The Inverness Presbytery, of which our congregation is a member, met by tele-conference today 20th March and took the decision to suspend all forms of public worship until further notice as a consequence of the Covid 19 outbreak. The decision was a unanimous one!
In our own case, that decision had already been taken out of our hands due to Highland Council cancelling all external school lets, therefore rendering our place of worship inaccessible.
The obvious question is; What do we now do on Lord’s Days and Wednesday evenings?
On the Lord’s Day it is important to maintain your regular worship routine. There are a number of options and you can choose which best suits your own individual circumstances;
1. Listen to a live stream sermon from Dores, Ayr or Ness. Follow links on their own individual websites. Knightswood also live stream but with audio only. There may be others but these are all I am aware of at the moment.
2. Choose from the many sermons available on Sermon Audio. For Sabbath listening, I would encourage you to listen to our own denominational men. Edinburgh FC(C) have excellent quality video, though not live, as do Partick. If you require suggestions from myself, please let me know and I would be only too happy to advise.
3. If you are not internet savvy, please let any office bearer know, and the Deacon’s Court can organise the delivery of CD’s to your door.
If listening to CD’s or Sermon Audio I would encourage you to do so at 1130am and 5pm to maintain a sense of the Lord’s’ Day routine.
Do the same on Wednesday evening. Set quiet time aside by yourself at 730pm every Wednesday and listen to a sermon from the three choices above.
We are navigating unchartered waters and have no idea how long it will last. Arrangements may change as time goes on. I will endeavour to send weekly updates by email and maintain regular contact by telephone. Everyone should feel free to telephone or contact me at any time for pastoral advice or support. I will visit anyone who wishes it without hesitation, so if you deem it safe for you as an individual, please contact me to arrange.
Phone one another and support each other as much as you can within Government/NHS guidelines. Remember each other at the Throne of Grace in prayer. Above all, this is a time for humiliation and prayer. The Lord is judging the world for its wickedness and perhaps the Church also for her unfaithfulness. Let us be found interceding for the Church and Nation and pleading for the Lord’s mercy upon us here in Poolewe and Aultbea.
On a practical note, can I delicately encourage you all to maintain your weekly freewill offering envelopes and monthly building find collection. When occasion permits, an office bearer can arrange collection. If the denomination’s monthly collections suddenly plummets, sustaining the ministry would become a challenge.
Warm blessings to you all.
Rev Murdo MacIver