“Much melting of heart” a Covenanting Communion service – Ormiston Old Kirk – SFH091

“Much melting of heart” a Covenanting Communion service – Ormiston Old Kirk – SFH091

A very small glimpse of some ordinary spiritual experiences during a time of widespread revival. If you have wondered what Covenanting communion services were like, including their impact, listen to this episode. Andrew Hay records experiences in the place where Knox and Wishart once preached.

N.B. Please note that the ruin is on private land in a domestic garden without public access. Photographs are here.

“To sink or swim together” – Henderson and British Church Unity – SFH090

“To sink or swim together” – Henderson and British Church Unity – SFH090

In the various twists and turns of unfolding events, Alexander Henderson is greatly favoured then scorned by the king within months. But as incidents erupt, negotiations fail and positions harden the destinies of some in England and Scotland begin to move together. For some this is a highly spiritual matter and a reformation movement. Find out more of the eventful journey towards the Solemn, League and Covenant in this episode.

 

Scotland’s Forgotten International Covenant – SFH089

Scotland’s Forgotten International Covenant – SFH089

What was the connection between reformation and covenant? Why did English puritans as well as Scots come to think it was necessary to have a covenant for the whole British Isles?  Most people today know little about the Solemn League and Covenant and what makes it different from the National Covenant. Yet it would certainly cost both blood and tears in Scotland. Over a number of episodes we can follow something of its history and influence, as well as how people responded to it. In this episode we look at the context that gave rise to it.

Alexander Reid’s “Very Remarkable” Experiences – Kirkliston Church – SFH088

Alexander Reid’s “Very Remarkable” Experiences – Kirkliston Church – SFH088

Many narrow escapes and other experiences filled the life of the man marked by a fine table stone grave at Kirkliston Parish Church. Alexander Reid from Broxburn tells us a lot about his experiences in evading capture. He wrote it all down at the end of his life as a record of “the Lord’s mercies to my body, to my soul, and towards the church of God, which has been very remarkable in my days”.

How Peden’s Ministry Began (But Almost Did Not) – Biggar Kirk  – SFH087

How Peden’s Ministry Began (But Almost Did Not) – Biggar Kirk – SFH087

We visit the last church to be built in Scotland before the Reformation to discover some of its later history. In 1659, the Covenanter Alexander Peden was here and about to begin his ministry when some dramatic events threatened to put a stop to it. It was said that his anguished prayers could be heard as he paced up and down by the side of the river on stormy winter nights. Jimmy Fisher explains what happened and the significance of Alexander Peden in this episode.