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Worship for Ascension Sunday 24/5/2020

Introductory music

Welcome

Welcome to our time of worship. Thank you for joining us. Most of our videos have subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

This week’s time of worship is led by John Dent.

Hymn

Our opening hymn is “Hail the day that sees him rise”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Prayer

Frances Dent leads us in prayer, please watch the video, which includes subtitles.

Bible Reading

Please listen to Mike Duffy read our Bible reading, which includes subtitles.

Psalm 116

Hymn

Please join in with the hymn is “The King of love my Shepherd is”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Reflection

by John Dent, which has subtitles.

Prayer

Let us say together the words which Jesus taught us:

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Look ye saints”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

An arrangement of “Ashokan Farewell” by Hazel Bengough, performed by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BEd students, Erin (flute), Megan (fiddle) and Hazel (piano).

Notices

If you are interested in joining our online Discipleship Explored course, (which started at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th May), please contact administrator@logies.org.

If you are interested in using Zoom to have an “after church coffee & chat” with other members of the church family, in future weeks, please contact administrator@logies.org.

Help is available to set up Zoom.

With thanks to John Dent, Ed Muirhead, Frances Dent, Bill Mclean, Hazel Bengough, Megan McNicoll and Erin Lander.

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Worship Sunday 17/5/2020

Introductory music

Welcome

Welcome to our time of worship. Thank you for joining us. Most of our videos have subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

This week’s time of worship is led by Nicola Montgomery.

Hymn

Our opening hymn is “Will you anchor hold”, from BBC Songs of Praise, recorded at St. Alban’s Church, Leeds.

Bible Reading

Please listen to our Bible reading, which include subtitles.

Psalm 46

Reflection

by Nicola Montgomery, which has subtitles.

Hymn

Let us respond to the time of reflection, by singing together, “As the deer pants”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Prayer

Nicola Montgomery leads us in prayer, with subtitles.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Great is thy faithfulness”, the words will appear as the hymn is played

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

Pieds en l’air by Peter Warlock

Notices

If you are interested in joining our online Discipleship Explored course, (which started at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th May), please contact administrator@logies.org.

If you are interested in using Zoom to have an “after church coffee & chat” with other members of the church family, in future weeks, please contact administrator@logies.org.

Help is available to set up Zoom.

With thanks to Nicola Mongomery, Ed Muirhead, Bill Mclean and Hazel Bengough

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Worship Sunday 10/5/2020

Introductory music

Welcome

Welcome to our time of worship. Thank you for joining us. Most of our videos have subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

This week is Christian Aid week. Please watch this short message from our Christian Aid co-ordinator, Bill Mclean, and read the text from Rev Anita Kerr below it. You will find a link to make Christian Aid donations in the church notices, at the end of the time of worship.

In February I was present at the Christian Aid Gathering in the Steeple Church, where we were brought up to date with Christian Aid Scotland’s work through its vision of life before death. The main conversation that morning was via Zoom, with a Pastor in Kenya who shared with us their experiences as huge locust swarms laid waste the farms and crops in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia eating everything in sight. This week the news is that a second much bigger wave of locusts is causing destruction on a vast scale across East Africa. A salutary reminder that all the problems we had before this pandemic have not gone away but seem somehow more remote. Please support Christian Aid to fulfil their vision of Life before death for vulnerable people facing the severe implications of this devastation and the Coronavirus pandemic.

Rev Anita Kerr

Let us pray,

Merciful God,
You have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass all understanding.
Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen

Hymn

Our opening hymn is “There is a Redeemer”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Psalm 67

God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us.

That your way may be known upon the earth, your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

O let nations rejoice and be glad, for you will judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations upon the earth. 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, and God, our own God, will bless us.

God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. Amen

Bible Readings

Please listen to our Bible readings, which include subtitles.

Joel chapter 2 verses 13 & 14

Acts chapter 2 verses 14-21

Reflection

by Rev Anita Kerr, which has subtitles.

