Worship resources for 28th February

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. They are accessible after our live Zoom worship for those unable to access via this platform.

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.

Scriptural sentence
“’Once I was blind but now I can see”

Opening prayer

Approach to God/Call to worship

God of grace,
You come along side and make us promises,
the kind of promises that touch our hearts and very being,
that offer hope and renewal in our lives.
Glad we are,
because You have given us strength and hope.
Surprised we are,
because this was Your idea and not ours.
Relieved we are,
because we see grace sufficient for all that the days bring.
Risen Jesus,
You promise to be with Your disciples until the fulfilment of all things.
Thank You that there is nowhere we could be
where You are not.
Thank You
that wherever two or three gather in Your name
there You are among them;
we celebrate fellowship shared in Your company,
wherever we may be.
Jesus,
You invite all that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
promising that with You we would find rest.
Jesus,
You promised to all who are thirsty
water that would become in them a spring
gushing up to eternal life.
In Your presence our souls are refreshed.

Amen

The First Hymn:

O Lord my God Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

Merciful God,
You have made it known that “If we confess our sins,
He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
Hear us as we confess before You and our sisters and brothers
that we have sinned in what we have done or did not do,
in our thoughts and with our words.
Help us to receive the forgiveness You promise
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
And we dare to believe that You have plans for us,
plans for our welfare and not for harm,
to give us a future with hope.
Reminded of Your promises,
may we live this day in the joy You bring,
may we worship You with all that is within us
and may we serve You as You deserve.
Help us Holy Spirit, so to do and be,
that many may know the God
who, in Jesus, came among us
full of grace and truth.

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: John 9:1-24(Film) Click Here (1-12) and Click here (13-34)

The Reflection: Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

God of Grace, God of Promises kept.
By the strength Your Spirit gives, may we journey with Jesus into life in all its fulness,
that Your Kingdom of love and justice may be known all the more
among us and in Your world,
and many may see Jesus in all His glory.

Amen

The Second Hymn: I love you Lord Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

Faithful God,
we thank You because You are true,
You are light and in You there is no darkness at all,
You are ever to be trusted, and constant is Your love.
As we remember how the path Jesus took
brought Him into conflict with those who were thirled to other ways,
we are thankful that He never gave up,
nor allowed Himself to be diverted from His purpose.
Jesus remained true to His mission, proclaiming Your kingdom had come,
with good news for the poor, release for the captives,
recovery of sight for the blind and freedom for the oppressed.
From our hearts we thank You
for the height and depth,
the length and breadth of Christ’s love,
when on a cross with outstretched arms
He embraced us all.
Thank You for the great hope we have
that because Christ is risen,
one day there will be no more death, or crying or pain,
that nations shall beat their swords into ploughshares
and not learn war any more.
God of grace,
trusting in Your promises, confident of Your love,
we bring our prayers for others to You today.
Crucified, Risen and Ascended Lord Jesus,
You bring before the throne of God our prayers and concerns.
There You are our advocate and that of our sisters and brothers.
Let us think about people in various situations
and in the silence that follows pray for them:
People who are hungry,
remembering the increased use of food banks and the rise of food poverty in our country,
giving thanks for initiatives that ensure meals are provided for children.
Silence
Some people are homeless,
without shelter or adequate clothing.
We think of how varied their circumstances have been during this time of Coronavirus.
We remember the work of care vans, shelters, charities
and all who help people out of homelessness.
Silence
Many people face times of hardship in these days:
people whose jobs have gone, businesses facing collapse,
families worried about paying the rent or mortgage.
We think of initiatives designed to offer support
and remember those in government, local and national,
whose decisions affect the lives of many.
Silence
People are unwell or mentally distressed at this time
because of coronavirus or other illnesses,
whether at home or in hospital.
Let us also remember all who care giving thanks for their dedication and skills,
thankful for the work of scientists
and those in charge of the logistics as they make vaccines available,
remembering especially people in poorer nations.
Silence
Let us also take some moments to bring the private prayers of our hearts,
letting our cry come to God,
knowing that God is listening.
Silence
These prayers we offer to You,

Amen

Closing Hymn: Breathe on me Breathe of God Click here

Closing Blessing

O Christ, the Master Carpenter,
who at the last through wood and nails purchased
our whole salvation;
wield well your tools in the workshop of your world,
so that we who come rough-hewn to your work
bench may be fashioned to a truer beauty by your
hand.

Amen

Bonus worship track form the Chosen – walk on the water Click here (When you put the kettle on allow a different style into your life of worship)

Thank you for time in taking part by using these resources. If you have any messages you would like to share with us, please connect with us below.

Stay in touch and stay safe. This is why we provide the above.

Frosty morning outside the Church

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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