Worship resources for 9th May 2021

Each Sunday we post online worship resources for those 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

There is one word
Love
One way of living
Love
One place to abide
Love
One state of being
Love
One relationship to seek
Love
One God to find
Love
One word to use
Love
One gift to share
Love
One faith to find
Love
Come let us celebrate the God of Love
and let it grow more between us.
Come let us worship.

Amen

The First Hymn:

For the beauty of the earth Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

God of Creation
For the beauty of the Earth
desecrated by pollution, extinguished by forest fires, choked by plastic waste
Christ, our God, forgive us for systemic greed.

Saviour of the world
For the urgency of this hour
ignored by apathy or procrastination
wasted by ineffective decisions and denied by economic interests
Christ, our God and Saviour,
forgive us for selfish short-term behaviour.

Life giving Spirit
For the joy of human love
fractured by forced migration, crushed by bereavement
lost to typhoons, floods and starvation.
Christ, our God, bringer of justice, forgive us for this climate crisis.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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 17:1-26(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: Jesus stand among us Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

God of abundant life,
we see Your goodness all around us and we thank You for every part of it:
from the plants and animals which play their part in complex ecosystems,
to the dry deserts and stormy seas which test the limits of life.

We pray that in this time of climate crisis and ecological emergency, You may
help us to rediscover
Your love of creation and to reflect that in our own lives.

God, in Your mercy hear our prayer.

God who speaks through unexpected people,
We thank You for contemporary prophets
who are challenging us to act on climate change;
for indigenous people and their invaluable knowledge
of the land and sea where they live,
for scientists dedicating their careers to warning us
about changes to the planet,
and for young people striking for their future.

We pray that You will help those in power to hear their prophetic voices.
Help them to see beyond short-term political priorities and business plans.
Give them wisdom and courage when they face difficult decisions.

God, in Your mercy hear our prayer.

God of second chances,
we recognise the damage we have done to the Earth
and the injustice we see in society every day,
fuelled by worship of profit and possessions.

We pray for the coming of a better world
with justice, kindness and humility at its heart.
We ask that You guide us to be co-creators of this new world.
Give us confidence to follow the prophetic voices,
to stand against injustice to people and to planet.
So that together, in Your strength,
we stop this climate crisis.

God, in Your mercy hear our prayer.

Amen

Closing Hymn: Praise to the Lord Click Here

Closing Blessing

Born of God
Born of love
Born of light
Abide in God
Abide in love
Abide in light
Go in God
Go in love
Go in light

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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