Hymn

Let us respond to the time of reflection, by singing together, “Here I am, Lord”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Prayer

Siobhan Kerr leads us in prayer, with subtitles.

Let us say together …

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Father, hear the prayer we offer”, from BBC Songs of Praise, recorded at The Church of St Cross, Winchester.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“Love Divine”, tune Blaenwern, played on our church organ

Notices

If you are interested in joining our online Discipleship Explored course, (which starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th May), please contact administrator@logies.org. Help is available to set up Zoom and there is a practice session at 11.30am on Sunday 10th May.

If you are interested in using Zoom to have an “after church coffee & chat” with other members of the church family, in future weeks, please contact administrator@logies.org.

With thanks to Rev Anita Kerr, Ed Muirhead, Bill Mclean, Roisin-Elizabeth & Siobhan Kerr. The painting is by John Constable of Salisbury Cathedral (1831).

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Worship Sunday 3/5/2020

Introductory music

Welcome

Welcome to our time of worship. Thank you for joining us.

We have put together a short time of worship, as you scroll down this page, please watch the videos, and read the text and prayers.

We will start in prayer,

Lord God
You are our Saviour and king
our Master and friend
our Shepherd and guide.
Wherever we go, You are with us.
Wherever we stray, You seek us out.
Whenever we call, You hear us.
You are our promise and our hope
our place of rest and peace
our security and our sureness.
Whoever we are, You accept us.
Whatever we do, You love us.
Whenever we fall, You lift us up.
Lord God
we are in different places,
leading different lives,
in different situations,
with different concerns
and different dreams.
Yet we come as one,
a people of shared faith
in a God who shared all.
Be with us as we worship you together.
In Jesus name,
Amen

Hymn

Our opening hymn is “Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven”, we join massed voices in Liverpool’s Anglican Catherdral, via BBC Songs of Praise.

Bible Reading

Please listen to our Bible reading, which include subtitles.

Acts chapter 1 verses 1-11

Reflection

by Dr Alistair Montgomery

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Prayer

Lord, You are our shepherd.
We thank You that You give us
everything we need.
That You offer us rest and refreshment
through Your Word.
That You keep us on the straight and narrow
when we are prone to stray.
We thank You that those times when we are afraid
we can trust that You watch out for us.

At this time, be with everyone working to protect us,
and keep us safe.
Medical staff, nursing staff, carers and all staff working in the health and care professions.
Those working or volunteering in shops and delivery services.
People who are keeping the infrastructure of our country going.
Teachers, school staff and other key workers.
Thank you for their strength and dedication, and keep them safe.

Lord God, shepherd all Your people
on their different journeys
with their different joys and struggles.
Remind them that all are honoured guests
at Your table
and that all may find a home in You.
Lavish them with Your goodness and love
so that they might know
that in You they have everything they need.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

The outgoing Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, leads us in the Lord’s Prayer:

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Thine be the Glory”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“Oboe Concerto in D minor by Marcello 1st movement (Andante)” played in 2018 by Hazel Bengough, accompanied by Susan Sneddon

Notices

Please share this with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time, and join us again next week.

We had to stop ‘Discipleship Explored’ after only one session when the virus hit. We are now planning to restart the course by using online videos and a Zoom Meeting. Participants will watch a 15 minute video and then join a Zoom meeting for 45 minutes to discuss questions and points raised. You can join Zoom using an ordinary telephone, a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Discipleship Explored helps followers of Jesus turn up the gospel soundtrack to their lives.

It goes beyond simply teaching the right moves – go to church, pray, read the Bible, share the gospel and focuses on the music which drives discipleship: the love of Christ. The greatest love anyone can ever know. It’s an eight-session journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians and is ideal for believers at any stage of the Christian life.

Interested? Then please contact administrator@logies.org

This first session will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th May. Help is available to set up Zoom and there will be a practice session a few days before the first meeting.

Prayers adapted from Church of Scotland website.

With thanks to Dr Alistair Montgomery, Ed Muirhead, Bill Maclean, Glyn and Hazel Bengough.

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Worship Sunday 26/4/2020

Introductory music

Welcome

Welcome to our time of worship. Thank you for joining us.

