‘How Great …!’

The time – 12 noon.
The date – 14/07/2019.
The venue – The Big Top.
The place – The Isle of Tiree.
The event – Worship with Celtic Worship.
The occasion – The 10th Tiree Music Festival.

Hynish Bay, Isle of Tiree

What a morning!
The sea was flat calm
There was hardly a breath of wind
And for the last day of the festival the sun was shining.

Blue sky, blue sea and Ben More the Isle of Mull

Imagine waking up to this.
Opening the tent door and looking out.
Your senses are stirred by the blue sky and azure blue sea.
And across the water is the Munro, Ben More, on the Isle of Mull.

The Cornaig Ceilidh Band on the Elevate Stage

It’s a Sunday morning.
For many it had been late to bed.
Although it is 11:00 the festival site is filling up.
The Cornaig Ceilidh Band is playing to a growing audience.
Indeed some festival goers are dancing to the traditional music.

Tea, Coffee and Home Baking in the Community Tent

In the Community Tent tea, coffee and home baking are being served.
The Isle of Tiree is renowned for its home baking.
No wonder a queue quickly formed.

It’s a Music Festival – You stand!

The Big Top was beginning to fill up.
It’s a music festival so seating was limited.
Soon it was standing room only, but that’s what you do.

Derek Campbell welcomes everyone including Celtic Worship

Derek Campbell welcomed everyone on behalf of the church on Tiree.
One of the festival directors spoke on behalf of TMF.
Then it was over to Celtic Worship.

Celtic Worship lead the worship

This was not just another band playing to an audience.
This was an occasion of worship and witness.
It was a real celebration.

It was a real celebration

How appropriate the opening hymn/song was to the day.
Thinking of the weather and our location we sang:
O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the works Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

In the Big Top

“Celtic Worship is a Scottish Music Worship ministry
which blends traditional and contemporary Christian Worship music
with the powerful sound of Bagpipes, Whistles and Fiddle.”

The band is comprised of Scottish musicians
from many different backgrounds and styles
including: Steph MacLeod, Mhairi Marwick, Scott Wood,
Chris Amer, Naomi Stirrat, Gus Stirrat, Neil Paton & Ifedade Thomas.

Their mission is to combine their working life as professional musicians
with their deep love of Jesus and their passion to share God’s love
through their music

We care passionately about the people TearFund seek to actively help

A member of the band spoke of the work of TearFund.
The focus was the practical work among Syrian Refugees.

The TearFund stand

A TearFund representative was on hand to sign up people to give regularly.
There was also an opportunity to give if you so desired towards this work.

The event drew to a close with the song, “In Christ Alone”
“In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand”

Right at the heart of the the Festival Jesus was worshipped

Right at the heart of a Scottish Music Festival Jesus was worshipped.
Thanks are due to the directors for their invitation to be involved.
Thanks are due to Celtic Worship for their faithful service.
To God be the glory.

More information about the band can be found on their webpage and on Facebook.
What a joy to stand alongside Celtic Worship in worshipping Jesus.

Later in the afternoon a walk by Gott Bay

What a day it has been!
Later in the afternoon a walk by Gott Bay was enjoyed.
And even later a walk to the pier to watch the sun set.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Gott Bay

This is Life on Tiree rejoicing in God’s greatness and goodness.
This is proved not just when the sun is shining
but also in the midst of life’s storms.

Gott Bay

The moon has risen over the Passage of Tiree