Tag Archives: Psalm Singing

Stornoway RPC Audioz

17 Aug

Sermons from Stornoway RP Church are now available to download. So you can finally hear our two best newest preachers for yourself! In the joy of the moment I decided to do something I’d had been planning to start for a while. Ladies and Gentleman, crank the bass up for a personal first and an RP second, please enjoy this sermon jam:

‘Live Your Confession‘[4min] – Rev David Karoon  (Full Sermon Here) 

I also have some Psalm-singing from S[tornoway]RPC, the recordings are low quality and its hard to make out the words. The Psalms are from the old Scottish psalters if you want to look them up. I really enjoyed just getting to hear our RP brothers & sisters on ‘The Isle of Lewis’ worship, made it more real to me.

Psalm 23 Tune: Bays of Harris [Right Click to Download]  

Psalm 18 v17-29 [Right Click to Download] 

Psalm 73v23-28  [Right Click to Download] 

I’m not sure which Psalm this is, I think its from the American Psalter…? 

Psalm 61v1-5 Tune- St Andrew [Right Click to Download] 

Stranraer GO Team

13 Sep

That’s right folks, GO Team report season continues here on AK. This time, it’s the turn of Stranraer which took place on Saturday 4th September. (see controversial section of comments concerning Committees, Weddings and Bun-Clarification here.)

Once finding out our hastily put together travel arrangements, we found ourselves sitting in the foot-passenger section of Belfast’s Stena Line Port at the early hour of 6.15am. The murky morning didn’t dampen our spirits, and soon there were 7 Team Members, 3 Cooks and a Mr and Mrs Loughridge setting off across the Pond for our days work in Stranraer. I myself was a bit apprehensive, not at the prospect of doing a days work in Scotland, but more at the fact that if I bought the ridiculously over-priced Fry, I may end up seeing it again due to the rocky nature of the journey.

One hour into our crossing, I was told that there was ‘only two hours to go’ until we reached our destination, so of course cards were brought out to pass the time and it wasn’t long before the Team was involved in an intense game of Pitt while Ken worked on the Trinity announcements for the following morning. (Unfortunately there was no opportunity to hi-jack these and make some funny changes.)

Tom and Pete wolfing down their Fry

You think Brenna looks annoyed here? You should have seen Pete when there was no match report in the paper of N.I's 1-0 away win!

A drowsy Tom during Pitt

On arrival at Stranraer, we were whisked away in cars to our HQ for the day, Stranraer’s hall, where we enjoyed a much needed cup of Coffee or Tea and we also met up with the group that came down from Airdre to help out (despite reports that Beth was driving slowly cautiously). Shortly after, we started into our Leaflet Distribution for the day, some of us headed into villages on the outskirts of Stranraer whereas others targeted the centre of the town. The invites were simply inviting the local people to come  to the services along with a short explanation of why they should return to Church.We arrived back to HQ for Lunch and were greeted by glorious smells which meant that there would be no salad sandwiches served but cocktail sausages and potatoes galore.

Although the Distribution was our main ministry of the day, but we also went into one of the Nursing Homes just up the road from the Church in the afternoon. This was an enouraging time of praise as many of the older folks were able to sing along with the Psalms and Ken Nelson spoke for a short while. After this we dusted off the rest of the leaflets in good time, meaning the total for the day was around 800 distributed.

Capturing a rare photo of Beth!

George, the affectionately named 'Crazy Ken' and Bob

The rest of the day consisted of sharing in a time of fellowship with the members of Stranraer, we had tea together and then a short period of Psalm Singing (from the old Psalter…so of course I messed up quite alot) and before we knew it, the time had come to wave goodbye and head back to the Port.

The way home was a sleepy one, after some consumption of food and games of Pitt we were soon back in Belfast and heading our seperate ways. It was strange being on a GO Team for just a day, the main benefit I felt was the opportunity to encourage the people of Stranraer, they clearly loved having us over and it was nice to be over and help them with their outreach. Much prayer is needed for the future of the congregation however, so please remember this work.

Stephen with the condemned chair in the background!

Connor and Stephen cracking jokes about the Pulpit...

Presbyterian Pastor on Singing Psalms

6 Jan

The quote in this post is all taken from PCI Moderator Reverend Stafford Carson’s website, an interesting read…browse through and leave a comment to let us know your thoughts?!

“I had the privilege of conducting worship and preaching in the congregation of Dromore, Co. Londonderry, on the first Sunday of 2010. It is one of the very few Irish Presbyterian congregations that has preserved the practice of singing psalms exclusively with no musical accompaniment. On a clear, crisp, cold Lord’s Day morning, we raised our voices in worship without the aid of organ, piano, praise band or powerpoint slides.

I love singing the psalms, and one of my regrets is that in the latest Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook, published in 2004, a revised version of the Psalter was not included. That inclusion might have encouraged more congregations to make greater use of the psalms in their diet of worship, and given ministers a better resource in planning and conducting worship. It seems that in many congregations the singing of metrical psalms is declining, and in some places disappearing completely, in favour of modern hymns and worship songs…

While I cannot defend the exclusive use of the psalms in worship, I believe that to fail to use the psalms in worship deprives the church of a language and form of expression which leaves it impoverished. We do well to obey the Bible’s clear and balanced exhortation by singing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” with gratitude in our hearts to God.”

Read the full article here.

In between what we’ve quoted Carson offers his reasons for not being an exclusive psalmist (not cool but he has to explain it after that endorsement of psalms) and quotes from none other than Steelo’s favourite Carl Trueman.