Worship resources for 7th March

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

The Psalmist writes:
“Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Forgiven, loved and free
We enter this time of worship with gratitude.
Open our ears to hear,
our mouths to speak truth and justice
and our hearts to love and care for Your people.
So be it.

Amen


Opening prayer

Approach to God/Call to worship

Through the creation of the universe
You love us, Lord
Through guidance, call and commandment
You love us, Lord
Through the gift of Your son, Jesus
You love us, Lord
Through our worship and our response to Your word
We love You, Lord.


Amen

The First Hymn:

Jesus Christ I think upon your sacrifice Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

Lord God of all,
we gather here
as a Church family –
a worshipping community
to honour and to praise You.
We gather together –
young and old,
stalwarts and enquirers
convinced and curious.
God of love,
when we think of how hard it is
for us all to get along in this place alone,
we lament the times
when we have been caught up
in times of friction or discord within
the community in which we worship
the community in which we work
the community in which we live.
Pause
Forgive us, God, we pray.
Today, as we reflect on the ways
in which You commanded Your people
to live alongside one another,
may we be reminded of what it means to be a part of
this church
our community,
our world.
May we journey into this time of worship –
forgiven
loved
and free.

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 11:1-16(Film) Click Here John 11:17-44 Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Loving God,
We take time out of our busy lives
to come before You this day
and to offer You praise and thanks.
We thank You for this day
and all the days of our lives.
We thank You for the world in which we live
and do not always fully appreciate or care for properly.
We thank You for the ability to gather
physically or digitally to praise You
and learn from Your word.
Lord, You love us so much.
You do not leave us to wander this world
aimlessly and without boundaries.
We thank You that You love us so much
that You gave Your people commandments
in the name of love, harmony and respect,
commandments that have stood the test of time
and remain as valuable today as they did when given at Sinai.
Lord, You love us so much
that You sent Your son, Jesus
to teach us how to live and to love.
Not only that, You demonstrated that love
through the death and resurrection of Your only son.
Thank You, Lord.

Amen

The Second Hymn: Hallelujah Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

Honour your parents.
Don’t kill.
Don’t commit adultery.
Don’t steal.
Don’t bear false witness.
That should be easy… no?
And yet, these acts are being committed
all over our world, Lord.
All over Your world.
Pause
Although it may not be on our doorstep
people are being mindlessly killed across the globe,
as a result of unnecessary conflict,
corporate greed
and evil regimes.
And these people are part of our community too.
For we all belong to You, God.
We pray for all who are mourning loss this day.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
Although it may not be hitting our bank balance,
people are being robbed in every corner of this planet.
Land and livelihood – snatched by corrupt governments.
Crippling interest rates from payday loans and credit cards
are causing vulnerable people
to lose their homes and possessions,
despite some seeing this as the only way
to put food on the table
or heat and light their home.
And they are part of our community too.
For we all belong to You, God.
We pray for all who are caught in the spiral of debt.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer
God of love,
open our eyes and ears to these situations.
Inspire and guide us to play our part in bringing about change –
standing against injustice;
speaking up
and stepping up.
Inspire and guide those with the power to make a difference
to act
to intervene
to save lives
to rebuild
and to restore.
Hear us, we pray.
Amen

Amen

Closing Hymn: O love that will not let me go Click Here

Closing Blessing

Trusting that we are cared for and not controlled
loved and not law-shackled
blessed and not bound
let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
And may the blessing of God Almighty
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you, those who you love
and those you struggle to love
now and forever.

Amen

Bonus worship track for 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

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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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