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13th March 2022

Second Sunday in Lent

Leader: John Hodge
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome & Intimations

Call to Worship
The world belongs to God
The earth and all its people
How good it is, how wonderful
To live together in unity
Love and faith come together
Justice and peace join hands
If Christ’s disciples keep silent
These stone would shout aloud
Open our lips O God
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

Hymn 125 Lord of all being, throned afar

1 Lord of all being, throned afar,
thy glory flames from sun and star;
centre and soul of every sphere,
yet to each loving heart how near!

2 Sun of our life, thy quickening ray
sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, thy softened light
cheers the long watches of the night.

3 Our midnight is thy smile withdrawn,
our noontide is thy gracious dawn,
our rainbow arch thy mercy’s sign;
all, save the clouds of sin, are thine.

4 Lord of all life, below, above,
whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
before thy ever-blazing throne
we ask no lustre of our own.

5 Grant us thy truth to make us free,
and kindling hearts that burn for thee,
till all thy living altars claim
one holy light, one heavenly flame.

Prayer of Approach to God

First Thought

Hymn 600 Spirit of God unseen as the wind

Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove;
teach us the truth and help us believe,

show us the Saviour’s love!

1 You spoke to us long, long ago,
gave us the written word;
we read it still, needing its truth
through it God’s voice is heard.
Chorus

2 Without your help we fail our Lord,
we cannot live his way;
we need your power, we need your strength,
following Christ each day.
Chorus

ReadingsLuke 13: 31-35 and Philippians 3: 12 – 4: 1Linda Mckee

Message

Hymn 251 I, the Lord of sea and sky don’t have copyright for this hymn

Doxology spoken together

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Hymn 159 Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided

1 Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

2 Lord, for that word, the Word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,
Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.

3 Lord, for our land, in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

4 Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

5 Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us,
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;
past put behind us, for the future take us,
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

Benediction

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – March from Scipio  GF Handel (1685-1759)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday services: We welcome John Hodge, Session Clerk at Newhaven, to lead our service today.
Next Sunday, 20 March,   joint service with Newhaven and South Leith here in North Leith church.

Lenten Bible Study: Monday 14 March This year again Rob Mackenzie from Leith St Andrews is leading a weekly course based round a film, this time Mary Poppins Returns. All welcome; send a messageto Anne to get more details andthe Zoom Link.

Church Magazine: Contributions for an Easter magazine should be sent to the church office, nlpc-office@btconnect.com by the morning of Tuesday 22 March.

Thursday Afternoon Meeting: In 2017 our Thursday Fellowship joined with the above meeting at South Leith because numbers at both meetings were small.  
The meetings have restarted and are held on Thursdays at 2.00 pm in South Leith Halls, Henderson Street.   The next meeting will be on 24th March.   If you are free and able please come along.

Daily Prayer group: If you would like to join a local churches WhatsApp mobile phone group, organised by Rev John Tait, to receive a short daily prayer, please speak to Annie or Anne.


Monthly Prayer Diary: If you would like to receive a monthly prayer list, compiled by Newhaven Church, with contributions from others, please speak to Annie or Anne.

Weekly Bible Study: If you might be interested in joining a Bible Study meeting organised by Newhaven and held on Wednesday evenings by Zoom please speak to Anne or Jimmy.


Retiring Offering – Helping Ukraine: The Church of Scotland, through its partners in Eastern Europe, is well-placed to bring help to those displaced by the conflict into several neighbouring countries. There will again be a retiring offering today for this Church of Scotland Appeal.

Rooms for Refugees – If you have an empty spare room and would like to help Ukrainian refugees, please get in touch with Rooms for Refugees , who match up refugees fleeing war and violence with hosts in this country.
Thanks, Jenny Martin

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