Worship in person or online

If you’re in Tiree on a Sunday you are warmly invited to join us for worship in Heylipol Church at 11:30. Our worship is usually led by our Interim Moderator Mr Douglas Allan, who joins us via video link from his home in Bute (don’t worry, it’s better than it sounds!) If you’re not in Tiree just now you can join our Sunday worship via Facebook on this link:

Tiree Parish Church – Live | Facebook (no account needed)

You can also view previous services at the same link. We do endeavour to make sure that the service is available online but as with any live feed things can go wrong.

Returning to in-person worship: Palm Sunday, 28th March

We are pleased to announce that with lockdown starting to ease we will be worshipping in person at Heylipol Church from Palm Sunday, 28th March, 11:30am. As before we are taking care to make sure we can meet in safety, and it is important that anyone who would like to attend worship should wear a face covering and listen carefully to instructions from the elder at the door.

If you are not yet feeling comfortable returning to worship in person we will be live streaming our services via our Facebook page and recordings will be available there afterwards.

Tiree Parish Church Re-opens

GOOD NEWS!! Tiree Parish Church plans to reopen Heylipol Church for worship on Sunday 6th September, 11.30am. All are most welcome. Details of social distancing and other precautions will be set out in the next issue.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his loving kindness continues forever.” Psalm 136:1

Presbytery Prayer

Tiree Parish Church Bible verses and Presbytery Prayer for the Week

I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock….Amos 7:14-15 And because he was of the same trade he stayed with them, and they worked, for by trade they were tentmakers. Acts 18:3 Is this not the carpenter….? Mark6:3 The members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:25-7

Let us pray Sensitize us to our calling, Lord of wholeness, Lord of shalom. Sensitize us to our calling to be the sensitive Body of Christ, full of feeling, each for the other, as members of each other, as members of the Body. Forgive us where we have not felt, forgive us where our self centredness, our concentration on what touches us alone, has rendered us numb and unfeeling. We seek to be your Church. We seek to be a Presbytery bound together in belonging, in supporting, sustaining, feeling, understanding, anticipating; we thank you for all those ways in which you have grown these things among us. You are at work, within us and among us; we are a work in progress, but we are the Spirit’s work in progress. Sensitize us to our calling, Lord of wholeness, Lord of shalom. Sensitize us to our calling to be the sensitive Body of Christ. Sensitize us to each other, but sensitize us, too, to the flock Christ has given us to shepherd and call, within and beyond the Church, but not beyond our bounds, and never beyond the bounds of God’s love. We pray for the working life of our communities, and the economy of Argyll, and we ask, make our microcosmic prayers, for what and whom we know, into macrocosmic prayer for a world in a pandemic crisis. We pray for those whose livelihoods lie in welcoming, who wait to see if guests, visitors, holiday-makers will come. We pray for those whose working lives are in hosting, entertaining, catering for those who celebrate. We warm to the solidarity of those who will support local businesses, support the community, support the people we know. Where there is love, there God is. We pray for shops and outlets kept going by home deliveries, and the new loyalties, and the old loyalties expressed in new ways, to support local businesses, support the community, support the people we know. Where there is love, there God is. We pray in gratitude for all those who will now buy their groceries lovingly, caringly, locally, to support local businesses, to support the community, support the people we know. Where there is love, there God is. We pray for all those whose businesses, supported in this way, will pull through. We pray for those whose businesses will not. And we pray for the congregations within the bounds-our congregations- whose life is not bounded by the walls of the kirk, as they too strive to support local businesses, support the community, support the people we know. Where there is love, there God is. We are your Church, and pointing to that love which is the sign of your presence where people live their lives, is our business. You make our business, Lord, to be the business of real life, in the real world. We are the living body of Christ. But we are also, incidentally, and not so incidentally, an institution. We, your Presbytery of Argyll, know this so well. As we cope with the challenges yet to come, and come they will, down the road we must travel, let our experiences sensitize us to theirs-the people in the communities within our bounds, who must make their living by organising, planning, managing, coping where plans are mocked by Covid-19, employing, and caring about those they employ, seeing and feeling and sharing their humanity in the very things we do. We pray for ourselves as an organisation, as part of an institution, a Court of decision, and planning and strategic responsibility, and we pray that these dimensions of our life and work be always in the service of the Body-that we always discern the Body-and that we understand it as a spiritual task, and rejoice in the business you give us . Amen

Presbytery Prayer

Tiree Parish Church Bible verses and Presbytery prayer for this week.

