Minister: Rev Andrew Watson
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Psalm 100 v 4
Carrigart is a small village on the Rosguill Peninsula of County Donegal. The village is a popular holiday destination due to its proximity to the many beaches of nearby Downings and Rosapenna. Our Church is on Church Road, heading out of Carrigart towards Milford.
A warm welcome for visitors to Sunday services is always guaranteed!
The Bewglas Centre shares the church grounds. It is a Christian Conference/Residential Centre offering self-catering accommodation for up to 35 people and may be booked on a weekly or weekend basis, or even for a day conference. Click the heading above for further details.
Carrigart Presbyterian Church is now on Facebook! Please like and share.
Unfortunately, we cannot broadcast live from Carrigart. However, we will record the service and upload it to our website as soon as possible. Short messages may also be uploaded during the week.
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While it was lovely to have the sunshine through the windows today, it unfortunately played havoc with our video! Apologies for the poor video quality, but audio is fine.
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(Read Isaiah 26 and Matthew 6 vs 5-13)
So how are the self-isolation and social distancing going in your home?
‘Cabin fever’ hasn’t hit us too badly yet, though to date both cars are washed, the garden fence is repainted and Hazel has rearranged the kitchen cupboards. New tunes are being learnt and old board games exhumed. So far, so good!
We can laugh and humour is one coping mechanism to help us through these challenging times, along with patience, courage and public spirited kindness.
And faith? Where does that come in, if at all?
Christians are grateful that we can bring our concerns to God. In His great Sermon on the Mount our Master encouraged His followers to bring our requests to ‘Our Father in Heaven’, confident He already knows and cares about our needs. Here’s what He says, ‘When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father Who is unseen. Then your Father Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’ (Matthew 6 v 6)
Jesus was saying this by way of contrast to some religious people He called ‘hypocrites’ who made prayer like a performance to gain admiration from their fans. While it’s good to gather together when we can to worship and pray it’s also something we all need to do daily at home. Just listening to someone else repeat nice words is no substitute for each of us humbly bringing our own personal concerns before the Lord.
Now it’s often the case that people in the New Testament are echoing something said or written in the Old Testament and this is an example. Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 6 v 6 includes a phrase almost word for word that was written 700 years before by the prophet Isaiah (ch26 v 20). Here’s what Isaiah said, ‘Go my people into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until (God’s) wrath has passed by.’
Isaiah ch26, like so much of Scripture has a kind of ‘twin track’ going on. On the one hand it contains solemn warning for those who stubbornly disregard God and His commands. Judgement is coming!
But on the other, this passage contains tender assurance for those who trust in God, that even though we have not always pleased or served Him fruitfully, He will bring about new life and security. The trouble will pass. We are promised an inheritance in ‘the new Jerusalem’. Therefore, even in our present trouble we can pray using Isaiah’s words with thanks, ‘You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.’ (Isaiah 6 v 3)
At the moment we don’t have much choice, we’re all stuck indoors for fear of catching corona virus. It’s serious times when all people of faith should be earnestly praying to God for grace and mercy on His world. But every challenge brings an opportunity and perhaps, if we are willing to ‘hide ourselves’ in our homes for these next weeks, spending extra time humbly praying to God, we might emerge with greater peace and more - new life through Jesus Christ the Lord!
Celebrating the Lord's resurrection with visitors and friends.
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“Finding Our Way Home is a collection of prayers and reflections by Presbyterian minister Andrew Watson that invites the reader to contemplate and celebrate the gift of ‘home’ – both earthly and divine. As well as addressing key events in the Christian calendar, such as Easter and Pentecost, the book considers universal subjects including marriage, parenthood, ageing and bereavement.
Finding Our Way Home offers consolation during times of difficulty in our lives, but it also invites readers to express joy, gratitude and wonder for the many gifts bestowed upon us by a benevolent creator: be it family, friends or the untold beauty of the natural world.”
Available from Veritas bookshops and website or request it from your local bookshop.
All royalties from the sale of this book will support the work of two charities: Mission Aviation Fellowship and A21.
"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world". John 1 v 29
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'Finding Our Way Home' is a book written by our minister. The collection of prayers and reflections invites the reader to contemplate and celebrate the gift of home both earthly and divine. Available in local bookshops, through Veritas or on Amazon.