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

27th February 2022

Minister: Rev. Jessie Fubara-Manuel
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Call to Worship – (Psalm 97: 1-6)
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
    let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
 Fire goes before him
    and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all peoples see his glory.

Hymn 160 Praise my soul the king of heaven

1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King.

2. Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him, still the same for ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
glorious in his faithfulness.

3. Father-like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes;
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
widely as his mercy flows.

4. Frail as summer’s flower we flourish;
blows the wind and it is gone;
but, while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!,
Praise the high eternal One.

5. Angels, help us to adore him;
ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 510 Jesus calls us here to meet him
1 Jesus calls us here to meet him
as, through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where his people live and care. Praise the God who keeps his promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;
praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

2 Jesus calls us to confess him Word of life and Lord of all, sharer of our flesh and frailness,
saving all who fail or fall.
Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear; tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

3 Jesus calls us to each other, vastly different though we are; creed and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.
Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;
join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Scripture Readings:  (Reader: Annie Addison)

Old Testament: Psalm 99 and New Testament:  Luke 9: 28-36


Hymn 336 Christ is our light! the bright and morning star
1. Christ is our light! The bright and morning star
covering with radiance all from near and far.
Christ be our light, shine on, shine on we pray
into our hearts, into our world today.

2. Christ is our love! baptized that we may know
the love of God among us, swooping low.
Christ be our love, bring us to turn our face
and see in you the light of heaven’s embrace.

3. Christ is our joy! transforming wedding guest!
Through water turned to wine the feast was blessed.
Christ be our joy; your glory let us see,
as your disciples did in Galilee.

Doxology spoken together

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, three in one,
praise, honour, might and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World           Jimmy Hudson

Hymn 396 And can it be, that I should gain

1 And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain-
for me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2 ‘Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first born seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
let angel minds inquire no more.

3 He left his Father’s throne above,-
so free, so infinite his grace-
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘tis mercy all, immense and free;
for O my God, it found out me!

4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Marche Religieuse – Magic Flute.   WA Mozart (1756-1791)


Sunday Services – We welcome Rev Jessie Fubara-Manuel, associate minister at South Leith church, to lead our worship today.
Next Sunday, 6 March, we will welcome back Rev Iain May.

World Day of Prayer, Friday 4th March 2pm: Inverleith St Serf’s is holding a World Day of Prayer service on Friday March 4 at 2pm. All are welcome.  Those attending the service should come to the Church Centre entrance on Clark Road. They ask that masks are worn. COVID restrictions permitting, refreshments will be served after the service.
There is also a streamed service; for the link see

Kirk Session meeting: The next Session meeting will take place on Wednesday 9 March at 19:30 (by Zoom).

Sharing with other churches:

Thursday Afternoon Meeting – In 2017 our Thursday Fellowship joined with the above meeting at South Leith because numbers at both meetings were small.   A few of our members were attending up until the start of the Covid pandemic.
This meeting has restarted and is now meeting fortnightly although there is a small number attending.   At present there is no syllabus arranged but sometimes there will be a speaker.
Meetings are held on Thursdays at 2.00 pm in South Leith Halls, Henderson Street.   The next meeting will be on 10th 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.

Weekend Away – Newhaven church is holding a residential weekend away at Castle Douglas on 14 – 16 September. Members of North & South Leith are invited to join them. Projected numbers are needed by mid March. To find out more about this please speak to Anne.

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