We have put together a short time of worship, as you scroll down this page, please watch the videos, and read the text and prayers.

We will start in prayer,

Almighty and eternal God,
the strength of those who believe
and the hope of those who doubt,
may we, who have not seen, have faith
and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our opening hymn is “Ten Thousand Reasons/Bless the Lord”, which Rev Anita Kerr introduced to us a few months ago. It is written by Matt Redman and was performed on BBC Songs of Praise.

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness:

You set me at liberty when I was in trouble, have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you nobles dishonour my glory?

How long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?

But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness:

When I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

Stand in awe, and sin not:

Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness:

And put your trust in the Lord.

There are many that say, “Who will show us any good?”:

Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

Put you gladness in my heart:

More than when their corn and wine and oil increase.

In peace I will lie down and sleep:

For it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be forever Amen

Bible Readings

Please listen to our Bible readings, which include subtitles.

Luke chapter 24 verses 13-32

1 John chapter 4 verses 7-16

Reflection

by Rev. Anita Kerr

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Hymn

Let us reflect on those words, as we sing the hymn “Amazing Grace”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Prayer

Rev Anita Kerr leads us in prayer, there are subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Let us say together the words of the Lord’s Prayer

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Beauty for Brokeness”, performed on BBC Songs of Praise.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“Vespers voluntary no 3 by Edward Elgar” played at home by our church organist.

Please share this with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time, and join us again next week.

With thanks to Rev. Anita Kerr, Alanna Kerr, Richard Harrison, Ed Muirhead, Bill Maclean and Hazel Bengough

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Worship Sunday 19/4/2020

Introductory music

Tune “Love Unknown” by John Ireland

Welcome

Welcome to our time of worship for Sunday 19th April. Thank you for joining us.

Today there are three reflections, from Rev David McLeod.

We will start in prayer, followed by the words of Psalm 145.

Let us pray,

Lord we thank you for another new day, another opportunity to worship you, another time to listen to your word, and another time to hear reflections on your message to us.
Be with us, though we may be physically distant, we are still the people of your church, and let your light continue to shine in us.
For Jesus sake.
Amen

Psalm 145

1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.

Hymn

Our first hymn is “Jesus shall reign”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Bible Reading

You can listen to our first Bible reading, or read the text below.

Genesis chapter 3 verses 1-13

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Reflection

by Rev. David McLeod

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Hymn

“Rejoice, The Lord is King” from BBC Songs of Praise.

Bible Reading

You can listen to our second Bible reading, or read the text below.

Luke chapter 10 verses 17-20

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Reflection

by Rev. David McLeod

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Music

Reflect on the words you have heard so far, with this beautiful piece of music – Ave Verum Corpus, by Mozart, recorded individually, in isolation in their homes, by the BBC Singers with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and organist William Whitehead.

Bible Reading

You can listen to our final Bible reading, or read the text below.

Jeremiah ch 1 vs 4-6

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

Reflection

by Rev. David McLeod

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Prayer

Let us pray together,

Merciful God,
We confess that too often we have lived lives of those not worthy to be called Your children.
Though You are light, we have preferred to lurk in shadow,
though You are truth, we have made idols of lies and falsehood,
though You are love, we have been hard of heart.
Too often You show us the Way, and we have wandered far off course.
We turn to You with repentant hearts, and seek Your forgiveness.
We lay claim to your promise, and pray that You will transform us, re-make us,
that we will live as Your children, and by word, thought and deed, we might lead lives worthy of subjects within Your kingdom of love, peace and mercy.
Amen

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen

Let us say together the words of the Lord’s Prayer

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation” played on our church organ.

Notices

If you haven’t received our newsletter, please contact administrator@logies.org. We will send you a copy, and add you to our mailing list.

Please share this with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time, and join us again next week.

