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20th June 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: John Riley

Welcome & Intimations

Call to Worship (based on PsaIm 9)

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed
The Lord is a protector in times of trouble
We know the name of the Lord
We put our trust in the Lord
The Lord never leaves those who look for Him
We praise and worship the Lord

Hymn 161 O God, our help in ages past

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 522 The Church is wherever God’s people are praising

Scriptures: Reader – Margot Hudson
2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 and Mark 4: 35-41

Sermon – True Safety

Hymn 544 When I needed a neighbour

Doxology – spoken together
To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, praise be done;
may Christ the Lord upon us pour
the Spirit’s gift for evermore.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World – Jimmy Hudson

Creator God,
Lead us to life

Hymn 251 I, the Lord of sea and sky

Benediction

Closing Voluntary – Improvised Toccato on ‘I, the Lord of sea and sky’

Hymns from CH4. Copied under CCLI Licence No. 186514
Picture: Peterson, Kathleen. Tempest, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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 the sacrament of Holy Communion next Sunday, 27 June 2021. 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 2020 Annual Report & Accounts are available in the church this Sunday and next.
For anyone not able to attend, please refer to the treasurer’s update in the March church magazine and if you wish to have a copy of the report and accounts please contact the church office.

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.

One Church for Leith Bible Study Group
Christianity and Climate Change

Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm
New members are very welcome. The Zoom link is available from Katherine KTaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

Prayer for this Sunday evening
“‘We’re all in this together!’ When we hear such a statement, it implies that we share together in the difficulty being faced. No one is exempt and we all have to face up to the challenge that confronts us. There are times, of course, when we wonder if this is entirely true.
“Nevertheless, the last months have brought home to us the fact that, in facing up to the challenge of the pandemic, no one is exempt.
“In the Gospel of Mark, the disciples find themselves in a boat one evening with Jesus. They have left the crowds behind and are in a situation in which they might have said: ‘We’re all in this together!’ Except, Jesus is asleep even as a storm arises ‘and the waves beat into the boat’ and the boat seems set to be overwhelmed.
“The disciples are all in this together, but what about Jesus? The disciples ask him: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” In response, Jesus rebukes the wind and calls to the sea: “Peace! Be still!” He then asks the disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” It is as if he is asking them: ‘Did you think that I was not in this together with you?’ (4: 35-41)
“The challenges of these last months have left us with many questions. However, we may be sure of this: In all we face, Jesus is with us in the boat in the midst of the storm and we can say: ‘We’re all in this together!’”
We pray:

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we turn to You and listen for Your voice.
Whether in the midst of quiet or of storm,
Speak to the depths of who we are.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we leave behind that which is past
And face the challenges of this day:
Speak Your word to us in this present moment.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we sense the depth of the challenges we face
And fear that we shall soon be o’erwhlemed:
Speak to us in the still, small voice of calm.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As You have been with us
In all the days that the storm has raged:
Speak the words that calm the storm and cease the rage.
Lord, in Your mercy

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we hear the words You have spoken
And know the peace of Your presence renewed:
Speak the words that inspire faith and reassure us of Your abiding presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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