Worship resources for 13th June 2021 – Communion

Advent wreath beside the pulpit at front of SJPC sanctuary

Thank you for joining us online for communion Sunday.

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.

Let us worship God

The First Hymn:

Come thou almighty king Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Living God, in our desire for meaning and purpose in life,
You remind us that You are available to us in our hour of need.
As we reach out in our times of searching,
You promise us that You will listen and answer beyond our imaginings.
When we place our trust in our human enterprises,
You call us back to Your holy place, to meet with You, and to rest in Your presence.

Forgive us for putting our trust in the things of the world.
When others look for success in their chariot and horses in times of battle,
let us put our trust in Your ways.
When the world builds success on power and control,
let us believe in Your ways of building a kingdom of righteousness and love.
When we fall short of all You expect of us,
let us hold to Your promise that You will pick us up again,
and set out feet on Your path once more.

So we turn from human enterprise to the Kingdom of God,
from human failure to the forgiveness of God,
from human weakness to the strength of God,
from human focus to the purpose of God our Lord.

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 4:21 ff Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

The Second Hymn: Stay with us Lord Jesus Christ – communion hymn Click here

Communion: Before looking at this video please ensure you have appropriate elements to represent the bread and wine so you are ready to participate at the end. Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving

We praise Your name,
and rejoice in the love and strength,
the purpose and the success, the triumphs and growth that come,
not from our hands, but from Yours alone.
And when our time of prayers is over,
let us lift up our heads and look ahead with courage.
When our time of devotion is complete,
let us rise with confidence to service and commitment.
For You are our answer in our time of need.

You are our answer in the hour of our calling.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen

Prayers of Intercession

Loving God,
faith, You tell us, as small as a grain of mustard seed is always enough.
Remind us, now, that prayers, small and feeble though we may believe them to be,
will always be enough, if they are offered in a spirit of devotion
and a willingness to be close to Your will and Your ways.
Remind us that Your will unscrambles our stumbling words,
our wayward thoughts, our random ideas, our scattered images,
and sees in them growth and purpose, and creates from them something beautiful for You.

We pray, now, for those closest to us –
those around us in the community of faith, on-line, electronically, in spirit and in fellowship, those we see face to face, those whose images appear on our screens, those you are fixed in our mind’s eye.
For family and friends, for church and community,
for all who matter to us in the bonds of love, we pray today.

We pray for those who are our guides for life and faith,
who point us to the ways of the Kingdom –
for the teachers of our children and students, on-line or in class,
for their diligence and commitment;
for those who teach us our faith, but what they say and do, through what they know and are;
for all who are heroes and role models for us and those we love …
that they might all be strengthened in the ways of righteousness.

We pray for people who serve in community and nation,
who walk in the corridors of responsibility and sit in the chambers of decision-making;
for those who stand tall for what is right;
for those who give of themselves for the benefit of others …
that they may always place the greater good above the love of self.

We pray for all in need, broken or ill at ease in body, mind or spirit …

–Here may be an opportunity for specific prayers about individual needs or current circumstances–

And, in the silence, we name them before you … SILENCE

And what of us, small as a mustard seed, frail as a green shoot, fearful as an uncertain plant?
Strengthen us in our growth;
take us and use us for your purposes;
let us believe in Your ways and not in our own success and failures.
For we are Yours, and Yours alone.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen

Closing Hymn: Lord for the years Click here

Closing Blessing

God is good.
God’s purposes are just.
God’s way is right.
God’s road is ours to follow.
Christ’s truth is our guide.
His message is for our salvation.
The Spirit gives us life.
Our fullness and hopefulness are secured.

So go now, in the goodness of God,
to walk God’s Way,
to follow God’s Truth,
to live God’s Life,
and to be embraced,
now and always,
by God’s blessings.
Amen

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