With thanks to Rev. David McLeod, Adrian and Kirsty Caddick, Ed Muirhead, Bill Maclean, Hazel and Ramanee Bengough

Prayers from the Church of Scotland and the Church of England

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Worship for Easter Day

image of church window
Two beautiful windows in our church building
image of church window

Introductory music

“When I survey the wondrous cross”, by Isaac Watts

Welcome

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!”

Welcome to our time of worship for Easter Day. Thank you for joining us.

We have put together a short time of worship, as you scroll down this page, please watch the videos, and read the text and prayers.

We start in prayer, let us pray:

Glorious God of all,
You are the giver of new life,
You are the one to whom we owe each breath,
You are the reason for our hope.
Send your enlivening spirit, be present with us as we come close to You,
seeking Your light to see what has been revealed
seeking Your warmth to set hearts aglow with Your love
seeking Your truth, that we might trust.
As we proclaim the Easter gospel, that in You is life which conquers death,
make us anew Your beloved children.
In Jesus name.
Amen.

Hymn

“Jesus Christ is risen today”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Bible Reading

You can listen to our Bible reading, or read the text below.

John 11 vs1-5 and 17-44

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)

So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside.

“The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.”

When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.

When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.

“Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

Jesus wept.

Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Hymn

“See what a morning” written by Stuart Townend, from BBC Songs of Praise.

Reflection

by John Dent

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

You may wish to listen again to “I know that my Redeemer liveth”, from Handel’s Messiah, from BBC Songs of Praise.

Prayer

Let us pray together,

God of bountiful blessing, we thank You for the promise of Jesus Christ,

who is the Life by which we live, and the perfection of Your holy glory.

We thank You for the faith to believe that which we have not seen,

and for Your mercy upon us as we clumsily grasp the significance of Your love.

We thank You for Your sustaining strength as we try to lead lives which reflect Your glory,

and for Your ever-present Spirit as our guide, helper and advocate.

With thankful hearts we give You praise.

Amen

Let us say together the words of the Lord’s Prayer

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

“Thine be the Glory” , the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“Sanctuary of the Heart by A W Ketelbey” played on our church organ.

Please share this with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time, and join us again next week.

Notices

If you haven’t received our newsletter, please contact administrator@logies.org. We will send you a copy, and add you to our mailing list.

This time of worship has been put together with contributions from John Dent, Frances Dent, Ed Muirhead, Bill Maclean, Hazel Bengough. Many thanks to everyone involved.

Prayers from Church of Scotland.

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Good Friday – Reflections on the Cross

This time of worship is based on the one, led by Ramanee Bengough, which we used when we met together for a Connect event on Good Friday 2019.

As you scroll down this page, please watch the videos, and read the text and prayers.

Introductory music

Tune “O Waly Waly”, for the hymn “An upper room …”

Welcome

Welcome to this time to think about Good Friday, and the crucifixion of Jesus.

We know the next part of the story, unlike those who were there at the time, but today we focus on the events surrounding the Cross.

Let us start with this verse from Matthew’s gospel …

“But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

Matthew 26 v 56

Let us say the words of the Lord’s Prayer together:

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

“There is a green hill far away”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Reflections

As many of you know, I spent many years singing with a church choir. I always said that Good Friday has the best music, with moving words and haunting minor keys.

Last year, I joined the University of Dundee choir, and we sang a very modern piece, “Passion Music” by Will Todd. It’s a jazz choral music, something completely out of my comfort zone.

The piece of made of up nine songs, and it pulls no punches telling the crucifixion story. One particularly lively piece is entitled “Seven last words from the cross”. It made me look again at these words across three gospels that Jesus is recorded as saying, it’s really seven phrases.

I want to look at each one very briefly, in the context of the Crucifixion story, and use it as a point of prayer and time of quiet.

It may feel a little disjointed, and we will hear some of the events twice, but it allows us to listen again to His words.

There will be a passage of scripture, followed by a brief reflection and a short prayer. You may wish to add your own prayer before continuing.

In the middle, we will listen to words from John’s Gospel set to music as part of Stainer’s Crucifixion.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.

And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’).

Mark 15 vs 33-34

These words are taken from Psalm 22, and as we will see Jesus refer to Psalms again later.

