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,
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.
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,
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.
Please listen to our Bible reading, which include subtitles.
Acts chapter 1 verses 1-11
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.
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.
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,
Our final hymn is “Thine be the Glory”, 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.
“Oboe Concerto in D minor by Marcello 1st movement (Andante)” played in 2018 by Hazel Bengough, accompanied by Susan Sneddon
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.