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Online Worship worship

14th August 2022


Worship conducted by the Reverend David Cooper,
including the Baptism of Aidan Donald Drake Cooper

Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Minister  –  Let all the earth acclaim the Lord!

People     –  Worship the Lord in gladness.

Hymn  63          All people that on earth do dwell


First Thought

Hymn 600        Spirit of God, unseen as the wind

Scripture Readings:

Old Testament:  Jeremiah 23: 23-29   Reader: John Cooper

New Testament:  Luke 12: 49-56        Reader: Tim Bell

Hymn 181        For the beauty of the earth


Hymn 633        Child of blessing, child of promise

The Sacrament of Baptism

Words of Institution
A Statement on Baptism
A Confession of Faith

The minister says to the parents and god parents:

In presenting Aidan Donald for baptism,
desiring that he may be grafted into Christ
as a member of his body, the Church,
do you receive the teaching of the Christian faith
which we confess in the Apostles’ Creed?

I do.

The congregation affirms the faith:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated

at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Prayer at the Font

The Baptism

A Blessing


The minister says to the parents and god parents:

Do you promise,
depending on the grace of God,
to teach Aidan Donald
the truths and duties of the Christian faith;
and by prayer and example
to bring him up in the life
and worship of the Church?

I do

The Commitment of the Congregation:

You who are gathered here
represent the whole Church,
the joy of Christ’s presence in your midst.

The Commitment of the Congregation:

You who are gathered here
represent the whole Church,
the joy of Christ’s presence in your midst.

They also bring you responsibilities
as Christ’s people in this place.

Do you welcome Aidan Donald;
and do you renew your commitment,
with God’s help,
to live before all God’s children
in a kindly and Christian way,
and to share with them
the knowledge and love of Christ?

We do.

Minister and People say together:

We will nurture one another in faith,
uphold one another in prayer,
encourage one another in service.

Prayers of Inte

Prayers of Intercession and Dedication
followed by 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 trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory
for ever and ever.

Hymn 182         Now thank we all our God

Benediction and Threefold Amen

Closing Organ Voluntary – Cantate Domino.  Giuseppe Pitoni  (1657-1743)


Sunday Services – We are pleased to welcome the families and friends of Aidan Cooper, son of Judith and Mark Cooper, who is being baptised today and we thank his grandfather, Rev David Cooper, for leading our worship today.

Next Sunday, 21 August, will be our next joint service and will be at South Leith church in the Secret Garden (weather permitting) at 10.30. All welcome.

WhatsApp Daily Prayer Group – If you would like to receive a short daily prayer on your mobile phone please speak to Annie or Anne.

New Parish Steering Group – The Steering Group’s July update is available on the NP website
Printed copies are available in the church foyer.

Fresh Start – Starter Packs – Thank you to all who have recently brought goods for Fresh Start.

Message from Liz Hare of the Citadel Arts Group

We are a Leith-based company with a strong interest in local history and stories, and have created many books of local memories and plays based on these stories. Our most recent project was based in the Custom House where our writers group will be meeting next term starting in October. 

One of our group has been looking into some of the fascinating people who are buried in North Leith Cemetery and we wondered whether we could create a play based on their lives. There’s Thomas Gladstones, grandfather of the Prime Minister William Gladstone whose son worked at Leith Roperie; Lady Anne McIntosh who raised a regiment for Prince Charlie in 1745; Rev David Johnston who was North Leith Parish Church Minister and founded the Blind Asylum; noted Perthshire poet Robert Nicol and Matilda Molesworth who came from a very interesting Leith family. 

Citadel wondered whether any of the congregation might be interested in getting involved in the project. Some may have an interest in local history and might be able to help with the research. They could be our script consultants. Maybe we could have a trial reading of the script for the congregation and they could give us feedback on the play. We usually work with professional actors but if there are any keen amateurs in the church they might be able to get involved as performers. We’d be happy to meet up with anyone who likes the sound of what we’re proposing.

Many thanks for helping by passing on this information. 

Best wishes


North Leith Parish Church

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