Worship resources for 20th June 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

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works–
who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

Opening prayer

Approach to God/Call to worship

Gracious and merciful God,
we gather in one heart and mind to pray for all families and individuals
who have left or fled their country, their land, their homes, seeking safer and better lives. We lift up to You their hopes and dreams, their fears and anxieties,
and all their needs and necessities,
that they may be protected on their journeys,
their dignity and rights may be fostered, honoured and upheld,
and they may be welcomed with open arms
into generous and compassionate communities.
All this we ask, through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

Amen

The First Hymn:

Let all the world Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father,
I bow my heart to You and pray.
I give You thanks for all You’ve done.
Thank You for being my refuge and my strength.
Thank You for Your goodness in my life.
When I wake each morning,
I praise Your name.
I give thanks to You that no matter what the circumstances,
I can count on You to shelter me
And to give me strength.
Almighty God,
Merciful Father,
I, a poor miserable sinner,
I confess to You all my sins and iniquities,
Those known and unknown.
I’m not perfect
And I fall short every day of my life.
Thank You for Your mercy

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 6:60-7:10 (Film) Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Loving God,
We thank You for the safe arrival on these shores
of all who have had to flee from war, conflict and unrest.
We pray for those who now call Scotland home,
having arrived here from distant and war-torn lands.
Bless all who have arrived here as refugees
and may they be welcomed here by all whom they meet.
We ask Your blessing also on those whom they have left behind –
family, friends, loved ones, whom they may never see again.
For every refugee who safely reaches this country,
there are countless others who cannot leave and who must remain in harm’s way.
Protect them, Lord,
enable them to remain in contact with those who have been able to leave.
As refugees find a new life here in Scotland,
we pray that they and their families will settle here;
we pray for the children, starting a new school and making new friends;
we pray for the adults, learning a new language and a new culture;
we pray for those helping them to find their feet in their new lives.
Lord, bless refugees and displaced persons everywhere,
and bring an end to the strife in our world
which sees so many people driven from the homes and the friends and family they love.
In Jesus’ name we pray

Amen

The Second Hymn: The splendour of the king Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

God of family,
we bring before You the parents who are weeping and lamenting,
who are waiting for their children,
whose trace is lost in the sea, in the desert, on railway tracks,
in shipping containers and uncertainty:
men, women and children who had escaped from the war zones,
the famine and poverty of this world ,
with the hope for a better, safer life.
God of life,
we bring before You our lament for the dead, stranded at the borders of safety,
who died fleeing through deserts, over mountains and seas.
We call to You and join in the cry of all those who sought justice
and a better life for themselves and their children and perished in the process.
God of justice,
we bring before You political leaders, advisers and decision-makers
who hold the fate of others in their hands.
Make them aware of the causes of migration and flight.
Keep their consciences alive so that refugees are offered protection and dignity.
Let them agree rules of residence that are based on human rights
and guided by solidarity and compassion.
God of peace,
give us the strength to be witnesses of the suffering of the world
and fill us with the fire of Your spirit to renew our efforts to serve those in need
and give us the grace to welcome, learn about and share our lives
with people who come to live in our communities.

God, in Your mercy hear our prayer.

Amen

losing Hymn: My song is love unknown Click Here

Closing Blessing

May God bless us,
our God, who called the world into being,
who breathed us into life,
who provides us with new strength.
May God bless us,
our God, whose love does not know borders nor walls,
whose justice will come.
Our God, who casts down the mighty from their thrones
and lifts up the lowly.
May God bless us,
Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer,

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: