spoke in his prayers with gratitude for those who had been witnesses to him on his life’s journey but he himself was a bright witness for his Saviour in the community and his warm Christ-like faith was an example to many of us in our young days. In addition to his service in the church, Bill played an important part in the affairs of the community, serving diligently on many of our voluntary organisations. Being interested in sport, he actively supported and assisted the participation of our young people in sporting activities, especially football, and often provided transport to Stornoway for those taking part in competitions.That willingness to help, of course, was only one of Bill’s many attractive and congenial qualities which helped to endear him to young and old alike.

In our morning Zoom service on Sunday, 30th August, our minister paid fulsome tribute to Bill’s life, witness and service, saying that these verses in 2 Timothy 4 could aptly be applied to Bill “ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness”. Bill Kenyon will be missed and mourned, but we do not sorrow as those who have no hope knowing that he is now in the nearer presence of the Saviour whom he loved and served so faithfully, and at whose right hand there are pleasures evermore.

We extend our deepest sympathies once again to his mourning family, sons  Bobby, Campbell and Willie, daughters Alison and Mairi, their spouses and children, not forgetting Bill’s aged sisters Grace and Violet in Glasgow. They can look back with gratitude for a life well spent and for one who will be held in fond remembrance by so many.EgkXRcyWAAA2E-E.jpg


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7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day— and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIVUK)

Tomorrow morning we will look at these wonderful and moving verses in 2 Timothy 4.

Paul’s second letter to Timothy is believed to be the last letter written by the apostle Paul shortly before he was executed on the orders of  Emperor Nero.  Paul knows that he doesn’t have long to live, but his last letter reads like a heartwarming, poignant, urgent counsel and appeal to his young friend Timothy.   Paul the aged apostle is giving these words of counsel and advice to his young disciple Timothy who is going to follow him into leadership. 

  Paul is saying something that could be true of our dear brother Bill Kenyon who departed this life on Wednesday night 26th August to be forever with the Lord.  Bill’s fight of Faith is now over. He has crossed the finishing line, he has kept the faith to the end. Bill adorned his office in a great many different ways as elder, precentor and Sunday school superintendent among many other things, and gave faithful service to his Lord and the congregation of Tarbert over many years. He will be greatly missed in the Harris House home in Tarbert where he was resident for a few years and where he was cared for with devotion and love. In their loss, we commend to God his family Bob, Campbell, Alison, Willie and Mairi, and their own families, as well as his sister’s Grace and Violet in Glasgow.

The funeral service will be at Luskentyre cemetery today at 12 Noon. The Cortege will pass through Tarbert from 11.15 AM for those who wish to pay their respects at the roadside. 

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” He who comes from above is above all” ( John 3:31) This morning’s sermon focuses on the preeminence of Jesus Christ, the truth that Jesus is ABOVE ALL.




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Not Troubled Not Afraid

Not Troubled Not Afraid

This morning’s sermon comes from John’s gospel 14  and looks at the promise Jesus gives about the coming of the Holy Spirit to be the comforter, help and guide of His people. Jesus promises us

” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)


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Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update
Tarbert, Harris Church of Scotland

A Statement from the Kirk Session

The announcement last week by the Scottish Government that church buildings could now open, with certain conditions, was a welcome indication of continued improvement in the situation relating to Covid-19 in Scotland. Along with other churches, our Kirk session met to consider the next steps and how we would proceed. After much discussion and prayerful consideration, we were unanimous in our decision that now was not the time for us to return to our church building. We know many will be eager to return to worshipping here and to meet others as we did before lockdown started in March and will be disappointed by this decision.

It is one that we did not take lightly but the current pandemic is still having a significant impact on everyday life and the risks are still there. The conditions attached to the permission to open churches indicate that the Scottish Government still see the virus as having the potential to cause harm in our communities.

We have a considerable number who are over 70 or in the vulnerable category and so we do need to ensure anything we do does not impact adversely on them.

Limiting the size of meetings to just 50 people mean that we could not welcome everyone who wished to attend every service. It would be very wrong of us to try and decide who could and could not attend.

Allied to this is the need to maintain the 2m social distancing requirement which would necessitate us using the whole of the sanctuary to try and fit everyone in. Our feeling is that we would not be able to accommodate everyone in the building. And if we did, we could only do it once on a Sunday. There is a very strict cleaning regime that needs to be followed after each use of a church building. The implications of this make it impractical to open the church to services on a Sunday.

Since the start of lockdown, we have been meeting every week using Zoom on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Many people who do not have the internet are able to join these by landline. On top of that, we have been putting services on YouTube for anyone to watch.

When we consider every aspect of what we are currently doing and compare it with the reality of opening up the church building we firmly believe that it would be a retrograde step to do the latter just now. It would also be a failure in our witness as a caring, prayerful and community focused fellowship.

We continue to assess the implications of each stage of the Scottish Government roadmap out of lockdown and want to return to our church building as soon as we can, but will only do that when we believe it is safe for everyone to do so, there are no restrictions on numbers attending or on the content of the services and it gives us more than we already have as we seek to worship and proclaim the Word of the Lord.

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Chan eil dìteadh sam bith

Romanaich 8:1

‘Air an adhbhar sin chan eil a‑nis dìteadh sam bith don dream sin a tha ann an Iosa Crìosd, a tha a’ gluasad chan ann a rèir na feòla, ach a rèir an Spioraid.

Ans an ochdamh caibdeil dhan a litir a-chum na Romanach tha an abstol Pòl a sealtainn gu soillear an eadar-dhealachadh a tha Criosd a deanabh dha shluagh fhein.

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Romanaich 8:28

Romanaich 8:28

‘Agus tha fhios againn gun co‑obraich na h‑uile nithean a‑chum maith, don dream aig a bheil gràdh do Dhia, eadhon dhaibhsan a ghairmeadh a rèir a rùin.( Litir a-chum na Romanaich 8:28)

Searmon Gaidhlig bhon litir a-chum na Romanaich 8:28


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