Worship resources for 16th 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

Our Lord, ‘We believe in life before death.’
And having your assurance should free us from fear and inhibition
and release us to get on with life!
With being salt and light.
With being good news to the poor.
With proclaiming sight to the blind and liberty to the captives.
With being peacemakers.
And so much more.
For now we are very much in the world. Indeed in your final prayer for His followers, said. ‘I am not asking you (that is, his Father) to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.’

Amen

The First Hymn:

God is Our Strength and Refuge Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

Creator God, as we draw ever nearer to Pentecost,
we remember that in the beginning, the earth was ‘formless and empty,
and that darkness was over the surface of the deep.’
But we remember too that You were present and
that Your creative Spirit was on the startling line, ready to go.
And so we praise You that out of nothing You brought everything into being
and that through Your spirit, we have order and not chaotic nothingness.
as we lift our gaze to the stars,
and as we marvel at the beauty of delicate spring flowers,
with thankful hearts we rejoice in all that is; in all that You have given.
But we acknowledge the darkness of our own lives and
our need for the light of Christ, ministered by the Spirit.
Forgive us, we pray, our self-centredness, our fractiousness,
our greed and all that is contrary to Your will for our lives.
For a healing touch, we pray, and for a deep sense of assurance
that Your love for us made known in Jesus is sufficient.
In the days to come, grant us an inner hunger for deeper communion with You
and that we might delight all the more in Your living word.
Might we be like ‘trees planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season.’
These and all our prayers we offer in Jesus’ name


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 8:31-58(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: The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

Loving Lord, as Jesus prayed for His disciples
so we pray today for Your Church in all its parts.
We pray with thanks for the saints now gathered around Your throne,
that their witness to the gospel was strong and true.
We pray for the worldwide Church,
praying for a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit
in the days of Pentecost now before us.
We pray especially for those parts of Your Church
which live under the daily threat of persecution.
Grant protection, courage and strength, we pray.
We pray for the Church across Scotland – traditional denominations, independent streams, fledgling fresh expressions –
that You would equip it with all necessary grace for the challenges of this day.
Bind us together in loving unity, as Christ prayed.
We pray for the Church of Scotland,
for all who serve within it and for all who turn to it seeking light and love. Grant it a sure sense of where You are leading;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
We pray for our own congregations,
asking that You would give us the persevering spirit of those of our forebears
who came through seasons of great challenge.
And we pray for ourselves for we are the Church,
the individual parts which make up the Body of Christ on earth.
Inspired by Your word,
shaped by Your Spirit,
send us out to be salt and light.
In Jesus’ name,

God, in Your mercy hear our prayer.

Amen

Closing Hymn: Mighty to Save 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)

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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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