The Sunday Service: A distinctive church

20.9.2020 | Congregational Life, Moderator, Church Life, COVID-19 Emergency, The PCI Sunday Service

Continuing his weekly service of worship for the whole Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr David Bruce, continues his journey through the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Today he explores the theme, ‘A distinctive Church’.

Recorded in the Weir Chapel in Assembly Buildings, Belfast, the Moderator will continue to bring this service to the wider Presbyterian family during the autumn. Today, Dr Bruce looks at the final section of Ephesians chapter 4 - verses 25-32. “It is a section of Paul’s letter which faces head-on the difference the gospel can make in the life of anyone. Here, Paul explores some challenging questions about truth-telling, anger management, the way we speak to each other, honesty and the benefits of kindness,” Dr Bruce said.

Joining Dr Bruce this week is the turn of the Presbytery of Omagh. During the service Presbytery Moderator, Rev Jonathan Cowan, minister of Drumlegagh and Mountyoy Presbyterian Churches, will be joined by Presbytery Clerk, Rev Robert Herron, minister of Gillygooley and Trinity Presbyterian Church, Omagh. They will introduce the Presbytery in a short video, read and pray.

Presbytery of Omagh

The Presbytery covers the geographical area of west Tyrone and all of County Fermanagh, and is one of the most widespread presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Largely rural, it is made up of 40 congregations with a Presbyterian family of just over 14,000 people. The Presbytery takes in the towns of Castlederg, Newtownstewart, Omagh, Fintona, Ballygawley, Irvinestown, Enniskillen, Lisnaskea and Pettigo.

Songs included this week include:

  • Man of Sorrows
  • Turn your eyes upon Jesus
  • I will wait for you
  • Mighty to save.

To help respond to God today, the Moderator has asked Rev Jane Nelson. minister of First Omagh Presbyterian to lead in prayer for others.

As the church continues to adjust to the restrictions placed upon it by the COVID-19 pandemic, during the service the Moderator drew attention to a suite of resources called ‘refined’. The resources include some new Bible study outlines, resources for children’s and youth ministry, blogs, podcasts and other practical material to help churches get on with their life and witness in these unusual times.

Next week…

Next week, the theme of the service will be a ‘Church living in the light’, when the Moderator will look at Ephesians 5:1-14, with the support of the Presbytery of Tyrone.

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