Worship resources for 25th 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

God of Peace,
who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of an eternal covenant,
make us perfect in goodness
so that we may do Your will;
and create in us what is pleasing to You;
through the same Jesus Christ our lord.

Amen

The First Hymn:

Come you faithful Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus, our Good Shepherd
as a shepherd gathers their flock
so You have gathered us today
drawing us in to the shelter of Your flock
to feed and refresh us.
Some of us come before You rejoicing,
because our path has led us through green pastures
and You have filled our cup of happiness to overflowing.
Some of us come before You battered and bruised by life,
because our path has led us through dark and frightening valleys
and we need to know Your strength restoring our souls.
Some of us, like foolish sheep, come before You ashamed,
because we have wandered astray instead of following You
and now we come to seek for Your forgiveness.
If we have followed the crowd, doing as others did,
forgetting that we are pledged to follow You,
then, Good Shepherd, set us right.
If we have chosen to do what we want
rather than act out of love for others
and have found ourselves in difficulties,
then Good Shepherd set us right.
If we have been so preoccupied with other things
that we have stopped listening to the voice of the Good Shepherd,
then Good Shepherd set us right.
Bring us back from where we have wandered
and set our feet on the path that leads to life.
Speak Your word of pardon, Lord
and remind us that You said:
“I have come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
May each of us know that we matter to You,
however far away we may have strayed.
May we hear Your voice afresh during our service today
and draw closer to You before we leave.
May we entrust the week ahead to You
and have the courage to follow You day by day.
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 21:1-14(Film) Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Living God
accept all the offerings we bring to You
in a whole variety of ways.
Grant that they may go where we can’t go,
that they may reach where we cannot reach,
that they may do what we cannot do.
Use them to strengthen Your Church
and advance Your kingdom
here where we are and far beyond
for Jesus’ sake.


Amen.

The Second Hymn: Hallelujah My Father Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

Eternal God,
as Jesus and the early Church cared for those in need,
we pray for all who suffer
and are not cared for,
or whom care cannot reach.
We pray for the elderly who die alone,
the young who are neglected, or cruelly treated,
young and old whose weaknesses are exploited
and sensitivities abused
We pray for all who have grown hopeless
and weary as each day is like the last
For those who face hunger and homelessness
with no way out;
refugees from war and violence
to whom no-one wants to give a home.
Those whose lives have been wrecked by conflicts
they do not understand
and cannot affect or change.
Hounded by economic and political forces
or by the impact of climate change
which take no account of their need.
In this world of so much suffering
we pray too for all who are affluent,
comfortable, warm and cared for,
who do not care.
For those who know what they should do
but do not bother.
For those who close their eyes and minds;
and those who simply find
other people’s troubles and needs
a cross they do not wish to bear.
We pray for those who do care –
Those who accept the pain and disturbance
that knowledge brings
but do not see what they can do#.
Those whose consciences are hurt,
who want to help,
but cannot see how.
We pray for all who do care –
Who are willing to go the extra mile
time and again
often at cost in so many ways.
For those who go
where trouble, pain and poverty are,
risking life and limb,
facing danger and fear.
Father, as we pray,
increase the depth of love in us
and in others who have something to give
to the ill, troubled and dying.
Give us such love
that Your sheep, both inside and outside the fold,
may be found,
given health, strength, food
and the ability to enjoy life to the full
and the joy to praise You.
We thank You that Jesus is the Good Shepherd
and for Your grace and mercy
that has made us part of His flock.
Thank you that You watch over Your flock
You know us by name,
You understand what we are like,
You call us to follow
and You accompany us along the path,
seeking us out when we stray,
keeping a loving eye on what we do.
Lead us into Your future
on the adventure of faith,
for Jesus’ sake.

Amen

Closing Hymn: Were you there Click Here

Closing Blessing

We will go into the world,
abiding in God.
We will speak of the things of love,
abiding in God.
We will live out the new commandment,
abiding in love.
And trust the God who shapes that love in us,
abiding in love.

And the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

be with you all,

now and always.

Amen

Bonus worship track Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission (1986) 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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