This website was constructed as a result of Mr Bye's request to increase the visibility of the Rockburn Presbyterian Church via the Internet. His original demand was for sending emails or doing something of the sort to inform more people about what was going on in our church. While looking into ways to fulfill the demand, I realized that the best way was probably to first have a Facebook page, but as Mr Bye pointed out, not everyone is familiar with Facebook, so the idea came to me to build a website. After submitting this idea to Mr Bye, he really liked it and he is the one who suggested the title and composed the bit of history on the welcome page... He was also the driving force for sharing memories with lots of photos in the church and on the website .
Please find below photos of the celebration at the Rockburn Presb. Church (January 23rd 2016) as well as a slide show of some of Harley's presences at the Church
January 23rd 2016
Psalm 90 A prayer of Moses the man of God, as edited by Harley Bye in his personal copy of the New International Version 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born, before you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God, the timeless deity. 3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a four hour watch in the night. 5 You sweep us away in the sleep of death— we are like the new grass of the morning: 6 In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered. 9 Our days pass away under your care. 10 The length of our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; but they quickly pass, and we fly away. 12 Teach us to number our days carefully, that we may gain a heart of wisdom and apply ourselves to those things which matter most. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have allotted us for as many years as we have to enjoy life. 16 May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. 17 May the grace of the Lord our God rest on us; now and forever, amen. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each person, as he determines.
God of Grace and God of Glory
God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power; crown the ancient church's story; bring its bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, for the facing of this hour. Set our feet on lofty places; gird our lives that they may be armoured with all Christ like graces, pledged to set all captives free. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, that we fail not them nor thee, that we fail not them nor thee! Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore; let the search for thy salvation be our glory evermore. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore, serving thee whom we adore.
Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise
Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might; thy justice like mountains high soaring above thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love. To all, life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest, the true life of all; we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee. Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light; thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight; all laud we would render: O help us to see 'tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.