Sadly, this church is now closed for worship. From Easter Sunday please join us at North and South Leith Parish Church in the Kirkgate for Sunday worship at 11am
Online Worship worship

26th February 2023

First Sunday in Lent

Minister:  Rev. John Tait

Organist:  Iain Mackinnon

Jesus is Tempted

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn  172  Sing for God’s glory

Prayer of Adoration, confession and supplication

First Thoughts

Hymn  493  It’s me, it’s me, O Lord

Scripture Readings: Reader: Reader Annie Addison
Old Testament: Psalm 32
New Testament: Matthew 4: 1-11

Hymn  337  Forty days and forty nights


Hymn  485  Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Spoken Doxology  (all remain standing)

Sing to the Lord of heaven and earth,
whom angels serve and saints adore,
the Father, Son, and Spirit blest
to whom be praise for evermore.

Prayer dedicating offering

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn  553  Just as I am  (Tune: Saffron Walden)

Benediction and Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Communion   Louis Niedermeyer   (1802-1861)

PICTURE: JESUS MAFA. Jesus is tempted – Matthew 4:1-11, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved February 22, 2023]. Original source: (contact page:


Sunday Services: We are very pleased to welcome Rev John Tait as our new Locum Minister leading our worship today.

Lenten Bible Study: Rev Rob Mackenzie is again leading a Zoom Bible Study during Lent. There will be five sessions beginning tomorrow, Monday 27 February, and ending on Monday 27 March.  The material is based round the film West Side Story. If you are interested in attending please speak today to the Session Clerk.

Newhaven Bible Study: Newhaven church continues to run a bible study on Zoom on Wednesday evenings. Currently it is looking at spirituality using passages from John’s gospel. If you are interested ask the Session Clerk or Jimmy Hudson for the link.

World Day of Prayer Service Friday 3 March: The service this year has been written by the women of Taiwan and the theme is “I have heard about your faith” based on Ephesians 1:15-19.
The local service will be held at 2pm in Inverleith St Serf’s Church (entry via the Church Centre door on Clark Road).There will be a chance to meet for chat and refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

Session meeting: The next Kirk Session meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm in the Session House.

New Parish Social Event: There will be a joint congregations’ social evening in Newhaven church on Friday 17 March at 7.30pm. It will be based round having a fun quiz.
This will be a great opportunity to get to know better new friends from Newhaven and South Leith churches. Please note the date in your diary and come along and enjoy the evening.

Turkey & Syria Earthquake: If you would like to make a donation via the church to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Emergency Appeal there is a retiring offering again today.

Church Magazine: The next magazine should be produced before Holy Week and Easter. Please send contributions to the church office by Tuesday 14 March at latest.

Church Family: The funeral service for Sophia Robertson will take place on Monday 6 March at 10.30 at Warriston Cloister Chapel.

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