Worship resources for 4th July 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

Walk about Zion,
go all around it, count its towers,
consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels,
that you may tell the next generation that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
God will be our guide forever.

God of the generations,
we come to worship You.
God of women in childbirth,
we come to worship You.
God of those wrecked by storms,
we come to worship You.
God of the humble,
we come to worship You.
God of the poor,
we come to worship You.
God of the Son of Humanity,
we come to worship You

Amen

The First Hymn:

Through all the changing seasons of life Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

God of humility,
we confess before You those times we have been entitled
in a way that was not kind or good.
We have used the lowly status of others to push ourselves up,
or gossiped about a family, a person, or a group of people in unkind words.
We confess to You those times we have taken offence where none was meant
and we confess those times we have used being offended to puff up our pride
and put others down.

Eternal God, who shows us the true meaning of humility in death and crucifixion,
forgive us our sins of pride and entitlement.
Eternal God, who gives us the gift of resurrection and forgiveness,
take from us now our weight of sin
and let us release those guilty feelings
that we may be ready to forgive others more kindly in our turn.


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 13:19-38(Film) Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Kings and crowns,
monarchs and majesty.
May we celebrate you
as our sovereign:
Someone who brings us together,
someone who trusts the future,
someone who believes in love,
someone who supports justice.
Kings and crowns,
monarchs and majesty.
May we know you
as sovereign of all.


In Jesus’ name we pray

Amen

The Second Hymn: A new commandment Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

God of miracle,
provider of daily bread,
word of life and love,
we thank You for the gift
of Your Son Jesus, living bread,
broken and shared for all.

We thank You
that even the crumbs of our lives
and of our labours
are useful to You
in the service of Your kingdom.

We thank You
for Your endless overflowing grace
that knows no bounds
even as we seek to limit it
through our bad choices.

Lord God
As You heard the cries of Your people
in the wilderness and fed them bread from heaven,
as we remember how Jesus nourished Your people
with words of justice and compassion
hear us today as we pray for our world.

We pray for those whose daily need
for food, clean water
and proper shelter goes un-met
and for those misusing what they have
in the vain pursuit of pleasure.
Feed them with a sense of justice and fairness
That they might stand firm in their right
To a decent life for all people now.

We pray for those whose lives have been broken
by violence and crime, conflict and struggle.
Feed them with courage and anticipation
of a life beyond the barriers which hold them back.

We pray for those who are sick or sorrowing
and those who care for and console them.
We pray especially for those we knowpersonally
who are facing difficulties at this time
and who we name in a time of silence…
Fill them, Lord, with Your healing presence
and remind them of Your promises.

We pray for those who have lost faith
in themselves and in You
and who struggle to find meaning in life.
focus their eyes on You, Lord,
and give them hope for a new day.

We pray for ourselves that we might be filled
with energy to serve You better in our daily living.
And that we might, even in our doubt,
be reminded that You will never turn away
Or abandon us.
May we always look to You
As the one who gives us life.
All this we ask in Jesus’ name

God, in Your mercy hear our prayer.

Amen

losing Hymn: My song is love unknown Click Here

Closing Blessing

Let us go out in the spirit of the twelve,
no purse, no spares, no insurance, no pride.

There, in the world,
may we meet the vulnerable, the kindly,
those ready to receive us with generosity and grace.

And in this meeting, may we see our God,
incarnate, reborn, eternal:
in love and hope.

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

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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