Last Spring by Grieg
Welcome to our time of worship, today Jim Macdonald will lead our reflection.
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.
Our opening prayer is led by John Dent.
Our opening hymn is “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”.
Please listen to our Bible reading, which includes subtitles.
2 Chronicles chapter 20 verses 1-19 read by Jim Macdonald.
Our next hymn is “How deep the Father’s love for us”.
by Jim Macdonald, which has subtitles.
Let us respond by singing “What a friend we have in Jesus”, recorded for BBC Songs of Praise at Nottingham’s Albert Hall.
Let us pray
We gather this morning in Your presence,
even though we are not physically together.
Those of us who worship you every week
and those who do not.
Those who are full of faith
and those who don’t know what we believe.
Those who can hardly keep from singing,
and those who can barely face the day.
We gather because You have called us,
because You love us,
because You are our God.
We gather, not because we are good
or pure or holy,
but because of our need.
We gather, knowing that again and again
we have failed to live as You would have us live,
that we have not loved one another,
that we have not loved Your creation,
that we have not loved You,
that we have not loved ourselves.
Forgive us, God,
and renew us to be Your people.
Make us one,
and reassure us in our true identity
as children of the One who is above all things.
For we pray this in the name of Jesus Christ,
Our faithful and forgiving friend
In this past week, many young people have received SQA results, and in the coming week, our Scottish schools re-open to pupils, let us pray
Lord, be with each and every young person who received SQA results last week.
Those who are delighted and those are unhappy.
Those who have are looking forward to the next stage of education and training
And those who are unsure what to do next.
Let each one of them feel your love and presence.
Help them to know they are loved by you.
And be with their families and friends supporting them.
As our schools re-open this week, we pray for all staff and pupils.
Thank you for all the hard work which has already taken place to get our schools ready.
For those who are excited, those unsure, those who are scared and those who can’t wait.
For those starting at a new school, whether pupil, teacher or staff member
and those returning to what might feel like a very different school.
Walk alongside them.
Help everyone to understand the important of following new rules and guidelines, so that we can all stay safe.
We ask this for Jesus’ sake.
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,
Our final hymn is “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”, recorded for BBC Songs of Praise in St Thomas Church, Belfast.
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.
Laudate Dominum by C H H Parry played on our church organ.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
With thanks to Jim Macdonald, John Dent, Ed Muirhead and Bill Mclean.
Prayers taken from the Church of Scotland website.