This week, Rev Anita Kerr led our worship in church. If you were unable to join us, you will find the readings. reflection and prayers below.
Isaiah 5: 1-7
Matthew 21: 33-43
Today’s prayers are from the Church of Scotland ‘Ascend’ website written by Worship Development Worker, Phill Mellstrom.
These prayers have been composed in grateful recognition of our individual contribution to the work of God. We are the best resource our church has, whatever our role, wherever we do it. Phil’s prayer recognises our individual stresses and strains, worries and anxieties offering them and us, up to our great and glorious God for renewal -lifting our faces to the heavens to see and tell of the glory of God.
Let us pray,
God of inclusive love,
You know each and every one of us.
You know –
that some of us are doing just fine,
others are freaking out,
while others struggle to breathe.
The weight of the moment
and the need for grace and mercy
are pushing some of us to our knees.
Help us all –
to pray honestly,
to speak truthfully and compassionately,
to act kindly and seek justice fervently.
Help us all –
to see You in the kindness of friend and stranger,
hear You in the laughter, cries and silence,
know You in the midst of our circumstances.
May Your Spirit be at the heart of all we do,
not on one side or the other,
but the very centre of our lives.
May Your Kingdom be made real in our communities,
through the work of Your church
guided by Your wild and untamed Spirit.
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,
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.
The Peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Amen
Our Bible Study series on John has recently started. We meet online on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Find out more.
Our online time of worship next week (11th October) will be led by John Dent, and we will be back in church on Sunday 18th October with Rev David Mcleod preaching.
If you are interested in using Zoom to have an “after church coffee & chat” on the weeks that we are not in church, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With thanks to Rev Anita Kerr and Ed Muirhead, plus the Welcome team for their contributions to the church service, and those who prepared the church for opening.