Tonight we meet for evening worship at 6:30pm, I would encourage you to come as we think of what God requires of us.
On Tuesday night there is a refresher Child protection training on zoom at 7:30, this has to be done by all leaders of children's and youth organisations once every three years, if you need the information on how to join the meeting give me a call, text or email or speak to the GB or BB captains.
For the following announcements, some of you may wonder why they are coming as they are and in the way that they are but in short we have a window of opportunity and at subsequent meetings more information will be given.
Please listen to next bit carefully, I know it’s very formal but it is the language that I have to use as per the code.
Tomorrow night the congregational committee meet at 8pm in the hall as previously announced last Sunday 12th September. The Reverent Scott Woodburn will chair the opening section of the meeting as it pertains to a report from the Property Sub Committee in relation to Manse development.
Due to the timeframe that we have at this stage, and subject to the decision of the congregational committee, the following may or may not take place but has to be announced and presumed by all that it indeed will take place.
Under paragraph 45 of the code, subject to rules, meetings of the congregation shall be called from the pulpit at a public service of the congregation;
Therefore by the authority of the Kirk Session of Lissara Presbyterian church, due notice is given that a congregational meeting will take place on Monday 27th of September 2021 at 8pm as the Session has determined.
Under paragraph 46 of the code, notice specifying the business to be transacted if agreed by the meeting of the congregational committee, is to decide whether or not;
‘To purchase a property to be used as a new Manse’
And if agreed to purchase a property to be used as a new Manse, to decide whether or not;
‘To dispose of the then redundant Manse and adjoining site’
No other business except that specified shall be brought before the meeting.
Both Communicant Members and Adherents have the right to attend and speak at meetings of the congregation but only Communicant Members who are Voting Members may propose or second any resolution and vote thereon.
The Rev Hiram Higgins as our convenor will chair said meeting.
Now while your all reeling from that, and you try to take it in, you’ll likely not remember what I’m going to say now, but as you know the Kirk Session met on Monday night, we had a marathon of an agenda and I want to thank you on our behalf for your prayers before and during that meeting.
There are a few decisions that we have come to that we want to keep you abreast of today.
From today we will once more stand to sing, it’s something that many of you have wanted but we wanted to wait until such times as restrictions were begin eased before we did so. We will also remain standing after we sing but don’t worry too much as I’ll announce it.
We have also decided to incorporate more singing once more, one item in the morning and two in the evening, although since the announcement have taken a bit of time already today we are going to stick with three for this morning and up to five for this evening.
In relation to face coverings, some of you will be aware that as of Wednesday past the requirement in PCI congregations to wear face coverings for the duration of the service is no longer required but remains a requirement for singing. This being said, as a Kirk Session we have a pastoral responsibility to you all, aware that there are many of you who are anxious with the changes in social distancing from 2m to 1m and our decision to incorporate more singing in the service of worship we at present are asking you to continue to wear face coverings for the duration of the service. Each one of us expressed our frustration at face coverings but if their continued use were to help those around us feel safe in coming to worship we believe it is a small price to pay.
There were other decisions that were made and our hope is to write to all of you at the beginning of October to keep you informed.
Finally it is with regret that I announce to the congregation the death of Mrs May Newell. We will be remembering Lesley and those who
Before the call to worship we have been thinking of why we do what we do in the service or worship.
So far we have though why we are called, what the call is, and how as we are called we respond in praise. Then about prayer, how we pray, ie standing, what we pray in our two blocks of prayer and today we thought what we are to say in response. Now we’re Presbyterians and there’s one thing we don’t do and that’s get too excited about anything but especially in worship.
Yet in all that we do in worship it should be founded upon and agreeable to the Word of God. Therefore in keeping with Scripture (Ps. 41:13; 72:19; 89:52; 106:48, 1 Chr. 16:36; Neh. 8:6; Rev. 5:14; 19:4, 1Cor. 14:16, and, therefore we should say Amen, as we respond together, as the word is read, sung, preached, prayed as we do it together, and we seek to be obedient to God’s word and God’s Word directs us to say “Amen!” So let us try, to take a baby step, and after the prayers, if we agree with what is being prayed, Say AMEN!
If you would like to read a bit more on this check out the following link
Amen — ‘A Sound Like Thunder’