Worship resources for 18th April 2021

Each Sunday we post online worship resources when Tier 3 restrictions only allow 50 people to attend church. 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.

Scriptural sentence

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Opening prayer

Approach to God/Call to worship

Come trust in the Creator,
who transforms our distress and anger
with silence and searching.
We meet in the light of a new day,
welcoming the Word of God.
The Presence of heaven brings peace to this space and time
and our hearts and minds awaken for heaven’s purpose to be revealed.

Stepping into the turmoil of life,
You bring peace,
Risen presence.
Your calm voice chases away the darkness and distress
of doubt and fear,
bringing new light and insight
to life and death.
In an upper room,
You make the extraordinary experience of resurrection
an everyday encounter,
and in the passage of all living things
through birth, growth and death,
we notice the possibility of new beginnings.
Your words of peace still our hurry.
Your story is to be savoured,
to fill imaginations,
to dream of what is possible.
In the peace Your passion for creation is revealed,
as Your love heals the division humanity creates
between one another,
amidst the world around,
between heaven and earth.
With Your woundedness
we are made whole,
and prepared to be the witnesses
of Christ’s continuing purpose in our time.


Amen

The First Hymn:

Christ is risen Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

As Your children,
Loving Creator,
we are given a place within Your heart.
You know our inner workings,
and are able to name what is right and wrong
in the lives we lead.
Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy.
As Your children,
we recognise the upset and hurt we cause
to those we love the most,
with the harsh words we use
and our selfish ambition to live
as we would choose.
Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy.
As Your children,
we are invited to share
in the stewardship of creation,
and sometimes we fail to care.
Tempted by easy to use and readily available,
we ignore the need to sustain all of life.
We fail to live in harmony
with more than humanity.
Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy.
As children of God,
we are known by You,
and long for your presence
to turn us around with forgiveness
and place our feet upon Christ’s path
of holiness and love.

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 20:1-18(Film) Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Our mouths are full of songs of praise,
Lord of life,
for You meet our every need.
Our hunger is fed.
Our thirst is quenched.
Your in-dwelling in the whole of life
inspires our thoughts
and encourages the gifts within each of us
to be used for the glory of Your kingdom.
Your risen presence provides the sustenance
our inner spirits crave.
We meet You in the relationships we form,
as You call our hidden skills and talents to the fore
so that they speak of You
and Your love for all creation.
In all we do,
may we reveal Your presence
as we discover old and new ways
of being Christ’s people.
Amen.

The Second Hymn: Open our eyes Lord Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

Risen Christ,
Your living presence is celebrated
at city gates and market squares,
by those in need of healing and those who are amazed,
in heart and minds.
In moments of wonder and unexpected changes,
our senses are disrupted by the extraordinary,
so that suddenly we see You
standing in our midst
speaking words of peace
and inspiring Your world to discover the possibility
of the kingdom of heaven
in the ordinary of the world.
Help us to enjoy our moments of wonder.
In a world where explanation and logic could chip away at faith,
may we marvel at the growing knowledge of science,
and the wonder it creates
from starlit skies,
to molecules and atoms,
giving intimate knowledge of a creation
so full of opportunities
to delve into discovering more of God.
Thrill us with the mystery of what we are yet to know
so that it expands our desire
to notice You in unexpected ways and places.
In this journey through a pandemic,
we give thanks for all those who have offered signs of resurrection
in their work and commitments.
We pray for doctors, nurses and support staff
who tirelessly care for those who enter their view,
at times with potential harm to themselves.
We pray for the scientific community
as it continues research and development
in care and prevention.
We pray for those who are the recipients of care,
and notice the wide range of people
whose health has been affected
by being unable to receive treatment and support.
Help us to recognise that while the virus has world-wide impact,
we are not equal in immunisation programmes.
Help us to notice those communities
who will be the last to receive the support they need
and to work towards the fairer share of wealth and resource,
so that Your risen Presence reveals the kingdom in every land.
Christ of life and death and resurrection,
we celebrate those who have shared this life with us,
allowing us to meet you in simple words and actions.
We grieve with those
who mourn the death of loved ones.
May we be those who share the memories and love
that allows hope to rise from loss.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
Your risen One.

Amen

Closing Hymn: See what a morning Click Here

Closing Blessing

Christ is risen in our world,

alive in our hearts, our conversations, and our activities.

He bears God’s love ready for the world to share.

We will share all we know as Christ’s people.

And the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

be with you all,

now and always.

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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