‘So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their mantles on their shoulders….The people of Israel had also done as Moses had told them, for they had asked of the Egyptians jewellery of silver and gold, and clothing; and the Lord had given the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they despoiled the Egyptians.’ Exodus 12:34-36

‘Be strong and of good courage; for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.’ Joshua 1:6

Let us pray: They left carrying everything they could, Lord – liberated into the difficult freedom of a wilderness. What they carried with them ceased to serve them as soon as they left the old, familiar, enslaved yesterday, and arrived in the drastic, intermediate today. In the wilderness, they could rely on you. And-they discovered-they could. You nourished them unexpectedly. What they needed, you gave-yet new, every morning. They could store nothing, hoard nothing. In the wilderness they were remade. Can you do that with us, Lord? Can we relinquish even those treasures we brought with us into this, that now simply weigh us down, and depend solely on you? Can WE be remade? What did we bring with us? What must we relinquish? What dare we not let go? We ask for ourselves, as a Presbytery, and for our congregations. But we ask also for our society, where we are friends, neighbours, kent faces. We pray for those who have “no church connection” because of course they have. It’s us. We are their church connection; our congregations; their members; the neighbours who go to church, thus “preaching a sermon a mile long” Us… We pray for these our friends, ‘with no church connection’, except for us. We rejoice at their insight, which, we are sure, can only have come from you. “We cannot carry on as we have”. “We cannot live by old valueless values, of conspicuous consumption, endless economic growth, the ‘anthropocene’ eating our world” We recognise the truth they have glimpsed and desperately wish to hold on to. We have listened to their incredulity that we might slip back into old ways of living and of being a society. They speak to us knowing who we are, and they look to us, as Jesus’ disciples, as the Church. How shall we meet their need? We pray for those made keenly, sharply and sometimes, by circumstance bitterly aware of what is truly precious-people, family, friends. We pray for those around us, awakened, by partial deprivation, to the little things, taken for granted when life was “normal”. We pray for that sense of gratitude, separated by a paper-thin wall from being gratitude to you, and therefore worship. We pray at this moment, an accidental moment, disease created, contagion created, imposed on us, meaningless-and the different moment you lay upon it, of grace and hope and possibility, of relinquishing and re-grasping. Was not the wilderness already there, when you led your people through it? You led them into it because they had to pass through it, to reach the territory of promise by the way of hope and trust-and because they had to be changed. So with us. So Lord, what shall we learn, now, before the world starts up again? How shall we answer Jesus’ call, in this wilderness, to live beyond the present, out of the hope of the future? How shall we live in the world of injustice, of climate emergency, of unsustainable desire, and meaningless living? How, as a Church, shall we live to give hope to our neighbours-who have glimpsed in lockdown what we have seen in Christ? How shall we be the Church? Lord, let us begin where we must begin, and let us see where we must begin, and where we must strike out for, and where we must go next. Bring to life again what we were working on before all this fell upon us. Fill us with zest for the radical, the bold, the courageous. Hone our thinking, that we may sift our priorities, to make them accord with Jesus. Guide us, o thou great Jehovah, Pilgrims in this barren land. WE are not the sum of your people, for God so loved the WORLD, not just the Church. We are your Church for the World. Give to us to guide and lead in relinquishing, with resolution and joy, in gripping what we must never let go, and in discerning the difference. Amen.

Presbytery Prayer

Bible verses for the week: Matthew 4:1 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned. Luke 1:78-79 The day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 For you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.

