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26th September 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship –
(based on Psalm 124)

The Lord is on our side
In our waiting and uncertainty,
The Lord is on our side
In our weariness and worry,
The Lord is on our side
Giving us security and hope,
The Lord is on our side
Leading us into freedom,
The Lord is on our side,
Our help is in the name of the Lord.

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 774 Jesus, name above all names

Scriptures: Mark 9: 38-50 Reader, Tim Bell

Sermon – Widening the Circle

Hymn 694 Brother, sister, let me serve you
 

Doxologyspoken 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 
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 458 At the name of Jesus

Benediction

Closing Voluntary – Prelude in F major.  JS Bach (1685- 1750).

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – Services continue at 11 am. Please remember that some Covid-19 requirements are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.
Next Sunday, 3 October, we will celebrate Harvest and the service will be led by Rev Jennifer Booth. Gifts will be for the Foodbank, either money (by retiring Offering) or goods; food welcomed includes tinned meat (eg Fray Bentos Steak Pie) and fish, puddings; also toiletries (eg toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant.)

Opening the Church – The church building and garden are currently open to all on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon. If you are able to help ensure that this continues after the end of this month please speak to Tim Bell.

National Giving Day – Thank you to all who joined us yesterday in the Hall and for the donations received.
If you were not able to attend and would like to donate to the appeal, you can do so up till the end of October, indicating ‘Giving Day’ on the envelope or bank transfer.

Prayer for this Sunday evening – Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Christians encouraged to join together in prayer this Sunday | The Church of Scotland

‘May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.’ (Psalm 19: 14)
The Psalmist turns to God, as we ourselves do, in search of the One who will accept us as we are and who will be our strength in hard times. The times in which we live will feel to many of us like hard times. In these times, the Psalm speaks to us and for us.
We are conscious that the words we offer are but frail and we sometimes fear that they will not carry to God. Likewise, we fear that our hearts are faint. In these times, the Psalmist stands where we stand and calls upon the Lord as the One who is our rock and strength, and as the One who will bring us into the living presence of God. The words are offered from open lips and an open heart and rise into the presence of God. The words are offered trusting that they will be pleasing before God. In similar fashion, we offer our words from open lips and open hearts and we trust, that in these times, they will be heard by the One who is our Rock and Redeemer.

We pray:

O Lord,
You are our Rock and our Redeemer,
Hear us as we call to you
With open lips and open hearts.
Hear us and accept us we are.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O Lord,
You are our Rock and our Redeemer,
Hear us as we call to you
In the times in which we live.
Hear us in hard times and answer us in your time.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O Lord,
You are our Rock and our Redeemer,
Hear us as we call to you
With the words that you have given to us.
Hear us with words hewn from the experience of life.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O Lord,
You are our Rock and our Redeemer,
Hear us as we call to you
Though our words are often frail and our hearts sometimes faint.
Hear our words and accept the offering of our hearts.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O Lord,
You are our Rock and our Redeemer,
Hear us as we call to you
And may the words we offer and the meditation of our hearts
Be acceptable in your sight.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

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