These are also the only words recorded in Aramaic, and can be thought of as us hearing the actual words He spoke. An amazing thought.

However alone Jesus may appear to be in these words, He was still making a difference to those around Him, prompting the centurion to later say “Surely this man was the Son of God”.

Let us pray:
Lord tonight we are hearing again your words, however familiar.
Let us hear you speak to us afresh this Good Friday & Easter.
Take away our doubts and let us also see you as the Son of God.

In a moment of quiet, let us ask God to remove any doubts in our hearts

Woman, here is your son

Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, ‘Do not write “The King of the Jews”, but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.’

Pilate answered, ‘What I have written, I have written.’

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

‘They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.’

So this is what the soldiers did.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

John 19 vs 17-27

We see some amazing statements made by Jesus from the Cross, at a time when He was undergoing terrible torture, and a most horrible death.

Here He is showing care for both His mother and His friend, at a time when you might think He would only be thinking about Himself.

Let us pray:
Lord, you showed caring, compassion and thoughtfulness even at the time of your suffering.
Help us to show care and love to our families and friends, in whatever situations we find ourselves.

And in this time of silence, let us name those who need our prayers this evening.

I am thirsty – It is finished

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19 vs 28-30

I ran these two pieces together. And although I shouldn’t be surprised, everytime you study a familiar bible passage you learn something new.

Perhaps you already knew – but wine vinegar was what soldiers were given to drink when they were on duty.

Again here Jesus acts to fulfil the Scriptures.

And he receives compassion from the soldiers.

And he says “It is finished” – the task Jesus came to do is now over.

In Philippians ch 2 v 8, we also read “He humbled himself, and became obedient to death”.

Let us pray:
Lord we need to hear you, and become obedient to your word.
Help us to focus on the direction you have for us.

In silence, let each pray to hear His word, and know our direction.

Music

Listen to these words in music from John Stainer’s Crucifixion, and performed several years by the University of Exeter Chapel Choir.

God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whoso believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3 vs 16-17

Father, forgive them

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left.

Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Luke 23 vs 33-34

Jesus is asking His father to forgive those who torture Him.  From time to time, in the news, we hear of others who forgive murderers and those who have committed terrible crimes.

Forgiveness comes from love, and Jesus’ love is for everyone. Us here, and those who not yet heard.

Let us pray:
Lord, we are amazed when we look again at Jesus asking for forgiveness for his torturers.
Thank you that we are forgiven by you, and may we show your love to those we meet, forgiving others, as you commanded us to do.

In a time of silence, let us ask for God’s forgiveness, for things we have done wrong or not done

Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.’

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, ‘If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.’

There was a written notice above him, which read: “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’

But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’

Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’

Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’

Luke 23 vs 35-43

What a promise!

Jesus reminds us all of what awaits us, and even at His end, He was making that promise to a thief.

Let us pray:
Lord thank you for this promise.
That Jesus made a way for us to be with you in your heavenly kingdom.
Thank you that we have heard your call.

In silent prayer, we give thanks for this great promise. And pray for those around us who still do not know.

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining.

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’

When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23 vs 44-46

In the final words from the Cross Jesus quotes from Psalm 31 – which formed part of a Jewish evening prayer.

He speaks to His father, confident of His future.

Let us pray:
Lord, we all commit ourselves to you.
We ask you to guide us through our lives, whatever age we are.

In our final time of quiet, let us commit ourselves again to follow Him, our Lord & Saviour.

Hymn

“When I survey the wonderous cross”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Grace

We say the words of the Grace to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.


Please share this time of reflection with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time

With thanks to Ed Muirhead, Ramanee Bengough

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Worship Sunday 5/4/2020

Introductory music

Welcome

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!”

Psalm 118:1

Welcome to our time of worship for Palm Sunday. Thank you for joining us.

If you haven’t received our newsletter, please contact administrator@logies.org. We will send you a copy, and add you to our mailing list.

We have put together a short time of worship, as you scroll down this page, please watch the videos, and read the text and prayers.

