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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Gaelic Service Sunday 6 PM 11th July

Tonight we have a Gaelic service at 6 PM, to which everyone is cordially invited.The service will be live-streamed using Zoom and YouTube from the church in Tarbert and will consist of Gaelic singings, prayers and sermon.We would be delighted to have you share in fellowship with us at this Gaelic service. The online Gaelic services have been consistently very well attended over the last year, and we look forward to your company and fellowship if you can make it on Sunday evening.

If you wish to join this meeting, please click on the following link to take you to the service through your Zoom app or browser extension. Please note that this service will be monitored by our team of co-hosts to ensure the safety of all attending and for the security of the meeting.

The service will also be streamed on YouTubeLive.

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Funeral Notice Mrs Chirsty Cathie MacLeod

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The Visit of Philip Rose OM International

The speaker at the prayer meeting on Wednesday was Philip Rose of OM International . We were blessed , challenged and encouraged by all that Philip had to share with us of OM’s work throughout the world.

If anyone is interested or feels called to maybe undertake a short term mission with OM then more information can be found at the OM website at https://www.uk.om.org .

Philip also asked me to pass on his own resource and opportunities sheet which can be found by clicking on this link. Philip Rose OM

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SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILY SERVICE

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILY SERVICE SUNDAY 13TH JUNE

A reminder that tomorrow morning we look forward to the Sunday school family service, marking the formal end of the Sunday school year. This has been a challenging year for both pupils and teachers alike, but we are grateful to God for the enthusiasm and commitment that the Sunday school have shown in meeting over the last few weeks, both meeting in the church hall and on Zoom during the Sunday service.

This does not mean that the Sunday school is finishing for the summer and we are delighted to announce that Summer Sunday club and creche will start next Sunday 20th June. It will meet during the service in the hall.

The theme for tomorrow’s family service is “How great is our God” and follows songs and work that the Sunday school have been doing over the past while. The Sunday school will help sing and lead two of the songs and lead the three readings tomorrow.

The three talks are
How Wide is God’s Love ( based on Ephesians 3: 14-19)
How Great is our God ( based on Isaiah 40: 25-31)
How precious are God’s promises ( based on Jeremiah 29:10-14)

We look forward to welcoming a good number of young people, parents and grandparents and friends in person to the church for this service, and those who connect on Zoom will be welcome as always. Visitors to church will be most welcome as always. You can let us know if you would like to come by dropping a line at acts.tarbert@btconnect.com . Alternatively visitors will be welcome to call in to the service tomorrow and give contact details for track and trace. The service will also be going out online on Zoom and Youtube live. We look forward to having you with us for worship tomorrow.

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Attending Church from Sunday 6th June

Attending Church from Sunday 6th June

From Sunday 6th June everyone who has asked to attend Church in person will be able to attend each week, the bi-weekly bubbles will no longer apply. The same guidelines will be in place but we are now able to have more people in the church building.
We will have lists at the door, as before for track and trace details, and because of this we would ask if you are unable to attend any week that you drop us a quick email to acts.tarbert@btconnect.com and let us know. This also means we will know what space we have for any visitors who want to attend.


We are also pleased to announce that visitors will be warmly welcomed to join us from now on throughout the summer. All that is necessary is that you inform the door stewards that you would wish to come to the service and leave contact details for track and trace purposes, and we will be very happy to have you join us in the service.
Alternatively, if you decided to come to church earlier in the week, please let us know by dropping us an email at acts.tarbert@btconnect.com.


If you know of anyone who now would like to attend church and has not been in touch please ask them to contact us at the email address above or you can do so on their behalf. Guidance is changing all the time so we hope that in a short time things will open up a bit more as well.

We look forward to welcoming you to church.

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Welcome back Visitors

Welcome back visitors

One of the real blessings of summertime in Harris is welcoming visitors on holiday into the church. It is always an absolute joy to see so many summer visitors and holidaymakers joining us for Sunday worship and sharing in fellowship afterwards.
Since the Pandemic starting, it has not been possible for us to welcome visitors as we would have wished. We missed having friends from all over the country and the world joining us on Sundays. We are pleased to announce that visitors will be warmly welcomed to join us from now on throughout the summer.


All that is necessary is that you inform the door stewards that you would wish to come to the service and leave contact details for track and trace purposes, and we will be very happy to have you join us in the service.
Alternatively, if you decided to come to church earlier in the week, please let us know by dropping us an email at acts.tarbert@btconnect.com
We very much look forward to welcoming you to church.

