Worship resources for 10th January

A frosty morning outside SJPC

Each Sunday we post online worship resources when Tier 3 restrictions only allow 50 people to attend church. However the church this week is completely closed for worship. So we provide these to stay in touch and stay safe.

The links to the hymns can be accessed by clicking on “Click here” beside the hymn title. These take you to Youtube and we have no control over the adverts you see.

The prayers are taken from the Church of Scotland Weekly Worship.

There is a bonus track at the end of the worship to enjoy.

Opening prayer (If there is more than one in your household one person reads through the prayer with the others joining in with the response “We bless you”)

Approach to God/Call to worship

Leader: God of light,

light of light

true God of true God

ALL: We bless You

Leader: God of new beginnings,

hope of hope,

as we reach for this new year

ALL: We bless You

Leader: God of joy,

delight of delight,

as we give thanks for all that is good

ALL: We bless You

The First Hymn:

Be still for the presence of the Lord Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.


Lord of Hope
we give You thanks for a new day.
We arise today
to a horizon guiding our eye beyond the everyday;
to a dawn gently lighting up the wonders of Your creation;
to a whispered dew rooting us firmly to this precious earth.
For this and more we thank You.
Lord of Hope
we give You thanks for a new year.
We arise today
to the knowledge that Your Son, our Lord, goes before us;
to the hope that through His presence all people will be transformed;
to the promise of salvation for all.
For this and more we thank You.
Lord of Hope
we give You thanks for a new start.
We arise today
turning our backs on the ways of judgement and criticism;
sloughing off narrow-minded assumptions;
reaching out to enemy and friend with generous compassionate hearts.
For the promise of a new start, a new year, a new day,
for these gifts and for so much more we thank You.

And so we pray the prayer Jesus called us to pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever.

Amen

Bible Reading: Matthew 2 Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

A Guardian article that shows what one person discovered about themselves in Italy facing COVID in 2020 Click here

The Second Hymn: In Christ Alone Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

We hold in God’s light all across the continent of Europe

who yearn for deep peace and unity.

[In silence – Reflect prayerfully for unity in Europe]

We hold in God’s light all who live with anxiety,

fear, dread or despair across our globe.

[In silence – Reflect prayerfully for those struggling with Covid, or in the caring professions]

We hold in God’s light this one fragile planet

which we inhabit.

[In silence – Reflect prayerfully for COP 26 held in Glasgow and for all who work for creation justice]

We pray for justice for the poor and the persecuted.

[In silence – Reflect prayerfully for those suffering persecution or from poverty across the globe]

And we pray that the Prince of Peace may remind us

and remind us and remind us

that our task is to be His hands

and hearts on this earth.

Amen

Closing Hymn: Will you come and follow me Click here

Closing Blessing

Now go in peace;

may this day, this year unfold as it should;

may you find solace in scripture and spirit;

and may your journey into this new year

be filled with the hope and promise of God

for the sake and the peace of the world.
Amen

Bonus worship track from Chicago Church of Christ. Lion of Judah Click here

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Published by alisterbullart

I am interested in oil painting and reading the history and impact of art. I'm sharing with you some of my explorations into art so others who were once interested in art in the earlier stages of life can rediscover how painting can be a source of relaxation and therapy. I live in Scotland. #alisterbullart

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