We will start in prayer, using word from the hymn “Be Still for the presence of the Lord:”

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here
Come bow before Him now,
With reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground
Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here
Amen

Bible Reading

You can listen to our Bible reading, or read the text below.

Matthew 21 vs1-11

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, 

Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

 “Say to Daughter Zion,  ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 

They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Reflection

by Rev. Anita Kerr

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Hymn

“In Christ Alone” written by Stuart Townend and performed by Aled Jones and Russell Watson, from BBC Songs of Praise.

Prayer

Let us pray together,

Lord we come into your presence in these times of uncertainty and change, thankful that you O God do not change, and that your love endures forever.

We pray for the world which you gave us to care for, every bird in sky and creature in the sea;  for the climate we have drastically changed from what you intended; for wildlife, livestock and pets we care for and protect. 

We pray for the farmers as they prepare the land for the summer crops, for sun and rain and hands to harvest them; we remember the farms battling against the swarms of locust in Africa.

We pray for all who are still working in shops and in the public sector, collecting our bins, delivering our oil, in the corner shop and the supermarket. We pray for Pharmacists who provide our prescriptions and all working in Research Laboratories to bring us test kits for the virus.

We pray for all in isolation, alone or with families. We pray for an appreciation of each other’s need for space, to speak and be silent. May we be tolerant of each other’s sensitivities and frustrations.

Lord help us when we worry about our finances, our employment, our pensions, our futures- for the day to day food shop and finding what we need.  Forgive us Lord when we forget how difficult this is for everyone.

We pray for all who have contracted the Coronavirus and for all who care for them. Giving thanks for the courage and selfless commitment of all who go to work in healthcare. Keep them safe Lord and keep them well.

We pray for all whose life on earth is coming to a close and for all who mourn. Comfort them Lord, reminding them that unspoken words and unfinished conversations can be resolved in you.

Since if we be all in you, we cannot be far from one another, though some may be in heaven and some upon earth” George Macdonald “Walking with Grief”

In a moment’s silence we pray for ourselves and those whom we love.

Giving thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.

Amen

Let us say together the words of the Lord’s Prayer

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Be Thou My Vision”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“How Great Thou Art” played on our church organ.

Please share this with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time, and join us again next week.

With thanks to Rev. Anita Kerr, Stewart Kerr, Ed Muirhead, Bill Maclean, Hazel and Ramanee Bengough

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Worship Sunday 29/3/2020

Introductory music

“Canon in D” composed by Pachelbel

Welcome

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.

Psalm 55:22

Welcome to our time of worship, here online for the first time. Thank you for joining us. This week we have been trying to contact as many members of the extended church family as possible. If you haven’t received our newsletter, please contact administrator@logies.org. We will send you a copy, and add you to our mailing list.

We have put together a short time of worship, as you scroll down this page, please watch the videos, and read the text and prayers.

We will start in prayer, let us pray:

Lord, we thank you above everything else for Jesus,
our Brother who walked in the light and gave light to others,
our Saviour who has shown us Your light and let it illuminate our lives,
our Friend who has brought heaven and earth together,
the One who listens to our concerns,
who shares our hopes and our fears.
Amen

Bible Reading

You can listen to our Bible reading, or read the text below.

John 8 v 12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 9vs5-11
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. ”

After saying this, he spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

Reflection

by John Dent.

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.

Hymn

“Shine Jesus Shine” written and performed by Graham Kendrick, from BBC Songs of Praise. The words will appear as the song is played.

Prayer

Let us pray together

Father God,

For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.

May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved sense comfort.

Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being.
Bless and guide each one of us as we adapt to a new way of living.

And may the light shining from our windows across road and wynd, glen and ben,
kyle and isle be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Let us say together the words of the Lord’s Prayer

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,
forever.
Amen.

Hymn

Our final hymn is “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah (Redeemer)”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.

Grace

We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“Love Divine” (tune Blaenwern) played on our church organ.

Please share this with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time, and join us again next week.

With thanks to John Dent, Ed Muirhead, Bill Maclean, Hazel and Ramanee Bengough