Today’s Services (26th March)

 

Next Lord’s Day (2nd April)

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

 

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

11am

Rev David Macleod (Church)*

 

11am

Rev Donald A Macdonald (Hall)

12.30pm

No Sunday Schools

 

11am

Rev Calum I Macleod (Tong)

6.30pm

Rev David Macleod (Church)

 

11am

Mr Iain A Mackinnon (Church – Gaelic)

6.30pm

Rev Kenneth M Ferguson (Tong)

 

4.30pm

Children’s Church (Hall)

8.00pm

FOCUS Youth Fellowship(Hall)

 

6pm

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)

 

*The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be administered during the morning service.

 

MONDAY 27th March – Thanksgiving

 

Morning Service (11.30 am)

Back: Rev James Maciver (G) (Hall)

Evening Service  (7.00 pm)

Back: Rev Roddy J Campbell (Church)

 

Midweek Services

Tue (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress)  Gaelic

Wed (7.30pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall) – Rev Calum I Macleod

Thu (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall) Gaelic – TBC

Sat (7pm)

Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)

 

Crèche Rota

Today (26th March):No Crèche

Next Sunday (2nd April):Catherine Macinnes, Ishbel MacLachlan, Cheryl MacLachlan

 

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session will meet on Tuesday 28th March at 8.15 pm in the crèche / GP Room.

 

Easter Assembly

Once again this year, Back School and Tong School will be joining Back Free Church as we host an Easter Assembly on Wednesday 29th March. Back School Assembly will be held at the Church at 11am and Tong School Assembly will be held at Tong Mission House at 1.30pm.  Both assemblies will be led by Rev Calum I.  Parents etc are warmly welcomed to attend. At this special assembly the children will receive a gift of a Fairtrade Easter egg with the Easter story from our congregation. More information about ‘The Real Easter Egg’ can be found here: www.realeasteregg.co.uk.

 

Little Lambs

Little Lambs will meet this week (Wednesday 29th March) 1pm - 2.45pm.  

All babies, toddlers, parents and grandparents welcome.

 

Focus

All young people and especially those visiting us are warmly invited to come along to the hall after the evening service tonight when there will be a chance to put your questions (anonymously!) to our visiting ministers and find out a bit more about them. Supper will be served. Parents can collect young people at around 9.30pm. All welcome.

 

Islands Study Conference

The Islands Study Conference is being held on the 21st-23rd April in the Harris Hotel.  Conference Hosts are Rev. Calum Iain and Dina Macleod. Speakers include Rev. James Maciver, Stornoway, on ‘Signs of the Times’, and the Rev. Hector Morrison, Highland Theological College, who will speak on ‘Maternal aspects of the Godhead’. Leaflets with more information are available in the Church Hall or on www.isc.scot  

 

Moldova Support Group

Please support our 2017 Camps, which are a Residential Youth Camp from 23rd June to 6th July (Contact: Marion Macaulay 07717452226) and Day Camps and Local Projects from 8th July to 15th July (Contact: Isabelle Macdonald 07786 845916) 

 

You can help financially by sponsoring a young person to attend residential camp (£50), or by donating funds towards camp costs and local projects. To make a donation please send a cheque with your details to: Moldova Support Group, c/o 81 Upper Coll, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0LT, or by Direct deposit, with your details, to: Moldova Support Group Treasurer’s Account, Sort code: 80 22 60, Account number: 14865364

 

How you can help prayerfully:

* Pray for the Scottish teams who pay all their expenses and appreciate your support.

* Pray for the Moldovan team leaders who give up their work to lead camps

* Pray for the ladies of the church in Nisporeni who provide meals with no facilities

* Pray for the children, that the power of the Gospel will lead them to Christ

* Pray for the parents and families, that Christian witnessing will soften their hearts

Contact: moldovagroup@yahoo.com

 

Back Free Church Shorter Catechism Initiative

Q53.        What is the third commandment?

A.            The third commandment is: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

 

Q54.        What does the third commandment require?

A.            The third commandment requires the holy and reverent use of God’s names, titles, qualities, regulations, word, and works.

 

Q55.        What does the third commandment forbid?

A.            The third commandment forbids our treating as unholy or abusing anything God uses to make Himself known.

 

Q56.        What is the reason for the third commandment?

A.            The reason for the third commandment is that the Lord our God will not allow those who break this commandment to escape His righteous judgement, although they may escape punishment from men.

 

God is high and lifted up. He is much greater than we are. God’s name stands for all He is, so His name must be treated as high and holy. People often use God’s name as a common expression in everyday language. This is blasphemy. It is an insult to God. As the Israelites travelled from Egypt to the Promised Land, two men got into a fight. You know how it is when you are angry. You say things you normally might not say. One of the men used God’s name as a curse word. Someone reported this to Moses. Moses had the man locked up until God would show them what to do with the man who had misused God’s name in this way. To see what God said to do with the man, read Leviticus 24:13-16, 23.

Whenever we read a story like this in the Bible, we need to remember that it shows us what God is like, how God feels toward the one who misuses His name, and how God will judge that person. God does not change. He feels the same way today about the one who uses His name as a curse word, or as an everyday expression, or who speaks of God lightly. We are to treat all of God’s titles and all of God’s attributes reverently as well. Read 2 Kings 19:22

 

An excerpt taken from Training Hearts Teaching Minds, Family Devotions based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade, ISBN 978-0-87552-392-7. Used with permission from P&R Publishing Co., Phillipsburg, N.J. www.prpbooks.com

 

 

‘But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength’ (Isaiah 40:31)

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