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DR JOHN HAY MIAVAIG UIG ISLE OF LEWIS


It was with a profound sense of sadness and loss that many people in Harris and much further afield learned of the passing of Dr John Hay of Miavaig Uig, Isle of Lewis, on Sunday, the 9th of May. His passing leaves a huge void in the lives of his family, his daughters and grandchildren upon whom he doted, but also the wider community of Uig and Bernera, who mourn with them.
These words are in no way an official tribute, but simply my own very fond recollections of someone who, as a GP, as a Christian, as a preacher and as a friend, had a great impact upon the lives of many people, my own included.


His own family have described him as a legend, and that was undoubtedly true. John’s infectious zest for life, combined with a heart of love for all, endeared him to everyone who knew him. We are thankful for having known this rare soul who lived life to the full and was loved by all as a neighbour, friend and elder statesman of the church and community.


The people of Uig and Bernera knew him primarily as our dearly beloved GP as well as a frequent and very popular lay preacher. Growing up in Bernera in the 70s and 80s, I looked forward immensely to the nights when Dr Hay was taking the evening service in the church in Breaclete. For young and old alike, it was so refreshing to hear a preacher so interesting and easy to listen to, but yet with such profound and practical insight into the scriptures. Over the years, he was a familiar and popular preacher in many pulpits throughout the islands, including here in Tarbert.

Uig district with Suainabhal and Mealaisbhal from Beinn Breacleit Bernera


John also fulfilled a very important role in the Presbytery of Lewis as ministries convenor and was particularly interested in helping and supporting students training for the ministry. None of us who were candidates for the ministry at that time can ever forget his warm-hearted support and words of counsel and wisdom to us during the years of our training.


The personal debt that I and I know many others owe to John and to his late wife Faye is incalculable. When I was eight years old, my father suffered a heart attack in the family home. One of the enduring images my mother recalled from that time was Dr Hay on his knees by my father’s bed, in earnest prayer for him. As a couple, John and Faye continued to encourage and be an inspiration to all who encountered them in any walk of life.
John leaves an enduring legacy for his family and friends as well as a deep void in the lives of all who knew him. To his daughters Peggy,Marion, Janet, Kirsty and Joy, their own husbands and the grandchildren who John loved so dearly, we extend our heartfelt and prayerful condolences.

IMMD

‘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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Gaelic Service Sunday evening 25th April

Our next Gaelic service is scheduled for this coming Sunday evening 25th April, at 6 PM, to which everyone is cordially invited.
The service will be live-streamed using Zoom and YouTube from the church in Tarbert and will consist of Gaelic singings, prayers and sermon.
We would be delighted to have you share in fellowship with us at this Gaelic service. The online Gaelic services have been consistently very well attended over the last year, and we look forward to your company and fellowship if you can make it on Sunday evening.
If you wish to join this meeting, please click on the following link to take you to the service through your Zoom app or browser extension. Please note that this service will be closely monitored by our team of co-hosts to ensure the safety of all attending and for the security of the meeting. The service will also be streamed on YouTubeLive.

Tarbert Church of Scotland is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Gaelic Service Sunday 25th April Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 25, 2021 06:00 PM London

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Church re-opening Sunday 18th April

As we intimated this morning, we hope to start in-person services in the church a week today at 11 AM Sunday 18th April.

We are looking forward to getting back together to worship, so please get in touch and let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come to church by dropping a line to acts.tarbert@btconnect.com with your name and contact details and the names of any others of whom you are aware and who may wish to go to church.

By the middle of the week, we will be back in touch to let you know what happens next and send you some important information regarding our returning to in-person worship.

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A Time to Mourn

The Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that 

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

For us as a Nation and as Commonwealth, now is a time to weep and mourn. The passing of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, the beloved husband of our Queen for seventy-three years, and Consort of our reigning Sovereign for over sixty years is in many ways the end of an era. Many if not most of us have never known anyone else other than the Queen reigning on the throne of the Commonwealth and Nation, and for the entire duration of her reign, Prince Philip has been by her side as her strength and stay as the Queen herself expressed it so well. 

The Queen and Prince Philip were practically married for a lifetime and lived through times of tumultuous change. They were married in 1947, just as the world was beginning to recover from World War 2, and were together as a solid and united team to lead the Nation and the Commonwealth through many a crisis over the years and into the twenty-first century. During that time, fourteen British Prime Ministers have served, and the Queen and the Prince have met twelve United States Presidents. For many, they have as a couple been a constant source of inspiration and strength in a sea of turmoil and change. Their marriage remained stable and strong and an example of commitment and love to the end. 

In her mourning, we lift our Queen to the love and grace of God and pray that the grief she knows may be assuaged by the comforting presence of the Saviour, who she knows and professes so radiantly. 

In the Bible, the apostle Paul encourages us to pray for our leaders. 

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. “

1 Timothy 2:1-2 .

Now more than ever before, it is necessary for us to put this into practice. Tomorrow morning as we reflect on these verses, may we remember that, Now is time for us to mourn with our Queen and support her Majesty with our prayers.

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