Bulletin – 17th February

The Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 1 Corinthians 11:27 – “Guilty of the body and blood”?

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Monthly Afternoon Service – Mark 14: 17-25 – The Supper

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Philemon 1:4-7 – The Good Christian

Mid-week Meetings & Events

Tuesday, 12-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Tuesday, 7:00pm @ the manse – Christianity Explored

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Friday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Preparatory Service – David Macleod (Lochcarron Church of Scotland)

Saturday, 7:00 @ Sleat – Preparatory Service – John Angus Macleod

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship

 

The Notices

Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting

The elders of the congregation will be gathering for prayer on Sunday mornings, at 10:30am, for a short prayer meeting before the service.   Anyone who wants to gather with them is welcome to do so.   Please aim to be prompt for this; we expect to spend about 15 minutes in prayer for God’s Word as it is preached in the congregation, before most people start to gather for the service.

Communion

We hope to Prof. John Angus Macleod from the denomination’s training college with us for our next communion weekend, last Sunday in February (24th), in Sleat.

Anyone wishing to profess faith for the first time, or join the congregation having been a member elsewhere, should contact Gordon, to arrange to meet the Kirk Session.

Communion Lunch

Next Sunday we plan to have a congregational lunch after the morning service.   Previously, this has been at the manse but it’s becoming a bit crammed for space!    We want to have this lunch at the church to enable more people to gather.   We hope to have soup, sandwiches and puddings.   Please see the “sign-up sheet” in the lobby, and put your name down for any of the courses you are willing to provide.

We will also need some bowls, plates and cutlery, so if you can bring a set a long on the day, that would be helpful.

And we finally want to encourage families to come.   Maybe you think communion Sundays are not the best day for a family outing to church, but actually, it’s a day for fellowship, and family should be a big part of that.   If you have any special dietary needs, please speak to Kate or Dolina.

New Bibles & Chairs

A few weeks ago we asked people to contribute towards additional seating for the Sleat church.   These chairs have now been ordered, and should be with us in April.   Along with that, the Finance Committee have made money available to buy additional bibles.   The Kirk Session have agreed to bring in the English Standard Version as our pew bible in Sleat.   These will be arriving within the month.   If you would like to own one for yourself, a donation of £9 will cover the cost.

Cleaning Rota

Kate Macrae is organising a cleaning rota for the Sleat Church.   If this is done regularly, it shouldn’t be a laborious job.   Please speak to her for more information about what is involved.   There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby.

Question Time 2

About two years ago, the local churches came together to organise a “Question time” panel night.   We are planning another event on Friday, 1st March, at 7:30pm at the Kyle Hotel.   Please start thinking about inviting people from outside the church to this event.

Joint District Communion

The next joint district communion service will be Sunday, 31st March – Easter Sunday – at 6:00pm in the Kyleakin Village Hall.

 

The Briefing

Professing Faith – Why do we meet with the Kirk Session?

Next week our congregation will be taking communion – remembering the death of Jesus in the way he instituted the night he was betrayed.   One of the steps to sitting at the Lord’s Table is meeting with the local elders, or Kirk Session.   Why do we do this?

Firstly, we think it’s Biblical.   There is a strong Biblical case for Church Membership, beginning in the Old Testament with the peoples’ register, and the lists of genealogies found in passages like Ezra 2.   It’s also found in the New Testament, in passages (e.g. 1 Cor. 5 and 2 Thes. 3) which imply some mechanism (a written list is the only realistic option) for distinguishing those known as “brothers” from those who both aren’t, or those who have sadly departed from the truth.   It seems right that the ones to keep this “list” should be the under-shepherds Jesus has appointed to pastorally care for his flock.

Secondly, we think this Biblical concept has a lot to do with professing faith.   In 1 Cor. 11:18-19 Paul writes that the Lord’s Supper will rightly demonstrate divisions in a congregation.   I used the word “congregation” very deliberately earlier – whether you sit at the Lord’s Table, or stay away (remaining seated, or staying at home) every person in our congregation is taking part.   Those who stay away are making as much of a statement as those who sit at the table.   Those who sit can do so only on the basis of professing their faith – those who stay away can only legitimately do so on the basis of professing they do not have faith.   The self-examination Paul calls for in 1 Cor. 11:28 you will very quickly reveal that you either have faith in Jesus, or you don’t – and that the extent to which you do have faith is irrelevant to the obedience Jesus commands in this.

Thirdly, we think this Biblical concept has a lot to do with fellowship.   Sadly our Highland tradition has viewed the Kirk Session as a stern body of men, often full of condemnation.   No doubt there were some abuses to give rise to this reputation.   But in the main, Kirk Sessions are made up of humble men, who have a genuine desire to care for God’s flock.   That care is best exercised in fellowship, and at Sleat & Strath we very deliberately make a point of meeting with everyone who wants to become a member with us – even those transferring from congregations elsewhere.   We want to ensure your perception of the Kirk Session is one of support, not intimidation.

Anyone meeting with the Kirk Session for the first time will be asked three questions:

“You weren’t born a believer, what changed?”   We ask this because we want to help you be clear that only faith in Jesus entitles you to sit at the Lord’s Table.

“Who else have you told?”   We ask this because being a Christian isn’t a secret thing, and your witness depends on people knowing you’re a believer, and living in a way that doesn’t contradict that – taking communion generally shouldn’t be the first time those who know you best ever thought you were a believer.

And we ask, “Why do you want to take the Lord’s Supper?”   We ask this because Paul is very clear, the supper should be taken with understanding – remembering the sacrifice of Jesus in the place of his people, like he said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

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