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13th June 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon
Opening Voluntary – Alma Virgo. JN Hummel (1778-1837)
Welcome and Intimations
Call to Worship
Hymn 172: Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation
Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer
First Thought
Hymn 343: The reign of God, like farmer’s field
Scriptures: Reader, Beryl Curlett
2 Corinthians 5: 6-10 and 14-17
Mark 4: 26-34
Sermon – Watching and Growing
Hymn 501: Take this moment, sign, and space
Prayer of Dedication for the Offering
Prayers for the World – Stewart Lowe
Lord of Life,
Hear our prayer
Hymn 468: Son of God, eternal Saviour
Benediction
Closing Voluntary – Gloria from mass in e flat. JA André. (1775-1842)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services

Services continue at 11 am. You are very welcome. Please remember that restrictions are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

We will celebrate communion on Sunday 26 June. The service will be led by our Interim Moderator, Rev Russell McLarty, and will be followed immediately by a short congregational annual meeting. Copies of the Annual Report & Accounts will be available next week.

Opening the Church
The church building is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help. 

Leith Churches Together  – Jungle Adventure Holiday Club – outdoor activities, songs and Bible stories 
Park Road Park  Edinburgh from 28 June to 2 July  for P1-P6 with morning and afternoon sessions. Please book at tinyurl.com/3cjmyh88 before 19 June.

One Church for Leith Bible Study Group
Christianity and Climate Change

Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm
We are starting a new study on Monday 14th June from the charity Tearfund. It is a series of nine short films, each lasting less than ten minutes, followed by discussion. We hope to discover more about what we can do as congregations to contribute to protecting the environment.
New members are very welcome. The Zoom link is available from Katherine  KTaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

Picture: Gogh, Vincent va, 1853-1890.  Sower
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer for this Sunday evening

“‘Seeing is believing!’ The saying is one that we are all familiar with and it finds expression in music, film and everyday speech. In essence it means: To see is to believe. “However, the reality of life is that we see so much that it becomes increasingly difficult to say we believe simply on the basis of what is before our eyes. The multiplicity of images and information that are presented to us threaten at times to overload the senses.

“The Apostle Paul offers us a way of seeing things differently. Instead of saying: ‘Seeing is believing!’, it is almost as if he reverses this and says: ‘Believing is seeing!’ Paul was very conscious of the challenges he faced and of the passing nature of what he saw around him. In facing the reality of this in his daily life, he is confident that he has found a way to live that is not dependent solely on what he sees. Rather, he affirms: ‘we walk by faith, not by sight’. (2 Corinthians 5: 7) Paul looks ‘not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen’, and by faith he ‘sees’, beyond the temporary, the way that God has marked out. (2 Corinthians 4: 18) In our daily lives, we seek to see the world through eyes of faith.”

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us that we might walk by faith
And so live for you
That our lives reflect the glory of God.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us the assurance that, as we walk by faith,
We are not alone
And that we walk in the company of your Son.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us the knowledge
That we walk in the company of your people
And in the community of your Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us that we might see
The complexity of this world
Through eyes enlightened by faith.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us to see, by faith,
The image of God
In each life shaped by your hand.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us that, at the last,
We will come into your presence
And share in the life everlasting.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

One reply on “13th June 2021”

Powerful sermon from Katherine and prayer from Stuart.

Thank you to all involved in making it more widely available.

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