“Canon in D” composed by Pachelbel
“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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
“Shine Jesus Shine” written and performed by Graham Kendrick, from BBC Songs of Praise. The words will appear as the song is played.
Let us pray together
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,
Our final hymn is “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah (Redeemer)”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.
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.
“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