Presbytery Prayer It is our calling, and our joy, Father of Light, to walk in your light. We live, not in a gridlocked universe, where light and darkness tussle and supplant each other endlessly, and nothing goes anywhere. Faith grasps the movement from all things from darkness into your light. Ground us now, in these deep patterns of faith. John announces the coming of Jesus, which his father proclaimed over him at his birth, “you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways….when the day shall dawn upon us from on high.” Jesus comes, and with him the Kingdom breaks in. Christ died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. The defeated night loses ground. Yet we still live in the darkness, as the people of the dawn. This is the raw material, the DNA, of our faith. We pray for those around us, in this time of pandemic, for whom the darkness is a close-woven fabric of anxiety and uncertainty. We know, and feel, and register these things too. We pray for those who chafe at restrictions, those who find confinement to their homes frustrating, socially-distanced queues strange and unsettling. Even after all this time. We have felt all these things. We share the joy, too, that the lifting of restrictions brings. We rejoice to travel short distances, to be with people we love, even if the rules we must obey remind us that the night, far spent, is not yet by. We remember those for whom the easing of restrictions highlights their grief, that it should have happened then, or now, when the rites of loss are so truncated. Strengthen us, your congregations to keep our promise, when the times permit, that communities may remember, and give thanks together for those who have died when this could not be done. In other words, Lord, we pray for people just like us, the people we know so well, because we live among them, our friends and neighbours. They are our communities. And we are their church. We know that in the darkness we seize on every glimmer of light, because we human beings are reassured by as little as the burning of a match when there is nothing else. But for us, in faith, you make the glimmers more than “light at the end of the tunnel”. They are the promise of a new day. We pray for our politicians and leaders, and the whole political process. “That it may generate light not heat“ is the old platitude, Lord , we know-but now it is light that we need. Guard them from the seeking of advantage, and the playing of games, that their leadership, and their questioning of leadership’s direction, their formulation of policy and their interrogation of policy, may always be grounded in truth, and concern for the well-being of all. We pray for the press, in their high calling of seeking the truth by the shining of its light in rigorous and proper scrutiny. We pray for the General Assembly that never fully happened, its Commission, and its Moderator, who embody its ongoing work and the momentum of its predecessors’ work, as they have sought to bring light to our work, and move us out into a new day. We pray for boldness to emerge into a dawn that will be strange, full of challenges, even beyond what we could have imagined when the Radical Action Plan was conceived. We pray for our Presbytery’s role in this, and that our planning and thinking be grounded in hope, in light, in faith and in prayer. Amen

Presbytery Prayer Point

You are invited to pray with fellow Presbyters at 12 noon on Wednesday 27 th 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 comfort knowing 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 thebest 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.

Presbytery Prayer Point

You are invited to pray with fellow Presbyters at 12 noon on Wednesday 13th 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 comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love.

Lord, we continue to pray for all those affected in any way by the pandemic and today we especially pray for all the missed moments that have occurred during this time. We bring to mind the birthdays when children have had to party with only their families to play the games and eat the cake. We remember elderly residents, especially those in residential care, who have had to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with only dedicated staff as guests and in some cases, with families on the lawn outside.

We also recall all the missed moments between grandparents and grandchildren. Those moments when a hug cures a sore knee, when Grandmother’s special soup makes you feel better or when a walk with grandparents along the beach solves all the things that bother us. We pray for grandparents and other family members who cannot get to visit new-born babies and for new parents who miss that reassurance and love that extended families offer in these happy circumstances.

Lord, we pray too for the people whose weddings have been postponed. After all the preparations and anticipation of starting married life together and the worry of potentially losing money they will be feeling especially disappointed.

We bring to mind all the children who are missing moments being absent from school and nursery. We pray that their resilience and enthusiasm will carry them through these confusing and bewildering times. And we pray too for their parents who are challenged to sustain a time of normality and learning for their children.

Holy God, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc and the daily death toll continues unabated, we bring to our thoughts those who have to say goodbye from a distance. Lord, lost moments mean that family and friends are denied the opportunity for any meaningful farewells or any close physical contact other than from immediate family.

Lord we gather all these lost moments and those known personally to us, and we offer them to you, and as we do so, we know that they will be smothered in your grace and love so that those who have experienced lost moments will become aware of your comfort and protection. Lord in extending your care in these times of lost moments you remind us all of the eternal hope that lies in tomorrow and that in time these lost moments will be regained tenfold. As we move forward in time and the virus loses its grip, we await with patience for the opportunity to regain lost moments and to never take them for granted again.

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.

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