Worship resources for 14th 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
“’Once I was blind but now I can see”

Opening prayer

Approach to God/Call to worship

God of hope,
Your steadfast love endures forever.
We give You thanks that, time after time,
You break into the darkness of our world and of our lives
with signs of Your everlasting love.
You bring light,
sometimes the merest flicker that brings us a focus,
other times a brightening glow
that confronts us with the reality of Your presence.
Your love endures
through all our doubt and confusion,
persisting until we recognise the signs of hope
that break through to remind us of Your grace,
revealing the divine spark in each of us
as we were created in love.
We thank You especially at this time
for the skill of scientists and medics,
continuing to find ways to live in harmony with creation,
harnessing the gifts You have given
to find protection from disease.
We thank You
for all who put the needs of others before themselves,
choosing to put another’s welfare above their own comfort.
We thank You
for all whose work continues to ensure that the hungry are fed,
the sick are healed,
the homeless are sheltered
and the poor are cared for,
those who, in their everyday lives
show You at work in the world.
May our giving thanks, O God
be manifest in our playing our part where we can
for the healing of our world,
for love’s sake.

Amen

The First Hymn:

Amazing Grace Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

Living, loving, ever present God.
You journey with Your people
through every time and season.
You remain faithful, dependable and true.
When we look to You,
often we are enabled to see the way ahead.
You make the darkness light and turn sorrow into joy.
God of all the universe,
You draw alongside us,
weeping with us,
gently cradling our pain,
reaching out to heal and to hold.
Forgive us, O God
when we forget Your love,
for ourselves and for others.
Forgive us
when we hoard or discard resources
out of the rich bounty that You have given.
Forgive us
when we fail to see our connectedness to You
and to our neighbour.
Bring us back to You time after time
Stop us in our tracks and confound us with love
until, worn down,
we fix our eyes on You,
God of our salvation.

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 12:12-36 (Film) Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

Act of Communion (have bread and wine/grape juice ready) Film 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: Lord Jesus Christ Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

In every sadness, O God,
You are there,
holding out comfort.
In every darkness, O God,
You are there,
holding out light.
In every fear, O God,
You are there,
holding out hope.
In everything, O God,
You are there,
holding out love.
When we don’t know where to go…
When we fear what lies ahead…
When we long for what we knew…
May we see You,
sometimes ahead of us leading us
Sometimes behind us, nudging us
Often beside us accompanying us through it all
May we rest our weary souls
in the balm of Your grace and Your love
until we are renewed to carry on,
following where You lead
in steadfast love.

Amen

Closing Hymn: At the name of Jesus Click here

Closing Blessing

The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.
Live in that steadfast love wherever You go
knowing that God so loved the world.
And the blessing of God who created You,
Christ who redeems You
and the Spirit who sustains You
go with You always.

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

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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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