Worship resources for 11th 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

God, our God
This morning we gather to worship You.
We come together, each of us from our own lives,
with our own thoughts, and hopes, and worries.
Let us bring our hearts, with all that weighs on them, before You this morning in worship. And unburden us, do not let us be weighed down,
but instead send Your Spirit anew among us, and clear in our hearts and minds a space to focus on You and our relationship with You.

For we come, thirsty – longing for refreshment.
For we come hungry – longing for sustenance.
We come as Your children: and long to know Your love.

Amen

The First Hymn:

It is well with my soul Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

And here in this place of prayer;
in this quiet and unlaboured time –
we can trace the steps of the paths that brought us here.
Our Sunday morning waking and journey here;
our Saturday and the week that has been.
As Your people, we’ve known joy, comfort, fatigue, and pain;
love and hope, loneliness and strain.
But as we cast our thoughts back, Lord,
give us eyes to see that You have been with us all along.
Gives us hearts to know of Your presence,
not just today,
but every day in our walk with You,
and that in our worship we will remember Your constancy in every moment of our lives.

You are the God who freely loves.
You have no needs or requirements; the whole universe belongs to You:
yet as infinite, majestic and glorious God:
You concern Yourself with us.
You care for us.
You know us.
In Jesus Christ You walked among us and demonstrated a love so perfect,
that all human history will unravel before we will comprehend its depth, width, and height.

It is, then, all too tragic how poorly we reflect Your love.

How often we shrink from the inheritance of being Your children;
and how readily we shirk the responsibility to love as we have been loved.

There can be no excuse for our faults;
there can be no justification for the ways we inhibit the fruitful living of others;
or for the damage we do to this world and to ourselves.
We confess that we have sinned.

We have no hope but Your forgiveness;
And so we ask it: in hope and in trust that Your love,
Your perfect love – made human in Jesus Christ
who walked among us and knows every hair on our heads and every movement of our lives,
speaks quietly to our troubled souls:
I do not condemn you:
go, and sin no more.

And so, rejoicing in the life of Christ, and in the joy of the Holy Spirit,
we ask You restore us anew, and shape us in Your ways.


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 15:1-17(Film) Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of justice,
We thank You for Your truth and justice.
For prophetic words of hope spoken at the right time.
We thank You for those who speak in Your name.
Those who tell truth to power, no matter the likely consequence.

Those who seek peace.
Those who press for justice.
Those who will not be swayed from the truth.

Throughout the history of Your people, You have given Your Spirit to prophets.
Those who bear witness to Your love,
and the transformation possible by Your power.


In Jesus’ name we pray

Amen

The Second Hymn: What a friend we have in Jesus Click here

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

God of love and freedom, of hope and joy,
we pray for those who long to be free,
For those wrongly imprisoned.
For those imprisoned because of a fight for justice,
because they spoke out against the tyranny of their government,
because they protest the actions for their state,
because they have a faith that is censored.

We pray for those who seek asylum and refuge from their past;
and who now live in detention centres.
We pray for those who are detained for their own safety and wellbeing, but long to be free.
We pray for all those whose freedom falls victim to the greater power of an unjust majority.

We pray for those whose helplessness condemns them to a form of slave labour.
For those working unbearably long hours with little or not pay.
For those increasing number of people trafficked – human lives bought and sold.
We pray for those who long to be free.

For those who know daily pain, and who are overwhelmed with the struggle of coping.
For those who have a diagnosis that feels like an incarcerating sentence.
For those whose health curtails a freedom they used to know.

We pray for those who are trapped by the snares self-contempt.
For those who disregard their own inherent worth and loveliness,
and long to be free for love.
For those who are not free to love who, or how, or where their heart leads them.

We pray for those who long to be free,
for those who are condemned by poverty.
For those whose hunger becomes like shackles.
For those who feel unemployment to be liberty-deprived.

We pray for those who long to be free,
for those who wish to be free of the pain of this life.
And for those who mourn the passing of one dear to them.
For all those who have loved freely and long to again.

God: Father, Son and Spirit,
You are the God who loves freely:
the God whose love is unconditional and infinite.
You love each of us eternally: enfold us into Your embrace;
grant the freedom of Your people and the fulfilment of our prayers.

All this we pray, for the sake and in the name of Your son Jesus Christ,

Amen

Closing Hymn: And can it be Click Here

Closing Blessing

We can’t go anywhere

outside the love of God,

each day is full of praise

and thanksgiving.

Go in praise.

Go in thanksgiving.

Let your feet

tap to the rhythm of God

in the world.

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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